Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Ram Lakhan pilgrimage to Hajj"

"Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment." Mahatma Gandhi.

Good morning!

The other night I witnessed an ordinary moment which defies nothing exemplary but something that brought a smile on my face. On my way to home from work, I saw "Ram Lakhan Deluxe coach" written on the backside of a bus. When my cab overtook the bus, it simply blown my mind away. The bus was carrying pilgrims travelling to annual Islamic pilgrimage to Hajj. There is nothing to brag about it. But if we can nurture ourselves with meaningful thoughts by looking at famous paintings or drawings, why not see and cherish the meaningful things dancing just in front of our nose in reality everyday?

Of course, India is a secular country and there is nothing to stress about it nor debate about religions. It is a fact that people have overcome "Divide and Rule" principle started by British and passed on to Indian politicians in 15 August 1947. Divide and Rule principle is no better than Adolf Hitler "Mein Kampf" manifesto. It is obvious politicians in India would never want us to stay united; and they rather scheme the centuries old principles tweaking and turning at the cost of many innocent lives for the sake of absolute power. Power is always dangerous; and it attracts the worst and corrupts the best. It absolutely true when Lord Acton said "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

The current ISIS onslaughts of innocent people in Iraq is the present day example of fanatics in full throttle racing towards absolute power so they terrorize every living souls who does not follow their barbaric laws. ISIS is a terrorist organization and it is unfair to dig out the similarity with our country Parliament Act "Armed Forces Special Power" passed on 11 September in 1958. However the Act is completely a Draconian set of regulations still enforced in North East states of India and Jammu & Kashmir. The Act has no place in any of the civilized Democratic countries. The central government can enforced the Act if any states of India is deemed to be "Disturbed Area."

Do we know how the Armed Forces Special Power Act come into existence? Right after the partition of India and Pakistan in the year 1947, the unrest between Hindus(including Sikhs) and Muslims was at peak. If not for power struggle between Nehru and Ali Jinnah, the unrest could have been prevented. Similarly, if not for the British interest in India in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the British "Divide and Rule" principles of uniquely identifying the leaders of Muslim as well as its counterpart leaders could have been ineffective. But in the end, almost every politicians before and after India freedom succumbed to the lust of power. And to hold on the power, killings, community riots, etc. becomes the tools to negotiate power between all the interested parties.

Once all the interested parties have come to an agreement, the Act come into existence because the government fear the repercussion if people revolutions and the threats of newly formed militants. After all, when the Act is like a bulletproof for central government to hold on the power.
According to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, in an area that is proclaimed as "disturbed", an officer of the armed forces has powers to:

1. After giving such due warning, Fire upon or use other kinds of force even if it causes death, against the person who is acting against law or order in the disturbed area for the maintenance of public order.

2. Destroy any arms dump, hide-outs, prepared or fortified position or shelter or training camp from which armed attacks are made by the armed volunteers or armed gangs or absconders wanted for any offence.

3. To arrest without a warrant anyone who has committed cognizable offences or is reasonably suspected of having done so and may use force if needed for the arrest.

4. To enter and search any premise in order to make such arrests, or to recover any person wrongfully restrained or any arms, ammunition or explosive substances and seize it.

5. Stop and search any vehicle or vessel reasonably suspected to be carrying such person or weapons. Any person arrested and taken into custody under this Act shall be made over to the officer in charge of the nearest police station with the least possible delay, together with a report of the circumstances occasioning the arrest.

6. Army officers have legal immunity for their actions. There can be no prosecution, suit or any other legal proceeding against anyone acting under that law. Nor is the government's judgment on why an area is found to be disturbed subject to judicial review.

7. Protection of persons acting in good faith under this Act from prosecution, suit or other legal proceedings, except with the sanction of the Central Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by this Act.

The Act itself is a Draconian law where people just become an liability to central Government rather than its entity. The Act has been misused many times by the army in Manipur. For instances, the Manorama Rape case, the fake encounters, Malom massacre where ten civilians were lined up and shot to dead, etc. I don't know if the Act is a tool for central government so they can divide and rule but it certainly seems to be. And I'm still afraid if the politicians in power should misuse the sentiments of people based on religions.

My point is we are actually the power and we can decide our own fate. And the fact is that majority of people in India can live in harmony despite the differences in religions and culture. We don't need a law like Armed Forces Special Powers Act in a democratic country like ours and the central government need to review its stance in North East states of India and Jammu & Kashmir.

Thank you. Have a good day!

Monday, April 27, 2015

"Samaritan wanted"

"Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way." Swami Vivekananda.

First of all, my prayers are with the injured and the victims of the recent Earthquake in Nepal. Nature fury is unpredictable despite human efforts in research and scientific development. What has happened with our neighbor country Nepal is truly heartbreaking. However, let us not forget them in our daily prayers and together we can help rebuild Nepal. If anyone would like donate relief fund for Nepal earthquake, please visit Paytm site: where in you can donate any amount in the denominations of Rs. 10, 20, 50 and so on. To be clear, I'm not a representative of Paytm or promoting it but I thought it is a good platform for donation based on my experience.

On the other hand, it seemed all major news channels battling in order to gain the highest TPR rating while reporting the latest updates of Nepal earthquake. And I'm really appalled to see some of the TV news anchor reporting enthusiastically with every shades of competition as if the unfortunate incident is drama (usually known in India as “Tamasha”) just in order to attract more TV news audience. At this juncture, I'm not sure if the news channels are reporting news or selling news or spreading panic and anxiety at large. Of course, journalist’s duty is to report news but with integrity of journalism and to instill sensitivity with calmness to audience regarding the updates on the casualties, injured, and the latest updates on the earthquake aftershock.

Panic and anxiety are best known to be the root cause of our error in judgement. And to deal natural disaster with panic, it will always do more harm thereby risking our life unnecessarily. The aftershock of earthquake will continue to hit some parts of India at regular intervals as confirmed by the experts. However, know that the experts have also mentioned we do not need to worry about it. It is true that nothing can prepare you better at the time of disaster except your wise decision and calm demeanor. I wish if the news channels were more sensitive rather than instilling fear to public at large. Therefore, I checked in the internet and I have found the precaution steps to be followed during an earthquake or aftershock. See the screenshot below:

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Most importantly, the news channels should provide information on how the TV audience in India can help or donate relief fund rather than just providing the videos and the pictures.

Thank you. Have a good evening!

"Review on Manchester United performance V/S Everton, 0-3, 27 April 2015”

Everton starting 11: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Lennon, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Kone, Mirallas, Naismith, Besic, Garbutt, Alcaraz.

Man Utd starting 11: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, McNair, Shaw, Blind, Mata, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Young, Rooney. Subs: Di Maria, Falcao, Januzaj, van Persie, Valdes, Blackett, Pereira.

I was so angry with the performance from United players that it took me nearly two hours to cool myself down so that I can write this review with a sound mind. If I had written the review right after the match, I think I would have freely use all the "Seven dirty words" starting with from backline. Although United played well in terms of ball possesion and passing during the entire match, but the silly mistakes from the defenders contributing to goals for opponent team is not the match I enjoy watching.

