Friday, March 21, 2008

Indian Hockey and the Lost Glory !!!

Now there is huge hue & cry on all media on the state of affairs in Indian Hockey.. Everyone is firing in all guns! Some even went upto say National Shame. Whom is the shame for? Players? Administrators? Media? All of us?
I belive each one of us is. Yes I understand that the playing team is responsible for defeat. But we are the ones responsible for that playing team. We are the ones who made a mess of the Hockey administration in India, selection process is a laughing stock in India. The media has always been treating hockey as a lesser popular game.True its not a crowd puller as Cricket, Tennis. Who made cricket & Tennis crowd pullers? Apart from some brilliants to likes of kapil, Gavaskar, Sachin, Saurav, Dravid & Dhoni, etc. It’s the media again.
Everyone sidelined Hockey yet none is bothered. but we want India to win. We do all politics & favoritism, regionism when we choose talent. Amidst all this nonsense we get talents to the likes of Dhanraj, Dileep Tirkey, Prabjoth and some more. But then selectors are never at peace. Most players have constant fear of being thrown out team.
The fate of coaches is left alone than spoken. The great IHF (Indian Hockey Federation ) feels even 12 months is too long a term. Ridiculous you may shout. But it is the fact. Coaches have been instated & fired at the whims & fancies of the board within matter of months. Yet none complained, questioned. But when failure is obvious we don’t spare blaming anyone. But it all ends at that. Tomorrow is the same again. We still have one dictator Mr.Gill at the helm of affairs who believes “Team has lost but not I" ( its his words, mind you) who refuses to give up and literally dictated hockey in India. None dares to question him. And remind you we are sport loving democratic country whose national game is hockey.
if we sit back think, india lost the advantage as and when the match was being played on astro-turf which was new to Indian. We were used to playing on ground while this artificail turf was unknown and speed conquered technique. Yet Indians didn’t budge and believed in not adopting. And here is the result. Not even qualifying to Olympics after 80+ years of Hockey and being invincible in the Hockey with 8 consecutive golds at Olympics! It’s too true to be believed!
Even today India is strong in technique while erstwhile world believes in strategy and speed. We dribble for hours while opponents score with a quick pass and penalty conversion! Is it a rocket science to learn these tactics? Not at all ( atleast thatz what i believe. Given the fact that we have plenty of players with technique, temprament and power and all the other things comes secondary which can be learnt easily). Having said that all we need now is commitment and will to do it. Why not hire some one who knows it all and coach the team? Someone who has the commitment to bring past glory that truely belongs to India! I am talking of an able coach ( be it the great Ric Charlesworth or whoever)
Some people blame cricket for Hockey's downfall. why blame another game. Give as much importance as cricket to hockey and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same young brigade cheering Hockey as well. It’s all in the approach and way media is managed, a game is marketed to the audience. if you can market Hockey league the way ICL or IPL ( Both cricket) is marketed, then there is nothing like it.
Its all in the appraoch and management of the game. Beginnings are always tough and we may feel we are fighting a loosing battle. but i believe in the end Hockey emerges a winner and so shall we!

A planetary life or death struggle is unfolding

A brutal life or death struggle is taking place each day everywhere on this planet.

At times, it is invisible, as when a plant species, with its set of irreplaceable genes, disappears forever from an Amazon forest. Other times, it is painfully visible: a man chokes to death in a City subway, killed by a pollution-triggered asthma attack; the face of a City woman is disfigured by skin cancer, one of 200,000 such cases predicted to occur over the next decades by the thinning of the protective ozone layer around the Earth. turning into dust. One million species may be extinct by the year 2020 ; a cure for AIDS or cancer or heart attacks may be lost forever with their genes. Who Knows !!!

What is Knowledge Management? A definition & KM faq !!!

Knowledge is a tool to achieve strategic objectives of any organization.

Why we should manage our or organization's knowledge?

To identify or define knowledge management we must answer three questions.

1. What is the knowledge in the context of the organization?
2. What are the strategic objectives of the organization?
3. What is required to be done to facilitate learning, innovation and sharing to achieve the above objectives?

Any system, which can address all the above issues we can call it knowledge management. We can't create a platform to address the third question without knowing the strategic objectives of the organization. Similarly we must try to identify the knowledge of the organization and then design the tools to answer the points.

What is the knowledge in the context of the organization?

