Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pamela flaunts her chassis in Indian attire

Bachan Thakur

Lonavala: The former “Baywatch” babe and Hollywood star Pamela Anderson – known for her uber-sexy and bikini avatars had an exotic look which she had never before. Can you imagine her in Indian attire? Yes, the Hollywood sassy siren had something different on her mind this time. For her entry in reality show “Bigg Boss” on Tuesday, Pamela was seen flaunting her curves in a white sequined sari with a sensuous blouse, jhumkas, bangles and bindi.

She gave up her hot bikini look and made her fantasy ''of donning Indian costumes'' come true – which might have been there on her mind.

Despite being in her 40s, Pamela looked ravishing as she stepped into the house with Yana Gupta`s popular item number Babuji zara dheere chalo playing in the background. Anderson, who has entered the Bigg Boss' house as a guest for three days, greeted the housemates with a noble “namaste”.

As expected, the housemates were avidly waiting to have the voluptuous beauty with them, couldn't believe their eyes when they saw Anderson right infront of them. Overwhelmed with their oomph, Asmit Patel and Hrishant Goswami hugged each other as they had a look of Pam.

With her first visit to India, Pamela landed in Mumbai on Monday night. The episode showcasing Pamela will be telecast on Wednesday night. Bigg Boss - a popular reality show, hosted by Bollywood hunk Salman Khan features contestants like actors Ashmit Patel, Manoj Tiwari, Shweta Tiwari, Sara Khan, Sameer Soni, Dolly Bindra, model Hrishant Goswami, WWE wrestler The Great Khali and former dacoit Seema Parihar.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Blog: The word genius has no synonym!

Don't wonder if the reach and leverage of the world's largest search engine surprises you. According to a survey, above 98 million people surf this search engine daily, which takes the number to more than 2,800 million a month. It's the necessity of the times, it's an integral part of our daily life, it's the largest knowledge storehouse of the world. It helps scores of people to quench their thirst for knowledge and information. The quest comes to an here.

Not only it's become the father of the nation, but the whole world regard it as a father figure. Guess who lends a helping hand to everyone? Who is omnipresent? Who saves myriad jobs? Who relieves tyros – when they seek some guidance at their new jobs?

It vests you with all that can't even expect form God. Heads of some of you might go spinning or some may hit the bull's eye! Guess, or shall I give you a clue? Yes, we are talking about Google mata, Google father, Google devta any many more – this is how we call it in our office!

Seniours and colleagues leave us in the hands of Google mata, knowing we would be safe in its hands. The time was then, when people used to seek their seniours for something to learn. Now the ultimate teacher is here, which is ready to serve you 24x7, if anybody fails to tell anything. You put any kind of iron, wood, stone or any strange item, and it gives you the history, origin, geography, its ancestors, predecessors and everything. Isn't it a genius? Yes, of course it is, and without any slightest doubt.

One fine day – during leisure at my office, I thought to know the meaning of my name and Google directed me to some interior place in United States, with my ancestors, their origin and evolution. My friend Rahul – conquerer of all miseries - got to know the meaning of his name with Google's helping hands.

The Googleness has prevailed all over and noone is complete without it, especially in metropolitans. The guru-shishya legacy has almost come to an end, and Google is the reason. Now the students know that they need not to worry, because if they have some differences with the faculties, their greatest teacher is there to help them out. And if any point of time you find any of your prayers unanswered the there is another option. Google might be the right choice to bank upon.

Google – whose name reminds us of a bizarre search engine, which has everything in its kitty for everyone. It would not be an exaggeration if I say “In this netizens' era, survival depends on Google”.

Leave the Google for a while and think of its founders. You will end up with a fight amongst your thoughts, with no answer. The founders of it must have been the direct envoys of the almighty.

