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Month: August 2012

Guest Post: Around The World in Just A Day or Two!

No, it’s not really about Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or any reference to any form of communication on the Internet or movies for that matter.

I love to travel. Looking at the list of countries I have visited, I’m quite proud to say that I’ve been to Thailand, Indonesia, China, Australia, Cambodia, Turkey, Italy, and France. I am 25 and recently got married and moved from Malaysia to the United Kingdom. Of course, I don’t intend to end that list just yet!

I was enjoying a nice long bath not too long ago, and this triggered the thought of my friends back in Malaysia. Don’t get me wrong – we don’t share baths! But the nice warm feeling reminded me of the common poolside area we have in the condominium where I used to stay. That was where we neighbours usually met, gathered with friends, ate and bantered about life. That made me suddenly realize that I probably know more about the rest of the world than without realizing it!

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Movie Review – Bourne Legacy

Directed by Tony Gilroy and starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton in lead roles, Bourne Legacy is the fourth installment in the ‘Bourne’ film series based on Robert Ludlum’s ‘Jason Bourne’ novels. Just like the previous three installments, this one is just ‘inspired’ by the novels rather than a total remake. Let’s see how does it fare without Matt Damon aka. ‘Jason Bourne’.

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Mary Kom – A legend ‘recognized’ after 12 years!

Five World Championships. Four Asian Women’s Championships. And a host of medals in other events. An athlete with such a resume would be revered in any another country. He / She would be given the best facilities and best infrastructure to train in. Companies would run to him / her for endorsements. And more than all that, love, care and everything else he / she would have yearned for would be showered upon. But not in India. It took an Olympic bronze medal and 12 long years for Mary Kom, her sport and her state to be recognized in her own country. But why? Let’s look at it in detail.

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Growing Gun Culture – Biggest threat to America!

Columbine High School Massacre!

Red Lake High School Tragedy!

Virginia Tech Mass Murder!

Fort Hood Base Rampage!

Oak Creek’s Gurudwara Shootout

What comes to mind when we think of any of the above? It has surely got to be death, blood, gore, torture, pain, suffering and much more. More than just being massacres, the above are a few examples of how a society where guns are so freely available can be easily destroyed. It is an example of how guns are increasingly being used as a tool by people to vent out their frustrations, feelings, anger and what not. Gun culture has so deeply penetrated the American society that today there seems to be only little someone can do. Let’s look at why that’s the case.

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India @ Olympics – Moving up slowly but surely!

“Oh! look at our Olympians. All of them are failures. The same story repeats every year.”

“Our sports facilities and infrastructure are the worst in the world. The fact that we compete in such a situation is an achievement in itself.”

“The biggest problem in India is that parents always expect their children to study as much as they can. No one encourages youngsters to take up sports.”

“What a disappointment this Olympic campaign has been for us after all our expectations of a lot many medals.”

So many of us must have heard, read, discussed and even cribbed about India’s performance every Olympics including the current one. Do the above sentences sound familiar? Maybe you must have cribbed or would have heard others talking about our performance at the world stage. What’s the difference anyway? Every four years we go with big contingents and great expectations but come back empty handed. This is the sad story of a country with a population of 1 billion but with the capability to produce just a few world class athletes. But this time things are different. Do I hear you ask why? Let’s see it in more detail.

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