The first goal scored by Everton in the 5th minute was a mistake of Valencia where he should have realized his disadvantage position if he goes for the tackle. Around 7 to 8 United players were still there in Everton box after Mata took the free kick from the right flank. After the freekick from Mata, I don't understand why Valencia have to battle for the clearance ball when he was only required to position himself better and wait for the defenders to come back. But once he lost the tackle, it was too easy for the Everton players to launch the counter attack. 

In addition to Valencia mistake, McNair look like a spectator by letting Everton's McCarthy passed through him when he could have tackle to give himself a 50:50 chance. Even if he have miss the tackle and red-carded for fouling the opponent player, I wouldn't mind as a fan because he did the right thing for challenging and trying stop the opponent from scoring.

The second goal from Everton in the 35th minutes really boiled my blood. I just can't believe it, 3 consecutive corners given to Everton seemed like a friendly training session. Obviously, Everton have to make it count on the third attempt with the kind of easy opportunity provided. McNair and Valencia really let down the team because of their amateur display and silly mistakes. The third goal from Everton in the 74th minutes was completely the lack of understanding among the defence trio of Smalling, McNair and Valencia. The worst culprit from among the three was Valencia. The ball was still playable even though Eveton's Lukaku raised his hand admitting he was in offside position and halting his run. What I don't understand is why did they stop chasing the ball when the referee and the linesman has not given the signal. And Valencia, how did he not realize the ball was still playable for Mirallas who was lurking behind him. I'm really disappointed with the defenders lack of experience. 

 think the three goals conceded clearly shows the lack of experience in the defence unit. Although Valencia has the pace but his crosses from the right flank are very inefficient and unreliable. Damn it! He also need to learn how to kick the ball with left foot. His dependent on using only his right foot in every situation have become too predictable and the opponent players are able to stop him from delivering quality cross inside the box.

The players performance throughout the match was so pathetic and unbearable for me to watch till the end but credit goes to Everton solid defending and they clinically converted their chances. The performance of the United players was really apathetic except Young and Luke Shaw were the only better performer. Note that the same criticism also applies for David De Gea. As a top goalkeeper, I thought he could have at least save one of the three goals. Van Gaal system philosophy is already working but the players have to maintain their consistency at any cost. 

Last but not the least, I really hate to see my favorite team losing to Everton because their fans are like way over the top and always making a point to say we are bigger than you even if we don't have world class players. And it really hurts because Everton last won the English title in 1986-87 whereas we have already won 13 times since their last title.

Overall, I'm rating 1 out of 5 stars for the team performance.

The upcoming match for Manchester United is on 02 May 2015 against West Brom in Old Trafford, Manchester. The Match will start at 10:00 PM (IST).

Thank you. Have a good night!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

"My Voice"

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." George W. Bush.

A friend of my mine asked me, "Why are you concerned regarding the recent developments of Maharashtra government although you are not a residence of Maharashtra?" Obviously, my friend have his own opinions and I respect that. However, Maharashtra is equally a part of India and I am a citizen of India. My reply to his honest question was, my blog is my voice in social network and even if a single person can hear me, it is worth writing the policy of governments which clearly are not in the interest of people who are sweating everyday and then to suffer the consequences of the policy which seemed to benefits only the interested parties. The ban of beef in Maharashtra highlights the government apathy towards minorities and promoting communal disharmony. In addition, the plan to shut down 4000 government school in Maharashtra clearly portrays the attitude of an autocratic capitalist.

Does it not make more sense if the governments invest in quality education system rather than closing down the 4000 schools? At anytime, I'd prefer the government school if it is in league with the private schools. But then, the government has other plan when millions of children in India are missing out in education. According the 2011 census report, 82.91 percent is the literacy rate of Maharashtra. What about the 17 percent population who are illiterate? The problem with illiteracy rate in India is not fault of rural people who do not understand the value of education or the poor people who cannot afford the private institution. It is basically the lack of education awareness in rural India where certain politicians intent to let it the way it has been since India's independence. For the poor people, it definitely the lack of adequate number of government schools providing quality education.

After all, it is not only Maharashtra but almost every states of India. The latest 2011 census reported 74.04 percent of Indians are literate. And it really appalled me to know that the literacy rate of India has increased only 12 percent after India's independence from British in 1947. It means, for the last 68 years and so on, the governments in states and central doesn't care and still do not care. Even if there are only two students in a classroom of government school, it is way better than not having a single student at all. Like the saying, where there is free food, everyone comes forward to have their own share. So, why close down the 4000 government schools rather invest more in quality and infrastructure? The government schools tragedy is not only with Maharashtra but with every states of India. More schools will only help us improve the literacy rate in India, and the outcome will help us improve our country economy, skilled manpower, standard of living, self-dependent, etc.

Maybe I'm just a blogger from a small room in Delhi but I shall not let my silence be misunderstood. This is my platform where I felt my opinions can be heard louder than from a megaphone. I also hope to write about my state Manipur as well. But I need some more time to research and analyse. Anyway, we shouldn't marginalize ourselves by saying 'that's not my state and therefore it is not my concern'. After all, we belong to the same race, i.e., human beings.

Thank you. Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, April 24, 2015

"Violation of rights"

Good evening!

What the f**k is wrong with Maharashtra Government? Seriously, banning beef has nothing to do with religion! The state government even went on to say there is no fundamental right to eat beef and the state can regulate citizen's right to choice of food. Honestly, how is the statement no different from the everyday antics of ISIS telling people what to do and what not to do? This is what I have been fearing with the BJP led government in central as well as in Maharashtra including other states with BJP government. One way or the other way, the RSS ideology always swooped into play when I starts to believe India is not run by communal parties. And Lo! The government does really care for the livestock of Bulls and Bullocks when farmers, i.e, actual human beings, are committing suicide because their plights are not worthy to be in the league of contentious issues like Ayodhya, Godhra, Babri Masjid, etc.

See in a wider picture, the banning of beef will only add further doubts on the minority people whose religions are not Hindu. That's how the seed of disharmony is planted between Hindu followers and non-Hindus. And it seemed the government is hell bent on nurturing the seed already planted. I will really feel bad as a non-Hindu when the food I have been eating independently is going to be ban in every states of India since the ban in Maharashtra. And personally, I will never ever enjoy eating beef in front of my friends who are Hindus because it will hurt their sentiments. But then, I'm cooking and eating it in my own house, and that's my fundamental rights which I'm not ready to give it away. Even more nauseous about the banning of beef in Maharashtra is the police having the rights to barge in any house and check whether the ban has been violated or not. Literally, it means you are a criminal if you are eating beef in Maharashtra.

Now, I really don't understand what was the point of studying food chain system in Biology class when I was growing up? Obviously, I won't slaughter any animals just for fun or in order to hurt other sentiments. The food chain mentioned that humans are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Imagine the plight of a common Maharashtrian who grew up eating beef as a food and so were his or her forefathers, ancestors, parents, etc., is being banned and further planned to be ban all over India as reported in TIME. I'm afraid the BJP led government in Maharastra is following the ideology of Adolf Hitler. After banning beef as food and justifying the ban with the statement "Eating beef is not a fundamental rights" is completely nonsensical. The ban itself is the strategy of Machiavellianism politicians trying to exploit the majority communal sentiments and beliefs at the cost of minority people.

