Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sach...Sachin.. and me at office. Adieu to a Legend of the Game

Why sachin is loved so much by the whole country in respect to his colleagues like Ganguly or Dravid or any other great cricketer of the country? Because, he was the silent killer... who never resorted to provocation on the field or off the field.. Though Ganguly infused aggressiveness in the team taken ahead by Dhoni... Sachin silenced his critics and only concentrated on his game... and did what he was there for all this time.. enjoy his play that became his vocation of life... Also his soft speech and clean image did the trick. 

Though I must admit that his colleague Dravid received less tribute and attention than him as he was the Wall for the team in difficult times and played various roles, also of a wicket keeper when required of him.

A Lot has been said and written about him from the time he came into the cricket scene... and from past few days, tributes have been flowing in for the great man. The story about him is true that the trains would leave from the station only after he would complete his century, for I have personally witnessed it. What more was special about him that made him the favourite of all and that India has literally got emotional when he started playing his last test match?

Such was the emotion that all offices and corporate firms had kept their TV on when he reached 50 for the last time and during his last moments on the field. I had even asked my boss of my Company-LetsNurture to start the TV on, but unfortunately, the cable wire lost at the wrong time and when it was found... sach had already got out. 

I think I have got the answer, the answer lies professional integrity and commitment towards one's game. My Boss at LetsNurture always gives two words to inspire his team-Commitment and dedication. That's what set him apart from others  with his self control on provocations, ability to handle pressure of million fans and the discipline to keep on playing after more than 20 years of cricket. 

A sportsman life is limited to 15 years at the most, but Sachin kept on playing by staying fit all the time with discipline. He perfected himself early on in the game as the stories go that he would practice on the terrace of the hotel as a teenager to perfect his game and would also dream about cricket in his sleep as well.. Despite of all fame and adulations and money, has the world any time come across of any news of sachin misbehaving? 

Sachin accepted every decision of the umpires without arguing, when he was aware that he had been given out wrongly in the game. He gave a true meaning to the gentleman's game. Lots of bowlers like Shane Warne, Akhtar, McGrath and others tried to bully him but instead, he bullied them by playing in the right way he knows. He gave the importance of Time Commitment to his team members as well-something  which my company-LetsNurture also believes in and has taught me so. 

He also taught Humility by his actions. Before each series, he would go to his coach, Mr. Achrekar, who taught him the nuances of the game to take his blessings and would talk to old friends very often and never displayed arrogance anywhere. 

24 years in the international game is not a short time... plus all his other years spent in perfecting the game and matches in the Ranji Trophy. 

He came at the right time to fill up the void left by Gavaskar and leaving at the time when there is enough talent in the team. 

In the end.. Only one thing.. Thank you Sach. You made my childhood feel good. 


Friday, November 1, 2013

Double Contradictions!

It is Diwali Time
Time to go home back again
Time to enjoy the rare 4 days of official leave from office.
Time to Enjoy with family and friends
Time to Relax.

Yet, as this day begins to commence on Friday, the first of November 2013, and the Dhanteras as I know, I have mixed feelings coming up inside me.

I somehow do not want to to go back to my home-Baroda for some unknown or known reasons, I am not able to comprehend. It is time to spend some time with family and they have been calling me since past 10 days, but somehow, there is a reluctance in me to go back again. Why?

Maybe, because I or we have lost the thrill of enjoying some short holidays like this one and only enjoy ourselves during the so called holiday 'weekend'? Maybe, because we have started becoming office robots or virtual robots that our mechanism does not accept plugging off for some time? Maybe because we have lost the ability to accept the unknown in our coming days?

Or Maybe because we have become accustomed to enjoy with our colleagues during the 12 hours of the day that we are together? The other side of contradiction that I have begin to notice is that there is also a hurry to reach home. Home, away from the usual chatter and noise of the everyday life and enjoy the peace and quite of our regular surroundings for some time.

We somehow make plans to do this and do that during our short vacation-whether Diwali or something else, but somehow end up doing only 40 to 50% of the work determined. We have many travel plans and hopes to enjoy with our friends and family and so want to go home quickly and soon.

Then Why this Contradiction !?

Only time can tell.

Am I the only Idiot who feels this way or some of you also feel that?

