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You think you know, but you don’t

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Dunning Kruger effect, it says stupid people suffer from dual burden. One is that they are stupid and second is that they are not aware of it.

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Everybody at some point of time would have felt foolish about something or the other. David Dunning said that naive people are more confident about the things they dont know than people who know about it. Charles Darwin said something similar , Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science . I say , some people know they do not know the subject well, they go on about making limpid claims like they can predict future. I imply that they do not know how silly they may seem, but they ought to know better as some of them are in powerful positions. Politicians are not the only protagonists here.

Every now and then I see people making claims and passing loose judgments, including myself. Lack of foresight is not the only reason for it, it is much more than that.

One such statement was from AIFF ( All India Federation of Football) spokesperson, who recently said that India could qualify for the Football World Cup in next 20-30 years of time. According to him, all things are positive and they are going in the right direction to achieve that result, expect that they are not.

Even though this about football, there is no football about what happened here.
Someone who has never played the game, someone who does not have a clue of inner mechanics of the subject is blabbering gibberish. This happens all the time. Ask people what is love and here their answers. You will laugh to death. There is a quality of vacuity among all of us. We talk more and think less. Think more and valuate less.

Current ranking of India in Men’s Football is 97, which is huge improvement since 2016, when the ranking was somewhere in 150s. Statistically the AIFF spokesperson may be right in betting his hopes on the dream, but to do so you need to ask, why do India need to qualify for the world cup? Is it to prove the world that a population of 1.2 billion people can assemble a team of mere 11 mortals and compete in the greatest game ever or is it just a side effect of the passions that they have for the game.

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Right from the start of Olympics in Greece, sports has been a channel for people to let go of themselves like in movies. It is a form of association, obsession,entertainment and group activity. Doing sports for the sake of doing it is not new. You need not be ardent follower to be good at a sport; in fact I play football with many people who don’t even watch the game, let alone follow. The question remains how do you qualify for the world cup?

That is not even the right question. India is not good at many sports, so are many in many things. Football is one of hardest sport in the world and people want to think India can crack this with absolutely no lineage and history which is like waking up one day playing symphony 41 of Mozart with no practice. You need to do something for right reasons. Mark Manson puts that in a blunt way, you have limited fucks to give about, so choose the right one to give a fuck about. There is a strong reason why Indians do not feel football is a sport to invest their time and energy on at a professional level. They are doing so because they do not see any future in it and they are right.

Europe, Middle East, Africa and many other countries far poorer and with lesser resources than India have a good team and are competing in World Cup. How did that happen?  is that a miracle story like a Hero’s journey? Well, those countries had a good team before. They have the history. They want to continue to build on what they had and they are doing so at present. They are in it not just for money but for the possibility and hope of better future, a dream. They continue to progress through their children and that trend will continue like it has for decades.

I do not think India will qualify for the world cup in my life time. History repeats. Among 16 nations qualified for the group stage of world cup 2018, 10 teams are from Europe and this will continue to persist. The new breed of players will come from the same places as they have come before. Those are wombs of footballing talent. No plant can germinate without right conditions, just like you cannot grow apples in a desert. Either the conditions are created intentionally or they are spin off of something else. Unfortunately India has neither so far.

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Do not ask the wrong question. Don’t ask when India will qualify for the world. You should ask, how well can India play football? How can India harness their culture and identity into the world’s most beautiful game? What can India learn from the footballing academies of the world? What can India do differently in their household that empowers their children to follow their passion? Why is Indian media so biased? Why are so many ignorant people calling the shots on critical subjects? Why do you need external validation for yourself? Why do you associate yourself with false entities?

Do not play to be in the world cup. Play if you like, and work hard to be a better version of yourself. If you are good enough you will be invited to the world cup, do not worry about that. And that applies to everything, focus on the journey not the destination.

 

The Moment

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You never know when you lose it, and then it’s gone.

Every now and then regardless of the situation you are in, you need to have a certain mind set and get, what the hell is going on, but all of a sudden you realize you lost it and now you don’t get it.

You are playing football with friends, it pretty serious, you are full of attacking intent and so you push forward. There is a loose ball, and you want to pounce on it but you don’t get it, then the opponent gets the ball on the counter with free on goal chance, yes, that is the at which you feel, oh my gosh.

