Thursday, November 20, 2008

The past, present or future:

Our past kind of decided our present, just like our present is going to determine the future. This sounds like a silly statement to make. But I havent copied this from somewhere for once. But I am sure somebody might have something similar like this written before.

Emerson once put it, "What you are shouts so loudly in my ears that I cannot hear what you say." There cant have been a more truer statement than this. Very often I have felt this especially while talking to someone close.

While conversing with this person there were so many thoughts coming to my head that I didnt pay attention to the conversation and as usual we landed up squabbling.

Actions bother him , words bother him , small small or trivial things are irking him, how can we continue this relationship? As it is, it was a forced one. I havent slept for a record 3 nights in a row thanks to him.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What are you reading these days

Found this interesting article in the Times of India. : I dont know why this has been categorized under Men and Ideas, dont women also read?? Anyways I completely agree with Gurcharan Das and pray that a library like this would be spring up in Dubai. Its bad enough to leave for work at 5.15 am in the morning and to be in horrendous traffic for 2 hours. So why not make use of the time constructively.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Interesting thought on marriage

A colleague of mine started off an interesting debate today. Is it possible to compromise on something like marriage and still be happy? An interesting person I met during my tenure at my 1st job, said that he married for the sake of his parents. Now the parents are happy, but he isnt. He wants out but they dont allow him to. Is there an end to his misery.

Arent most of us in India sailing in the same boat. We have this concept of arranged marriage.We have a 101 things to clear beside just liking the guy or girl. Religion, status, caste, money, position and finally the 'horrorscope' which anyway can never predict the doom of a marriage all play a key role. So how can one get into an arranged marriage without a compromise? Oldies just say it will work fine. How will it work fine? When will it work fine, after either one is dead? Hmm I still have a long way to go in figuring out the ways life works!!!

A thousand splendid suns - Khalid Hosseini

I finished reading this book about a month back. Due to general laziness I didn’t write the heartfelt review that I badly wanted to write at that time. But this is one of the books that had a great impact on me. I read it in a single sitting on the 7 hours flight from London to Dubai with only interruptions for having food in between. I swear this is the second time (First was Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom) I am crying after reading a book. What struck me the most was the helplessness of people? Mainly women suffering from aftermath of mindless wars which are the result of the “so called” mind games of politicians worldwide. The story is based in Afghanistan. It is difficult not to cry for the character that is Mariam. We feel angry when she is 15 and forcefully married to a 47 year old. She didn’t have a legitimate father. She never had a proper education. She was beaten up by this useless husband. She was forced look after his second wife and kids. In the end she is executed by stoning. How many people are there like this in Afghanistan? What do such people have to look forward to in a life like this? Is there anything to smile about with such a life? And finally what did I get by reading such a disturbing story? Well the answer to the last is that I felt grateful to God for my life. Even though it is in turmoil right now, it is nothing when compared to women in nations like Afghanistan

In my heart I was only thankful to God that I was brought up in India. And no matter what problems I have faced so far. It will never be of such intensity. At least my childhood was never this disturbing. Long live India, Long Live the city of Chennai.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Emerson quotes

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affecion of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to leave the world a better place whether by a child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Why we choose careers that dont make us happy - Continuation.

Consequent to my marriage 2 years ago , I moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Now here I had to face a different environment altogether. Here none of the big conglomerates take you directly on their payrolls in their Information Technology department. They take you on as a software consultant. Now unlike western countries where consultants are paid more than the regular staff, here in Dubai a consultant is quite the straight opposite.You have to toil on an average of 3 years to get onto the direct payrolls of any company here and even then you are not guaranteed the post of a Senior Software Engineer, which is normally given to a person with 3 years experience in India. Most probably you will be placed on par with the fresh engineering college graduates from BITS Pilani Dubai (basically children of filthy rich gulf expats) and the like.All the perks of a permanent job including accomodation and bonus eludes you and you will be made to wonder why you ever came here in the 1st place. And as if all this werent enough most of the expatriates (me included) live in a place called Sharjah which is just about 10kms from Dubai but takes about 2-3 hours to reach one way!!Why do we stay here? Because Dubai is ill-affordable to Consultants like us. So a bad job coupled with terrible transportation killed the remaining little interest that I already had in working in an IT company in Dubai. So why am I stil here, to kill time, make money and get as de-motivated as possible.I dont know whether I had any aim in my career at all.Why not just call this all off and quit?That definitely is better thing to do............(To be concluded)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Boredom and Loneliness