Therefore, every one of us need to question Narendra Modi being the leader of BJP as well as the leader of central government in New Delhi. Is his BJP government an agenda for the Hindu ideologists or the people of India irrespective of religions and background? If the government is for the people, was the decision made by the Maharashtra government a fair decision or a move to appease certain sects of community? I wish if the last government led by Congress party in central as well as in Maharashtra was without controversies.

Modi government is certainly doing good in some fields. But it is also like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode because mixing religion and politics is the worst thing that can happen in democracy. It is good the central government speaking about bullet trains, Made in India initiative, clean India movement, look east policy, bank accounts for all, encouraging Defence Research & Development Organisation for more scientific achievement, etc., and to develop all these dreams to reality in India. However, we must also not forget not all Indians belong to middle class or lower middle class family. And also the fact that India is a very diverse country in which there are also many non-Hindus. 

Hence, the seven fundamental rights to safeguard all the citizens of India.

1. Right to equality. 2. Right to freedom. 3. Right against exploitation. 4. Right to freedom of religion. 5. Cultural and Educational rights. 6. Right to constitutional remedies. 7. Right to life.

Although, I have not mentioned the details of the 7 fundamental rights, I would like to stress on the Cultural and Educational rights. The Cultural and Educational rights preserve the right of any section of citizens to conserve their culture, language or script, and right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice. After all, not every culture and our way of living, eating, etc., are same or similar. And it is impossible to say my culture and your culture will not clash at all. But it is also not impossible to tolerate one another culture. Thus, the fundamental Cultural and Educational rights for every citizens of India. You and I have to be alert with every move of Government trying to solidify communal politics.

Food for Thought: “He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” George Bernard Shaw.

Thank you. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." Albert Einstein.

Good evening!

It all starts with ABC.., 123..., A for apple, etc., from kindergarten. And it's amazing now that we are able to read and write almost everything. I wondered if we have learned ABC incorrectly from kindergarten and our teachers forgoing all our mistakes rather than correcting us to read and write correctly, I think the institution of education is no less than idiocy as per the given scenario. I believed the interpretation of Education is the guidance to right path which ultimately helps us to differentiate between right and wrong.

Mistake is one of the qualities that completes us as a human being setting us apart from robots or computer. The ability to accept mistake and to be able learn from mistakes is the education which starts from the very beginning, i.e., kindergarten. After all, we were not born with all the alphabets and numbers preset in our brain. The fact is that we are able learned alphabets and numbers with proper guidance from our teachers despite making umpteen times of mistakes. After all, what is the point of being an educated person if we do not accept our mistakes? Mistake does not come with a skull mark rather it presents an opportunity to learn. However, it seems we are unable to tolerate our own mistakes rather preferring the alternative blame-game card which clearly display our coming of age in reverse cycle.

Ratan Tata, one of the most influential name in business world admitted that the marketing of Tata Nano car as the cheapest car was a mistake. He went on to explain, the stigma surrounding with the word "cheapest" was the mistake with the marketing of Tata Nano. In fact, the word "cheapest" influenced the major outcome of lukewarm reception from the public on Tata Nano car. And if I were in his place, I would have blamed the marketing team or the board of directors who have given the green signal for the marketing tag as "cheapest car". But I know deep inside, I'm just trying to save my own skin and it is completely unjustified to let the other person take the fall for my mistake. In the end, rather than accepting the mistake and learning from it, I'm also throwing away my self respect and integrity.

I guessed that's the difference between us and Ratan Tata who have the guts to admit his mistake regarding the final decision he made in marketing Tata Nano car as the cheapest car. In kindergarten, if a student reads the alphabet as A, B, D, F, I, and so on, obviously the teacher is there to correct the student and to help identify the mistake. Thus, not only we learned the alphabets correctly but the real substance that we learned is about accepting the mistakes identified by our teachers so we can read and write properly. It is just my simple evaluation on education, and I'm not sure at this stage if we require our teachers to help us identify our mistakes once again. However, as we grow older, we are becoming more and more hostile with our mistakes. Henceforth, we are only nurturing ourselves to be our own worst enemy.

I thoughts the 1st and 3rd law from the Newton's three law of motion can be applicable as well in philosophy of life. The first law states, every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. And the third law states, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. I guessed the above mentioned are not only theory but also proven practically. The first law can be related with our daily routines. If something is wrong, there is a always a reason behind it. Therefore, identifying the reason and finding the resolution is almost same as accepting the mistake and learning from it. Anyway, what's the harm in accepting mistake when you also have the opportunity to make make it right?

The third law, just think about it! Have a good night!

Thought for the night before sleep: "Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something." Morihei Ueshiba.

Monday, April 20, 2015


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” Mark Twain.

Honestly, for the past few days, I ran out of thoughts provoking ideas to write on my blog page. And I starts to ponder if I have been too idealist and preachy on my blog and making it harder for me to follow up. Maybe it is relevant or irrelevant but it has nothing to do about preaching otherwise I would have opted to be a theologian rather than working in a private sector. However, writing and sharing my thoughts on my blog does give me happiness and I believed its part of human condition to want to share things like ideas, opinions, and thoughts. After all when our time comes, nothing will remain of us except our imprints that have made an impact or not…:)

No matter how we die, people will never forget about the good imprints left behind. And so is the case for Paul Walker, an actor who passed away in December 2013 and still remembered by his friends as well as families. A few weeks ago, the song “See you again” (Audio version) was uploaded in YouTube in tribute to Paul Walker. After listening the song, I have become so obsessed and madly in love with every verses of the song. Believe it or not, I've played the song more than 200 times and yet I’m still ready for more. I would say the song is indeed a fitting tribute to Paul Walker in just 3:58 minutes. Unlike the thousand pages in biographical books experimenting with every available word to mortified life’s story but the lyrics of the song managed to express the impact of Paul’s life with his friends and families in just around 200 words. The irony about the 200 words is that every single word became so magnitude yet truthful in a simple way. And we can relate to our closed and dear ones who also have left us like Paul.

Lately, the mercury has been rising swiftly in Delhi and the weekend for me was more about sitting in my room right below the fan. Definitely, it had made me to think more about my real purpose of life below the humming sound of fan…:) I guessed the words of Mark Twain had a profound effect inside me. Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Obviously, the day I was born has well passed over me but I'm still wondering the other one “what is the real purpose of my life?” Am I born to become money making entity? Or, am I born to be able to make my family bloodlines to continue for another century? Or, am I born to just make my life happy?

Many possibilities but the question is, is any one of the possibility I choose to live for is worthy enough for my life? In the end, people always judged and will continue to do so. Maybe, it is fair or it isn't fair. But, is it not worthy to remember as a good person like Paul Walker? And the truth is; no one would want to be remembered like Adolf Hitler.

