Friday, October 17, 2008

Tomorrow Never Comes

Well this is not about the Elvis number nor the Garth Brooks song. This is about the "Tomorrow" we all face everyday in our lives that never comes.

I am talking about the things we set aside to do "Tomorrow" which we ought be doing today! That diet plan or the daily walk that we conveniently put off till "Tomorrow" never takes off. Cleaning the mess on your table or cupboard is always waiting for the "Tomorrow" to come. Writing a new post on the blog never starts coz you will take time out "Tomorrow" to do it! yeah! For sure! That Guitar class you want to take up or the friend you wanted to meet. The Gym class or the book to read. All waiting for "Tomorrow". My question is why does this "Tomorrow" never come? Is Time conspiring against you? Trying to keep you from achieving your goals? I guess not. It is we who are not doing enough. Why do we always keep putting off for "Tomorrow" what we promised ourselves or our loved ones that we would start "Today". Why?

I have been doing some heavy thinking and believe me you it is indeed quite heavy. I realized that throughout our lives we put off everything that is difficult, unsavory or plain simple boring for another time, importance of that activity notwithstanding. And in some selfish cases, we put off doing what might not benefit you more than it does someone else. Well it might give you some time to do some frivolous things or some cash to spend on something even more frivolous. But who are we fooling? Who is gaining? No one. While in my rather long introspective mood, I also realized that we actually do not like to think, read, talk or write about such things! Well, refer to "unsavory" above and you will understand what I am talking about. In fact we do not even like to acknowledge that a problem exists. Maybe we are sub-consciously putting off that realization till "Tomorrow"

Many times I have witnessed people plan and plan in great detail as to how they will start doing something. The sad part is in most cases, the plan is never implemented and worse still, the planning activity gets hit with the "Tomorrow" bug. Bug! you ask? Yes, It is a bug, a disease, a malaise that we all are carrying around with us. Spreading it unknowingly within all our aspects of life and to all those who are in contact with us. Lets not get into the semantics here but focus on the fact that we need to start picking up the loose ends in our lives and tie them up. Pick up those sticks that we have dropped around us in this mad race of life.

If it is something that you know deep down that is good for you and it is about time you started doing it, then please, stop reading this right now and start doing it. Don't waste time in drawing out your strategy and a road map on how to get around doing it! Those things belong to corporate board rooms! Just start off and you will figure out the best way as you go along. One wise ol Chinese philosopher has said that "A Journey of a thousand mile begins with the first step", I have decided that my "Tomorrow" arrives Today. What about you?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Viva Kimi

My word! What a race by Kimi! Imagine having to drive a car whose exhaust is displaced and is not at its peak power. Add a widening hole being burnt into the side of the car from the very hot exhaust very close to the fuel intake. Throw in some aggressive drivers around you at the very demanding French Magny Cours circuit. Top it with some uncertainty of rain. Any human being would say the safest thing to do would be to either pit the limping car at the earliest or if you have to, turn the revs down and just cruise to the finish.

But, would Kimi do that? No way! He not only drove more than 30 laps of the race on the conditions mentioned above but also managed to retain his position by consistently driving at race speed, sometimes over 300 KPH. True he had to let Fellow teammate and then 2nd Massa pass him but such was Kimi's dominance in the early part of the race and determination in the latter half that despite his handicap no one could even catch him forget about challenging him for the 2nd spot. Only Kimi can drive the way he does and that's why I just worship him.

Lewis's can of woes (or worms) seems to be overflowing these days! He has to calm himself down and tone down his aggression. Whatever Steve Slater had to say about the 'rules' the fact remains that Lewis did gain a place by straight lining at the turn. We all know that he would have got the position had he stayed on track. There is no disputing that, but the rules also are very clear. If you gain a position in that fashion you have to concede immediately. Plus he nearly took out his team mate early in the race. Young he may be but he is also extremely arrogant and over confident on track! He should realise that rookies like Robert Kubica, Nelson Piquet Jr., or even Sutil can all drive as fast if they were put behind the wheels of a McLaren Mercedes. Humility will serve him well if he has a long term view of the future.

Alonso was a promising P3 but his advantage whittled away even before he reached the first corner. A rejuvenated Trulli took advantage of a slow starting Alonso and finished the race in third. His dog fight with Heiki was not only great racing but extremely entertaining. This is what Formula 1 is all about. Hard core racing. Kudos to the mandarins at FIA who have brought about the changes in technical specifications. Removing Traction Control and limiting the capacities of car's engines has clearly shown that the playing field has leveled out a lot. BMW's the one enjoying the benefits most of all.

A promising 2008 season is getting more and more exciting with every passing race.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Better late than never

The title of this blog entry has a deeper reason! correction! make it deeper reasons. One is that after nearly six months of hiatus, it was about time that I came back to my blog. The other is the catalyst that probably got me coming back. It is the Indian Cricket League a.ka. the ICL a.k.a "The Rebel League"

I was among the countless skeptics who had ruled out any possibility of success a 20-20 tournament which faced fervent opposition from the BCCI. Lets face the truth here. BCCI is probably one of the richest and most powerful bodies in the world across all sports. When Essel group decided to break away and create teams of domestic and international players (most of whom were either past their prime or in some sort of trouble with their home teams and some local lads who were struggling to make the big break into the Indian Cricket team) it was not sounding too exciting.

I did not see one single match of the ICL's first episode. The second tournament, I got a few glimpses of a few matches, but never one match from start to finish. Oh! how much I rue doing that! Yes you heard me right! I rue missing the matches for the simple fact that it is very high quality, very entertaining and very professional cricket. This I say thanks to my being present in the stadium for two matches that took place in Hyderabad. The Semi Final where the Home team Hyderabad Heroes humbled the Chennai Superstars and today where the Hyderabad Heroes played against the mighty Lahore Badshahs and beat them. I did catch the whole of the first Finals against the Badshahs as well on the TV.

Agreed that the ICL has many a mile to go (as many Industry and trade pundits have been saying) but if the beginning is like this then I am looking forward to traversing those miles along with the bandwagon. On both the days the stadium was packed to the rafters. Cops and security personnel had to resort to lathi charge to shoo away exuberant fans from gate crashing. The atmosphere was indeed electric and the game that was played lived up to the expectations of all. And in my case, surpassed it. Who had heard of IS Reddy or even Absolom? Did you know that Roger Binny had a son called Staurt who was playing cricket? Did you know that Khaleel is an up and coming wicket keeper? Boy I am pleased that I listened to one Mr. Abhijit Roy and tagged along to see the Semi-Finals. Thanks to him I can say, It is better late than never.
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