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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Old Friend

Sunny was its name

Slim and slender worked like wonder.

More than a tool, it was a pet.

A motor cycle by definition, barely skeleton by rendition.

Its delicate handle slightly harder than a candle.

Always did its job without a sob.

Simple invention forget not to mention.

It took me to places were I saw lot of faces.

It took all the dirt without a quirk.

Small in frame set to fame.

Out of stock forever in my memory block.

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Nature

The creation, the universal force that runs the world never created anything equal. With all its might power even two flowers, or sand particles or birds are never the same even though they look same for an ignorant eye.

Man is a creation of Nature which is natural and unnatural. It’s only Man that can be and not be Man.

To be a Man is to imagine. To not be a Man is violent.

To be a Man is to uniform. To not be a man is to rebel.

We uniform to survive, by getting help of the goodwill of others and yet we long for differences only within our framework.

Nature has created a being called Man that is self-obsessed and that which assumes to deny its programming only to realize that it was only an illusion. By Nature to be natural and to all that has ever existed, happy world environment’s.

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Why ?

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Why is the world the way it is. Why am I like this. Why are others like that.
Why am I thinking this. Why , Why and I dont know why ?

Today I attempt to answer question with questions. Black the question and Orange the answer for the question as a question.


 

Why do I think I deserve better ? Why dont You see that You cannot have everything.
Why can’t I think well under pressure ? Why Don’t you focus completely on the moment and learn from it later. Forgive and forget.
Why doesn’t science provide answers for all my questions ? Why ? if it did then life would become boring . Don’t you need something to work
Why do other people look more happy ? Why do you have to compare.

Why am I bored ? Why are you not engaged .There are so many things that you can do.
Why can’t I be better ? Why dont you work on getting better.
Why can’t I be famous ? Why do you want to be famous. Its just fate that some people are what they are.
Why doesn’t my room have more cupboards ? Why dont you arrange things better.

Why am I hungry ? Why don’t you cook and eat, it can be one of the get away for Boring.
Why can’t I Run fast ? Why don’t you train better.
Why can’t I sleep fast ? Why don’t you stop thinking.
Why don’t I get more likes ? Why don’t you focus on doing a good job and stop worry about the results.                                                                                                                                                           Why ? Why not


 

Why dont I stop ? Why dont you stop.

Serendipity of Chaos

Quote from President APJ Abdul Kalam

“If there is righteousness in the heart, There will be beauty in the character,
If there is beauty in the character, There will be harmony in the home,
If there is harmony in the home, There will be order in the nation,
If There is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world”

Great words by a great leader. We all like order, we long for it, crave for it, need it to feel safe for our own well being. 

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One cannot find order or order a system unless you understand disorder or chaos. No matter how much I dislike chaos. Chaos is necessary to test the stability and quality of Order. A good system is one that is prepared for as many random conditions that one can possibly think of. Unfortunately no matter how well you are prepared, unless you have faced chaotic situations again and again you cannot order it or perform well under the immense uncertainty. 


 

Humans have been unable to control forces of nature. We dont know when there could be another Earth Quake, Tsunami, Intergalactic attack etc. When there is one we realize how helpless we are to the bigger forces of nature. 

Its strange Nature loves symmetry, provides greatest of the sights, has created one of most beautiful creatures, plants, landscapes yet it can or shall I say more often than not level all of that to a speck of dust like it was nothing.

Nature is an uncontrolled force. Human can be controlled but uncontrolled due to the nature of its being. 

Today I witnessed a fight. Fight between two adults. It was a fight of ego. Born out of infidelity. Perhaps the fight was one of motivator for me to write about the incident and analyse it. Even though I was not in the fight, I could feel how unfair is a fight. People who are not in the fight can get affected by it. No wonder majority of the victims in War are the innocents civilians who lost their lives and belongings because some leader thought that was the right thing to do. 

One can take any War or a Mass causality , the worst victims are not only the ones in the fight but also the ones who had nothing to do with any of it. 

I dont want to prolong my hypothesis as it has so many dimensions attached to it. The more I dig the more skeletons will fall out. Rather, let me dig in what can I do to protect my interests in a chaos. 


 

Rule one  – avoid it. We humans are not built to fight. A Tiger or any wild animal is 100% attack. It does not have emotions . No Fear, No Remorse, No Empathy. Given a fight or flight situation it will do anything and everything within its grasp to survive. It does not think of implication and future. All it cares about is now and the moment. Animal Doesn’t care about fatigue, which is why all attack attempts are 100% effort. Biggest of all it is willing to die at any moment ( protected by Natures design).

Unfortunately we cannot do that. We are not trained by Nature to hunt or  To kill. We are trained by nature to think, to empathize, to look from others perspective so as to avoid a fight.

Rule two – lot of times fight is not a fistful one but a vocal argument which turns ugly due to the clash of mutual interests. When peoples emotions are hurt they don’t think straight. Blood pressure rises, adrenaline is high, One tends to act completely out of instinct without rational thinking.

When somebody arguments your belief/Ideas/work/actions in a combative manner, hurts your ego, shows no contrition for the bad manners, displays lack of concern but only selfish interest. You need to know two things.

Is this person above you like a Boss or a Senior person or is this person below you like a child or a peer.

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If the person is above you, then he/she may not budge to your ideas. They are in a position of power. So it is better to let go your ego and comply with their request in a way that characterize you as a victim to gather a bit of sympathy . Comply with their demands with thoughtful and sympathetic way. Knowing that they are in a position of power they might negotiate since you lowered your stands.This is sometimes called principle of contrast in negotiation.

If they are below you then take some time. Buying time is the best thing that you can do. When you are being confronted you must know that you will not make good decisions, so try to get more time. Do not commit on anything.If you cannot buy more time, then think of yourself in their position. This is the hardest thing to do. It is easy to order someone to do something, when they are below you, Unless you ask them to do the right thing, you wont be satisfied with your decision.

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Yes, we are all self conscious. When we make a unfair request, we cannot live with that.Sometimes the Youngsters cannot see the big picture. Youngsters find it hard to stop the temptation of smoking or watching too many movies even though, they know for some extent that is not good them. When you are dealing with such a situation use a leverage.

Instead of strong arming them with a command not to smoke like ” I will will cut your pocket money”, tell them smoking will adversely impact your sports performance etc. Putting yourself in others shoes will help you make better decision and more important will earn respect. Because there is a possibility we will deal with these people again and so If we are unfair to them knowingly then it could impact your reputation and future interactions. 

If you think your situation does not necessarily fall in the above two category. Then there follow the third rule.

Rule 3 – let it go. Lot of the times the Idea of a fight/chaos is not real ( I am using Chaos and Fight interchangeably). If it is real then follow Rule 1 or Rule 2. Many times the disagreements or clash is just personal. It is in our minds.We have no way to know exactly what the other person is thinking. We can try asking questions, but that does not necessarily mean they will honest about it or they are a fair person. So we tend to unknowingly use our own Mental Model to judge the situation. This Model is imperfect but since it is automatic we often fall prey to its imperfections.

Just let it go.May be there is a reason why this person has such a different view of the things.Unless that view is harmful to view just let it go. ( if it is harmful use Rule 2). You dont have to prove anyone wrong or right.Just let it go. People will appreciate you more if you are positive or neutral towards them than negative.Just let it go. Unless these people are your friends who know that what ever you meant to say was nothing personal, arguments can often damage your image and relations. No matter how silly someone may sound, try to explain in a neutral way if you can’t just let it go.

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