2012: Week 2 in Review

Goals

Last week, after I wrote that I am doing well against my goals, Sunday was a train wreck. On Sunday alone, I watched twice as much television as I did the entire week. However, the week following brought back some sanity and it was getting normal yet again. Finances stabilized and as I started to spend more time on my blogs, I started to see readership jump marginally – a positive sign. I was also able to visit the Gym 3 times in the week for my regular treadmill run and was in no time I was cranking up 3K in around 25 minutes. Weekend was a mixed-bag where I got utterly lazy and just did not care of finishing up a couple of my tasks as I had planned, yet I was forth coming when it came to going out and figuring out various things for Aabhya’s coming birthday.

Overall, I am satisfied how I am progressing against my set goals for this year.

Sports

India slumped to a new low, loosing the Border-Gavaskar series to Australia as they lost their 7th straight test overseas. Everyone is now finding faults against the seniors and Dhoni. There have been rumors of Dhoni retiring from test cricket sooner than expected and also some of the senior players like Dravid and Laxman being axed. My emotions tell me that I am so much disappointed with how India is performing and they need to do something. No one, and I mean no one is able to perform in Australia and they have failed just as they did in England. While people talk about letting seniors go, I am wondering if infusion of fresh blood will really solve the problem? I think not, because India is simply unable to negotiate fast pitches and unless there is an effort to fix that, we will be here again – Dhoni or no Dhoni.

Soccer

I became a fan of soccer when I bought FIFA 10 while I was in US. As I started to understand the players and team my interest in the game has ever increased. This year I am following 2 leagues – La Liga and Premier League. And in both the leagues the current leaders are surprised. La Liga not so much because Real Madrid is as strong a team as Barcelona, but Barcelona being second is a bigger surprise. While in Premier League, Manchester City is a surprise as it is 3 points clear of Manchester United. Chelsea and Arsenal not doing so well. Lets see if we see new champions crowned this year.

Personal Life

Could not have asked for a better start to the week. Preeti and Aabhya came back and last weekend’s void was filled with my kiddo’s “Google Talk”. Gosh, I have missed her. Over the week, she was mystified with her new year’s toys and was happy playing with them. It was like an eternity but I was so glad to be seeing Doraemon again. She would come to me and play nice to get the remote for the TV and I guess she is the only one who can do so now 🙂 and yet I love she does that.

Towards the end, time was spent in deciding if we are going to celebrate her birthday this year and also the Lohri on Friday the 13th).

 

 

 

 

India oscillates to number 3

Rahul Dravid
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While the country was carried in the enthusiasm led by Anna Hazarre, half-way around the world, Team India lost 4 test matches against England to loose their #1 position. While England thrashed India in all departments across 4 match series and went ahead to take number 1 spot, India lost not just the matches, but also the series and their pride as as a cricket team.

However, this is the same team, who just a few months back were basking in the glory of World Cup victory. Around that time, when everyone was simply looking at the way India was ruling the Cricket arena, I looked into how India reached at the top. In my article, I wrote about some of the glaring reasons on how India managed to reach at the top:

  • India played less matches compared to others and a lot of them were at home;
  • Australia played bad and even though they were way ahead, they lost a lot of ground;
  • Other teams like South Africa and England were not doing significantly better and were kind of neutral

It was all a time-bomb waiting to explode and it did explode in England, when India were away from home and they did badly. England who were sitting just around the corner, won all the matches against #1 team and hence they jumped to the top. In another article around the same time, I quoted:

I ended up finding that we are where we are because of the fact that Australia failed to achieve the top standards they have been in the past. India’s efforts have only been marginally better than those of Australia between a period of 2008-2010. And, it was so hurting for me to realize that we are just as good as their worst. I do hope that going forward we can do so much more better than we have in the past and take it to the top level cricket. Australia between 2005 and 2008 have had 70% winning percentage and only 15% each of lost and draw. We managed to equal their worst performance to be #1.

During all this there was another just one man who stood like the Wall – Rahul Dravid. He was averaged so much better that the rest of India. In fact, if it was not for him, there would have been innings where India would not have scored even 100 runs. Sachin did not shine as bright as we expected him to. At the start of the series there were talks of Sachin getting his 100th 100, but it never came. In the last test Sachin did come close to when he got out at 92 runs. Samit Bal quotes

It was just as well that Sachin Tendulkar didn’t go on to get his 100th hundred at The Oval. It denied India a distraction, a glimmer of feel-good in their hour of misery. Indian cricket doesn’t need the blow to be softened at this moment; instead it needs to feel the full impact of this devastating loss, feel the pain, look within and ponder the future with a clear understanding of their failings.

I totally agree with him for last many months that India need to look into their own self and find ways to set benchmarks. They just can not be happy to be on the top when they really did not do enough and the position was a gift by others. Next few months can see India slip even below with Sri Lanka, South Africa and Australia playing 2 series each and have a good chance of winning and overtaking India.

The next step for India is the one-day series. Lets see how the world’s best team handles the pressure of Test Matches against the newly crowned Kings of the Test Arena

iPad vs Galaxy Tab 10.1

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase
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This all started when I was asked to buy an iPad as a gift. I was not even thinking if buying a tablet until that happened. But once it happened it was happening faster that I could think. So, now I have almost decided to get a tablet for myself and the race is between two tablets – Apple’s iPad vs. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.

I have not decided yet, but I hope by the time I am done with this post, I will be done. There will be one test that will remain pending and that is the battery test. I have almost tested the iPad2 but Samsung Galaxy is pending that test and I will update the post later when I have the results.

