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Leadership 101

Are leaders born or are they made? Apart from Hercules and other mythical figures, I have never seen or heard about born leaders. Gandhi, Churchill, Washington and other great leaders of our time, were individuals who were forced to fight. We must exclude leaders of Medieval and Renaissance era, in my view they either wanted to plunder wealth or force their religion on others. Most of them are of noble breed, where leadership is force feed using a silver spoon. And then, there are leaders like Genghis Khan who grew up in a politically unstable and volatile era. It’s their environment which played a crucial role rather than their birth.

Given the argument, that leaders are made. What makes them a great leader? A few good qualities of a good leader are
a.Ruthlessness
b.My way or highway attitude
c.Me first everything else next
d.Ability to handle stress with a steady mind
e.Charisma
f.Vision
g.Innovativeness
h.Pla…

Internet Addiction –

Nowadays I use the net so much, sometimes fish, comes out of my pocket :(

Still an Alien

10 year it has been I am still hunting for the all elusive green card. For issuing an immigrant visa (Green Card), US immigration agency, follows a weird procedure. If you are from India or China, getting a green card, is all about luck.
If you are trying to immigrate to US, there are 3 categories
EB1
- This category is for an ‘outstanding professor or researcher’
- This category is for a ‘manager or executive’ subject to
international transfer to the U.S.
EB2
- This category is for foreign nationals professionals with an
‘advanced degrees’ (masters degree or higher) and with a job offer
from a U.S. company
EB3
- This category is for ‘professional workers’ with a U.S. bachelor's
or foreign equivalent degree and with a job offer from a U.S. company

In addition to these categories, Green Card also depends on what is called as “Priority Date”. Each category has its own priority date. For example, if you are in EB3 category, then currently your priority date is in April 2001. What this mea…

Origin of "Sir" - Indian Style

I wonder where Indians got the habit of adding "Sir" to a sentence.

Yesterday, I was watching Yogi B song in youtube. He goes, "Raja Sir pattu podu". What's wrong in asking "Illyaraja Songs podu".

The worst thing is, when they are not watched or when they are with their friends they would go, "Otha Illyaraja pattu super illa?"

This habit is worst in the government office. If you are not a big shot you have to call the guy who supplies tea, with a "Sir".

Does anyone know the history behind this?

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali Guys.
Miss the sweets; Miss the fire crackers; Miss all my friends; Miss waking up 4 in the morning; Miss new clothes; Miss the TV Programs; Miss my mom's Idli and Kari Kolzhambhu; Miss my mom's Briyani; Miss sight seeing trips to check all the girls with new clothes; Just miss Diwali...

Instinctive Buyer –

I am an instinctive buyer; I have bought numerous products, only to find out that either the product is not suited for me or there is a better product out there. Following that great tradition, I bought a Nikon D50 SLR Camera. To go with that I bought 2 Lenses, 18-70mm and 70-180mm. They are great lenses but it’s a hassle to change the lenses every time I have to change the view.

I should have bought the Nikon 18-200 mm.

Am Sick!!!

The slightest of weather change brings me sinus, blisters and everything associated with it. Suffering.....

Ranji Season Begins

Go Tamilnadu Go...... Obviously due ICL; this year is going to be without lots of big names, so I am little bit concerned about the team. But we got to live with what we got right? Lots of fringe players got their opportunity this year, hope they use it to its best. Especially Prasanna, Vasudevadas and Ashwin. Yo Mahesh, I heard he is good, but it is hard to judge a fast bowler in Indian condition. I read that Balaji should be back by the third game, so that should be good.
Now, I have to address an issue which has been lingering in my mind for a long time. States like Maharashtra, Gujarat have one state team and a team for their major city. Why it is not done in Tamil Nadu I have no idea. So many good players play for teams like Assam, Goa and other team, so I think we should have Team Chennai and Team Tamilnadu. It will benefit lot of state player.
Sharath, Sadagopan and Suresh are playing for Assam. Good for them, I would like to see them play for Tamilnadu but I guess thats not goin…

Tamilselvan

Tamilselvan Dead –

It has been more than 20 years now, 24 to be exact. The conflict between Srilankan Army and the Tigers seems to be moving in the wrong direction. Today, one of the high figures with the Tigers is dead. Tamilselvan, always had a pacifist look, and I was hoping one day, he along with others might be able to put a peace plan on the table, but it is a war and war does take causalities.

A conflict in the name of religion or race is hard to negotiate. That’s why; I think they lost a golden opportunity when IPKF was there. It was a volatile combination, Indian Army, Srilankan Army and the Tigers. They should have asked UN to foresee the operation. Everyone made mistakes, certainly the latest book by an Indian Army personnel points out lot of blame on the Indian think tank. But in the end, Prabakaran did not do his homework right. He assumed that he will still have the support of the Tamils, after killing India’s Prime Minister. What a grave mistake that was.

Anyhow, it is goi…

Names from my part of the world

The place where I grew up is notorious for naming people. You come to our street within couple of weeks you will have a new name.

These names are so famous that even the parents forget what they named their kids.

Of course, it is censored for its content, but some of them are,

குதிரமுட்ட;
இம்மி;
குர்டெர் ரகு;
குல்கி;
அப்பர்;
மண்ட;
செவீளீ;
பணைங்கா;
காந்தி;
குட்டி;
சோனி;
பூன் பரம்;
பாம்பே பண்ணி;
வெட்டு மணி;
மோடி