I came across this saying in one of my friend’s blog posts: There is a certain point in your life, when you are bored of ambition and achievement, even if you haven’t achieved anything. May be I have understood the difference between dreaming and achieving. The difference is work, which is the boring part. Glory is achieved through pure hard work, which makes the whole premise of glory boring.
In any case, contentment with what I am and what I have done till now is a quality which arises due to boredom, lack of enthusiasm to achieve anything.
I suffer from an inspiration syndrome. I want something to be life altering or I would have nothing to do with it. The first minute I sense boredom with my passion, passion ceases and boredom takes over. “

This aptly describes my current situation. Boredom and loneliness are my 2 best friends now, despite living in a world well conected by mobiles, orkuts , facebooks et al.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Career Guide

I got this message when I had joined my 1st job.........

Rule 1: Be sure you are happy and excited about your job.

It is extremely important that you find a job that you feel happy and excited about. This will be the foundation for your job performance, satisfaction, and leadership. If you are doing something that you enjoy, you have a positive effect on those you work with, and the results of your efforts benefit the organization and your career. On the other hand, an unhappy worker tends to produce low-quality results and have a negative impact on the team, with little hope of career advancement.

Rule 2: Be a recognized expert in a particular field.

Establish yourself as an expert in a field and gain recognition for this expertise. Your reputation will grow, and people will come to you for help. The more people you network with, the more you will share and broaden your knowledge. The core expertise you started with will expand its boundaries into many related areas, and recognition of your achievements will follow suit. The people you help become your best advocates, which can lead to good opportunities both within and outside of your organization.

Rule 3: Expand your work beyond your responsibility.

It is not enough to do your assigned job well. Good companies get many outstanding people who do their jobs well. You need to take the initiative to go beyond your assignment, like you would get extra credit in school. Look beyond the task at hand and find ways to have a greater impact than what was expected of you. Those who are in a position to evaluate you will be impressed and will want to reward you. Don’t be afraid to use creative ideas to improve your job and the jobs of those around you. If you want to be considered for promotion, you need to demonstrate that you can perform at the next level before you even get there.

Rule 4: Help others succeed and be part of a team.

Helping others is one of the best ways to go beyond your own job responsibility. By helping others, you not only strengthen your own skills, but you also gain friends and grow a network of valuable contacts. When you help other individuals on your team, then you help the whole team be more successful. If you are perceived by others as being helpful and team-oriented, they will want to work with you, to have you on their team, and to recommend you for career opportunities.

Rule 5: Be sure your results align with organization goals, meet schedules with high quality and within budget.

Try to get on projects that have a high priority and substantial business impact. One way of learning which projects are important is to find out the projected savings and earnings, and to assess whether the project is an integral part of the company’s future direction. A practical way of telling which projects fit this description is to notice where your management is placing their emphasis and attention. But whatever project you are on, be sure your deliverables meet or exceed objectives, are on schedule, and stay within budget. However, keep in mind that your good efforts may not be valued or rewarded unless they are part of the organization’s business strategy.

Rule 6: Be clear about your goals.

Success is different for each person. Each of us has to define for ourselves what success means in our lives. If you don’t know what you want, then you cannot really channel your efforts and steer your career toward your goals. If you want advancement in your work, then you need to make a plan and execute it, while communicating your goals to your managers and any other people you may be in a position to help you. Remember that you are the owner of your goals, and you must be the champion of your future.

Rule 7: Be cautious about trying to change a difficult environment.

When we find ourselves with non-supportive management or non-strategic projects, we are tempted to analyze the situation to find a way to improve it. While this is appropriate problem-solving behavior, if you find yourself in the situation for an extended period of time, you need to realize that moving to another position may be the best answer for you. Differences in managerial style or personality conflicts can be detrimental to your career. Do everything you can to work collaboratively with a difficult manager, but realize that it may be beyond your ability to positively change the environment. Rather, look for a more supportive environment where you can excel. At one point in my career, I had a non-supportive manager, and despite my best efforts over the course of several years, I could not improve our working relationship. I transferred to another organization where my abilities and good performance were quickly recognized.

