dismal story of Indian sports
for sporadic achievements, India’s over-all progress in the sporting
arena has been dismal during the last 50-plus years. An in-depth study
and dispassionate survey shows India was much better in the pre-1982 era
in Olympic disciplines than in the post-IX Asian Games in Delhi.
of sports psychologists affect performance
the odd victory, like the one we achieved in the Junior World Hockey Cup
recently, we enter competitions with a competent team and exit as an
incompetent one. Our level never rises above that of mediocrity. Be it
any discipline, any event, there is a sameness about Indian sport that
is beginning to dull the senses almost like a scratchy record that has
played on for too long.
those who love dogs
dog gives his master everything he can, as a token of love, and in
return he only needs a corner to live, a piece of bread and a pat.
was early morning of October 31, 1984. Omi Dawaser, recently retired
Protocol Officer of MEA, had gone on his two-wheeler to INA Market to
fetch vegetables. Suddenly, he noticed a stream of people rushing
towards the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He thought it was
for a rally somewhere near Qutab or some open ground nearby.
with a difference
is a tiny district tucked away in the southwest corner of the state of
Karnataka, and its 1500 square miles are almost entirely covered with
coffee and spice plantations. The region is now known as Kodagu, and its
people are called the Kodavas. Physically, the Kodavas look different
from the others in Karnataka. They are tall with sharp features, and
according to anthropologists, of Aryan descent.
must have been a princess in my past life!"
cinema has been extremely kind to Bipasha Basu. With absolutely no
background or training in films, she could bag the female lead in Ajanabee
with some of Bollywood’s biggest names like directors Abbas and
Mustan and co-stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Bobby Deol.