Monday, November 25, 2013

Satyendra Dubey - lest we forget this HERO

Satyendra Dubey was murdered in Gaya, Bihar on 27th Nov 2003 for fighting corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway construction project - he was a project director at the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). He found malpractices in awarding of contracts, quality of construction, payments to contractors and many other avenues in NHAI. He took it to the higher people in NHAI and got no response. He even wrote to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee highlighting the impropriety and pleaded to not reveal his identity. Alas, his identity was revealed to NHAI which reprimanded him for writing to Prime Minister directly.

I'm not entirely sure of the sequence of events, but he was killed on Nov 26th, 2003. A very said end to a bright [ Civil Engineering IIT Kanpur, 90-94 and MTech Civil, IIT BHU Varanasi 94-96] and brave soul, that stood up against corruption. India didn't have whistleblower policy back then and it does now thanks to people like you. Although the implementation of the bill in it's true spirit by the government is an entirely different matter, it's very existence can offer glimmer of hope and courage to others who may want to fight against the malice in the community. 

Inspiration to write this blog post: The Hindu

"You would have been scared that first day at the IIT, wondering how you, a village boy from Bihar, would cope with all the fancy boys and girls from the metros. You would have been scared when the road mafia issued you death threats, or when the fact that you wrote to the Prime Minister was revealed despite your plea to keep your identity under wraps…The point is not that you were scared. Courage is not about being fearless. Courage is about doing the right thing despite being scared. And that is something you did with aplomb right through your short life.
You showed us the way by doing the right thing. In an age where someone can become a hero merely by knowing how to swing a cricket bat or emote on screen, you were the real deal; a bona fide hero. You remain our inspiration. The generations to come will feel your influence."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thank you Sachin !!!

From the time I started watching cricket, I never saw an Indian team/eleven, where Sachin Tendulkar was not a member. He was called the little man, master blaster and off late God of cricket. Honestly, while I always admitted and admired his talent, ability, gentle nature and HUNGER to play cricket, I felt that Sachin was treated a little different from few other cricketers who were also doing equally good for the country and the sports. Hence, I was never vocal of my admiration or support of Sachin Tendulkar. I loved Rahul Dravid dearly and felt the need to support him coz I know for every one person who will support Dravid, there will be a hundred more who will support Sachin. I remember fighting with my friends in School/college on who is best/better - the cricket card game of boomer/big fun in the class is the highlight. My friend +Shiva R may remember me fighting for Dravid and in the process not supporting Sachin. I remember arguing with him about how many fours Dravid would have hit in a 50 and how may Tendulkar would have hit in his score of 50. Even till date, it is a given that if Tendulkar scores a 50, there will be close to 7-10 boundaries in that and it is not the case with Dravid.

It is a given that Sachin is a genius - how else can one debut at the age of 16 for his nation in International cricket ? His technique, stance is one of the most recognized in the world, including the famous guard adjusting knee jab he always does. His voice is one of the most mimicked voices in cricketing world. I can never forget waving at Tendulkar during India-Australia cricket match  in 1998 at Chepauk, Chennai - he came to field close to boundary line and looked right in my direction. He waved at all of us in the stands but still I was one of them. This is the closest I had ever seen Tendulkar, unlike +Dharma R sir who has tonnes of pictures with him. His popularity knows no bounds  - I remember 9th std holiday on april and on Sachin's bday, Doordarshan came out with "Sachin-25" event. We had an additional class to teach us 10th syllabus in 9th holidays and my teacher postponed the class to let us watch Sachin 25 TV show and come to school. Enough said of the level of adulation and respect you commanded and to have been in stardom for as long he has been, his conduct is impeccable.

  1. His front foot drive. 
  2. Dancing down the crease - it is such a fluent action when he does that
  3. His balance and stance.
  4. Desert Storm

  5. Ind vs Pakistan at Chennai.Ind vs Australia at Chennai.
  6. Sachin vs Warne - Though there are many battles Sachin won, Warne was most haunted of Sachin.

    Warne says:
    "I'll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don't think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player"
  7. Sachin vs McGrath - Australia was at the receiving end of Sachin for the most number of times. He scored most centuries against Australia than against any other country.

  8. MRF Bat.
  9. 2003 Cricket world cup
  10. Sachin's on and off field conduct and many many more !!

  11. Sachin's final respect and worship of the 22 yards - it brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. It is indicative of what cricket meant to him and he lasted as long coz he wasn't playing for anything else but for the love of a game.

To quote one wonderful article I read in The Hindu, His game is his personality:

Tendulkar’s style, and this is perhaps the true measure of his greatness, demanded we assess nothing but his cricket. Yes, it is routine to affix such descriptors as humble, gentlemanly, focused to his character but I suspect we never really knew him — or needed to know him — like we knew the others (or thought we did). Tendulkar, to use that dreary cliché, let his game speak for himself."

Although I adore Rahul Dravid equally, you carried the hopes of a billion peo
ple more times on your shoulders than anybody else. You are dream and you lived a dream. What it tells me and rest of us is that, perhaps, if we also follow our dreams and do it to the best of our ability, we shall hope to attain success and most importantly, contentment and love out of it.

I cried.

One of the living example of genius, perseverance, hard-work ethic and love for the game. True Bharat Ratna indeed !!

Thank You - Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar !!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

All Digital information to have physical manifestation ?

All Digital information to have physical manifestation - Wow !!!

The advent and continued innovation of human mind reflected through technology never ceases to impress and inspire me.

I'm not sure how or to what extent these developments will have effect on our life, but just the concept of "All Digital information to have physical manifestation " is mind blowing !!

MIT research on progress from GUI to TUI - Graphical User interface to Tactical User interface is great research work. I would love to know the underlying technologies, the connections from computer and how these pins move for the command etc.