Googleness – a virus affecting everybody, has captured the minds for over a decade now. Nobody remains unaffected by this virus. Everybody has fallen prey to Google. From the very inception studies have been claiming that a mere 8-10% of the human mind's potential has been used hitherto. Even the extraordinaries or the exceptionally blessed people like Einstein, Newton, Thomas Edison have used 10-12% potential of their mind. But when it comes to Google, its founders must have surpassed Edison, Newton and Einstein.
Thomas Elva Edison once said, ''Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.'' In his era he must have been sure that the 21st century will be ruled by some great people – Google founders. And that's why keeping this in mind he must have written this axiom for Lawrence E Page, Sergey M Brin and Eric E Schmidt.

Noted orator, motivational guru, consultant and activist Shiv Khera says, ''Small people talk about others, mediocre people talk about things, and great people talk about ideas.'' The power of these ideas took Google to what it's today. And think about these alchemists – they come with a new idea and it becomes a hit. They are blessed with some bizzare thoughts and ideas, which no other mortal on this earth has. That's why all the tech-giants like Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo join hands at times to excel Google, but all in vain. Every time their initiative proves to be a disaster.

The great Einstein says, ''Imagination is more powerful than knowledge'', but I wonder what type of imagination these Google guys have.

The unique characteristics of Google, which puts it on the pinnacle, are its speed and accuracy. The father of the search engines beat its peers in speed and accuracy, and leaves its contemporaries miles ago, and it seems that the distance will continue in times to come. In the last one decade no other Google's contemporaries has grown as them. Because you can copy the formulas, work, functioning etc but the mind, imagination, ideas couldn't be copied.

In the book “The Google Story” Microsoft boss Bill Gates says, ''We have to keep a check on these Google guys, they have become a threat to us and we need to control them.” So we can have an idea of what type of influence the Google guys have on the world. Bill Gates – the richest person on the earth has a fright of the Google honchos and so is the case with others. This is the power of Google, This is the reach of Google. This is the influence of Google, because “The word genius has no synonym.”

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blog: Don't dare to think we are green horns!

Countless eyes had been avidly waiting to witness how the host will create a platform for the world. A platform where more than seventy countries were to join hands, to demonstrate the sovereignty of their nations, to vie for the crown at the helm.

The time was then, when India was leaving no stone unturned to prepare for hosting the Commonwealth Games 2010. Delhi – the flamboyant capital of India was to host the games and it seemed to be an unchaseable dream – that India can successfully host the games.

Every news channel, newspaper and magazine had been getting 'good masala' stories, which they could refurbish with a few additives from their mind. It made the scribes' task easy as they came to knew where to gather news from. The alleged corruption charges and the mess across the length and breadth of Delhi kept them busy with some uncovered facts and big stories. The sleazy preparations, the sordid sports machinery deals, the alleged corruption charges, the torn-out roads, the water-filled pit-holes and places, all showed the signs that we are preparing for a ground zero (where we find ourselves no where on the final day).

Along with all the messy preparations, it was a retaliation time for Indra – who poured almost all the water in his storehouse during the preparations. He must have thought of some past ruckus, Kalmadi and his aides would have created to him. And he hit the iron when it was red, and when Kalmadi was the wholly-solly of everything. To make things worst Indra did everything which comes under his jurisdiction.

As the days passed the situation detereorated to become more degraded. India and its CWG bosses received numerous scolds and warnings from the CWG honchos. Mike Fenell - the Commonwealth Games President kept on visiting the games venues – but went back carrying a balloon of anger and destabilisation in his heart, every time he inspected the venues.

The Commonwealth Games soup was turning sour as it got closer to the final day. I could feel the humming sound of the prayers of Delhiites, which they must have performed fervently from the deepest part of their hearts, for the success of the Games as it was not merely a matter of organising games, it was an event which would make the global citizens aware of what India is? It was a matter of national prestige, a matter of Bharat Darshan – which was to portray the real image, the true picture of the birth place of the world bellwether of culture, education, medicine, yoga, science and so many things. Even I prayed intensely sometimes so that we could successfully handle and manage everything during the upcoming mega sports event.