Happy Diwali by the way

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My presentation of LetsNurture's Blood Monk app

 Hey guys,
Recently, just to update, I went for a company work to one of the most prestigious institution to learn advertising in Gujarat. Yes, I am talking about MICA-The Mudra Institute of communication Ahmedabad.

It was my desire to study there once up on a time , but some circumstances prevented me from studying, but it did not deter me to go there for my company-LetsNurture's android application presentation.

I went with some of my office colleagues for the 15 minute presentation, but it took about 3 hours for our turn to come and we came out of the institution at 8 30 instead of 7 15 pm. But, it was a wonderful experience for me to give a presentation with my colleague-Pratik Patel after a long long time.

The android application titled-BloodMonk is an android application that will better help people find blood donors of all blood groups pretty fast in just 3 simple steps. It will also present the last donated blood date of the donor so that the user does not waste his time in calling and asking for more information. The names and the contact numbers of the blood donors are listed as per their respective areas of Ahmedabad.

Try and see it for yourself. It can be downloaded from the Google play-store here
LetsNurture is sure going upwards this year.
Meanwhile, have a look at my presentation below. Though I am not much visible, my voice is pretty clear. Of course, I need to hone up my skills for presentations more. Here is the Video of my link.   

MICA Presentation for the company's app,-BloodMonk

See ya

Sunday, September 8, 2013

I am at.... or he is at...or this person is at....

Does it matter?

I mean... we often see people posting status on their social media accounts like Facebook or Twitter or other social forums...that they are at a particular place... but how does that matter to anyone else or the third person in particular other than their family?

It is fine if they are really at a famous place or a popular place that they post status like " kj is at..Taj Hotel...or mahal.
ya fine... good.. but does it really matter if they are at any random place and they post that status via their smartphone?

No, I dont think so... who has the time to really mind about who is at which place...
Just a normal waste of time...


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Do what is right but be pure

Hear my voice Hard it is to be born,
Hard it is to live,Harder still to hear of the way,
And hard to rise, follow, and awaken.
Yet the reaching is simple.Do what is right. Be pure.
At the end of the way is freedom.Till then, patience.
If you wound or grieve another,You have not learned detachment.
Offend in neither word nor deed.
Eat with moderation.Live in your heart.
Seek the highest consciousness.Master yourself according to the dharma.
 This is the simple teaching of the awakened.
The rain could turn to gold And still your thirst would not be slaked.
 Desire is unquenchable Or it ends in tears, even in heaven.
He who wishes to awaken Consumes his desires joyfully.


Rarely do I put down someone's lines or quotes here, but I found this to my liking and some value

Sunday, May 5, 2013

How about being swallowed by a hippo and being saved?

Yes, as the title suggest.. It is a story of a person who was swallowed by a hippo and yet survived in the end losing his colleague.

In Peter Hoffman's words:

" The hippo who tried to kill me wasn't a stranger – he and I had met before a number of times. I was 27 and owned a business taking clients down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls. I'd been working this stretch of river for years, and the grouchy old two-ton bull had carried out the occasional half-hearted attack. I'd learned to avoid him. Hippos are territorial and I knew where he was most likely to be at any given time."

I was aware that my legs were surrounded by water, but my top half was almost dry. I seemed to be trapped in something slimy. There was a terrible, sulphurous smell, like rotten eggs, and a tremendous pressure against my chest. My arms were trapped but I managed to free one hand and felt around – my palm passed through the wiry bristles of the hippo's snout. It was only then that I realised I was underwater, trapped up to my waist in his mouth.
I wriggled as hard as I could, and in the few seconds for which he opened his jaws, I managed to escape. I swam towards Evans, but the hippo struck again, dragging me back under the surface. I'd never heard of a hippo attacking repeatedly like this, but he clearly wanted me dead."
To read full  part of the story.. read here. It is worth a read. 

When age is just a Number

Hey Guys..
How's it going?
How are you coping with the heat if you are based in India?

Last time, we had talked about one of the bravest man in Indian army who is now gone-Sam Manekshaw.

Now, how would you feel if you were in different planets of the solar system and wanted to know your age.

I have not studied Physics that much, but we all know that our age calculation differs and is different from that of earth when we are on different planets.

On this website I am going to give here, You will get your age in days and years when you are on different planets. As an example, I saw that , on present age of mine-28 years, my most old age was that on Mercury of about 119 years.
I am shown very young in my days of Jupiter and Pluto. About 15 and  0.115 years respectively.
Check it out on this website.  You will love it.
Also, you will get an explanation down below, on why your age seems to be different. For all those science guys.. there are kepler laws listed with examples. A great website. Try it.

