Month: September 2010

My Letters – Khaleej Times Dt. 28.09.2010 – Cricket mining gold at South Africa

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My Letters – Khaleej Times Dt. 28.09.2010 – Cricket mining gold at South Africa

28 September 2010

As expected before the first ball of the finals played, Chennai Super Kings have won the finals of the CLT20 Cup. Watching the match and the entire series gave several interesting management perspectives. One man cannot win continuously matches for his team, especially highly competitive matches like this. This was proved by the performance of Davey Jacobs. He guillotined his and his teams chances the moment he played an over enthusiastic shot of Ashwin’s first ball. It proved several things for the bowler and all of us.

First of all, the value of following the basics, which he did, by keeping the ball straight to the stumps. Secondly and most importantly, keeping a calm and composed self on the field, even at times of victory or defeat.
I wish, video of his bowling efforts at this series to be showed as an example to our other bowlers, who swear, curse and do all sorts of emotional tantrums, while they lose focus and objectives.

The team spirit showed on field between all players, irrespective of their nationality, showed a harmonious feeling and optimism for world cricket. The encouragement to our young generation players from senior players was outstanding. The series really gave some players to stand tall amongst the crowd. I wish, the same strategy is employed by corporate organisations to promote other sports, especially football and hockey.

To read it in original, please visit KHALEEJ TIMES online.

Mind Speaks – Birthday wishes to Satguru Mata Amritanandamayi

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Mind Speaks – Indian cricket mining gold at South Africa CLT20

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Mind Speaks – Indian cricket mining gold at South Africa CLT20

Indian cricket mining gold at South Africa CLT20.

As expected before the first ball of the finals played, Chennai Super Kings have won the finals of the CLT20 Cup. Watching the match and the entire series gave several interesting management perspectives. One man cannot win continuously matches for his team, especially highly competitive matches like this. This was proved by the performance of Davey Jacobs. He guillotined his and his teams chances the moment he played an over enthusiastic shot of R Ashwin’s first ball. It proved several things for the bowler and all of us. First of all, the value of following the basics, which he did, by keeping the ball straight to the stumps. Secondly and most importantly, keeping a calm and composed self on the field, even at times of victory or defeat. I wish, video of his bowling efforts at this series to be showed as an example to our other bowlers, who swear, curse and do all sorts emotional tantrums, while they lose focus and objectives. Davey also erred in brining his new ball bowler Thoron after 5 overs, instead of bringing him fresh, which may have caused the bowlers confidence. Off color M Boucher, supplemented with luck favoring him on the d-day enabled M Vijay to walk away with the Golden Bat award.

Each and every player of CSK, proved their mettle at opportunities they received. This includes R. Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Aniruddh Sreekanth and Balaji, not to leave out others including captain M S Dhoni. He has shown once again, how he means business on the field for a particular match as well as for future of his team members. The way, he handled L Balaji was excellent, giving confidence not only to the bowler by giving options for him to play in a big final, but also to other Indian bowlers, the choice he has in future, of a silent and smiling performer to add to his team.

The team spirit showed on field between all players irrespective of their nationality showed a harmonious feeling and optimism for world cricket. The encouragement to our young generation players from senior players was outstanding. The series really gave some players to stand tall amongst the crowd. I wish, the same strategy is employed by corporate organisations to promote other sports, especially football and hockey.

Photo Speaks – THE NATIONAL Dt. 26.09.2010 – Abu Dhabi motorists face morning traffic chaos

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Photo Speaks – THE NATIONAL Dt. 26.09.2010 – Abu Dhabi motorists face morning traffic chaos

Abu Dhabi motorists face morning traffic chaos

Traffic is grid locked on in this view of a Salam street intersection. Courtesy Ramesh Menon

Abu Dhabi motorists face morning traffic chaos

Last Updated: September 26. 2010 12:10PM UAE / September 26. 2010 8:10AM GMT

Accidents in the city centre and on the roads leading into the capital have caused chaos on the roads this morning.

