Saturday 18 June 2016

I'm talking War!

No history, no violence, no freedom and no terror.
The war, I mean here, is our everyday battle we fight i.e. to strive for better. It is no less than a war in itself.
When I look back through the 2 decades+, it has been an extraordinary journey. Striving, achieving and looking forward for more.
Everyday, whether it is weekday or weekend, it comes with it's own challenges and opportunities in every walk of life. Some lost, some regretted and some grabbed. In every way it is a daily war and give a deep thought for the below.

The way to war:

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory:

1. He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.

2. He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.

3. He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.

4. He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.

5. He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.

A few tactics/tricks/motivators which are aggressive and might help me and you to strive for better:

1. Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

2. If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.

3. Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

4. Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.

5. Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

6. Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.

Striving to achieve anything requires dedication, patience, perseverance and pain. 
While going through pain, remember that: Pain is temporary, Glory is forever! 

Eric Jackson at

Saturday 4 June 2016

The Quest for Glory - II

The first Games held under the auspices of the IOC was hosted in the Panathenaic stadium in Athens in 1896.
The second Olympics was held in Paris.

Opening Ceremony:
Months before each Games, the Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals.
A female performer, acting as a priestess, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun's rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city's Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.
As mandated by the Olympic Charter, the ceremony typically starts with the hoisting of the host country's flag and a performance of its national anthem.
The host nation then presents artistic displays of music, singing, dance, and theater representative of its culture.
After the artistic portion of the ceremony, the athletes parade into the stadium grouped by nation. Greece is traditionally the first nation to enter in order to honor the origins of the Olympics. Nations then enter the stadium alphabetically according to the host country's chosen language, with the host country's athletes being the last to enter.
Speeches are given, normally opening the Games.
Finally, the Olympic torch is brought into the stadium and passed on until it reaches the final torch carrier, often a successful Olympic athlete from the host nation, who lights the Olympic flame in the stadium's cauldron.

Closing Ceremony:
The closing ceremony of the Olympic Games takes place after all sporting events have concluded. Flag-bearers from each participating country enter the stadium, followed by the athletes who enter together, without any national distinction.
Three national flags are hoisted while the corresponding national anthems are played: the flag of the current host country; the flag of Greece, to honor the birthplace of the Olympic Games; and the flag of the country hosting the next Summer or Winter Olympic Games.
The president of the organizing committee and the IOC president make their closing speeches, the Games are officially closed, and the Olympic flame is extinguished.

India at the Olympics:
India first participated at the Olympic Games in 1900, with a lone athlete (Norman Pritchard) winning two medals- both silver- in athletics.
The nation first sent a team to the Summer Olympic Games in 1920, and has participated in every Summer Games since then. India has also competed at several Winter Olympic Games beginning in 1964.
Indian athletes have won a total of 26 medals, all at the Summer Games.

For a period of time, India national field hockey team was dominant in Olympic competition, winning eleven medals in twelve Olympics between 1928 and 1980. The run included 8 gold medals total and six successive gold medals from 1928–1956.

India is scheduled to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. The Indian Olympic Association is going to send the nation's largest ever delegation (thus far 91 athletes; 8 larger than their previous record of 83 delegates in 2012) in Summer Olympic history

All the best to all Nations, and
Chak De! India