The class of Kaira, Shyra and Shanaya in Bollywood
For a comfortable majority of his career, of all things Dhoni, wicket-keeping was his most anonymous skill. First he captured our imagination with his hairstyle, then with destructive batting, then came captaincy and ice-cool finishes. It’s only now, in the twilight of his career, that his wicket-keeping is getting its due recognition.
Finally, WISE communication requires clarity of thought. If your thinking is very clear, then you can write in simple, unambiguous language. So before you finalize your written note or memo, ensure that you have completed your thinking process. Sometimes, the process of writing itself helps sharpen clarity of thought, so write thoughtfully. If you are not sure whether your note is clear or simple enough, let it remain in your drafts folder overnight, particularly if it is an important piece of communication. Sleep over it, simplify it the next morning, and then send it out.
Composed now and perhaps even a little embarrassed, Federer hastily added: “It was what it was, you know, and I wish it wasn’t so sometimes. At the same time, I am happy I can show emotions and share it with the people. That does mean more than anything else to me.”
To watch Rahane master these conditions was to witness a genius cricketer at the peak of his powers. He held the bat with a softer grip and played the ball late—or as late as he could afford to— so that he could still dig out the low spraying ball in time. And when he got on his front foot, a sure way to ensure body blows on this pitch, Rahane did so with unblinking confidence. Those watching from the stands believed he was either a madman or a mastermind. Often, Rahane was treading a thin line between the two.
What these settlers in Marichjhapi cannot figure out even today is why the communist government turned against them after having invited them to rebuild their lives in the islands of the Sunderbans. Why the U-turn by Jyoti Basu? Was it because they were Hindus? There will perhaps be no answers to this deafening question.
Quite an interesting interview.
What a marvellous tribute to one of football’s greatest players.
Joy, however, is much easier to measure. It’s black and white; you either bring people joy or you don’t. Ronaldinho did, to millions of fans around the world. He transcended rivalry and achieved the happiness he set out for when he first laced a pair of boots up. He may not have realised it at the time, but the happiness he experienced came from himself; he was the joy.
That was Ronaldinho.
This story is so good that we should not allow foot soldiers of the phoney Indian culture war to mar the narrative. And the story will be a bestseller if Indian inequality is not as glaring as it is today. You descend the Magic Mountain only to hit the social realism of the homeland.
Quite thought provoking by Assisi.
Whether we like it or not,We have only three choices:Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
And not even threeBecause as the philosopher saysYesterday is yesterdayIt belongs to us only in memory:From the rose already pluckedNo more petals can be drawn.
The cards to playAre only two:The present and the future.
And there aren’t even twoBecause it’s a known factThe present doesn’t existExcept as it edges pastAnd is consumed...,like youth.
In the endWe are only left with tomorrow.I raise my glassTo the day that never arrives.But that is allwe have at our disposal.
Rohit Brijnath writes on Federer’s victory. An unheard spectacle. Greatness personified again and again.
But greatness endures and it grinds, it has some ingredient we can't quite separate and identify, but perhaps it's part-luck and some faith and a little trust.
To put this thought into words. Classic Manu Joseph.
The modern urban Indian is a cultural orphan, as a result he keeps finding false homes. In ideologies, faiths, moral convictions and cosy clubs and foreign cultures that do not care about him. Maybe we should just fall towards our real homes, the places that raised us. What the hometown has is time, our epic early histories. We love nothing more than ourselves and what we see in the hometown is ourselves.
And it arrives. 21st century.
In North America, the complex board games created during the latter half of the 20th century typically took the form of simulated warfare. In Risk, Axis & Allies, Star Fleet Battles, and Victory in the Pacific, players take on the role of generals moving their units around tabletop maps. But for obvious reasons, this wasn’t a model that resonated positively with the generation of Germans who grew up in the shadow of the Third Reich. Which helps explain why all of the most popular Eurogames are based around building things—communities (Catan), civilizations (Terra Mystica), farms (Agricola)—rather than annihilating opponents. The result is a vastly more pacifist style of a game that can appeal to women as much as men, and to older adults as much as high-testosterone adolescents.
Indeed, Kalanick had some tepid support inside the company. But his vote counting rankled even his defenders. He was also calling executives daily, asking for detailed information about the business. Even worse, he ordered the security team to dig through an employee’s email to see if that person was leaking a potentially damaging story. It all proved too much for the 16-person executive team, which signed a letter to Uber’s board—but clearly directed at Kalanick—asking them to refrain from reaching out to employees or meddling in the company’s daily affairs. Kalanick’s own handpicked executives turned against him.
quite informative piece about the birth of the Supreme Court.