Rule 8: Find a mentor and a supportive environment.

Mentoring in general is a positive and proactive way of transferring knowledge and experience. There are two phases to mentoring. The initial phase is when you first join an organization and you need to learn the ropes to be productive in your job. The second phase of mentoring comes after you have established your expertise, when you are attracting managers who need your skills and want to leverage them. At this point you should take the initiative to seek these managers as mentors. The likelihood of successful mentoring in this case is strong, since these managers already appreciate and value your capabilities, and they will be supportive and act as your advocate. The first phase of mentoring is beneficial because you can learn the ropes faster and gain confidence more quickly than if you try to observe everything by yourself. The second phase of mentoring is beneficial because you join a network of people who can teach you a lot and sponsor you for positions of greater responsibility and visibility within the organization. Also, don’t neglect to seek out subordinates and mentor them so that you can pass on your knowledge and experience.

Rule 9: Work for several managers and study their styles.

People have different styles for communicating and managing. Observe the styles of successful managers, and identify the qualities that contribute to their effectiveness. Learn about these qualities and try to adopt them into your own way of doing things. Study various managers’ styles, and find a few whose styles are compatible with yours. Try to work for some of these managers, because when you work for someone whose style is compatible with yours, it is easier to learn from them and work collaboratively to reach organizational goals.

Rule 10: Show leadership qualities and communicate results effectively.

If you want to be recognized as a leader, you need to demonstrate your leadership abilities by fostering good relationships and a team spirit among peers, upper management, subordinates, and customers; understanding the business and driving technical excellence and innovation, which leads to important new opportunities; managing conflict, drawing out and identifying critical issues in personal interactions, and negotiating resolutions; instilling a feeling of respect in others by showing integrity and a sincere interest in people; exhibiting excellent listening skills and a willingness to be open to suggestion; attracting and motivating good people, and helping to make them outstanding.

Make your presentations simple, focused, and to-the-point. Communicate results that are clearly aligned with business objectives and have high business value impact. Emphasize how you achieved high-quality results while delivering on schedule and within budget. Be sure to include specific qualitative information about your achievement, such as business impact (savings or revenue), use of leading-edge technologies, managing teams across organizational boundaries to meet very aggressive commitments, and taking charge of new or struggling projects to make them successful.

Rule 11: Be aware that you are being evaluated every day.

Try to do your best at all times, knowing that your participation is evaluated every day. Each person that works with you will form an opinion about your effectiveness, capabilities, and expertise. This is especially true of your superiors, who will judge your performance every time they have contact with you. These opinions will affect your performance evaluations and any management decisions made when career opportunities arise.

Rule 12: See yourself through the eyes of others.

Become aware of the value systems and objectives of those you work with, especially the leadership in your business. Try to see yourself through their eyes so that you can align your efforts with their priorities and identify the contributions that are supportive of their objectives. With this increased understanding and awareness, you can improve your performance by focussing on high priority business initiatives, enhancing your working relationship with your manager, and effectively communicating the impact of your contributions.

Rule 13: Be patient – time spent at current level may be important.

Don’t be too eager to advance to the next level; you may not be ready yet to perform effectively at that level. There are certain skills to learn at each level that will help you be effective at the next level. If you are promoted too soon, you may perform only marginally in your new position, and your evaluation will reflect that level of performance. It may be difficult or even impossible to overcome that initial impression. On the other hand, when you are ready to be promoted, you are most likely to quickly be successful in your new position, and create a favorable initial impression of your abilities.

Rule 14: You can not control everything.

You can plan your career, be dedicated, and deliver on commitments with high business value. However, there are circumstances beyond your control that may cause you disappointment. At these times it doesn’t help to look back and fret about what should have happened. Keep looking to the present and future, and focus on things you have some control over. Continue to make your best effort toward achieving your goals, and keep learning from your experiences.

Rule 15: Don’t overlook the role of luck.