A state of pandemonium prevailed all over and nothing seemed to be moving in the right direction. An agitated Kalmadi would have lost his sight amidst all the odds, I am sure. But there was no escape as it had become an obligation by then. And just before the decisive day it must have brought lumps to myriad throats with entwining fingers, heads bowed in prayers and hearts crying for all the best to happen. India and the world heaved a sigh of relief as we incepted a hugely successful sports event and and so was the end. We hosted the most spectacular opening and closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. It happens only in India – where against all odds, contrary to all expectations, we delivered the best ever games in lieu of any failure – which was for sure expected. All the nations were moved and overwhelmed with the oomph India delivered the games. What grabbed most of the eyeballs were the grand flamboyant opening and the closing ceremony.

It would not be an exaggeration if I use the word jugaad for it, for most of the impossible things to turn into possible here. The nation relies on this single word - jugaad. And the only thing India was not devoid of before the games was the fire and fury. Ours is the only nation where you think an impossible thing and we will make it happen, we will turn it into success – for we have all the jugaads. We have all the means to do anything.

Noone knows how it happened but by and by the situation ameliorated and it seems that in a spur-of-the-moment we were the creators of the the grand sports event. The fishy situation turned into something which the world witnessed as a scintillating event – a pyrrhic gala sports event.

It's flesh and blood to think what could be done and what could not be, but we did it, and what we did was beyond comprehension of a human mind as all the circumstances were against us. Because here we have all the jugaads in our storehouse.

And then they have had to change their statements when they left and Mike Fenell thanked all Delhiites for such a great success of the Commonwealth Games. We proved that we are not the green horns. Everyone went back with a tranquil heart and ecstatic mind. We have the power to change because we have all the jugaads. You come and we will vest you with all the best of everything with best of our abilities. Because we are rich in jugaad we run this nation where you will find people of all cast and creeds, people of so many diverse mindsets, of diverse faiths and religions, where people of different languages can edify you with their hearts.

So don't ever dare to think we are tyros! We have the power. As a verse from the holy Quran says “We create and destroy, and recreate again, in forms of which noone knows – Al WAQUIAH.”

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Blog: Indian hockey - where the loophole exactly lies?

Indian hockey - where the loophole exactly lies?

Hockey – the national sports of India has just overcame one of its worst deadlocks. After a long traumatic ruckus between the players and Hockey India, the players agreed to go for practice session, after a long 6 days break. The deadlock ended as Sahara, who is also the sponsor of Indian hockey team, proclaimed to immediately release Rs1 crore for the team. The impasse was regarding the payment and incentives of players, which the administration hadn't made to the players for their performance in 2009. Negotiations were on and off several times but every time it ended with no result. Sometimes the players got ready to attend the practice session but the next day again they were seen angry. Eventually it ended up with a solution, to which both the sides agreed.

Now the question which comes out here is that, is it the mismanagement or the players' fault, which is responsible for all this? These issues are not of that much importance actually. The most important thing to be considered is that was it really necessary to create a disturbance when the world cup is just to begin. Are the players right at their end to do so or were they be completely blamed for all what has happened? Would it not affect the teams performance in the world cup? Why the management didn't pay the dues to the players, even when the next year has arrived. Is the board out of finances, and if that's the matter then what the government is there for? The all disputed episode seems like a puerile act. They all acted like a tyro country or team, making their debut in sports.

Staying away from the practice sessions just before the world cup will definitely affect the players' performance. On one hand the players seems to be correct for what they did, but it was not the right time to do so. On the other hand the management needs to pull up its socks and manage things in a much better way.

The whole episode will ruin the image of Indian sports and the management, at the world stage. It must have created a negative impact of Indian system and administration. The national game is not promoted upto the extent, to which it should be exactly promoted. When the cricket team can make it to the world cup final, can bag the world cup, why can't the hockey team. Though its our national game but it remains unpopular. Infact a few people know and remember the hockey players' names. And above all that they are not being paid their match fees, which added fuel to the flame.

A popular saying exactly fits here “It takes two to make a tango”. Both the players and management were equally responsible for the impasse. The management didn't function well, as well as the team didn't choose the right time create the ruckus.