Someone has rightly said. Age is just a number, 

See ya Guys
Share your age..

Friday, April 12, 2013

SAM Manekshaw- The Parsi Brave man of India.

Hey guys, here I am again. Yesterday, I was thinking of how and why the two countries -U.S.A and Korea are headstrong on each other and are on the verge of War. It bought my attention on our immediate neighbors who are ever plotting to stab us on our back-The India.

And guess what! The same day, I got a forwarded email from my boss at LetsNurture about an Indian hero who was a Parsi-the peace loving community man, yet a brave soldier in Indian Army. The person who was the first field marshal in the Indian army and the person who was instrumental in bringing us victory in the war against Bangladesh. Here, I am presenting some of the great man- Sam Manekshaw's own words experience on his mission to Kashmir. It is a bit long but worth reading friends.

The story he tells here is from the time when he was a colonel in the Army during early Indian independence time. 

Here it goes:

Then a colonel, he was chosen to accompany V P Menon on his historic mission to Kashmir. This is his version of that journey and its aftermath, as recorded in an interview with Prem Shankar Jha.

At about 2.30 in the afternoon, General Sir Roy Bucher walked into my room and said, 'Eh, you, go and pick up your toothbrush. You are going to Srinagar with V P Menon. The flight will take off at about 4 o'clock'. I said, 'why me, sir?'

'Because we are worried about the military situation. V P Menon is going there to get the accession from the Maharaja and Mahajan.' I flew in with V P Menon in a Dakota. Wing Commander Dewan, who was then squadron leader Dewan, was also there. But his job did not have anything to with assessing the military situation. He was sent by the Air Force because it was the Air Force which was flying us in.'

Since I was in the Directorate of Military Operations, and was responsible for current operations all over India, West Frontier, the Punjab, and elsewhere, I knew what the situation in Kashmir was. I knew that the tribesmen had come in - initially only the tribesmen - supported by the Pakistanis.

Fortunately for us, and for Kashmir, they were busy raiding, all along. In Baramulla they killed Colonel D O T Dykes. Dykes and I were of the same seniority. We did our first year's attachment with the Royal Scots in Lahore, way back in 1934-5. Tom went to the Sikh regiment. I went to the Frontier Force regiment. We'd lost contact with each other. He'd become a lieutenant colonel. I'd become a full

Tom and his wife were holidaying in Baramulla when the tribesmen killed them.The Maharaja's forces were 50 per cent Muslim and 50 per cent Dogra.

The Muslim elements had revolted and joined the Pakistani forces. This was the broad military situation. The tribesmen were believed to be about 7 to 9 kilometers from Srinagar. I was sent into get the precise military situation. The army knew that if we had to send soldiers, we would have to fly them in. Therefore, a few days before, we had made arrangements for aircraft and for soldiers to be ready.

But we couldn't fly them in until the state of Kashmir had acceded to India. From the political side, Sardar Patel and V P Menon had been dealing with Mahajan and the Maharaja, and the idea was that V.P Menon would get the Accession, I would bring back the military appreciation and report to the government. The troops were already at the airport, ready to be flown in. Air Chief Marshall Elmhurst was the air chief
and he had made arrangements for the aircraft from civil and military sources.

Anyway, we were flown in. We went to Srinagar. We went to the palace. I have never seen such disorganization in my life. The Maharaja was running about from one room to the other. I have never seen so much jewellery in my life  pearl necklaces, ruby things, lying in one room; packing here, there, everywhere. There was a convoy of vehicles.

Jawaharlal Nehru and The Maharaja were coming out of one room, and going into another saying, 'Alright, if India doesn't help, I will go and join my troops and fight (it) out'.

I couldn't restrain myself, and said, 'That will raise their morale sir'. Eventually, I also got the military situation from everybody around us, asking what the hell was happening, and discovered that the tribesmen were about seven or nine kilometers from what was then that horrible little airfield.

V P Menon was in the meantime discussing with Mahajan and theMaharaja. Eventually the Maharaja signed the accession papers and we flew back in the Dakota late at night. There were no night facilities, and the people who were helping us to fly back, to light the airfield, were Sheikh Abdullah, Kasimsahib, Sadiqsahib, Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed,D P Dhar with pine torches, and we flew back to Delhi. I can't remember the exact time. It must have been 3 o'clock or 4 o'clock in the morning.