Many times an achievement results from being in the right place at the right time, which involves some degree of luck. Many of us are equally deserving of advancement, but the role of luck may be a factor in who actually gets ahead. To make luck work for you, be alert and capture opportunities for being at the right place, at the right time. Following Rules 1 through 14 above will enhance your ability to realize these opportunities.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Why we choose careers that don’t make us happy - Part 1

Human behaviour is influenced by our perception of the world and other people and events in it.When we look back on some of the choices we have made,there is always this feeling of what might have been.What if we had gone to a different college. What if we had not taken up that 1st job.

About me, I chose(or rather my parents) to study computer science and engineering on the year Y2k.Not that this is a bad choice for many. But it simply was the wrong choice for a person like me.I struggled through this course for 4 years. Programming lab exams were always a nightmare. I had been a pretty good student all throughout school. Now I was "average".Whatever that means.

But as luck would have it, I still got through a campus interview and landed my first job as an application developer(read programmer) at a medium-sized company.But here the matter got worse. From being average I went down to below average.....:-(

That year I wrote several competitive exams CAT,GRE, SCJP for programmer certification.I flunked the 1st and last and got a decent score in GRE.But my parents decided not to spend 15-20 lakhs and send me to US.They decided it was better off to get me married and registered my name on KeralaMatrimony instead. ....To be continued

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Food for thought

Recently received the following message as a forward from one of my friends:

New Exam pattern in India (Revised):

1. General students - Answer ALL questions.

2. OBC - WRITE ANY one question!

3. SC - ONLY READ questions!!!!





Same day came across the below article as well:
Its high time the government realise that real talent has got nothing to do with the caste or upbringinf of a person it is something inherent. Not giving an opportunity to real talent to grow will result in a loss to this nation.

Wake up atleast now..........

Quotes on Time Management

"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." - William Penn

"Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week." -Charles Richards

"Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life."- Alan Lakein
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." -Carl Sandburg
"A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life." - Charles Darwin

"Make use of time, let not advantage slip" -William Shakespeare

"Those who make the worse use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness." - Jean De La Bruyere

"Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year - and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!" -Anthony Robbins

"If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got." -Lee Iacocca

"Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions"John Randolph

"Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it." - M. Scott Peck

"Your greatest resource is your time." - Brian Tracy

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot." - Michael Altshuler

"Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose" -Thomas Edison
"Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else." - Peter F. Drucker
"You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it." -Charles Bruxton
"What may be done at any time will be done at no time." - Scottish Proverb

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Reading: A dying hobby?

Reading is a habit that evolves from childhood. In the age of television, reading books is not as important as it once was. People can learn as much by watching TV as they can by reading books. Before the advent of the erstwhile cable TV. There were only 2 channels in India then, DD National and DD metro. Kids back then didn’t have too many distractions. Computers and Internet had not yet descended on the masses as they have today. Reading was a habit inculcated by many in their childhood. There was a lot of fun in discussing about Nancy Drew, Famous five, and Secret seven. Today after a full day at school, tuitions and then babysitters. Viewing any channel from NDTV to ESPN to even FTV the children have no time to discuss what’s in rather than discuss the intricacies of a book.

With the advent of so many channels, especially news channels in the foray we get up to date news and all information from TV itself, so what is the point in reading one might ask. Well, reading is like a hobby that one has to cultivate from an early age in life. It helps improve one’s thought process and also improves the person’s grasp of a language.

Nowadays nobody wants to learn any language thoroughly. You can grasp the language that you use for speaking directly from listening to radio or watching TV. But in order to catch the grammatical nitty-gritty’s of a language, one must sit back and read magazines and books with a good amount of concentration.

Let’s start by weighing the advantages of possessing good reading habits. For starters, it improves our speed of reading which is vital to many students as most competitive exams are for a span of 3 hours and having a really good speed of reading helps us like more than anything else.

Being a voracious reader another thing I have felt is that reading stretched one’s imagination. And reading inspires you to think like the author and try to guess what comes next in the novel.

Another aspect of reading is vocabulary improvement. We come across many words which we do not use in our day-to-day life in books. Having a good vocabulary is always an added advantage.

