Monday, December 25, 2017

The Future of Indian Football

By comparison with Cricket, scope in Indian football was very limited. Although there has been a huge paradigm shift in the last couple of years.
Football always had a particular set of loyal fans(considering only Indian clubs and Indian football team) while there are European football fans too who would know more about an El Clasico rather than a Mohan Bagan-East Bengal derby.
Over the last few years, a lot has been happening in the Indian football circuit. While the national team ranking has touched a 21 year high - 96th position in FIFA ranking this July, interest and excitement around clubs and league has also been high.

The domestic Clubs circuit in India has shown a rise in number of followers, while the game always had huge number of fans from the NorthEast, Kerala and Kolkata. IMG-R’s Indian Super League brought in a wave of new fans from other cities to the game.
A file photo of football fans during the Kolkata derby
Although AIFF and IMG-R are often criticized for poor scheduling of ISL and ignoring the Domestic league of India, one cannot ignore the fact that the ISL has definitely improved the picture of Indian Football. While the I league clubs has kept Football in India running over the years, ISL with its new franchise based clubs has brought in a new set of Indian football fans to the picture, while also bringing international interest to Indian football.

Domestic Leagues has also grown in quality and excitement, with even smaller clubs producing some extra-ordinary performance. Aizawl FC, a team that was relegated in 2016 season and played this year due to many others clubs pulling out, had a Leicester city kind of run in this year's I league. Winning the league beating the likes of Mohan Bagan, East Bengal and Bengaluru FC. Such was the fairy tale turnaround that apparently there will be a Bollywood movie regarding them.
While there is a long road for India to reach the World class level, among the Asians, India has seen a lot of Improvements. Bengaluru FC a club born in 2014 has already created a name for themselves with consistent performances both at the domestic and Asian level. The Club has already won 4 trophies in 4 years and finished as runners-up in 2016 AFC Cup (The Europa Cup of Asia) and a semi-final finish in this years edition.
After the disastrous world cup qualification run in 2015, the Indian National team went on to improve a lot, winning games regularly and eventually qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup - Only the second time in 3 decades.
Jeakson Singh - The lad who made billion dreams come true with a moment of brilliance. Indian U17 football teams lanky defender. Pic Credit: Nikhil Patil
Football in India is slowly picking up with possible merger of the top two leagues- ISL and I league by next year. The recently concluded U-17 FIFA world cup has given Indian football a much needed boost with more and more youths getting interested in sports, while clubs are to getting involved in developing these talents by creating youth Academies.
So scope for Indian football may not have been the best, but now is the time for any youngsters to get into the game as they have the best possible chance to change the football scene in India.
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Also Read: Are the popularity of other Indian sports back?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Deep in the sky

Some of the best clicks of skies through Panorama mode: 

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In the black

The fact that people feel a need to associate colors with emotion often puts the color black in a underrated positions, but the truth is the color is lot more than that. While other colors have different types of shades and contrasts, Black and white doesn't. And there is a underlying beauty about that.
Former writer-activist Ted Grant once said - "When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes, but when you photograph them in black and white, you Photograph their soul"

The color black can also be termed as artistic or poetic and are extensively used by artists, designers, etc. They give out a sense of modesty as well as arrogance, Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto once said, "The color black is lazy and easy but also mysterious. but above all Black also seem to say - I don't bother you, you don't bother me" 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Sketch of the Staring Bird

Seldom does one get a chance to appreciate art or at least I was never one of them? Having never visited any art galleries or museums in my life while being a terrible painter myself, I never took the opportunity to admire something that is painted. I do appreciate a good Photograph and understand a bit of it but the Paintings were never the same for me.
The Recreated sketch of the original photograph 'Staring at the lens' taken by Sudarshan Naik

So when I saw a blog post asking for interested people's click to be recreated in the form of a sketch, I was skeptical but still obliged to see what comes of it. Keya's World is a site run by Sabrina Wohlfeil that includes various aspects of her work – whether it is arts, design, clothing, cosplay, or maybe even music.

Deciding to recreate the original picture 'Staring at the Lens' taken by Sudarshan Naik, Keya produced this amazing sketch that almost brings out the original feel. The idea of #Borrowedmemories hashtag has been a great one for a blog parade through sketches as it  also serves perfectly as she recreated a memory of somebody else 

I thank you Sabrina for starting this amazing idea of blog parade and hope to see more of these sketches.

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The Original link of the photograph:===>> Staring at the lens

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

From Cricket to Football - Street Games

The reason we are so good at this game - Cricket, is because it is played all over the country by almost everyone. From 60 year old to 5 year kid. A Bat, a ball and a piece of stumps or any wooden ones and it becomes play ground. A game for all age groups of life.