Thank you. Have a good day!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

"Review on Manchester United performance V/S Chelsea, 0-1, 18 April 2015”

My only feeling about superstition is that it's unlucky to be behind at the end of the game." Duffy Daugherty.

Chelsea XI: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Matic, Oscar, Fabregas, Hazard, Drogba. Chelsea subs: Cech, Luis, Cuadrado, Solanke, Mikel, Ramires, Willian.

United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, McNair, Shaw, Rooney, Mata, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Young, Falcao. United subs: Da Silva, Van Persie, Valdes, Pereira, Blackett, Januzaj, Di Maria.

Even if Manchester United do not deserves to be a champion for this season but they did not deserved to lose the match. Even a draw won't suffice the performance of resurgent United against a much disciplined Chelsea defense. No offense to Mourinho tactics but his message was very clear to his two center backs, John Terry and Cahill, which is to stop United from poaching the area around Courtois. These two center backs literally never left their position for the entire 90 minutes of the match. It’s true that 80 percent of ball possession doesn’t win you a match unless a team score a goal and unfortunately it was the case for United. It was really frustrating to watch the match because right from the start, United’s intensity to attack Chelsea was very obvious whereas Chelsea was relying on counter attack clearly.

The first half from United was absolute brilliant in term ball possession and passing. Into the 8th minutes of the match, I thought Rooney has scored from Luke Shaw cross after a wonderful run from the left flank. That was a clear chance for United to take the lead. In case, if Rooney had scored, it could have initiated a change of tactic from Chelsea and will be force to drag their players out of position in order to level score. But once Chelsea’s Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the match in the 38th minutes (Score: 0-1), it was enough for Mourinho to execute his ultimate defensive tactics in order to win the match. The build up to Hazard goal is not without controversy as Falcao was fouled by John Terry in winning the ball. But then, the referee see it other way and the benefits of doubt seemed to be in favor of Chelsea.

Fellaini did help the team in creating space for Rooney and Herrera by drawing Chelsea’s Zouma and Ivanovic. I believe that was the major contribution to the team from his end. Anyway, he played well except he did not get a chance for aerial duel inside Chelsea’s box. I’m sure Van Gaal will continue to start him for the remaining 5 matches. After all, it takes two players to mark Fellaini and a much disciplined defense to stop him from scoring. And Chelsea’s players definitely executed their plan in stopping Fellaini despite his strong resistance to make a major impact in the match.

McNair and Smalling also played well as center backs. Although McNair was more comfortable foraying into Chelsea area and he managed two shots on target. Huge credit to Van Gaal for trusting the upcoming players from academy like McNair, Blackett and Perreira. Smalling is also improving but he needs to start playing some bold direct passes to strikers. Clearly, he had no idea about Falcao position during the match. Valencia, I just wish if his left foot is mobile as his right foot. Despite his consistency as a fullback, his cross needs to improve in order to have more impact in big match like former United player Gary Neville used to be from the same position. Luke Shaw will only keep on improving as his talent was the reason United signed him at the first place. He had a good game and I hope he cements his position in the starting eleven sooner. It will benefit the club as well as his teammates if he consistently play and manage to stay fit.

Rooney playing as midfield gives balance to the team in Carrick absence. However, Rooney playing as a midfielder also has a drawback for the team, i.e. his ability to score from striker position. He was very mobile right from the start and his passing was efficient throughout the match. But I would always prefer Rooney scoring goal as a striker than a box to box midfielder. His abilities to be able to play in any position is a blessing for a manager but I rather see Rooney as striker playing upfront and causing ll sort of threats to opposition defenders.

Juan Mata reception from the Chelsea fans was admirable and he truly deserved the standing ovation when he was substituted in the 70th minutes. It was quiet day from him and some of the corners he took were wasteful. Maybe, he was overwhelmed by the Chelsea fans reception. Angel Di Maria who eventually replaced Mata was also unable to up the tempo of the match with his pace and skills. Anyway, it is good Manchester United spot in next season Champion’s League is almost sealed. Ander Herrera is definitely proving in every matches and cementing his place in the starting line-up. Sorry to mention about his diving in the last minute of the match although it was an attempt to win the match at any cost. Obviously, the DNA of United is all about winning but I hope he rather commits a professional foul on opposition player who has a clear shot on goal. Anyway, his dedication and passing in the match are not to be left out just because he dived.

Ashley Young had a decent match although his attempt to create chance was minimal which definitely had an impact with Falcao performance. Falcao started the match but with only three attempted shots on target throughout the match. The first shot was deflected by Cahill and the second shot with his left foot hitting the bar instead. And lastly, his left foot shot on target from Fellaini cross was brilliantly blocked by Cahill. At the end of the day, the striker score goal with assist from either side of the width area or from middle. Unfortunately, even though the team played well, Chelsea defended too well.

Van Gaal formation of 4-1-4-1 undoubtedly created problems for Chelsea but once they took the lead, they park a double decked bus in front their goalkeeper. Tactically, the formation used by Van Gaal was an absolute remedy to Mourinho defensive style. In the end, United was defeated and the 3 points is all that matters to Mourinho.

For the team performance, I’ll rate 3 out of 5. The next upcoming match for Manchester United is on 26 April 2015 against Everton. The match will start at 06:00 PM (IST).

Thank you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." Anne Frank.

Good morning!

Do we still remember what our parents used to say when we play with a knife when we were growing up? I'm pretty sure the answer to the question is “son/daughter put away the knife and you do not play with it again or else you'll get yourself hurt.” I thought about it, and it seemed to me the precautionary advice from our parents seemed to be one of the greatest lessons we have learned, i.e., “consequence.” Hopefully, I will be articulating every lesson learned from my parents when I have a family of my own.

The lesson about “consequence” is that it enables us to think before taking any kind of action.

If one thing that can be interpreted as the reason for the senseless killings and hating, it has to start with a statement or an action without knowing the consequences of it. In democracy, we believed in the power of people but seldom do we realize the Machiavellianism tactics of politicians exploiting the very power of democracy. More or less, the hope for a better future clouded our judgement when choosing our representatives. That’s where when the politicians are able to penetrate within our mind and manipulating it in every possible way to have an upper hand against us. Yet, we are still happy because we still live in a democracy country rather than a country under dictatorship. But after all, the present democracy is like a mirage in a desert but the reality of mirage is an illusion.

Everyone, and of course, has the right to ask and know, how do we make this right? It is as simple yet it does need your judgement from your conscience in order to be in terms with your decision based on your intelligence. Imagine a big country like us where more than billion people are repeatedly let down by our own power entrusted to 545 people after every five years. And the irony of our country democracy is that a common man is happy when the price of onion is dropped although the standard of living remains the same. But we have to know that a real democracy do not give from his right hand in order to steal it again from with his left hand. And there is no room of negotiations like 50:50 when it comes to freedom and the entitlement as a rightful citizen.