Reading as a hobby should never die. In this age of eBooks we rarely see people sitting and reading except for while traveling long hours in a bus or train.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Dubai Woes

Dubai and Sharjah are definitely amongst the top ten worst planned cities of the world. While most people living outside of Dubai are unaware of this.It's high time the administrative bodies of these cities note the fact and make some changes about this.

Each city or Emirate as it is known here is ruled by a different ruler. And between them there is no unity or harmony, and who suffers because of this? Ya no points for guessing.....the middle class as always.

Well you might ask who is middle class here. While there is no clear line of demarcation, it practically refers to the entire working expatriate population minus the priveleged Europeans, Americans and the other white-skinned races. While the former makes up about 90% of the population, there is nothing done to ease their misery in these cities and if anything something new is added to their cup of woes everyday.

Yesterday practically everyone took 2-3 hours to reach offices from their homeS(We are talking of a distance of 10-15 kms here). There will soon be tolls on all major highways very soon. As if all this is not enough , they will be introducing VAT (value added tax). Rents are extremely high, there is no good public transport facility.It was already a nightmare to live here, now how on earth do we survive? Is anybody from the municipality even listening.We continue to crib endlessly. And they continue to turn a deaf ear to our pleas consistently.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Unaccustomed Earth - A review

While Jhumpa Lahiri is definitely one of the best writers of her generation, she has 1 drawback. And that is, she knows very little about India other than Bengal. And this is what the 3rd novel also highlights like its 2 predecessors. All her female characters sport large bindis are round faced, and wear cotton sarees and put vermilion on their hair partitions. The Bengali men are even more boring stereotypes. Her attention to detail is commendable but I wish she had more knowledge about India other than the ‘dirty Kolkata’.

That there’s more to life here other than the main protagonist’s relative’s death and funerals is not known to the author. If she wants to attract more readers from the Indian sub continent she had better extend her reach beyond Bengal. Well we can’t expect much more from NRI’s like Jhumpa who come to India once in a Blue moon. But atl least she has got the talent to write meaningful stuff about India. Then why not use that and not write these repetitive type of stories.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Loneliness.. continued.

The day started with reading "The 3 mistakes of my life" to watching an "Inconvenient truth" and "What women want". Like I said you sometimes value the loneliness and for me this is one of those times. But I am enjoying it now. After a long time I finished a novel of fiction in 3 days flat, despite hectic work days. But even though I didn’t like the One night at a call center, I still picked up the 3rd book of Chetan Bhagat. This one begs to differ from the earlier 2 books and I think it is by far the best of his works. So that 100 bucks spent on this book was well worth it. The other thing I did was to watch a movie or rather 2 movies, The inconvenient truth.It forces us to think a lot, but what can we do to change this world anyway.

I liked the saying in the film:

What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just aint so.

Well , that just about winds up half of the weekend. Let's see what we can do tommorrow.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What I like about Chennai - a Woman's Perspective

Chennai could be defined as a city where the old world charm meets the new world. This being the city that I was born and brought up in, will always remain close to my heart.

Chennai is a metropolitan city located on the South East coast of India, and it was an important port city while India was being ruled by the British Raaj. Hence there is a bit of British influence in the architecture in some parts. That coupled with the glass framed modern buildings of the IT companies is what I mentioned as the place where the old meets new. While these modern structures are the signs of growth of the city, the old buildings are the remnants of history and a bygone era.

Chennai boasts of a large number of good educational institutes which were started long ago by different Christian missionary groups. Most notable among these institutes include Loyola College, MCC and the Presidency College among others. Apart from these it boasts of a number of Engineering Colleges situated in and around the city catering to the ever demanding IT industry.

Chennai is amongst the safest cities in India especially for women. But for a few untoward eve-teasing cases, it is by and large a place where crimes committed against the women are less as compared to other places in India. But of course with changing culture this aspect of safety is also changing. But nevertheless I do feel safe even if I am traveling alone in this city in the evenings.

Political pressures are there, but this doesn’t affect the masses as much as it would in other metropolitans. Crime rates are maintained a moderate levels. And (touch wood) terrorist attacks are yet to strike this city and that itself is a big boon.

