Sunday 28 August 2016

Talking big!

As of today, the Biggest / Largest / Grandest 😱:

Planet - Jupiter 
Moon - Ganymede of Jupiter 
Star - RW Cephei

Continent - Asia
Country - Russia
City  - Shanghai, China

Ocean - Pacific Ocean
River - Nile, Africa
Lake - Lake Superior, North America 

Democracy - India
Population - China

Mountain - Mount Everest, Nepal

Forest - Amazon Jungle, South America

Diamond mine - Orapa, Botswana 
Gold mine - Grasberg, Indonesia 
Iron ore mine - Kiruna, Sweden 

Rail Network - U.S.A.
Road Network - U.S.A.

Airplane - Antonov An-225 Mriya (a.k.a. Dream or Inspiration), Ukraine. Status: In service

Ship/Vessel - Seawise Giant (a.k.a. Mont). Status: Scrapped in 2010

Railway station - Grand Central Terminal, New York City, U.S.A. with 44 platforms
Airport - Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia
Port - Shanghai, China

Army - China 
Navy - U.S.A.
Air Force - U.S.A.

Stock Market - New York Stock Exchange, U.S.A. 
Bank (by assets) -  Industrial and Commercial Bank of China 

Company (by revenue) - Walmart 
Company (by value) - Apple
Company (by franchises) - McDonald's 

Employer (Non-corporate) - United States Department of Defense 
Employer (Corporate) - Walmart

Currency - Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD), Kuwait

= INR 222.86

Word - pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, the longest word in any of the major English language dictionaries and it refers to a lung disease.

et cetera. 

Source: via Google 😉

Saturday 20 August 2016

The Black and White Game

I believe we all have our share of wins and losses in every area of life.
But after each win/loss, in the end, there is a happy ending. Because, in the end, we improve and evolve.

Chess has been an area where I have excelled sometimes and there have been days, when I have failed miserably too.
In the end, I have learnt from it and it has shaped me well.
Let me share:

1. Strategizing: 
Only moving forward might not win us the game. Many times, stepping back or moving nowhere is a good move than moving forward rampaging.

2. Prediction: 
Good or bad moves solely doesn't lead to victory. Forethought does.
A series of bad moves ending with a planned good move might end the game with a win. Otherwise of it, might end in loss.

3. Sacrifice: 
Chess is the only game which teaches us directly, to sacrifice for a larger good.

4. Win. If not, then Draw: 
We have heard the saying "Winning and losing is a part of the game". Fact!
In chess, if we are losing with no probability of winning, then best possible way out is to offer draw rather than lose. If accepted by the opponent, then we don't face a loss.
Though, from the beginning, play to win.

5. Regret or Improve: 
Regretting is no worth, because in the end the king and the pawn end up in the same box.
Improving is the best step, because it increases the chance of winning the next.

Learn. Play. Improve. Evolve.