You are hanging out with friends, everybody is making a joke, suddenly you realize that you are not speaking that much, you think you need to come up with something, and that something turns out to be offensive to someone and that someone continues to argue with you about that for the whole time and spoils the mood for others.

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You are working on a problem, you are on full alert and then suddenly there is some noise and you lose it.

You are all calm, listening to music on headphones, standing in elevator and then someone just pushes you off in a rough manner, and you lose it.

You are having this amazing soup and then the mosquito falls onto to, you lose it.

You are sleeping nice, benevolent dreams, some idiot drops a bag on to the floor, and you lose it.

Sipping nice coffee, watching the front garden and then the crow comes and does its business on top of your car, and you lose it.

You are talking to a stranger, all is nice and then he/she makes a sexist joke, and you lose it.

Somebody hurts your feelings and you write on them immediately, and then you lose it.

Driving on the side lane, someone passes by and says something profane, and then you lose it.

You are in an interview, you are asked something you do not know well, you do not want to say no, and then you think, let me take a chance, you go with it, unfortunately, the interviewer is a pundit in that area, you can’t justify and then you lose it.

You are walking down the road in nice sneakers, you stop by for some reason near the grass, you do not realize you accidentally stepped on something gross, and then you lose it. 

Sometimes it’s easy to brush these off, but sometimes it can be very critical. If you are writing an exam and then you lose on one question your exam is screwed. In a surgery, cut the wrong vein, its over. Fixing a rocket and you do not tighten the screw well, 400 million worth of work burst like crackers. You are driving and then you lose on one curve, you are dead. You are flying plane and you lose on one knob then many are dead. You are thinking and then you lose on a nuke and a million are dead.

Be lucky to not lose it when the cost is high, the ultimate cost is always life, whether it’s one or many.

Snake in the Closet

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There is never you, there is more of you.

If you were one person, how can you disagree with yourself? Why would you ever be dissatisfied?

Why would you care about the right?

Deep experimentation with mind does not yield answers, it only increases the questions. You can never find an answer to a question that is deep. You compromise, that is all that happens. If I don’t know something, I give myself an easier answer or forget the context. The mind that can create question can also erase it.

The answer is not good enough, the questions never stop. So what do you do? Follow the trend set by the society. Just follow. Do not ask if this is better. It is presumed it is, because you do not have a better philosophy and you have not proved that yet. So just be a good dog and follow the lead.

And then what? There is no other level to go this is it. I see no retrospect. All that is there, is here in front of you and all that isn’t is not meant to be now. You are here and that is all to be there.

If you can coalesce the multiple beings within you. Put them in a jar and mix them. If they can be one then the snakes in the closet will be none.

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The Man with Best stories

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Raining night, sitting on the side of the table, slightly bored, I wanted to strike a conversation with the man on the other table of the restaurant. His eyes were bright, reflecting erudition and experience.

For some reason I don’t know, rather than asking about him, I asked him about his dad and his ancestors. I learnt that his dad was a farmer, his father used to plough all the land by himself. He was very strong, had lot of property and was respected by all people of the community.

I understood that back in his days there was no electricity, they used lamps to light up the place and marriage meant that the girl would be chosen for you from your parents. He was quite courageous. He was the first one to go to school in his community. Learnt a trade and left the village to go work in a town.

His adventures were never few. Once while coming back from the farm, watering the crops, he saw smoke. Smoke from a nearby house. He called his brother, together with 2 pots; they drew as much water from the well and doused the fire. He saved a man’s life.

He said his father did not care much about him. He did all by himself. He was a sell-made man. He worked hard in the city, built a house for himself. Then he retired from the job at city and came back to village built a house there too. I learned that building a house is a big achievement in the community as it indicates wealth and progress.

He tried to give his children, everything he never got. Education, opportunities and a better life.

He was quite superstitious, you thrive with the harmony of all the forces beside you. Ambition, desire and a good heart. He achieved many thing in life, with those qualities.

This is one of most amazing conversation I ever had. I realized sometimes the best stories are not that famous, they are not known to many people and that every one of us has one Grammy award winning script. Question is not who do you ask, it is do you ask?

