Linking two unrelated objects

Since I take trainings quite often, I attended a training session ‘Train the trainer’ in my organisation. Its a four day course split over three months so that the concepts can be applied. There was one thing that impressed me very much in this training which is linking totally two unrelated objects. For example, the trainer explained relating potatoes and loud speakers. Just like potatoes sprout from the ground below, the voice through loud speakers sprout from below. He also went on to explain many other linkages.
I did try my hand at linking Tomato Ketchup and laptop and I was quite successful in doing that. That was fun doing it and am planning to implement this idea in my future trainings to make it little more interesting.

The Mckinsey Mind

Currently am reading this book ‘The Mckinsey Mind’. I was glancing few pages and found it interesting but am not sure how well the concepts can be implemented as an individual. It looks more like suggestions for coporates.
Anyone who has read this book, do contribute your views.

A tiring weekend

Well what a weekend it was. After what seemed like a long time I went to my hometown Chennai/Madras to spend the weekend. Reaching there on Saturday morning (19th March) I sat before the idiot box for some time watching India play Pakistan at Eden Gardens. Around noon time I accompanied my brother who had to buy some computer accessories to a company by name AMB Infotech which is located in Chepauk. This company has got hoardings in most prominent places in city and is supposedly the largest seller of laptop batteries and does laptop servicing also. The best thing was this office is located in a ground floor of a flat and of course has got access card for getting in.
Since the battery my bro wanted was not there we went hunting in Ritchie street with no luck over there, we moved to BATA showroom on the main road as I had to buy slippers and running shoes. I bought slippers and then found that their credit/debit card machine was not working. I had to shell out cash to them. So much for a shop which is quite famous no wonder they loose their customers. Then we changed our minds and walked to Spencer Plaza looking for Reebok showroom. There was a very good salesman who convinced us that a new model had arrived with reduced price, shoe for running with DMX Foam. After trying it out and quite convinced that it was good I had it packed. This shoe cost just Rs.2500/-.
From there we went back home and started on our next journey with relatives to few places and finally to Geetanjali hotel (Roof top) in T.Nagar. Incase any of you want to visit this place think twice, service is pathetic and many of the listed items are not available. Our relatives went their way from there and we went back home. When we went to bed it was around 1:00am.
By 4:00am my brother was there waking me up as we had planned to run in Anna University Campus. We reached the campus at 5:30am and no sight of kribs who said would join us. We waited for about 20 – 25 mins and with no sign of him we both started our run. It was quite surprising to note that guys in hostels of the campus were not utilising the ground for running but people from outside were. After running for about an hour, we decided to break.
When we came back to the gate there was a girl standing there (we saw her while running also), while I went to get the security to open the gate my bro went to talk with her and she was Smita Jain.
After reaching home I slept for some time and started watching the match. My sister wanted to go to a hotel for lunch. By 1:00pm we left for Raddision hotel in Meenambakam with my parents and bro-in-law and sis. Spending two hours over there, i believe the hotel guys got impatient that we were not leaving and came time and again to enquire with us about the food. We were happy that there was a TV out there and saw India winning the match.
Reaching home we caught some sleep and after dinner at 7:30pm off we both were to catch the train back to Bangalore.
Today I am back in office writing some blogs and doing my usual official work.

Eden Gardens proves lucky

20th March 2005, India won against Pakistan for the first time at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in a test match. Our recent record against Pakistan in test match has been very good. We were triffle unlucky at Mohali where the first test was played. Eden Gardens proved lucky once again. Its not difficult to forget how Dravid and Laxman tormented Australia one full day at same ground. This time Dravid was supported in the second innings by surprise element Dinesh Kaarthick. This 19yr old lad from TamilNadu was having a tough time being unable to convert his thirties to a big score, 19th March (4th day of the test) turned to be his day when he made 93 though unlucky to have missed his century as Sachin said ‘You just played innings of your life’. This gave him enough confidence to get Younis Khan out stumped off a wide delivery by Kumble. This was the first delivery on 5th day and what a stumping, surely Parthiv Patel would have missed it. This was the turning point of the match, rightly admitted by senior players of both the teams, then it was just there was Kumble to finish them off. He returned with another 10 wkt haul for this match, age seems to be no bar for him.
Dravid seems not to be bothered by anything thats happening around, whenever hes there in the middle any Indian fan can assure himself of a decent score from him. Not to forget Dravid and Kumble had to overcome all comments from media and ex-players not many years ago. Dravid showed again to the world this just brings out best from him everytime hes out to bat. His bat did the talking and scoring back to back centuries is by any means not a small achievment. Rightly so, he was adjuged the Man of the Match.