Indian hockey is not that much popular like cricket. Players are far away from brand endorsements, not getting that much facilities. In precise the hockey players are not financially sound. A few months back our women national hockey team was made to return back to their homes by autorikshaw. There was no one to take care of the players, who represent our country. One could not even imagine in the wildest dream about such a condition of a national team. It happened in a country where the cricket board is the richest sports body in the world. Our cricket team make records and histories every now and then but I don't remember any such great achievement or such a big history created by Indian hockey players.

The reason is crystal clear, no one pays that much heed to the game. We create history in cricket because the players are getting N number of facilities and financial backup. It is believed that cricket is the only lucrative game in India. And due to the low and pathetic situation of hockey no one even dares to think about making a career in hockey. Most of the people and players are inclined towards cricket, tennis and other games, in which they see a bright future.

An unstable future is the biggest aghast for people who dare to think about stepping into hockey. I hardly remember any hockey player becoming DSP or getting any honourable government postion. But in cricket there are a lot of names. It can happen in hockey too, we can create history in hockey also, all we need is financial support and an assurance of a bright future. Above all the national sports needs a backup and promotion. The sports board should understand “ money makes the mare go”. And after that the players will play for money as well as for their country from within.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Blog - The monster year 2009 is a yesteryear now...

The monster year 2009 is a yesteryear now...

The noose for most of the people seems to be far away now as the year 2009 is over and 2010 has brought with it a lot of rays of hope. Many people, including me will become nostalgic about the most crushing year of the century. Now it seems like the whole year was beforehand prepared that it will remain low and disturbing throughout the 12 months. The whole year remained at its lowest, keeping all the human beings frightened and worried about their future and careers.

The problem was born and brought up in US, which further destabilised the whole world. The financial crisis was linked to reckless and unsustainable lending practices resulting from the deregulation and securitization of real estate mortgages in US. All the ruckus was created due to the various imbalances which includes excessive money creation, leading to negative household savings and a huge US trade deficit, dollar volatility and public deficits. In precise it was sheerly a financial imbalance of money, which virtually paralysed each nation.

The blight began, when 2008 was just bidding adieu and handing over its charge to 2009. As the year 2009 took charge, the former year had already vested 2009 with confusions and problems. So it didn't get any chance to escape or to cope up with the circumstances. Contrary to what a famous saying goes “charity begins at home” the recession started abroad. Everything has now become global. As the scenario has completely taken a 'U' turn in the past few years, so it was obvious to affect the other nations too.

2009, a hurricane which destroyed many global giants and Lehman brothers was at the top of the list makers. The global recession made life a hell. People lost their jobs in bulk. The fear of loosing job gave rise to office politics. Employees were fired, some due to some reasons and some without any reason. Companies stopped employees' salaries, reduced salaries to half and many more... Multinationals, which were believed to be the strongest of all times went bankrupt. The turbulent year made life the toughest. Everyone was bound to compromise with whatever was provided to them. Their hopes, passions, enthusiasm and principals were all ruined.

Some companies have had genuine reasons to fire employees but on the other hand amid all this hysteria some companies also made profits in the guise of recession. Particularly if we talk about India, all the major news channels and newspapers have had a regular story regarding recession. India – the strongest nation during recession, India – the country least affected by recession, were the most common headlines. But inspite of all these news it affected Indians on a large scale.

But now when a new year 2010 has arrived, the things seems to wax. The scenario is changing, astrologers are back at work with positive outcomes and predictions. Job seekers are in a jolly mood, consultancies are back with a busy schedule, calling job seekers. Signs of positivity have been received from all the four directions.

So, no need to worry now as the monster 2009 is done with its bit. 2010 brings with it a busy and ebullient time for people who have been longing for a stable time and career, for last few months. Just welcome life with your fullest in the last year of the decade and stay assured from within. The dawn of the year of hope and life has arisen to bring light to all the creatures. So move on with this saying “ Everyday is a new start”.