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Growing Football Frenzy

With Indian Football team's ever improving performances, Indian Super league bringing in fans from other parts of country and then FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted in our country with India itself playing.
Football is slowly picking up pace and it won't be long before we see football on par with cricket.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

The face of God

This Ganesh Chaturthi Check out some of the best clicks of Lord Ganesh Idol from my Surroundings

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Colours of life

This post is in Analogy to life through Photography, but one could still understand what it means to say, once you read it. Life is beautiful even in black and white after all its all about how you see them that creates the impression.
For some black and white is dull, for others it is a means of life that is plain simple. The different shades of the two colours can still brighten up the image.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to how you perceive things you can actually ignore the bad and concentrate on what is good. Once you do that you will see the result in how it looks good. 
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

What is this new Blue Whale Challenge engulfing the internet?

The Blue Whale Challenge is an internet suicide game that has been allegedly linked to the deaths of several children worldwide.

A new social media phenomenon has engulfed the internet reportedly called has suicide game or ‘The blue whale challenge’, named after the beached whales that are linked to suicide. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.

Things you need to be aware of about the game:

Blue Whale is not a downloadable game, application or software. It's a social media phenomenon like ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the Harlem Shake. It enters social media networks from secretive groups.

The challenge allegedly started in a secret group of Russian social media network ‘Vkontakte’. It is said to involve 50 challenges that includes watching horror movies and inflicting self-harm which are monitored by a curator. They are expected to take photos of them undertaking the challenge and upload them as proofs for the curator's approval. The 50th challenge of the game is to commit suicide

There are claims that over 100 teenagers have killed themselves because of the challenge but there is no evidence to suggest that the number is real.

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Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student who was expelled from his university, claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin stated that his purpose was to "clean" the society by pushing to suicide those he deemed as having no value. 

The list of tasks, to be completed in 50 days, includes waking up at 4:20 A.M., climbing a crane, carving a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm, doing secret tasks, poking a needle to the arm or leg, standing on a bridge and roof, listening to music, and watching videos sent to the challengers by the administrator.

One of the reason, kids performing the stupid 50th challenge is a possible blackmail or a death threats to their loved ones. Ten days ago, Rakshit Tandon, a cyber security expert, got a disturbing phone call from a 13-year-old boy, who confided in him about “death threats directed towards his parents by strangers in a chat room” after the boy initially showed interest in the ‘Blue Whale challenge’.

On Reddit, where the challenges were shared, Redditor diugo88 came up with a set of “anti-challenges” designed to boost your self-esteem. These are the challenges that should be spread around:

·         Write on a white paper ‘I’m strong, I can do everything I want!’ for 50 times.
·         Take a walk listening some electroswing (parov stelar for instance)
·         Wake up at 10 am, open the window and listen the outside sounds thinking, ‘I’m happy to live’ many times.
·         Go see a sunset while listening some jazz (bossanova, coltrane for instance). Experience its beauty.
·         Try to cook some food you like, eat it with some friends\parents\others you like.
·         Wake up at 5.30 am, have a good breakfast and then go out watch your city waking up. No music here.
·         Try to talk with at least 5 different unknown people about something for at least 5 minutes each.
·         Try to talk with someone who does not like you and try to make him a friend.
·         Take a walk in the afternoon with some music.
·         Take a whole day to do what you like. Life is beautiful; don’t throw it away.
·         Spam these rules to other people.
·         Force yourself to talk with another gamer (or friend or person) about your problems.
·         Try to help another gamer with his/her problems. You can make the difference, you are special.
·         Take a walk with someone, talk about your hopes and desires, and ask about his/her hopes and dreams.
·         Repeat all the above points again. 
·         You are ready for the last test. Think about your progress, write your feelings about all the steps previously addressed, and give it to a person who you think would appreciate it.
·         Live your life happily. You really do not need a curator to control you. You are free, you are special, remember it whenever you are sad and you feel no way out. I love you.

Be sensible; don’t let a stupid game destroy your life

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Did you know MS Office font Calibri is now a reason for a Country's PM to resign?

The infamous leak of 2015 called Panama Papers, which had 11.5 million financial documents from law firm and corporate service provider company Mossack Fonseca, revealed its high profile politicians across the globe. It included reports that 12 national leaders are buying overseas assets for illegal purposes, including fraud, tax evasion, and evading international sanctions.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was one of the accused in the leak.

When you realized what brought your downfall

Panama leak connected Nawaz Sharif with two objectionable properties in London. When the case went to Pakistani supreme court, Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz submitted two documents in the court that were dated back to 2006 and they were supposed to prove that Sharif’s family has nothing to do with the properties in London.