This match did have dull moment when Steve Bucknor ruled Sachin out when he missed the ball by miles. Sachin was looking for his record breaking century and Bucknor broke all that. Thats a delighted Bucknor and dejected Sachin above.
Balaji is has improved a lot after his return from injury with his changed action and tips from the great Denis Lillee at MRF Pace Foundation, Chennai. It was heartening to see this guy move the ball and trouble the batsmen.

For the first time two players from TamilNadu are in the Indian team and look like cementing their places for quite some time.

Half past Eight in night

A forward which I received recently, this is probably written by a married guy. Just read on and dont ignore.

It’s half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on..PCs still runnning, coffee machines still buzzing..and whose at work..Most of them?? Take a closer look.. All or most specimens are 20-something male species of the human race..look closer..again all or most of them are bachelors..and why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!! Any guesses?? lets ask one
of them..Here’s what he says..”Arey yaar, whatz there 2 do after goin home..idhar to net hein, AC hein, phone hein, khaana hein, coffee hein.. to jam ke khaao, jam ke piyo(burps), jam se chatting/phone karo aur thak jaane par ghar jaao…aur boss bhi kush that i am working late…(burps) aur khaane ka paisa bhi bachtaa hein.”
This is the scene in most software companies and other off-site offices. Bachelors “time-passing” during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they’ve nothing else to do..Now what r the consequences.. read on…”working”(for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of the
company culture. With bosses more than eager to provide support to those “working” late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback,(oh, he’s a hardworker..goes home only to change..!!) they arent helping things too..To hell with bosses who dont understand the difference between “sitting” late and “working” late!! Very soon, the managers start expecting all employees to put in extra working hours.
My dear Bachelor bhaais let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a is no longer a prioroty, family is..and thats when the problem starts.bcoz u start having commitments at home too.
For your boss, the earlier “hardworking” guy suddenly seems to become a “early leaver” even if u leave an hour after regular time..after doing the same amount of work, People leaving on time after doing ther taks for the day are labelled as work-shirkers..Girls who thankfully always leave on time are labelled as “not up to it”. All the while, the bachelors pat their own backs and carry on “working” not realising that they r spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realise that they wuld have to regret at one point of time.
So bhaai log, what’s the moral of the story.?? Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!
Never put in extra time unless really needed. Dont stay back un-necessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues. There are hundred other things to do in the evening.. Learn music..Learn a foreign language..Try go-karting… Get a girl friend, take her around town. And for heaven’s sake net cafe rates have
dropped to an all-time low(plus, no fire-walls) and try cooking for a change.
Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad: “Life’s calling, where are you??”

Narain Karthikeyan

It was a proud moment for Indians and Thamizhans when Coimbatore born Narain finished 15th in Australia Grand Prix, his first ever. I am looking forward to better performance in Malaysia Grand Prix on 20th March 2005 from him and do his other fans all over.
The circuit looks more curvy (check out the photo above). Narain has stated:
“After the first race in Australia, I went directly to Malaysia to prepare physically for the tough weather conditions. I have trained a lot outdoors, about four hours a day, especially doing some cardio work. I have also been around the track and the first things I have noticed are that it is not very clean and it is very wide. However, I think it will suit my style of driving. I am a little bit worried about the very hot conditions here in Malaysia, as it is very humid. Physically, it will be very challenging but I will push hard for it, as I did in Australia and hopefully finish the race again.”

In an interview he has asked his fans to wait till his 7th race and then find him aiming for podium till then lets be patient and wish him all the best.
“Go Narain Go”.

Sachin Tendulkar joins 10,000 runs club

A proud moment for India. Second Indian joined the esteemed 10,000 runs club. None other than our Sachin Tendulkar. A short boyish looking guy who made his debut under the captaincy of Srikanth against Pakistan deservedly scored his 10,000th run also against Pakistan. He reached the magic figure when he scored a single of Abdul Razzaq’s over and his individual score then was 27. This is the second test between India and Pakistan of the series at Eden Gardens, Kolkatta.
Its a pity that he was not able to carry on for a long innings. He eventually got out at 52. The record of maximum centuries is still eluding, pary that he gets it in Bangalore Test where I would be watching from the stands and not on TV.