In fact, the people of Delhi has experience the consequence of choosing the same representatives again and again but they have also make it right this time around in the month of February 2015 Delhi election. The result was groundbreaking because it let me to believe in democracy once again. It is not about endorsing a particular party rather there leader out there who are willing to work for the people and also there are looters masquerading as leader. Every single day, we have to use the very lesson of ‘consequence’ we learned as a child from our parents. After all, parents have the best interest for their children.

Food for Thought: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein.

Thank you. Have a good day!

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Review on Manchester United performance V/S Manchester City, 4-2, 12 April 2015”

It’s Manchester derby match!

United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Young, Rooney. United subs: Valdes, Rafael, Rojo, McNair, Januzaj, Di Maria, Falcao.

City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, Navas, Milner, Silva, Aguero. City subs: Caballero, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Nasri, Lampard, Dzeko.

United started the match in a tattering fashion for the first 10th minutes. In fact, in the very 3rd minutes of the match, City’s winger Navas run was undetected by Blind on the right flank produced a shot saved by De Gea. Encouraged by the lousy noise from the stand of City’s fans, the players also pressed harder and eventually took the lead in the 7th minutes scored by Aguero. Score 0-1. It was an easy tap in goal for Aguero with the cross provided by David Silva. It was kind of scary how City started the match despite their recent fluctuating forms. The flurry of run-ins with pace was the main threat for United.

After 10th minutes into the match, United became more organized in defense and clinical with the passes although City’s still pressed on. Gradually, United’s attacking flairs and tempo starts to improve with the main intent to equalize the score before halftime. I have to mention this again; the focal point of United’s season is the revival of Fellaini, including Mata and Young. But then, Fellaini seemed to make more impact and it was quiet noticeable in the match. Can you believe it? De Gea goal kick to Fellaini, Young high ball cross to Fellaini, Valencia high ball cross to Fellaini, Mata high ball cross to Fellaini, etc., and today he was truly one hell of a player.

The first goal for United’s started with Jones dangerous back pass to De Gea. De Gea anticipated the dangerous back pass, and he swiftly came out from the box clearing the ball straight to Fellaini with City’s Zabaleta challenging it. Without any surprise, the aerial duel was won by Fellaini and he passed it on to Herrera who have gained some free space on the left flank delivering a beautiful cross inside City’s box. Young initially connect the cross but it was blocked by Clichy. Fortunately for Young, the ball bound back to his direction from Clichy’s body and guided the ball into the net to level the goal 1-1 in the 14th minutes.

After Young has leveled the score for United, the players also became more comfortable with the ball possession and passing. And also, the threat of City’s pressing mode was neutralized. In the 27th minutes of the 1st first half, Fellaini scored from a header with an assist provided from Young to make the score 2-1. The build up to the second goal was beautifully crafted by Blind and Young. I personally thought City’s defender Kompany should have been sent-off for the high boot tackle on to Blind. Unfortunately, he was shown only the Yellow card.

In early second half play, City’s goalkeeper Hart produced an outstanding save of Rooney indirect free kick. Both the team played an attacking football although United’s look more comfortable and also the score line (2-1) reducing the players pressure. In the 67th minutes of the match, Mata scored from Rooney pass to make the score line 3-1. Again, the build up to third goal started from Fellaini. Without any doubts, he was outstanding throughout the match as if the team style of playing revolved around him. I guessed everyone will now understand the word “balance” propagated by team boss Van Gaal during the start of the season.

Who would have thought of Smalling scoring the 4th goal for United in the 73th minutes making the score line 4-1? Well, he scored and the score line is unbelievable. I guessed the Smalling goal maybe the redemption for the red card and the subsequent sent off in previous derby encounter on 2 November 2014. Anyway, it was a good header goal from him. United healthy score line of 4-1 toned down the tempo of the match. Unfortunately, in the last 10 minutes of the match, Carrick was injured prompting him to leave the team with only ten players in the field. It was really unfortunate for the team as the three substitution quota has been used on Mata, Jones and Fellaini. All these three players substituted received a standing ovation from the crowd. And the players coming on from the bench were Angel Di Maria, Falcao and Rojo.

Since the match have been already won, expectation from the substitute players seemed like a move to shore up defense. In the 89th minutes, City’s Aguero added another goal to make it 4-2 when United was playing only with ten players as Carrick was injured and had already left the field. Overall, United team produced one of the best performance of the season. Obviously, the team performance proved the players are in sync with Van Gaal philosophy. The target for the team is to keep winning and maintain the chance of winning the title mathematically hoping Chelsea to drop points… :) Clearly, the deserving man of the match is Fellaini. And I’m sure everyone who have watched the match will agree.

For the team performance, I will rate 4 out of 5. The next upcoming match for Manchester United is on 18 April 2015 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, London. The match will start at 10:00 PM (IST).

Thank you. Have a good night!

Saturday, April 11, 2015


“The Internet, like the steam engine, is a technological breakthrough that changed the world.” Peter Singer.

Good Evening!

I’m sure most of us have seen the advertisement of Idea Internet Network promoted as IIN. Well, it’s true and internet seemed to be our shortest route to library as well as for other activities. In high school, the newspapers “The Telegraph” and “The Times of India” were my source of motivation to be in library. And whenever I have the mentioned newspapers in library, the Sports section used to be front page for me and the actual front page becomes the last page. Habits never die until I started using the internet for where the front page is hard to skip.

In fact, internet has changed my style of reading newspaper, and it has also cultivated the Wikipedia mania in me. I believed Wikipedia is one of the best nonprofit website where you can keep your mind going. The information you found in the Wikipedia are rather in summary yet it is better to be knowledgeable about any subject rather than be ignorant. After all, the pace of our life doesn't want us to get tangled in only one place. Evidently, I had to move on to another website, and that is Facebook. Well, I’m logged in but it seems there is nothing new but still it just unconsciously became a part of my life, i.e., my voice, my identity, my character, my image, and whatever it do to define me. Anyone can say the profile in Facebook is not the real me but it is just a way of denying our own identities and actions like we do in reality. And no offense to anyone after all it’s only “we” so why take it the other way… :)

After Facebook, I moved on to countless websites randomly in which some of the websites are not worth mentioning here or maybe I should have omitted from blogging. But I'm only human and perfection is not my strongest ally. That’s my momentary weakness which shall ease away when I am wiser. Anyway, I'm back to my sense, and I remembered to check my email inbox to see if there are any important emails. Not that I received very important emails everyday but I just don't want to see unread emails in my inbox. One time, I had more than hundreds of unread emails, and I thought “what kind of person have I become who does not care for those who has been writing to me excluding the unsolicited emails?” That’s when I realized I have been very irresponsible not taking care of things expected of me. That was an important lesson I have learned.

And today, I came across an unusual word #uncancel campaign promoted by group. Then, I found the #uncancel video in YouTube and I was really moved by it, and it definitely anglicized the word “uncancel” although not formally. Please enjoy the video below:

We'd wish a lot of things from the past and un-cancel the moments that may have impacted our present life in a worst case scenario. Yet, we'd still keep the moments that were eventful enough to put a smile in our face. Maybe, my blog has nothing to do with the video rather accepting our present life and moving on from the regrets we'd wish to un-cancel. Anyway, it is always a blessing to be able to still stand by ourselves with the ability to make our present always an eventful moment for better now and after.