Commuters on Sheikh Zayed Road heading towards Abu Dhabi are currently stuck in gridlock after the part of road opposite Al Rahba Hospital was closed forcing drivers to crawl along a two lane side street.

The Abu Dhabi police, through their twitter page have advised that motorists exercise caution in the tourist Club Area, Al Najda street, Al Salam street and Hamdan street, where there are heavy traffic jams.

Earlier this morning motorists were held up as much as an hour by a seven car accident on the interchange before Mussafah bridge. According to Abu Dhabi police twitter site, the area was clear by 9.40am.

* The National

To read it in original, please visit THE NATIONAL online.

Short Take – GULF TODAY – dt. 25.09.2010 – Exploration Future

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A caricature was done as a best wishes card for all of us to write our future wishes to him and presented to him during the farewell lunch.

‘Exploration Future’ GULF TODAY Dt. 25.09.2010

It is hectic these days as the start of winter season after the summer holidays bring in many new staff. This is the time when some of the old hands say good bye after their assignment period in the UAE gets completed. It follows with a farewell lunch and welcome parties and one such event happened this weekend.

It was a farewell lunch for one of our managers, who, unlike others remained in this region for two terms, i.e. almost six years, which is not common among our expats. It is a professional environment at office. Seldom do we get to speak personal matters between colleagues as we all immerse ourselves in our own area and scope.

Considering the long interactions with him and the bond and team spirit, I thought I should know a bit more about him than I know as a colleague. I took time out before our normal start and spent a few minutes with him.

Talking to him gave interesting insights and remembrance of my mother’s retirement from work. Into his late fifties, he refused to say the word “retirement.”

He preferred to use “professionally provided long term leave.” With more than 38 years experience, he has worked in France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Brazil, Indonesia and now the UAE, his last professional stop.

Being a sport, he has travelled extensively in all these countries and their neighbouring countries on road and sea. In addition, he has also visited, Yemen, Oman, Jordan, Qatar and Bahrain several times and all the roads and important places are easy for him as the lines on his palm.

With his children now settled, he and his wife, have already bought a boat and plan to explore the un-explored and explored locations for another 10 years. To keep himself fit, he plans to continue canoeing, kite surfing, mountaineering, skiing etc as he is an expert in all those.

I know well, but even then I asked him, do you keep any photos or write blogs about your expeditions so far? Or plan to do any such thing in the future? He answered, “No. I do them and forget them to look forward to the future one. May be a few photographs here and there, which my wife takes. But not on a regular basis. That encourages me to always look forward to the future and keep myself young.”

Well, I listened to him silently and wished him good luck in the new assignment of his life, which I termed, “Exploration Future.”

Ramesh Menon

To read it in original, please visit GULF TODAY online.

Photo Speaks – Shopping at it’s best

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Photo Speaks – Shopping at it’s best

I found this boy talking on the phone at a leisurely pace and pose at a shopping mall while his companions were busy shopping. It was interesting to watch him for a few minutes as he was totally in his own world, even after a sales person tried to disturb him from it.

Car flips over in Dubai crash – My Letters – THE NATIONAL – Dt. 21.09.2010

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My Letters – THE NATIONAL – Dt. 21.09.2010 – Car flips over in Dubai crash

Car flips over in Dubai crash

DUBAI // Four vehicles, including a taxi, collided on Sheikh Zayed Road this morning.

The incident occurred in the Abu Dhabi-bound fast lane, near the Internet City exit. One of the vehicles was flipped onto its roof in the crash.

The accident, which occurred at 8am, caused congestion to Oasis Centre in the Al Quoz area.

Police cleared the wreckage from the scene and traffic was free-flowing by 10am. No serious injuries were reported, according to Dubai Police.

My comments as follows:

Added: 09/21/10 03:49:00 PM

These drivers, they will never learn. I think, only solution here is to have all the cars fitted with speed controllers which restricts a driver to speed above 120 kms.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit THE NATIONAL online.