The FontGate scandle:

The documents submitted to the team dated to 2006, but were written in Microsoft office’s Calibri, a font that was not commercially available before January 31, 2007. Microsoft word used Times New Roman font as the default font before 2007. It was after MS office 2007 came out that Calibri was made the default font for Microsoft Word.
The Font mess up
This proved that the documents submitted by Sharif’s family were fake and forged. There were also other evidences against Sharif, but the font blunder significantly weakened his case in Pakistan Supreme Court.

As a result, Nawaz Sharif’s family lost the case and On 28 July 2017, Sharif was disqualified for public office by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Sharif submitted his resignation on the following day.

Its true I guess, Simple things can make a difference. A simple Microsoft word font changed a government!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

If you look for it you will find it

Often times one gives up on his dreams once he has failed attempting it, a blogger loses interest in his blogs when he sees no views off his post, a wannabe actor will give up his dreams when he realizes that there are thousands like him struggling for the same thing, a entrepreneur would give up on his business idea after it has been rejected by some investors etc. The thing one needs to have is clear sight of his goals and not worry about the benefits of end result. 

If you look for it you will find it
Art in the pottery
Smile for the life
Use from the waste
The threads for the cloth

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Strive for the moon, if you miss, you will among the stars

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Sprinkling to life

Even from the Waste, a Life can be a born

And with the every sprinklings of life, world can become a beautiful place

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mumbai - City of dreams

The city of dreams

Around a decade back, when Taxi no. 9211 came out, there was this one song that won hearts of every Mumbaikar. Bappi lahiri's voice to the song 'Bumbai Nagariya' was truly awesome, while the lyrics complemented the city's emotion

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Monday, July 17, 2017

3 Movies that outshined Books

There are numerous examples of movies that couldn’t live up to the books and failed miserably, so let’s credit the movies that managed to capture the audience better than the books

Over the years, there have been plenty of books that are adapted and brought to life by movies. Right from the birth of motion pictures, there have been adaptations after adaptations, from Shakespeare’s Romeo Juliet to modern day George R. R. Martin’s Game of thrones or the upcoming Augusta Christie’s Murder on the Orient express. I have read many novels, which have been later made into films, some of them have been good some not. But very rarely comes there a movie that surpasses expectations of the book.


Even if fake, the sharks still manage to give audience some chilling moment
Adapted from Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name, Jaws (The novel) tells the story of a great white shark that preys upon a people of a small town and the voyage of three men trying to kill it. The novel was massive public hit but was criticized for its poor characterization of protagonists. The movie too like the book, concentrated on Great white Shark's menace yet it had a more deeper impact on the audience. Spielberg brought magic in the movie with his artificial Sharks and chilling music, such that people actually got scared of visiting beaches afterwards, something words in the novel cannot have done. As a result, it was no wonder Spielberg’s Jaws with its heightened action and tense music delivered better than the books.
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The Jurassic Park

During the first visuals of dinosaurs in 'Jurassic Park', it wasn't just Dr. Alan Grant that gasped at what they saw
Another Spielberg classic that came out better than the books was The Jurassic Park. Michael Crichton’s novel with the same name talks more about dinosaur, genetic engineering and mathematical concept of chaos theory. The movie however while showcasing dinosaurs also had amped up the action, characters, and all around plotlines with some amazing special effects. Although the book was a massive hit, the movie made it even bigger hit thanks to its awesome visual effects that made the extinct species almost real. Without the movie, there wouldn’t have been so much of excitement for Jurassic world that brought the franchise back to life 14 years after its last film.

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3 Idiots

Even in India there have been some movies that take inspirations from books, like Saif Ali Khan starrer 'Phantom' inspired from Hussian Zaidi’s 'Mumbai Avengers', Sonakshi Sinha’s 'Noor' adapted from 'Karachi you are killing me' and numerous Chetan Bhagat novels. Very few of these films actually manage to find success; one such movie that comes to my mind is '3 Idiots'. Although based on Chetan Bhagat’s Five point someone, the film had lot to offer of its own from social message to inspiring generations. 3 Idiots's Rancho was more inspirational than the book's Ryan. The best part of the film was its connection to this generation and their struggles, one of which is the now classic moment of Farhan confronting his father about his future choice. Both five point someone and 3 Idiots were a huge hit among its audience, but while Bhagat’s novel was termed as the Masala-film version of books, the movie was more on the side of coming of age inspirational film.
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While the magic of words, details of life and sometimes the depths of a story can be enjoyed better in the novels, which cannot be replaced by films, there are certain books that deserve a film adaptation so that everyone can at least visualize the story and enjoy it more.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Candy Cups Saga

Doesn't this arrangements of cup reminds us of the Famous mobile game Candy Crush Saga

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Light up the cage

Light up the world even if it is a cage

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