Now that I've completed my blog for today, probably, I will be reading some football articles and previews for the upcoming EPL match between Manchester United (my favorite football club forever) and Manchester City on Sunday, 9:30 PM. And then, maybe, I will complete the book “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks by late evening as I near the ending page. Lastly, I’m going to watch some good movies. Obviously, it’s my weekend and I shall take the pleasure of enjoying every bit of it in a way I wish to… :)
Food for Thought: “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” Theodore Roosevelt.

Thank you. Relax! And have a great weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Good morning!

“The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

It’s Friday and I believed it is the best day to be in office. And I never want to miss Friday and it’s certainly like the happy ending of contemporary rom-com Hindi movie. Nevertheless, I have had a good week and now I'm ready to enjoy every bit of my weekends by the end of the day.

Many years ago, my family tree occupation used to be farmers until my dad joined State Bank of India in the year 1987. Even now, my mom excels in growing all sorts of vegetables in garden back home. It is not an exaggeration because she is my mom… :) When I was growing up, I have experience the joy of harvesting grain in paddy field with friends and families in the month of November and December. The hindsight of harvesting season is like a rat race for all the farmers. Whoever has harvested the largest quantity of grains becomes the talk of the village throughout the harvest season unless another farmer beat the record. In order to determine the quantity of grains, gunny sacks are filled with the grains fully. Then, the counting starts and the counted sacks are loaded in a truck.

My parents used to scare me by saying, “if you don’t do well in your school examination, you’ll land up becoming farmer.” I do understand their point because majority of the households from my village are engaged in agriculture as occupation. It is not easy run a family throughout the year with farming as occupation. Living in a small village invisible from the map does not offer many opportunities or any viable long term solution in order to substitute farming or change the occupation. In addition, the economy status of my state Manipur does not give enough importance to invest in agriculture. Whenever I'm home during the summer vacation, I've seen many farmers waking up early in the morning to make sure the river water reached their respective fields so they can cultivate. Or else, any shortage of water can easily go downhill and they will be unable to cultivate on time. I just hope the state government will at least invest in irrigation system to make sure no farmers bear the consequences of drought.

As agriculture is the primary source of livelihood, we'd always hope the weather god to be fair with all the hard work invested. Of course! Cities are miles and miles apart from villages when it comes to opportunities to earn and live an ordinary simple life as “Aam aadmi.” The thoughts creeping in my mind inspired by the plights of farmers however cannot be definitive yet debatable. It is this strong feeling on the farmer dedication and work ethics which I felt are incomparable with the way we work in any organizations. Believe it or not, a farmer will keep on working despite the scorching heat of the sun. And although, we are comforted in office with air-condition, drinking water, loo, transportation (pick and drop), cafeteria, etc., but seldom have we remembered the work we do in office is for our bread and butter.

The irony of our role in an organization is nonetheless similar with the role of a farmer. Yet, the farmers are passionate, dedicated, and very committed with their work knowing very well the outcome will be the livelihood for his family. Our education and knowledge may have gotten us the easy job ahead from those who do not have a degree. But the question is, “Do we love our job and do we have the characters of a farmer?” The bitter truth is that we don’t deserve to be part of an organization as a workforce if we do not understand why we are working. Only if we were passionate about our work like the farmers with the understanding that the work I do is my livelihood, I’m sure everyone will be undeniably rewarded by the end of the year. And that’s when we can stage harvesting festival in an organization… :)

Food for Thought: “There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.” Hamlin Garland.

FYI: The dawn of the millennium revolutionized education in my village. I’m very proud of my root because my parents have learned from the hard ways and encourage us to move forward with time. The good news about my village is that 100 % of children below 16 are going to school every day. We have a bright future and I'm sure we will create our own opportunities within our boundary to help grow one another rather than to move to cities.

Thank you. Have a good day!

Thursday, April 09, 2015


Good Afternoon!

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein.

Strangely, I'm really enjoying the coach ride from my nodal point to office every day. While I'm traveling in the coach, I can feel the sense of safety and security unlike traveling in a cab… :) In addition, I can enjoy seeing the serenity of trees by the road, the mushroom like silver mirage near AIIMS, the Yamuna River, multiples of Billboards around DND toll plaza, the extravagant statues of National Dalit Inspiration Place and Green Garden (Noida), etc. In spite of all the daily routines of honking, the traffic jam, the adrenaline rush of many drivers but the real beauty for me is the multitudes of new young leaf growing on the branches of most trees by the road. The young leaves are not very greenish rather lightest green in a purest form. It really seemed to me like fireflies in a clear daylight. Seeing the new leaf dancing every moment with the wind direction is a pure delight and proved the world is still beautiful.

Indeed! It is spring season, the best of the four seasons we have in a year. It makes sense to me now why the Hindu calendar popularly used in North India celebrates the New Year in the month of March or April every year... :) I guess very new start has to be new in order to replace the old. Of course, beauty of this season will fade away with time yet the essence of it beauty will always lingers in one's thought. I can still remember the Good Samaritan who gave us a lift along with my brother when we were waiting for a bus to go home for summer vacation in the year 2006. We were so excited leaving the hostel for a month long vacation right after the final examination, and we both were not ready to wait for the next morning for the journey home.

It was already dusk and after waiting for nearly 2 hours, unfortunately, there were not even a single bus heading to Imphal arrived. And both of us have given up for the day and starts mapping out a plan for early morning journey. On our way back to hostel, a Santro car just stopped by the side of the road and the guy from inside the car asked us, “Where are you two going?” And he continued, “Are you both going home for vacation?” I guessed he noticed our luggage and moreover it was summer vacation time for higher secondary schools in Manipur. Although I was skeptical about his questions but anyway I answered, “We were planning to go home for vacation but there are no bus heading to Imphal.”

He then replied, “I'm also heading to Imphal, and both of you can join me in the car since all of us are heading in the same direction.” I looked at my brother and he told me, “Let’s take the lift offered, anyway we need to get home and maybe he needs us as he also traveling alone.” I agreed with my brother point and we accepted the guy offer. And we both reached home safely by late evening shocking the hell out of our parents… :) His offer to help us knowing that we may be stranded on the road with luggage, and despite our hesitancy in the first place, still lingers in my heart and thoughts. I guess the caring with the eagerness to help people is one of the most beautiful essences of our life here on earth.

Why do we prefer a red rose over other flowers in Valentine’s Day even though the rose has thorns and yet we'd still risk our finger getting hurt? The simple fact is we believed red rose signifies love and the unique aroma of it scent. Yes! Red rose signifying true love is the essence. And the very essence of spring season is the rebirth of most nature around us. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Each night when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” Yesterday is the past, and today is the gift to do something good worth remembering. I'm concluding this blog with the wise thoughts of William Arthur Ward.

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give. The joy of life is to love.”