(On arriving at Delhi) the first thing I did was to go and report to Sir Roy Bucher. He said, 'Eh, you, go and shave and clean up. There is a cabinet meeting at 9 o'clock. I will pick you up and take you there.' So I went home, shaved, dressed, etc. and Roy Bucher picked me up, and we went to the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet meeting was presided by Mountbatten. There was Jawaharlal Nehru, there was Sardar Patel, there was Sardar Baldev Singh. There were other ministers whom I did not know and did not want to know, because I had nothing to do with them. Sardar Baldev Singh I knew because he was the minister for defence, and I knew Sardar Patel, because Patel would insist that V P Menon take me with him to the
various states.

 Almost every morning the Sardar would sent for V P, H M Patel and myself. While Maniben (Patel's daughter and de facto secretary) would sit cross-legged with a Parker fountain pen taking notes, Patel would say, 'V P, I want Baroda. Take him with you.' I was the bogeyman. So I got to know the Sardar very well.

At the morning meeting he handed over the (Accession) thing. Mountbatten turned around and said, ' come on Manekji (He called me Manekji instead of Manekshaw), what is the military situation?' I gave him the military situation, and told him that unless we flew in troops immediately, we would have lost Srinagar, because going by road would take days, and once the tribesmen got to the airport and Srinagar, we
couldn't fly troops in. Everything was ready at the airport.

As usual Nehru talked about the United Nations, Russia, Africa, God almighty, everybody, until Sardar Patel lost his temper. He said, 'Jawaharlal, do you want Kashmir, or do you want to give it away'. He (Nehru) said,' Of course, I want Kashmir (emphasis in original). Then he (Patel) said 'Please give your orders'. And before he could say anything Sardar Patel turned to me and said, 'You have got your orders'.

I walked out, and we started flying in troops at about 11 o'clock or 12 o'clock. I think it was the Sikh regiment under Ranjit Rai that was the first lot to be flown in. And then we continued flying troops in. That is all I know about what happened. Then all the fighting took place. I became a brigadier, and became director of military operations and also if you will see the first signal to be signed ordering the cease-fire on 1 January (1949) had been signed by Colonel Manekshaw on behalf of C-in-C India, General Sir Roy Bucher. That must be lying in the Military Operations Directorate.

That was Sam Manekshaw for you.. Some more will come up on him pretty soon. I think the only person who should have been born twice in India today is this guy. I thank my Boss Mr. Ketan Raval for forwarding me this email.
See ya guys soon.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Gandhingar-The city of Silent Joy


Welcome to 2013 and Happy new year. From past 1 month and so, I have again shifted my base to Gandhinagar. I love this place. Good place to relax and do your job.

Gandhinagar has always held a special place in my heart. Right from my childhood, I have been coming to Gandhinagar almost every year for 1 week stay to couple of months or more. Why do I come that often? Well, I like greenery and when you want to see greenery in a city or a city in a green environment, you have to head towards Gandhinagar.
When I was small, I used to come during my vacations with my parents to Gandhinagar to visit my cousins and uncles. Sometimes, during weekend holidays, I used to hitch a ride with my grandparents in my car who used to go to visit my uncles. My grandfather was a high rank officer who was a forest officer in Gujarat cadre. His genes came down to me, and I started loving greenery. Every time I used to set foot in Gandhinagar or the local limits of Gandhinagar city would start, I would come to know. How? By the sheer greenery of trees around the city, you can get to know it.
Gandhinagar is the capital of Gujarat state. So naturally, you have the who’s who of Politics and Gujarat Ministry staying in Gandhinagar. Gandhinagar is just near Ahmadabad or you can say on the outskirts of Ahmadabad. But in the recent times, it is difficult to note the difference as because of recent developments taking place, they have become interconnected. Where Ahmadabad starts, Gandhinagar ends and vice versa. If you happen to live in Ahmadabad, you will notice the difference or the contrast. How was Gandhinagar named? Yes, you guessed it right. The city was named so after the name of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Gandhinagar-as said before is the capital of Gujarat and is located from 23 km north of Ahmadabad.