What knowledge today the organization has in terms of its tacit and explicit knowledge to perform its day today works? We may go for a knowledge audit to identify it. Here care is to be taken that eighty percent of the organization knowledge is tacit. A knowledge audit will identify the knowledge inventory of the organization and a knowledge map can be created. This would facilitate in identifying the future knowledge requirements of the organization to achieve its strategic objectives.

What are the strategic objectives of the organization?

Any knowledge Management system has to address the strategic objectives of the organization. Future knowledge requirements are to be planed to address those goals or objectives. The chief knowledge officer ( CKO ) and his / her team has to create or design tools or platforms to facilitate learning, innovation, sharing to achieve those strategic objectives. The simple question to ask is “What we want to be ( or achieve) in future? What knowledge is required to achieve that? How to acquire that knowledge?

What is required to be done to facilitate learning, innovation and sharing to achieve the above objectives?

What tool to design to create a platform where knowledge can be generated to achieve future objectives of the company. Here it is very common that we end of with a IT solution but any tool must address the above issues. Type of business process, people issue and other environment is to be considered while creating a
platform. Some standard tools like Community of practice (COP) can be deployed in a manufacturing company. COP does not require IT much unless it is a virtual community. IT plays and important role in creating virtual community where members are distributed geographically in a wide area.

Let us now define knowledge management.

Knowledge Management is a system to facilitate learning, innovation and sharing to achieve the strategic objectives of an organization.

Black and white

So dark,
So cold,
Sky so pale remembering better days,
Sun barly penatrating the cloud,
Barbed wire fences from indentations in my mind,
Thinking back to these bad,
Scary days,
Now so quiet and so serien,
Tears sting my eyes as I think back.

This beautiful sky

I am in love with the sky
I travel down this road of life
my head is toward heaven
My breath is stolen away
the diamonds in the sky reflect into the darknesses of my soul
my eyes open to the size of child's spirit
my memories run marathons
as they tingle to my very nerve ends
and I am home
I don't look at the sky enough anymore.

Deafening !!!

Deafening silence
send chills through my pale skin
the seasoned hands with which i write
tremble and shake as i write
are stilled when you walk in

wishing i could tell you
why i stain your shirt with my mascara'd tears
i have been torn by the deep blue night
consumed by the quiet of the deep blue night
nightmares of the broken mirrors

when the world is dark
my eyes are wide open and i can't hear
raging fear and frustration as blood drips from my ears
surreal pain envelopes me as blood drips from my ears
crimson trails of realized fears

in secret dreams
where the glass is shattered in my mind
is where i come from when i crumble like aged stone in your hands
is where i come from as i cry, as i bleed, as i beg
in your hands


Someone else had wrote this somewhere.. but i think it holds good for me too...

Sorry I'm not good enough mom,
Sorry I don't make you happy
Sorry I'm not perfect mom,
And i don't do all the things you want.
Sorry I disapoint you mom I always try my best.
Sorry I make you sad sometimes mom
I try so hard to be good.
Sorry I make so many mistakes mom
But why can't you accept me for who I am !!

Summer In Disguise

As a child...
Remembering those warm summer days,
Waking up to a fresh scent in the air,
With sunlight shining on your face,
Knowing of the big day ahead of you,
Yet an even bigger life.
The refreshingness of the water lapping up against your skin,
With friends in your nearby pool,
The pool, with waters calm,
The direct opposite of life to come,
Life being one huge wave of emotions,
Which can crash down on you when least expected.
Playing games of trades, your annual trip to the beach,
Making summertime carefree and fun,
When you were little...carefree, joyful,
Sitting there...your feet buried within the scorching sand,
Mixing the sugar with your chilled tea,
Watching it disintegrate.
Which brings you back to life, the real world,
Where nothing's as it seems to be anymore.
You, your life, your focus...disintegrating,
Disappearing before your weary eyes.
Theres nothing you can do.
You're in too deep.
Sit back,
Watch your life crumble into nothing.

For the unborn child

your world of darkness
your world of dreams
protecting you
it's all you know

you know nothing of the world
that waits for you
where afflatus await
your song and dance

one magic day
you will find your way
as stars are flung afar
to your heavens
to your life

reflecting the sea
in newborn eyes
rose blushes
in innocent countenance
in all your innocence
you will be blessed

you will find your soul
set your spirit free
you will dance your tune
orchestrate your life
no-one decides which way you go
but you

I'm so confused !!!