Thank you. Have a good evening!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


“It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.” Helen Keller.

Good Morning!

Last night, I came across a news report about a guy specifically requesting a driver of Hindu faith through Twitter to Ola, service provider for cab. God! It’s very funny yet so excruciating to digest the guy ignorance to our country diversity. Sensibly, the cab provider Ola tweeted back, “Sorry, we do not discriminate against our drivers on the basis of their religion.” I'm just very curious to know why he has requested like that. Is it because he is just an innocuous fool or is he implying that he does not want a Muslim driver? Anyway, this is India and we are not sort of fools like him… :) Let’s make it the joke of the week rather than blowing out of proportion.

If I’m not mistaken, in all the wars and the battles, I believed religions seemed to be the reason that keeps on clashing with our sanity. The Crusades, Jihad, Zionism, Saffron terror, etc. has one thing in common. And that is protecting their respective Gods and its people rather than all of us. Does it make sense praying to God for his mercy and protection whereas in the other hand, we are wielding swords against each other in the name of Gods? Maybe it is because of our attitude and disrespect for one another religions. But we completely forgot “Love” is the reason for the existence of all religions. Peace should be the outcome of loving one another.

Like I have mentioned in my earlier blog and I want to share it again that some people may prefer milk, some may prefer cheese, some may prefer butter, yet we forgot all these comes from one source only, i.e., cow. The taste may be different but the ingredients are the same. All we have to do is to understand what another religion preach does not differ from my religion. It is a fact that this very message “Love one another as you love yourself” is in Bible, Gita, Torah, Qur'an (Koran) and in all other holy books. Nowhere is it written in all the holy books telling us to hate or kill one another. But the saddest thing about all these holy books are interpreted in very twisted, perverted interpretation of a religion that they purport to represent but in no way do they represents. And it is easy to worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own.

The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Do our religion leaders care about us and do enough to spread love?” But this very question is not mine to answer rather we have answer it individually. However, all I can is that we are large enough to love one another and live as human. And if I'm in a situation where I have a statue of Jesus on one hand and my own child on the other hand; and there is only one room that can fit either the statue of Jesus or my child. I'll take the room for my child safety. That’s my humanity and I'm sure most us will do the same. So why not keep our beliefs in our own heart and our life to live as sane human?

Food for Thought: “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” Dalai Lama.

Thank you. Have a good day!

Monday, April 06, 2015


Good evening!

“There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.” William Barclay.

I’m not feeling anything emotionally as well as mentally although I’m getting one year older again. But I have to thank God for the countless blessings since the day I was conceived in my mother’s womb. Obviously, today is my birthday and coincidentally, so is my youngest brother. We both share the same date and month except the year and the day. I wish him the best like I have always. And I hope he is ready and excited to be joining the next steps of adults. It is not that he is turning 18 rather he is no longer a teenager but joining the club of 20's. Both of us sharing the same date and month seemed to benefits my family. They don’t need to buy two birthday cake… :)

I can still remember very clearly celebrating my 13th birthday and becoming a teenager. The birthday was special because we usually do not celebrate birthday as part of our tradition before then. And I cannot recall attending any birthday party as a kid hosted by close family or relatives from my own community. Now, it has changed with time and I'm sure most family from my community are celebrating birthday. However, I'm still not sure why the celebration of birthday is not part of our tradition. It is not that my traditions do not allow birthday celebration. Maybe, those days we were not aware or greatly influenced by popular culture of western countries or maybe we felt it is not that important to observe our date of birth. I think the influence of western popular culture make more sense. And also, our conversions to Christianity in the late 1960’s and 70’s have more to do with the outcome of our tradition we follow presently.

Here in our country India, the origin of birthday celebration has more to do with the shaving of head on a child’s first birthday. It is believed shaving head cleanses any evil from past life and renewing of soul. Male children of Hindu especially the Brahmins celebrate the 12th or 13th birthday with a grand thread ceremony. The child takes the blessed thread and wears it, symbolizing his coming of age. I feel the celebration of birthday is also important as it is with marriage. Besides the singing, cake cutting, dancing, dinner, etc., in a birthday celebration, it is always good to be reminded of our age every year. Especially, when boy or girl turns 18, he/she is an adult legally and is granted the universal suffrage, the right to vote. It means as an adult, we are all equally responsible for our actions and we will be accounted for it. And the right to vote is one we should be exercising in coherent with the future we plan for ourselves and live a better life. Note that, this is one great weapon we have and be able to pull the trigger to shape our future.

The saddest thing about becoming an adult citizen is that some of us still hold on to the childish behaviors and some of us still think like a child. It is very uneasy and nauseous to see an adult not being adult in news, T.V, etc. And it doesn't make sense at all. Either the person has to be in mental hospital or deported to a place where civilization is out of reach. But the proposition I've mentioned is impossible because we do know and understand we are not mentally incapable yet we behave like one.

Therefore, in a lighter way with sarcasm… :), it is always good to be reminded of our age every year with birthday celebration. And gradually, we can start seeing the thing we'd close our eyes before and face the thing we'd avoided rather than not to experience at all. Think about the Jewish tradition, they considered a 13 year old boy as coming of age and celebrate the moment in the form of Bar Mitzvah. And here in our country itself, a 12 or 13 year Hindu boy is considered coming of age yet for some people, even after turning 18 or 19 or 30 or 40, and that too legally. Honestly, what’s wrong with us? Our rich Indian culture and tradition can be interpreted in a way to back us up and to move forward but not the other way around.

This is purely my interpretation of us being not an adult enough. I believed our life in fast track lane, constraint of jobs and primarily our state of economy can also be factors not helping us in identifying ourselves rather making us live our life in dystopian age even though we live in the present. But sometimes, it is also good to start living an ordinary life so we can reboot and reborn ourselves with new roots keeping in touch with our culture and tradition. And I'm no preacher rather an 'idealist.'

I’d like to conclude this blog with the wishful thoughts of Voltaire, “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."

Thank you. And have a good night!

Sunday, April 05, 2015


“There has to be innate circuitry that does the learning, that creates the culture, that acquires the culture, and that responds to socialization.” Steven Pinker.

Good Afternoon!

I was confused for the past hour trying to figure out interesting subject for my blog. While I was figuring out, I made a cup of tea for myself without sugar. God! The tea was horrible but still I emptied the cup. Like we need sweetness in our life, I'll always vouch for a cup of tea with a teaspoon of sugar. They are like partners and they complete each other. You can assume tea as man and sugar as woman… :) I have always liked the idea of pairing things with connection to our life. Anyone! Who is still figuring out your honey? Go get it, they out there… :)

Lately, I have written two poems and I'd love to share my favorite one here. But before you read it, I'd like to remind you that I'm still amateur in this field. Anyway, the title of the poem is “Solitude Cactus.”
I am the solitude cactus in a desert,
Death looms large and surrounds me; but I will survive.
Weary travelers riding on humps dare touch me.
Yet I shall bestow my life for desiccated; and no man will see.
Sun and sand haunts me; stars and moonlight are my friends.
My thorns shall shield my innate; and no tears shall drain.
He in abode molded me for a reason-
ready to lay down my life all through the season.
Neither illusion nor mirage shall curtain my existence.
Man may doubt from afar; pierce me to make sense.
Fools and cynical will coined me the untouchable “Beast.”
Till death, innate within me shall never cease.

