Apr 30, 2011

One-day Mataram

“Today is our Independence Day. Vande Mataram !”

“Tomorrow is the World Literacy Day, do you don’t know that?”

“We need to be attentive to pollution; today is 5th June, the World Environment Day.”

“Let’s arrange a drive for children on this Children’s Day.”

We attempt to give utmost significance to these days by celebrating them. The core question is for how many hours or for how many days? Whatever answer your choose, it’s not at all sufficient. Hope, we are not making joke of these days. Are we honest about these days? Are we serious enough for them?

We call them day, but who said they should stay for one-day. The great logic behind these days is to establish and reinforce the importance of particular purpose. Then, it should be followed for remaining days of the year.

Will we have greener and pleasant environment by paying our duties for one day? But, still we become complacent and feel ‘good and great’ by doing for one-day only.

We forget World Non-violence Day (i.e. 2nd Oct) for remaining 364 days. We suddenly remember it on the eve before the day. Its existence is not the ‘breaking news’ or ‘a miracle’ for us.

Unless we take them as a reinforcement of message or purpose for remaining days of the year or life, whether it is ‘one-day’ or ‘one-week’, it will not help. We want ‘Vande Mataram’, not ‘one-day mataram’, isn’t it?  

Suresh Purohit (Su_hit)

Apr 4, 2011

Spend 1% time to get 100% returns

You, me and them (ooops.... they!) live in the global village. It is so global that we have not met personally many friends/loved ones in last one year or even five years, even though they are in the radius of 30 km from us. However, the current world is the village also, so we have met them on facebook, smart phone, email, SMS etc.  What a paradox? Why is it so? The root causes are ‘shortage of time’, ‘modernization’, ‘competitive arena’ and few other ditto reasons. 

“Who has the time for society, nation, NGO, institutions or association bodies?”

“No. No. I want to do, but you know time is the problem.”

“I am thinking to do something for school children for last 3 years, but not getting time.”

“I want to be a member of ABC management association, but you know my work pressure...”

Similar quotes may have stuck to your ears repetitively. So repetitively that they can create echo easily. We have a strong inner desire to return something to the society. We have expertise and idea also. But, the bottleneck is time, resulting into postponement. In Sunny Deol style, we donate ‘tarikh pe tarikh’ to those noble and good initiatives.

Now be happy ! I have some good analysis for you. Can you spend just one percent of time for those initiatives, drives or movements. Yes, one percent to get 100% satisfaction. Koutons, Cantabil, John Hill, D’Cot, TQS, Liverpool and many others offer highly lucrative proposals like “buy 2, get 7 free”. Similarly, here marketing line is ‘Spend 1%,  get 100%’. Unbelievable, but true.

We have much better control on time starting from 6 AM in the morning to 9 PM in the night. That means, we are actually awake for those 15 hours in a day. We do our routine, business, study, travel, take meals, play, watch TV, chit-chat, spend time with family and so on. So, weekly it makes 105 hours. Now, discount 5 hours for contingency and unplanned activities. So, we have 100 hours in a week. Now can we steal 1 hour from this 100 hours for doing something for society. We can do something in this one hour in a week, which will give satisfaction and joy of giving. It is very simple. Believe me, if even 33% of Indians start doing it, then India would be a different state in just 6 months. 

Now, the question arise what we can do for society? You may get associated with a society, temple, church, mosque, association, NGO, chapter, circle, trust, municipal corporation, panchayat, svadhyay, party, etc. formally or informally. The core objective is you should spend one hour for the society, nation or for needy people or for our system. Now, we need to choose how we want to do it? What we are good at? What suits  us? 

Then start doing. Discover yourself, the world is waiting.

Apr 1, 2011

Dhoni: a successful captain

M S Dhoni is one of the best captains of Indian Male Cricket Team, data also says the same. Here is the record of One Day International (ODI) matches, played by India. Dhoni has the record of winning 62.8% matches played under his captaincy. Next two are Rahul Dravid and Kapil Dev with 55 to 56% winning rate.

Captain Played Won Lost T/D/NR Normalized % Win
Mahendra Singh Dhoni  102 59 35 8 62.8%
Rahul Dravid  79 42 33 4 56.0%
Kapil Dev  74 40 32 2 55.6%
Mohammad Azharuddin  174 89 77 8 53.6%
Sourav Ganguly  147 76 66 5 53.5%
Sunil Gavaskar  38 14 22 2 38.9%
Sachin Tendulkar  72 23 42 7 35.4%
Top 7 Captains 686 343 307 36 52.8%
Other Captains 88 37 49 2 43.0%
Total  774 380 356 38 51.6%


- T/D/NR: Tie/Draw/Not Resulted

- The players who have represented team for min 20 ODIs are considered in top 7.
- Normalized % Win takes into account the T/D/NR matches in same proportion as for resulted matches.
- Proper care is taken into data compilation and presentation, it may have minor errors.