Its like I'm going no where
everytime I think I've finally moved on
some song comes on or someone says something
and all my feelings and thoughts of you come
into place and I go back to everything we ever shared.
Though there are many good things that come
with that, there is also alot of pain and suffering.
I'm starting to think that I'll never move on
I've been in relationships after relationships
but everytime i compare the guy with you and
they just aren't good enough.
In my heart no one can amount to what you and I had.

Ippo naan yenna seyya - What am i supposed to do now ??

i took a trip to the hospital today
to see where that would put me
all i got from it was an experience
i didn't want to live
a bottle of pills
poped them all at once
then some alcohol to wash it all down
a life so messed up
a life so profound
i didn't want to live anymore
maybe i was being selfish and unkind
but the pain i was feeling hurt so badly inside
now my stomach hurts
my head is throbing and it won't stop
i feel so sick
i'm losing my breath
No one really cares that much
all my friends could give a shit
about where i've been or done
they don't seem to care to much
espically when i want to give up
sure they have been there time and again
but when i really needed them
they seemed to fanish and grow dim
my family was there for me everytime when i wanted to end my life
but they wouldn't understand
all the pain i've faught every single night
they don't know the tears i've cried when i'm all alone
what i feel inside
how i've grown so cold
how i've grown alone
they woulnd't understand
cuz they can't understand me
sure they know me, but it doesn't go that deep
all my relashionships seemed to fail
and my heart broke everytime
healed then shattered
seems like it never had an end
music was an escape from all the wild insanity
that drove me to my death
or my drugs.. just another escape
another way out
a place i could go and hide
when i didn't want to figure things out
it got so late some nights
when i would just crawl into a ball and cry
thinking, what am i living for at all
then your voice came to me
like it use to do at night
you use to sing me to sleep
tell me everything would be alright
but then i have to stop
and think really hard
cuz every since you left me
everything has been so hard
so difficult to cope with
to hard to just get by
cuz every since you died
my life has been empty and deprived
so what am i to do now?
just give up, and watch myself die
leave everything i once knew to wither and dry
or am i suppose to watch myself grow older
and try to be real strong
but see i've tried that
i've tried for so long
i just can't take it anymore
i just can't take the pain
but inside, i know i'll have to live another day
so what am i suppose to do now...?

Lyrics - stairway to heaven !!!

Its not one of my poems... its the lyrics of my famous song by Led Zepplin !!!

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven.

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who standing looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she's buying a stairway to heaven.

Feeling happy - Musings !!!

What does it take to make anyone feel happy ???

Not loads of money, or not lots of great things, and certainly not the pleasures we kneel for. Its more than often just small simple things that make you happy

I feel very happy and my face automatically lights up

When I see a small kid - color, creed, caste, religion definetly no bar - when it smiles its innocent smile, the whole world turns to be very bright.
When I see a dog frolicking around
When I see on stage the coparticipants smile at one another sharing some private joke - it shows how much they are part of a team
When I see a flower opening up its petal
When I feel the rain falling down on me
When I feel the wind on my face
When I see a friend
When I see a good deed done by any one
Like this I can go on, it is not something is special about me, for every one all simple matters also make them feel happy, but they dont realise that, they think and feel that only big events or great things bring out happiness.

I am blessed tobe born as what I am. I am thankful to the Lord for giving me all things I want, wanted and may be wanting and not giving me those things that I dont deserve. yes at times, I have felt that God has let me down, when what I have prayed for hasnt been granted. But is only later that I realise that God has only taken care of me. I feel very special because I am beign taken care of in a very soft manner. Even in the worst times of my life, He has handled me a delicate flower, protecting me all the time, making life bearable or giving me the strength to bear the toughest challenge and come victorious out of that situation. I am truly grateful to him for always keeping me in his palm and taking care of me in a very special way.

A News article that disturbed me !!!

Few days ago in Economic Times News paper I read an article about AP govt annoucning a scheme for christians to go to Israel on Pilgrimage. This is to be modelled on the lines of Haj Pilgrimage to Mecca. Here I dont even want to go into whether every Christian in the country wants to go to Israel or not.
It is not per se the act that is causing me this anguish, but what the government is doing for one of the religions in the country. There are several religions in the country and if for each of them, the government is going to do a similar act like this, the only thing that will happen as soon as the new government is formed is to work on the strategy for conducting such tours to Kasi, Golden Temple, Budh Gaya, etc.