I hope the substance of the poem will always reverberate like an echo in my mind and soul. The point is that we have this very strong quality within us and it can prove to an ace. Most of the time, we failed to identify it when we should be. Maybe we are too busy with our life or we have not identified our strongest quality.

Recently, I took part in a session organized by our RPO (LOB) in office. It was a very refreshing session and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The speaker spoke about keeping our eyes and ears open while we are working. It is not about encouraging to let our ears awake about all the talks going on around you or to peep in your colleagues. Rather it is about widening your horizon even though you are face to face with your workstation monitor for majority of the day. Most of the time, we have become so involved with our work thereby narrowing our horizon. And it’s true; our daily chores are so monotonous in nature.

It seemed to me we are gradually in the company of “A Frog in a well”. However we always have the potential to fight back and rise again from ashes. Obviously it takes an effort to rise once again, and I personally believed this is right time to identify our inner quality. The “Solitude Cactus” poem I wrote is purely in relation with inner quality. For me, I really enjoy writing on my blog and I believed this is one of my qualities. No language is acquired. Take any kid from any race or place, bring them up in any culture and they will learn the language of that culture very quickly. Therefore, no particular language, including mother tongue, national language, etc., is in the genes. However, what might be in the genes is the ability to acquire language.

Happy Easter Sunday and have a great day!

Thank you.

"Review on Manchester United performance V/S Aston Villa 3-1, 05 April 2015”

"Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable." Tom Landry.

After a week of International football, finally it’s matchday for EPL. And today, Manchester United is hosting Aston Villa at Old Trafford (The theatre’s of dream), Manchester.

United Starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.

United subs: Valdes, Rafael, McNair, A Pereira, Januzaj, Di Maria, Falcao.

Villa Starting XI: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton, Delph, Sanchez, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Villa subs: Given, Vlaar, Bacuna, Cole, Gil, Baker, Grealish.

The first half performance from Manchester United seemed like the reminiscent of old Manchester United style of playing recorded in video clips which are available on YouTube. 6-7 months ago, we were complaining the lack of penetration from this current team. And today, there is no complain except the players didn’t finish the chances they created. It is a huge turn around for Van Gaal philosophy and is starting to click every the team has the ball. Herrera is a gem and United is lucky to have him. Scoring the opening goal (1-0) in the 42nd minutes was the result of relentless attacks with pace. I thought Rooney was clearly fouled in the 4th minute. But it seems Rooney did not do enough to hold on his feet. 

In the second half, the players seems exhausted unlike the first half vibrancy. No doubt, most of the players starting the match just returned back from their respective International duty. Fellaini clearly look exhausted. In fact, he played two competitive international matches for his country. Despite the fatigue, Fellaini gave a decent performance and I'm sure he will in the starting eleven for the upcoming matches. He just need a few days of rest to recover from the fatigue. Quiet rightly, he was substituted in the 77th minutes of the match with Falcao. Unfortunately Falcao did not have enough game time to score and add in his goal tally for this season.

Although, the team still have majority of the ball possession in 2nd half, the pace of the game slowed down with couple of errors offering an opportunity to Villa’s frontline attack. The supporters ‘uh’ and ‘no’ expression were in unison when the some of the player make back passes to De Gea. It implies the supporters only want to see attacking football match minus back passes. However, slowing down the tempo was necessary for Manchester United in order to control the match. Rooney scored the second goal and it was just magical. The way he control of the ball which assisted by Maria from the width play was simply phenomenon. And then, the half volley shot into the net in 78th minutes proved that Sir Alex Ferguson was right in saying, “Rooney will always get you a goal.” Making the score line 2-0 was a key moment for United to maintain the lead. 

Lo! 60 seconds later, Villa’s Benteke scored from a corner kick ball making the score 2-1. Rooney intensity throughout the match justified Van Gaal decision to appoint him as captain. I really doubt if England will produce a player of his talent again in the future or even now.

In the defending unit consisting of Valencia, Jones, Rojo and Blind supported the team in attacking and effectively able to return to their respective base on time. Jones performance was good but he will always be prone to injury with his style of playing. I thought he need to be more technical than to be physical. If he wants to play every week for United, he need to start looking at the video clips of Paolo Maldini. Rojo should be fine; he will be good with any partner and he has the strength and the character. His attempt in the first half produced a good saves from Villa’s goalkeeper Guzan.

Blind seemed like a home grown player of United although he is product of Ajax academy. His versatility in any position is always an advantage and he links well with Ashley effortlessly. He was always a threat for the Villa’s defender as his crosses from the width area hardly missed the penalty area. Valencia performance was good except his delivery were not up to the mark. Anyway, we now know why Van Gaal prefers to start Valencia rather than Rafael. I think it is his consistency, stamina and the ability to overrun opponent full back. 

Since the beginning of the season, David De Gea have been winning match after match singlehandedly for United. Unfortunately, he committed a mistake misjudging Villa’s Benteke strike. Obviously, every best goalkeeper are not perfect and they also make mistake. The good thing about De Gea is that he doesn't let himself defined by the error committed. Instead, he will come back even more stronger. Mata, Carrick, Fellaini and Mata, dictates the flow of United’s attacks and all these four were very efficient with their passing. Although Carrick mistimed a couple of pass but his calm demeanor in the field was very important. 

Ashley Young has been very reliable from the left flank every time he starts in a match. The 2nd half substitution of Young in the 70th minutes for Angel Di Maria has nothing to do with his performance. He played very well and nearly scored a goal missing the net by a yard. If not for the injury, he is up there with the likes of Hazard, Costa, De Gea and Kane who are vying for the PFA player of the season. Van Gaal was right to substitute him in the second half and the upcoming match against Manchester City played a role with the substitution. 

Mata and Herrera are like yin and yang. They have a very good understanding of their positions as well as their vision of play. Herrera was the stand-out performer of the match. His impromptu tricks and the ability to find space are admirable throughout the match. He hardly loses the ball although his physical structure is nowhere near to Fellaini. The goal from him in the 92 minutes bolted the three points for Manchester United. The final score line of 3-1 is convincing. Without any doubt, the man of the match goes to Ander Herrera for his two goals and for the solid performance throughout the match.

Tactical wise, the formation for 4-2-3-1 is providing positive results for the team and the players were able able to speed up the tempo of the match. All it need is a consistency from the players, and I'm sure United can easily qualify for the Champions league. Of course, Van Gaal experience is vital and the substitution of Fellaini and Ashley Young demonstrated his acumen in managing in-form players.

Overall, I’m giving 3 and half stars out of five for the team performance. The upcoming match for Manchester United is on 12 April 2015 against Manchester City (Derby match) in Old Trafford, Manchester. The match will start at 8:30 PM (IST).

Thank you. Have a good night!