Silicon Valley chief’s meteoric rise… in just two hours!

The world knows too well of Google's climb to fame... and fortune. But senior management executive (VP) Alan Eustace, at this renowned Silicon Valley company, can now proudly boast about the personal accomplishment literally under his belt. His daredevil feat yesterday has nothing to do with Google. The stupendous success with his "wild, wild ride", … Continue reading Silicon Valley chief’s meteoric rise… in just two hours!

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Sports and silhouettes after sunset… California!

Sports and silhouettes after sunset... California! Originally uploaded by chitralekhan Heard of parasailing, paragliding, parachuting... now here's some kitesurfing, or you may also hear of kiteboarding... a fine example of Extreme Sports... they're such a pretty sight... awesome!

38 Gold…

Yep, DGP Gold is hovering under $38 today, a steep stock-price plunge  of almost 6% since yesterday. For the past 5 days or so, it hovered at all time highs of over $40. Five days ago, at final count, India had bagged an all-time high number of gold medals at the CWG 2010 in Delhi … Continue reading 38 Gold…

Lift, Wrestle, Shoot… just get Gold!

In Delhi, at the Commonwealth Games 2010, India shines with 11 Gold Medals. Having bagged Silver and Bronze as well, Indian athletes are displaying a sterling performance, much to the surprise of spectators with their watchful gaze at this sports concourse. In world financial spheres, on the bourse, with the intra-day high of $1,351 per … Continue reading Lift, Wrestle, Shoot… just get Gold!

Glimpses of The Commonwealth Games 2010 Stadia… no spit, all polish!

Spanking new stadia await the excitement of some 7000 participants who have travelled to New Delhi from across 71 nations to display their athletic prowess. World audience, and athletes... just a few more hours to go! The (anticipated) extravaganza of the Opening Ceremony this evening should set the tone for the next 11 days. I was … Continue reading Glimpses of The Commonwealth Games 2010 Stadia… no spit, all polish!

Eat, Play, Love… watch The Games begin!

October is here. The dawn of 2nd October, reminds me of  Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary (141st) ... reminding me also that it's time for reconciliation and rapprochement. I, for one, have critiqued India aplenty this past week, but now with just a day to go, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games … Continue reading Eat, Play, Love… watch The Games begin!

Where’s the charmer? Sneaking snake… at The Games Village!

What next! In India, infamously known during The Raj, as a land of snakes, snake-charmers and elephants, lurking in the Games Village, today, was a live snake... just around the South African athletes' camp! It's unlikely that they brought the reptile from their home country! Life-threatening? No, this is no laughing matter, with just a … Continue reading Where’s the charmer? Sneaking snake… at The Games Village!

Urban Indians’ bombastic attitude… nothing but talk!

"Words are cheap... " is oft stated, and more so, it seems, by India and Indians. Charlie Chaplin went on to say " ... the biggest thing you can say is 'elephant'." Indeed, the Commonwealth Games 2010 may well turn out to be the proverbial 'white elephant', at least for India; to say the least, I'm … Continue reading Urban Indians’ bombastic attitude… nothing but talk!

A story of human resilience… and society’s humaneness!

Tales of compassion, resilience towards life's adversities, and stories of hope in the face of unthinkable challenges are always so fascinating... I just finished reading one such story, "The Hard and the Soft", brought to us by op-ed columnist, David Brooks, of The New York Times. Speaking of Norway's winnings at the recent Winter Olympics, he … Continue reading A story of human resilience… and society’s humaneness!

$200,000 go up in thin air!

For those following this story, just imagine! Today, Michel Fournier was going to make history if he broke the records by falling off from the stratosphere. Alas, the helium-filled balloon would have been worth every cent of the $200,000 (no error in the zeroes) it cost, if only... But in what seemed to be a … Continue reading $200,000 go up in thin air!