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Air No Plane

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Year 4040

Captain, engine all clear, speed .8 C, new planet in vision, appearance 80% close to earth and survivability 90%. Roger that, before making a landing lets run through our checklist.

What are our co-ordinates? Round about equator, closer to the Red mountains near the alpine range. The surface is steady can withhold the landing weight and weight of oxygen is sufficient to breathe.

OK. Do we have enough Avatars to launch? We cannot send our brothers down their until it’s verified for human endeavor.

Yes sir, Avatar model 7z is ready to be deployed. Any aberrations and we can abort the mission and fall back to mother ship.

Alright, why the hell are we looking at this planet?

Captain, this planet has a binary star system. Meaning if you were to look at the sky you will see two stars. The brightness is much more than our sun, interesting the atmosphere has different constituents so we will be seeing different colors. Surface gravity is 0.5 g, so people can just jump and fly around. Temperatures are very friendly, very stable year long and perfectly suitable for agriculture. And most important thing is it is an active galaxy full of cosmic explosions. We might get closer to the answers of Big bang here than anywhere.

Well, cooper, you gotta, nice little story there. All signs positive, I am gonna give a shot.

Captain Chambers going for landing in planet acarus, Antares Binary star, wish me luck.

Oh Shit, we have been hit by pass by comet, now we might need a premature landing. Cooper you idiot, your lust for cosmic activity might make you a lost star in the galaxy soon.    

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Supernova of the Beautiful Game

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I have never written a football article before. This is the first. I am breaking the tradition for a fitting reason. Arsene Wenger the football manager of Arsenal Football club will be quitting the club at the end of the season. How can I write about him in a way that anyone can get an idea about him? Let me try.

You have to be lucky to be in a profession which is well watched by public, impacting their mind ,soul and be successful. Sports is one such platform which makes people Happy ,Emotional, Frantic and Euphoric. You might cry after watching a good movie but nothing breaks your heart as much as your favorite team losing. True passion in sports is beyond logic and reason. Billy Shankly once rightly said “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that”

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Arsene joined Arsenal Football FC as head coach 22 years ago, relatively unknown foreign manager in England, with an MBA in management, I wonder how many managers in the world fit that description. He changed everything.

To mix Art and philosophy into sports require a personality and charisma which is rare. Arsene had it. His self-belief was so high did not just change the game he transformed it. For a person who has never watched football before, he created the beautiful game worth watching for its own sake.

I could go on and on about him, he deserves all the rhetoric. I do have a important story to share. You see, when you like someone very much and they disappoint you, you don’t want them to leave you. Rather you want them to change in a good way, not only to be the best version of what they can but also to do the right thing.

Arsene had a very challenging phase in his career between 2006 and 2018 which changed his reputation inside out. People talk. We all know that. One mistake and everyone forgets what you have done to them for such a long time. Arsene raised the bar and set the expectations high; unfortunately the bar was too high even for him to match thereafter.

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The world is constantly changing. Sometimes you can do all you want but that still does not get you the right result. Arsene was a victim of circumstances and his own fallacies, which has tainted his legacy a bit. There were so many Trifling fools who call themselves as journalists have laughed at his tactics and decisions who barely are successful enough to make such scathing remarks.

This is a loss. Not watching Arsene while seeing Arsenal seems like watching mirror and not seeing your face. You notice the void only when the substance is gone. Perhaps one way to be immortalized is to inspire others with a high class act, which mesmerizes everyone to remember and follow the elegance and beauty that underlies the act. Whether it is the Billie Jean of Michael Jackson or Symphony 40 of Mozart or Mona Lisa of Da Vinci. Hearth full thank you for the all the memories Arsene.

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Point of No Point

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Point.  

Point.  Point.

Point.Point. Point.

Point. Point. Point. Point. Point.

Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point.

Point.Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. Point. 

So what is the Point ?

Its is in sequence. And the sequence is Fibonacci. Which is a series, in which the next term is the sum of previous two.

Does it all make sense now ?

Does it ?

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Free ticket to wonderland

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Ladies and gentleman, today I present to you Elixir of life. A secret untold to place unsold. Far from the treachery of daily chores, slivered with chunks of fantasy lore. 

I know your longings and the deep search for meaning. The might less day and sleep less nights.

