Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Nadal & Federer have confounded the pundits, beaten younger players and importantly overcome injuries, to reclaim grand slam titles & the No.1 slot . They are true champions and exhibit a champion's mindset, reflected in this recent quote by Federer, “What I’ve just come to realize is when you don’t feel positive, you just won’t beat top-10 players. That’s where both, Rafa and myself say, ‘OK, enough of this negativity. Let's give our 100% and win!" The path to winning is, to not worry about what you lack, but to make the most of what you have. I recall watching a young & visibly sick Dean Jones hit a century at Chennai, years ago. He turned to his captain, Border and asked if he could retire hurt. Knowing the job was far from done, Border told him to keep walking to the airport. Jones went on to hit a double century even as he continued to throw-up at regular intervals. Australia won that match and the series and built the World's best cricket team on the back of that attitude. Winning is about believing that what you have is fabulous and then putting all of it into the task. Sooner than later, you WILL win.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Our newspapers, digital media and TV channels don't get tired of repeatedly covering companies, CEO's business leaders, entrepreneurs and high-profile investors. How many of such companies and people do you recall from 50 years ago? Perhaps 20. And from 100 years ago? Now the numbers drop to a single digit. 200 years? None! So what tells us about our history? What tells us about how we lived, the cities we planned, the battles we fought, the famines, plagues, celebrations, events from 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 years past? It is the ART from those times. The architecture, stories, poems, folk-dances, folklore, paintings, sculptures, temples. E.g. To know how people lived in the 1950's, watch Gurudutt 's flicks for a taste of city life & Mehboob Khan's will provide insights into rural ones. Yet there's not a page, not 5 minutes spent on the artists of today. All the money that takes up our time, all these business barons will be forgotten. But 200 years hence, on excavating the ruins of this coast, a few remaining bricks containing a street artist's paintings on the walls of Elphinstone station, will tell the inhabitants of the future world, that there once was a great city here, where 23 innocent people were killed in a mindless stampede. Value art.
Monday, November 13, 2017
I began my career with an agency, in a time before flying was the norm. This agency, had a famous doyenne heading its media department, known for her short fuse as much as she was admired for her incisiveness. This fierce dragon had a mouse of a man for her secretary. Poor Larry would quake and shiver as he scurried around office trying to manage both, her impossible demands and fiery outbursts. One such incident remains etched in my mind. At 7:30 pm one Friday, Larry was seen bolting from Madame's chambers at the speed of the Mangalyaan rushing unerringly towards the travel desk. Madame had to urgently travel to Delhi the next day. She needed a seat, any time, any class. Unfortunately all seats were booked all flights running full! We felt sorry for poor Larry as he rushed back towards Madame's door wringing his hands and beating his chest. His courage failed him at her doorstep, but was replaced with an extraordinary idea that blended his innocent ignorance of air-travel with his middle-class Indian upbringing. Time stood still as Larry rushed back towards the hapless travel desk, his words cut across the office and is remembered even today with great mirth, "If all airline seats are booked, can't you send her standing?"