often been called a game of the elite because of the huge
expenses needed for its infrastructure and equipment. This
has kept golf away from the reach of the common man. On
the other hand, many describe it as an acronym for
Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden. Women golfers, due to
their gender, and caddies, due to their class, have faced
this bias at one time or the other.
Sunil Narula checks out how
they have fared despite the odds
have faced discrimination since centuries in almost
every field. Sports are no exception — whether it is
cricket or golf.
India’s top pro golfers in the men’s category earn a
huge amount of money, though the same cannot be said about
our women golfers. They have to slug it out on their own
without much support from the sponsors. Some big corporate
houses are beginning to show interest in women’s golf in
India, but still a lot more needs to be done for it to
come on a par with the men’s golf.
"Caddies are a breed unto
themselves and they certainly earn their wage for humping this
lot around four miles of land."
Dai Rees (Captain of the Great Britain Ryder Cup team, which
defeated the United States at Lindrick Golf Club in Yorkshire,
England in 1957)
are on the golf course for close to 10 to 12 hours a day.
They have to lug the golf bag, pick out the right club for the
player, assess the yardage, and for the amateurs and beginners,
they also have to get into the bushes and search and retrieve
mis-hit golf balls.
The age-old Kerala fire
ritual athirathram has evoked the curiosity of the
scientific world, where attempts are being made to understand if
it is a natural purifier, writes Madhusree
confluence of science and the Vedas occurred
during the 4,000-year-old 12-day ritual of ‘athirathram’ —
fire invocation — in the village of Panjal in Kerala’s
Thrissur district recently. Scientists have been trying to
establish that the ancient Vedic ritual is a natural purifier of
air, soil and micro-biological life — impacting plants,
animals and man — through an extensive network of research in
the village and in neighbouring Kochi.
matter of will
The habit of
persistence is acquired by willpower. Once you have made a
choice of a long-term goal, you must stick to it, writes I.M.
is the real and innermost centre of human personality. It
is not the man who conquers the mountain. It is the hidden
willpower in him that does it.
Likewise, think of a man with a weak will. He is pushed around
by everybody, is brushed off as a wishy-washy, and is the one
who sits on the last bench in an office meeting. He goes
unnoticed in social life. He is overcome by obstacles. But the
man who has a strong personality, overcomes obstacles. He finds
fulfilment in career as well as life, and accomplishes even
over your boss
It is important to
maintain a cordial working relationship with your boss, says Ragini
has a boss in the corporate world. From CEO to the
junior-most executive, each person reports to someone or the
other. More than often bosses are viewed with suspicion and
hostility since they hold a great deal of power. However, it is
extremely important to develop and maintain a cordial working
relationship with one’s boss. Bosses are not only a source of
knowledge but also play a critical role in shaping careers and
opening windows of opportunities.