Sidin speaking for aplenty, when he says this!
I never sell on any of my books. I hoard. And assemble shelves. And fill boxes. Lend. And lose. But I never sell on my books.
But you know what? Maybe I should. And I should leave clues for the next buyer. So that they can take the little imaginary journeys, fantastic pilgrimages, brilliant adventures, and fanciful leaps of imagination that I go on every time I find a used book with things inside.
Used books are the best. You get two or three stories for half the price of one.
Since 5G roll-outs are likely even before 4G is extensively deployed, the adopted road map for 5G should ensure that the existing and near-future investments in 4G can be leveraged. One suggested approach has been that since operators are likely to deploy 5G in bands that they are currently using for 4G, policy should facilitate this by making spectrum usage service agnostic.
In the hours that we tragics have spent dissecting the style versus effectiveness question (and watching every ball of a Test series), some of us could have learnt to speak Spanish or master the violin. Manjrekar confesses that he could not help wanting to defend correctly all the time, and look good while doing it. Why are we artless commoners so emotionally invested in this game? The answer is in a Marathi saying Manjrekar uses to explain his obsession with technique: "Swabhavala aushad nahi". There is no medicine to remedy one's nature.
One of the finest pieces I’ve read about The Beatles! Incredible stuff by Shamik Bag on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ tour of India. Must read.
What a way to run a country. No wonder America’s geostrategic rivals are eating into its global leadership. Indeed, this is the true cost of Trump’s presidency: an acceleration of his country’s decaying standards of governance and political dysfunction, which will in turn amplify America’s struggle to shore up its erstwhile hegemony. This appears inescapable. However much the president’s opponents may delight themselves in speculating about his mental health, Trump is probably going nowhere. And he is not going to moderate his behaviour. He appears incapable of it, which is why the tawdry daily scandals and intrigues will continue.
During the winter reunion in 2016, Kaiser stood at the front of a conference room at the Museum of Modern Art, which the family helped found. He was addressing a group of his relatives (uncles, cousins, his mom), some of whom wanted to air their grievances about an article detailing the climate allegations against Exxon that Kaiser had recently published in the New York Review of Books. Not every family member was thrilled with their sudden collective position as anti-Exxon crusaders. For one thing, a significant portion of the family’s wealth is still tied up in Exxon stock. “If Exxon’s stock price suffers, the whole family will lose money,” Kaiser said.
Very interesting. Abhinav Prakash Singh puts up a detailed informative piece on the Bhima-Koregaon unrest.
Few realise that the narrative of Bhima-Koregaon and the ‘Dalit view’ is seen via the prism of the Mahar caste, which is but one of several Dalit communities in Maharashtra and among hundreds across India. If Mahar soldiers fighting on the British side makes it a Dalit struggle against Peshwa rule for ‘social justice’, then a large number of soldiers of other Dalit castes like Matang and Mang fought alongside Peshwa forces. Does this make it a Dalit ‘nationalist’ fight against the British? Among various Dalit castes, whose is the Dalit narrative?
The golden boy of investigative journalism. Waiting your work for HBO.
To begin with, there is an obsession with seniority. The four aggrieved judges have made it clear that the CJI is first among equals, not superior to his colleagues. But on the other hand, they are apparently unhappy with important cases being allocated to junior judges—who should also be deemed equal by their own logic. The obsession with seniority is not just restricted to the judiciary, it is rampant across the government sector—more in the armed forces, less but significant in the bureaucracy.
Remember the name. Prithvi Shaw.
Prithvi is the greatest gift given to me by God and his mother. Once she passed away (when Prithvi was 4), there was a void that needed to be filled. There was nothing else but cricket in our lives there on,” Pankaj says.
Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, for all their claims to the contrary, signal a shift from a politics rooted in ideology to one that is entirely personality-centric. If at all they do contest the state’s Assembly polls, they may together end up playing spoiler by splitting votes and preventing any of the Dravidian parties from winning a majority. The result of this would be chaos. That is not good news for Tamil Nadu.
Having said that, Kohli left the press room and began crossing the field towards the waiting team bus. Under the cold and dark shadow of the Table Mountain, the silhouette in white disappeared from view within a few steps. And all that could be seen in the distance was the dim glow of a smartphone.