Another charming feature of this place is the temples. The most notable among them is perhaps the Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore. Apart from this famous temple there is the Marundeeswarar Temple at Thiruvanmiyur, Hanuman temple at Nanganallur, Sai Baba temple among a host of others (there is at least a small temple on practically every street in Chennai). On a festival day the crowds thronging to these temples are indeed a sight to behold.

Chennai is also home to the second largest beach in the world, the Marina Beach. Apart from this there is the Elliot’s Beach at Besant Nagar (School goers and college goers hang-outs), Thiruvanmiyur Beach and so on which basically dots the eastern coastal areas.

An essay on Chennai is not complete without mentioning the rich cultural heritage that exists here. You want to witness the culture in its entire element? Come to Chennai in December during the Music and Dance Festival. It is a must - see experience and the climate is also at its best during this period. Oh yes most people joke that Chennai has only three climes namely hot, hotter and hottest. While I don’t disagree with that drawback, I still canvas that one should come to this place in the month of December.

On an ending note, I wish this city would continue its growth and development in the same manner it has been doing all these years. And hope that it would be one of the best and most livable cities in India over time.

Loneliness is always looking for a friend

Loneliness, a topic that I almost always come back to at some point of time or the other. It has been a part of me from since I can remember. I have been left out in the family, in a circle of friends, in a job! There are times I hated it, there are also times I valued it. These days even more so. But what is also heartening for me is that there are staggering statistics nowadays about the number of lonely people in this world. So I am not alone. Well, this comes as a surprise as we are now living in a world which has so many ways for us to connect. So why the loneliness?

What is loneliness? It is a frame of mind that occurs in every person at some point in time in life. But in some people even more so than others.

Spend your life as if there’s going to be no other. And watch the good moments multiply like never before. This is a sound advice to all those lonely people like me out there.

Why or how does one person become lonely? Sometimes we impose loneliness upon ourselves, sometimes it just comes and sticks with us. Like the Westlife song title. ……Loneliness knows me by name. Is there any cure for loneliness? I am still searching for one. For I would be the biggest benefactor of a such a cure if any.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Almost Single

Indian authors ………

I don’t quite know why I picked up this book(Almost Single by Advaita Kala) from the Odyssey Bookshop when I went to Chennai in Nov 2007. But I just felt like picking it up on reading the story on the cover. The story inside lived up to the expectations I had on reading the cover. I am sure if my Mom or Dad had read it, they would never have liked it. But this is what refers to the mindset that a modern day working woman who is single or even otherwise might have.

I truly agree with some of the observations made by the author. And some incidents are rather thought provoking. Like the matrimony site for example, these things are absolutely true all throughout India whether it is South, North, East or West.

With young Indian authors like Chetan Bhagat, Advaita Kala and Tushar Raheja arriving on the circuit, Indian writing in English has become really much better and relates more to our contemporary living more than anything else. Hope more and more authors come up in the Indian writing line.

Saturday, January 5, 2008


This is an article I like about Sachin : .

The content is as follows:

This is in response to some of the disheartening mails that came from the so-called Indian cricket fans maligning Sachin Tendulkar in 7DAYS on Sunday March 25th 2007.Recently when India won the series against West Indies and Sri Lanka the whole nation was agog with celebrations and suddenly India was touted as the top contenders to win the 2007 World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar Man of the Series in the series against West Indies. Do you think we would have made it to the 2003 World Cup finals without him?It was mainly his effort that made India a force to reckoned with.Why is he being blamed after all the effort this time?What happened to the other greats in the team?A World Cup should a collective team effort and not something won by a one-man army. Australia has proven this time and again. Why can't we learn a lesson from them?Why blame one person for the failure of 11 people?If you ask me, Sachin shouldn't play for India at all.He should play for a more grateful nation that remembers his talented game. What if Sachin had been an Australian, India would have stopped playing International Cricket at least 10 years ago!! Whatever wins India have had over the last 10 years have been only because of him.In the last two World Cups he was the top scorer, and in the World Cup 2003 he was the man of the series.How quickly people forget all this!I think 7DAYS shouldn't entertain this kind of negative publicity against a great player like Sachin.Always remember India will never have a batsman like Sachin ever again. And his retirement would only sound a death knell to the Indian cricket team.