When Iniesta sat alone after the lights went out.

In sports, like in life, one day you need to move out of the arc lights. That day is defined by your mind. Physical injury and the management of sport is just one aspect. But the mind, till it ventures to switch off, the body does not give in.   Andre Agassi explained this in his autobiography “Open”. The frailty of the body is far superceded by the excellence of mind. His last Wimbledon was an excellent case in point. The mind needed another run at the championship. The body…

IBM Watson and how It’s taking on the world!

In the 19th century, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing were just theoretical concepts, which were slowly put into practice during the 20th century. Today, in 2017, IBM has successfully combined all three technologies into one super thinking cognitive system named “Watson”. Watson is a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM’s Deep QA project by a research team led by principal investigator David Ferrucci. Watson was named after IBM’s first CEO, industrialist Thomas J. Watson. The computer system was specifically developed to…

The shared economic revolution is here!

Remember the days when TV used to be a new thing and suddenly the mother used to come and shut it off in the midst of something good saying it’s not good for the eye or the TV was getting hot, it would burst. And we would moan! Or now when we advise our children to keep their mobiles aside as it’s not good for health or the nonsense it is. Saw the evolution? Humans are still getting hooked as machines and eco-systems keep evolving. And we are already at…

The Clash Of Clans!

As expected, the BCCI has rejected the offer of playing a day-night Test in Australia. The CoA was seeking some practice for the Indian players before they participated in a floodlit Test. It is a shame that despite having trialed Duleep Trophy matches in 2016 and 2017 with the pink ball, only four of India’s Test regulars featured in those matches. If only the BCCI were so serious about the format, they should have either made the national side cricketers play those games or staged D/N Ranji Trophy matches too.…

Little Red Book

This is a Chinese fashion house that’s raising $200 million from Tencent at a $2.5 Billion valuation. Have you heard of this fashion house and retailer at all? It’s easy. Google. See. But that’s not the point. Myntra started years back. Some good guys did what they did with it. Before it was bought over by a aggressive marketplace. It still does well enough to be quoted here and there. But no more. I don’t see it as a house of fashion. Neither are any of the other marquee brands…

Having Hairfall? Don’t worry!

Are you having a lot of hairfall and quite afraid that it may all fall out soon? In that case your fear is quite justifiable because hair loss is an issue which not even the renowned doctors can take care of sometimes making them shift to other artificial practices such as hair transplant, stem-cell treatment to name a few. Balding patterns are quite prevalent throughout the world. Doctors classify them as the type 1, type 2, type 3 and type 4 balding patterns. What we don’t understand is that to…

Flipkart – Beyond the Screen

Everyone has now written about Flipkart. Everyone knows about the payoff of $16 billion. Everyone is happy and everyone has gone home. Save a few who wonder what could have happened. So, what could have happened? Ever heard of ATB? No, not the Anti-Terrorist Bureau, people. It is Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu. The three startups in China that grew up indigenous in China. The startups that did not take VCs at every turn and bring down their stockholdings. They were supported by the government policies of China. they made it…

Boot-Strapped

Straps were invented to hang things with. But they don’t behave very well. Bag straps are very notorious. They always manage to get very convoluted and finally hurt us when we walk or sit. I used to have a laptop bag that had a strap that was malnourished. It used to be twisted and torn. Maybe it used to reflect my state of mind, who knows. It was a thin strap for the heavy HP laptop. Don’t know if the bag makers were told about the final weight. The strap…

Pseudo-Feminism: The New Evil In The Society

Feminism, sexism, fascism, criticism or any ‘isms’ that prevail in this society has an underlying rule. If you misuse these terms, you are bound to look stupid to any imbecile out there. The fraudulent use of powerful words to implement ideologies and rights have recently created a dent in this society. Well, of course, we could push it away as nothing short of a Freudian Slip, but are we really going to be that ignorant? Who is the better sex? Let us not indulge in that conversation yet, in fact,…

Who had the Last Laugh?

  He appeared seriously disgruntled, head down, hands on his hips, contemplating the futility with a shake of his head, before reluctantly advancing towards the dressing room. Yes! I’m talking about Gianluigi Buffon. Someone who made his debut over 20 years ago and has been a role-model and motivator on and off the pitch. Throughout its journey from stardom to darkness and back to the very top, one name remained constant, Gianluigi Buffon. ZINEDINE ZIDANE: “ Say that again?”     9th July 2006. I was a vibrant kid back then…