Excerpts from Michael Wolff’s to be released book!
In early March, not long before she left, she confronted Kushner with a simple request. “Just give me the three things the president wants to focus on,” she demanded. “What are the three priorities of this White House?”
It was the most basic question imaginable — one that any qualified presidential candidate would have answered long before he took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Six weeks into Trump’s presidency, Kushner was wholly without an answer.
“Yes,” he said to Walsh. “We should probably have that conversation.”
They found that to bring a new sovereign state into being under international law, following the 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, the following provisos need to be met:
1. A defined territory (which they have)
2. A permanent population (which they don’t)
3. A government (which they are working to establish) and
4. A capacity to enter into relations with other states (which they are working on).
What a wonderful article.
“China, Russia, and the U.S. are moving in the same direction,” he said. “They’re all trying to be great again.” ♦
Mark Manson speaking the gospel truth, as he so often does.
Fuck your feelings. Sometimes, good things will make you feel bad. Sometimes, bad things will make you feel good. That doesn’t change the fact that they are good/bad. Sometimes, you will feel bad about feeling good about a bad thing and you will feel good about feeling bad about a good thi–you know what? Fuck it. Just fuck feelings.
Have a great new year, everyone. With some resolutions, make some anti-resolutions too! :)
I was pleased to learn that it’s driven by mindfulness, being more self-aware, shunning too much technology, and learning about the empowerment of saying “no”. I have been doing that since way before 2017, so it doesn’t matter.
The abode of the wild. Masaai Mara.
Time is but an illusion in the African wild. Before we know it, dawn has cracked through the splintered sky and silhouettes of elephants, like forgotten ghosts, appear against the rising run. As they thunder down the valley to cross the river, the Mara is momentarily theirs. The crocs slink away downstream while the agitated hippos grunt and groan their way against the current. Even the hyenas on the near bank have disappeared into the breaking day. Now, without a common foe, the vultures turn on each other, flapping and squawking by the bones, each devising cunning methods to peck away at the final smear of wildebeest flesh.
To end the year, one of the best pieces you will read this year. Rudraneil Sengupta writes a fantastic piece on what happens when you dial 100.
hard-hitting by Kanchan da.
We are, if truth be told, a nation of cowards who don’t have the courage to admit their weakness but are happy to blame a well-meaning politician who, perhaps, takes his regimental motto of ‘Izzat aur Iqbal’ rather too seriously.
Such effortless writing.
The pilgrim’s quest remains. And that is why the journeys through the mental map of Bharat must continue.
Extremely detailed, well-research, informative piece on how and when Jerusalem changed the world.
Weekly dosage of Manu Joseph.
In a mind that is not guarded by intuition, hope spreads like an infestation, followed by despair when reality turns out to be something else. Liberal political analysis in India, as in many parts of the world, demonstrates this swing. They saw the destruction of Modi in Jawaharlal Nehru University student Kanhaiya Kumar, “demonetization”, farmer agitations, Aadhaar, and the rise of communal killings, the complex goods and services tax. Are some people more susceptible to hope than others? Why?
Destined for the stars. Remember the name. Prithvi Shaw.
“The 5-minute walk took us two hours because we were both mobbed by the crowd,” he recalls with a giggle. For a moment, the child within him breaks out again but very fleetingly as he gathers himself to note, “Don’t think I’ll ever be able to do that again.”
What a mesmerising piece by Tunku V. The beauty of this article and about sports in general is the connection it makes with everyone. Each fan will have his own stories and tales to recall.
Spectacular piece from Arvind Datar. History sanitises quite a lot, but its never forgotten.
what a nation! right on top of my bucket list.
These pointers in hand, I called Rajat and asked him to paint for me a picture of the kind of people who consult him and are successful. What emerged were images of staid people. This was in complete contrast to what is popularly portrayed in the public domain, that those belonging to the swish set lead lavish lives. Turns out, the most successful ones have routines most of us may consider boring.
In his multiple conversations with them, some common threads have emerged. Inevitably, they do not watch television, read a lot, hit bed early, spend quality time with themselves and spend time on exercise and meditation for anywhere 40-60 minutes each day. This is also the time when the most creative ideas occur to them. These appointments with the self are non-negotiables. And inevitably, when they wake up, they ask themselves one question: “What can I do today to improve myself by at least 1% from yesterday?”