Before, I start the evaluation I provide a list of parameters on which I am going to evaluate the tablets and alongside I have ranking/weights for each of the parameters to help me arrive at a weighted score in the end. If you would like a PDF here it is – iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Parameters

Parameter Description Weight
Gmail Integration Gmail is the only mail I use besides my office email on mobile devices. And the integration has to be pretty sleek so that I can make best use of the email 5
Chat Client There has to be a chat client on the tablet so that I do not have to use my computer for chatting and I am going to look for GTalk and Yahoo only 5
Browsing I am going to use tablet to read a lot of articles and possible share it with the world on Twitter, Facebook and WordPress. Browsing experience has to be fast and performant

5

Social Integration Facebook, Twitter and blog should be easily manageable

4

Sharing I kept this out of Social Media because this is more to do with just FB and Twitter. After I find an article, I would want to be able to share it with my friends via various mechanism and this could mean an article, an image or a video

4

Music Should be able to play music easily based on the various MP3 songs I already have. Rating for this is low for me because I am not going to play music on the device and don’t care how it is

2

Video Should be able to play movies/podcasts and other video formats easily available. This is a feature that I am going to use to get myself updated

4

Games Should be able to play games well and all sorts of – board or racing. Not too important for me

2

Usability Overall usability like design, input, output and easy to hold and comfort are important.

5

Performance Should be good. Don’t want to wait for apps to open and do things and I wait for ever

5

Summary of Results and Ranking

Parameter

Ranking

iPad

Galaxy Tab

Gmail Integration

5

5

10

Chat Client

5

8

10

Browsing

5

6

10

Social Integration

4

10

7

Sharing

4

6

8

Music

2

10

8

Video

4

8

10

Games

2

10

7

Usability

5

7

10

Performance

5

10

9

Score

316

375

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Enjoyed playing today

The US Open
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Today I played a kid, 17 year old (Meghna) and she is good. She hits the ball very well both forehands and backhands. At times gets the ball to kick up and has some tremendous passing shots. However, I was happy just playing her as I was able to match her strokes and at times pass her too and win points. She was serving fast and I was able to return the serves back well too.

I would like to play her in a match and I wont wonder if she beats me, but it would be fun and very competitive playing her.

Success is like a fart, you can tolerate your own

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It is important to start by saying that I do not believe in this statement. This is what I read a few days ago on someone’s Facebook wall (I don’t remember who; not that it matters).

But I do want to point out that people who believe in this statement are the ones from who you can expect a lot of office politics because these are the kinds of people who will do anything to keep you down and out in office, these are the people who spend time in thinking how to make other’s life miserable and not work towards the greater cause. These are the people who are not leaders because leaders believe in growing together.

If you ever come against someone who believes in this in your office try to stay away and done be a jerk.

definitely, maybe

A second look at the past, may give give you a second chance at the future.

 

A romantic comedy and is so sweet. The movie starts with the dad telling his daughter a story of his love life before marriage.

Definitely Maybe
Definitely Maybe

He starts by a narration changing names of his girl-friends and the daughter has to solve the mystery in the story of who her mother is. The movie keeps coming out of the story to show the lovely relationship that the daughter and father shares. It is so heart warming especially when in the end, the daughter (10 years old) can sense her dad not to be happy and leads him to the love of his life.

This movie has all the elements of relations, freedom, dreams, choices and destiny; definitely maybe.

Revelation beyond expectation | Indian cricket team has work to do

Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India in action during...
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In some sense I am happy that I did this and sad that no one in BCCI or Indian camp is talking about it. Unless we know where we are we cant look to get better. We need to know our missing points. I rather be a critic to point out the things that didnt go well for my team than be a fan who sits back and enjoy what could be a short-lived victory. I am forced to make to make a comparison with good intentions towards my team. I know, some people will still think me being naive to think all of this and not just be happy, but I want someone to listen and maybe they do.

It started a few days back when my cousin started to propagate Dhoni’s leadership skills over the team members in CSK in IPL. I had liked Dhoni always, but the fan base that called out Dhoni’s captaincy so good that it started to show off other players in the team worthless – was something that ticked me off. In one of the discussion my cousin actually mentioned that players like Bollinger and Raina and Morkel are performing because Dhoni was motivating them.

I took it personally because it meant that the WC victory was only Dhoni’s doing and so was every feat India has achieved in Cricket in last few years and it was hurting. I know she meant no harm and she loves Indian cricket as much as any other Indian, but it was the ticking point for me.

All of this went into hyper drive when I had another discussion with Vineet Malani on Facebook where he was chanting about Dhoni’s captaincy and ignoring facts of what has happened around India and world of cricket. His point was simple – all that India has achieved is because of Dhoni’s captaincy and I wanted to tell them No – any captain in this scenario would have does what Dhoni has done.

I do agree to the fact that Dhoni is a good captain and maybe the best of what India has had, however he is not Great. However, in my zeal to find facts I ended up dissecting India’s path to being no#1 in test cricket and it was a revelation. In my post Deep dive | India route to Test#1; I ended up finding that we are where we are because of the fact that Australia failed to achieve the top standards they have been in the past. India’s efforts have only been marginally better than those of Australia between a period of 2008-2010. And, it was so hurting for me to realize that we are just as good as their worst. I do hope that going forward we can do so much more better than we have in the past and take it to the top level cricket. Australia between 2005 and 2008 have had 70% winning percentage and only 15% each of lost and draw. We managed to equal their worst performance to be #1.

India team – please do so very well in future; my best wishes are with you. Dhoni you are lucky for India and I wish you can take us to peaks where we are untouchables just like Australia were a few years back. I wish that day comes and I will write about you and how you took us to be on the top of the world so convincingly; where we will set benchmarks.