With the passing time, you wonder and yonder. What is it? and when is it? How is it?

From the time immemorial, it has been a uphill task for anyone to see beyond the sight but today I will not flinch tight.

Today is the day when your education adds and all your tribulations multiplies to a sum that no one can divide.

Come with me, I will take you there. I will show you the way.

I won’t expect anything thing from you, This is my destiny too.

Its time, lets go

Close your eyes. Feel the air below your nose, so close.

Imagine the light blue ocean in-front , white sand below , green lake to side and tranquility to abide.

Now feel the water below your back, your are floating. Floating with face up to the sun.

That is it. You made it. The beauty of the moment was always with you, all you had to do was change your perspective.

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Unlock the Sherlock

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Friday morning, just another day. I wonder why some people get animated about it; you get few days off after that, so what? What’s the big deal?

As I sip the tea, reading the usual news on the paper I hear the door bell, new client. I don’t know why people are so insane to invest so much money on professionals to provide them inputs which they could have got by themselves through discovery.

Madam Caroline was no exception. She was wearing red velvet coat, Persian leather. Polka dotted scarf, Dolce Gabbana. Brown boots, deep dried amalgamated cow skin. Make up, full on. Magenta, with 10% saturated grey and fine gloss on her lips. Double layer foundation. Got a haircut few weeks ago and Botox few months earlier.

Well, well I can go on and on my genius is such.

So what was her problem?

She wanted to know if her husband was cheating on her. Why didn’t you go for other professional I ask? She said she wanted the best to work on and she had all the money required to pay. I could have some easy money on this. But this is not how became what I am, by solving some silly riddle of silly people.

Behind all that superficial persona that this lady has put up there is an insecure, gullible and naïve person who still doesn’t know what to look for in life.

It was easy decision for me in the end, all I did was saw here text messages with her husband got the fees and sent her home. Why you ask? When I can make easy money with 1 minute diagnosis then why not, regardless how stupid the case is, If I hadn’t done that may be I am not smart enough to be Sherlock.

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Darling of Media

This will be a series of Hypothetical conversation between the two, who you hoped to hear. With all due respect, this is only meant to be taken as a work of fiction and comedy.

Today its Micheal Jackson and Kurt Cobain

Introduction: Micheal Jackson, is called as king of pop. A prodigy from young age. Explored his talents into dance from singing, something that sounds natural but had never been done before with so much style and vigor that can captivate anyone’s mind for that brief moment. Kurt Cobain, one of the most missed rock star ever. He was one of the pioneer in the grunge seen started in Seattle. His no care, chill out attitude must have irritated many journalists. He did not chase the money nor the fame. May be his uniqueness and passion have him an edge which he rode pretty well until the fall of club 27.


 

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MJ: Hi Kurt,
Kurt: Hi Micheal
MJ: I guess, we both are in heaven
Kurt: Is that what you call this place. Man, this a dump. I cant find my lighter since morning. Do you have one ?
MJ: No Kurt I dont smoke, in fact I hate fire. Its that stupid fire at one of my performances, caused me to go for many surgeries and painkillers
Kurt: Sorry man did not know that

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MJ: No problem, So are you doing any gig here ?
Kurt: Oh no, no one seem to like the grunge rock here, I just play for myself
MJ: thats cool, I never understood the lyrics of your famous song ” Smells like teen spirit ” can you explain that to me please
Kurt: ya, I can in two words. Its non sense. I just blabbered some crap to put together a song, it has no meaning.
MJ: As a matter of fact, I do that too
Kurt: You still look quite thin man
MJ: Ya apparently, you remain in the same state as you were at the time of your death
Kurt: thats not true, I had 3 pack of joints in my pocket when I left, none of that was here when I arrived here
MJ: Well, what can I say, I only take prescription drugs, one for sleep, one for head ache, one of loss of appetite , one of nausea and one to remember taking them on time
Kurt: Hey, look man I like to hear from you but I cant start a day without a fag, so I am gonna go out and look for some light
MJ: Fine by me, hopefully will play together sometime, I was tired of playing with Slash anyway. The guys used to take over my show by running his solo longer than expected.
Kurt: Cheers Mj
MJ: Cheers Kurt

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