What is happening in our country? Is this the right way to do the governing? Instead of concentrating on the upliftment of the society, why are we going into their religious practices? Is this what is meant by Secular state of India. For me, my religion stops just outside the door of my house, beyond which I am just an Indian. Why cant the Governemnt do the same way.
Please, let the government see the future consequences of this kind of act and scrap this before it becomes an act of the State Government.

Just for this morning - A beautiful poem written by a father to his daughter

A beautiful poem written by a father to his daughter

I dont stand for the veracity of this poem which came as a part of the email that I receive everyday. But I felt touched the spirit of this poem and I am cut pasting it from the email body. I leave it to the readers choice to do what they want. (sorry I didnt do anything that the email wanted me to do it, as in this world "believing anything and everything" has become a casualty of our times. I also get different varieties of such mail. The last para lets you know the true intention of this blog psoting.

Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.
Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear,and smile and say how perfect it is.
Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry and pick you up and take you to the park to play.
Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.
Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.
Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one if he comes by.
Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned.
Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won't stand over you trying to fix them.
Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.
Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you.
Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry.
Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all the stars.
Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss my favourite TV shows.
Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given.

I will think about the mothers and fathers who are searching for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children's graves instead of their bedrooms. The mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer senselessly and screaming inside that little body And when I kiss you goodnight I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer. It is then,that I will thank God for you, and ask him for nothing, except one more day.............

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My opinion is that why should we wait for a tragedy to bring out our love and affection. Why cannot we pause in our life now and then and take a deep breath and enjoy our family. Lets all do it today itself so that our children get the best of us all the times

Knowledge equation - An article by APJ in his Billion Beats.

This is the article written by him in his february edition of Billion Beats, for those who haven't read any plz visit his website...
I would like to share an inspirational call from Hazrat Mohammad Sahib's Hadeeth (peace be upon him).

"When you speak, speak thetruth.
Perform what you promise.
Discharge your trust.
Withhold your hand from striking and taking,
That which is unlawful and bad."
Let us follow this path
and lead a noble life.

I would like to recall a great clarion call of indomitable spirit, which was given by Sir C. V. Raman, at the age of 82. The message is still reverberating in my mind:
"I would like to tell the young men and women before me not to lose hope and courage. Success can only come to you by courageous devotion to the task lying in front of you. "I can assert without fear of contradiction that the quality of the Indian mind is equal to the quality of any Teutonic, Nordic or Anglo-Saxon mind. What we lack is perhaps courage, what we lack is perhaps driving force, which takes one anywhere. "We have, I think, developed an inferiority complex. I think what is needed in India today is the destruction of that defeatist spirit. We need a spirit of victory, a spirit that will carry us to our rightful place under the sun, a spirit, which will recognize that we, as inheritors of a proud civilization, are entitled to a rightful place on this planet. If that indomitable spirit were to arise, nothing can hold us from achieving our rightful destiny." Hence friends, knowledge is equal to the equation: Knowledge = creativity + righteousness + courage + indomitable spirit.
The combination of these characteristics can generate enlightened citizens.

And then there was nothing !!!

When I was in high school, what seems like 100 years ago, I wrote a short story called "And Then There Was Nothing..." The "moral" of this horrifying little gem was that those who strive for perfection end up with nothing at all. The plot involved two overachieving high school students trying to do well in Chemistry accidentally inventing something that blows up the world. As was my typical style at that time, the characters were based on students I knew and particularly despised for their perfectionist tendancies.
I was 14. Give me a break.
Anyway, for some reason I'm thinking about that story today.

Very Funny

Came through mail, a funny one but worth reading...
A little boy wanted Rs.50 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened. Finally he decided to write God a letter requesting the Rs.50.When the postal authorities received the letter addressed to God, INDIA, they decided to forward it to the President of the India as a joke. The President was so amused, that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy Rs.20. The President thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy, and he did not want to spoil the kid. The little boy was delighted with Rs.20, and decided to write a thank you note to God, which read: "Dear God: Thank you very much for sending the money. However, I noticed that you sent it through the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, and those donkeys deducted Rs.30 in taxes.