Gandhinagar starts where Ahmadabad ends. This city is well known for its education and research institutes. It is also believed to be second planned city in India after Chandigarh.
The city does not have any societies but has sectors instead as its residential area. There are total 30 sectors each in Gandhinagar. The main attraction of each sector is that each has its own shopping center, health center, school and Yes Gardens and Parks! There is extensive planting of trees on both sides of the road which gives the impression of the city as a garden city.

The population of Gandhinagar as it is the capital of Gujarat? Well it is only about 2.8+ Lacs approximately. And the weather? Oh well, that’s the other reason why I keep coming to the city. Because of the greenery, the weather remains around 35*c to 40*c at day time and at night time it goes to 19*c to max 28*c. Night time in Gandhinagar is always cool. Cool breeze, greenery and little coldness. What more do you want?

What is the Structure of the city?
The city was planned by the Architect H.K. Mewada and his assistant, educated in Cornell University. Both had experience in Chandigarh city planning. The streets of Gandhinagar are numbered on Gujarati alphabets like k", "kh", "g", "gh", "ch and more. All streets cross on every kilometer. The Roads are built such that traffic coming from Saurashtra can go to Gandhinagar directly without going to Ahmadabad. The road Link also gets connected to National Highway No 8 by 5 km link road.
The main city roads are normally rectangular of 1/3.4 km grid. The roads are built such like 30° North West and 60° north east to avoid direct morning and evening sun during journeys to and from work areas. There is ample scope for the natural air to come through wherever you are.
The main areas in the city are divided into:
Government Offices. (ii) Light Industries (iii) City Centre. (iv) Public Institutions Area. (v) Shopping, area. And (IV) IT Parks

The government offices consist of the Gujarat parliament, offices of the local government and local administration.

Public areas consist of homes and plots allotted and built by/for the public. Large gardens and playgrounds are available for public within walking distance. Shopping center and schools, health centers are also very near to the public within each sector. Almost everyone living in Gandhinagar has a small garden at their homes. There are around 300 persons per hectare Each sector has a post office, Police station, Banks, Clubs and a small play field area.

Now that we have seen the structure of the city, let me tell you the geography of this city in brief.

Geography of Gandhinagar.
Gandhinagar stands at an average elevation of 82 meters. Gandhinagar as I said before is laden with trees everywhere, as it has 55% of green cover of its land area. The Gujarat capital territory has defined about 20,543 km square around Gandhinagar. It is located from 23 km north of Ahmadabad.
The city is kind of a silent place if you love silence. There is a temple in each sector which gives a devotional feel to the environment. Years back, you would have found it very difficult to find an auto rickshaw after 8 pm, leave alone people on the roads. This was due to the fact that after 8 pm, people would not venture out of their homes due to the cold weather and lack of other amenities and facilities. Now the scene is different. You can find a rickshaw at 11 pm also and they have a couple of good Film theaters. Speaking of theaters, let’s talk about entertainment sector

If you are a lover of history, then you can visit the famous Adalaj step well, which is 18 km to south of the city. The well was built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai.
Then there is the famous Indroda Park which is like a mini zoo consisting of various sections like Jurassic park theme where you can find eggs of Dinosaurs from past ages, Deer Park, Snake Park, Different varieties of birds.  There is also a small zoo where leopards and tigers are kept in cages. A new structure is been building in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi called ‘Mahatma Mandir’.  It is located at sector 13. It will consist of museum, foods court, convention and exhibition center and landscaping pathway.
There is also a children’s park in sector 28 which has a small mini train and a small lake with boating facilities.

Of course you cannot miss the famous Swaminarayan temple ‘Akshardham’. The temple is a great example of grand architecture and good carvings on the walls of the temple and it is known for its structure. It was built by around 1000 artists and has about 6000 tonnes of Pink sandstones. There is also a lazer show at night there with wonderful colors. It is a must watch and go place

That is why it is also a good place for jogging, but be prepared to be run after by dogs who prefer to chase if you if they are in one of their moods. The roads are just fantastic as they are straight and smooth which makes you to speed up your vehicles without any roadblocks as such. People are peace loving and silence preferring.
For those who want to come to Gandhinagar, They can come  by Road from Ahmadabad or by other place. The bus stand is near the city limits only. The city also has railway station connected where 5 trains come every day.
So overall, if you want to seriously spend your time in a quiet place in weekend, come to Gandhinagar.

If you haven’t been to and seen Gandhinagar, you haven’t been anywhere.