Sunday, November 22, 2015

Messi and the Messiah of Mumbai

**This post is written for 'Made of Great' contest on Indiblogger.**

USP is something that talks about what you have that your competitors don't! Every individual born in this  world has certain characteristics and talents. It's this USP of his that defines him and that matters! Everyone is blessed with special talents.

In this journey of life,  we often bump across people who make their presence felt in our life in a special way. They inspire us through their life. Their life story is no different than a lesson for all of us. UNIQUE is the keyword that distinguishes them from the others.  No one imagined that a tea seller would lead a nation one day, a bus conductor would turn into a Superstar or a newspaper boy would grow up to become a scientist. These individuals led their life in such a way that not only teaches great lessons to many but also inspires them.  One such story is that of a little boy called Lionel from Rosario.  Rosario is a small town in Argentina which is known for its Football Culture. This boy worked hard and harder and one day  he scaled great heights that he was known as the Superstar of the Football world. The little boy Lionel was none other than our Lionel Messi. Lionel Andres Messi, the world's most celebrated footballer. He had a great zeal for this sport. And this is what one of his coach from his childhood days said about him. 

"When you saw him you would think: this kid can't play ball. He's a dwarf; he's too fragile, too small. But immediately you'd realize that he was born different, that he was a phenomenon and that he was going to be something impressive." - Adrian Costa.

I have spoken to many kids who say that they want to grow up to become a  famous footballer like Messi and score goals for their country. Isn't it an amazing thing to do? Messi has inspired a generation. 

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Like Messi, there is one more thing that has inspired me. It is known as the Messiah of Mumbai, the life line!  The Mumbai Local! You might be wondering and even amazed on how a Local train can inspire me. For all of you, it might be  just a train that transports passengers from one place to another but for me it is something beyond that. For me, a lifeline of Mumbai can't just be a dead thing after all a lifeline has a life in it. And that's the reason why Mumbai comes to a standstill when the Mumbai local stops.

Mumbai local inspires me. Being a huge fan of Messi, I realize that Messi and the Messiah - Mumbai Local, have some great striking similarities. After  that, I have jumped to the conclusion that they both are made of great. 

1. Balance and Control 
Messi never fails either Mumbai Local. There have been several instances where the players from the opposite team played foul and tried  to topple you down and gain free kicks. Messi is honest.  The drawback of being honest is that people tend to take you for granted and throw you down and apply their bad tricks on you. This is applicable to every aspect of life. Messi rarely misses any chances, but he never  steals a shot  from any player. He never loses his balance, composure and is sincere. 
Same is with the Mumbai Local. There have been several instances where cases of various terror attacks have rocked the nation. Even during those catastrophic events  the life line of Mumbai never stopped. That's why I said that a lifeline has a life! 
Both teach a valuable lesson to us. There might be events that may bring you down. Be strong and never give up! 

"I always thought I wanted to play professionally, and I always knew that to do that I’d have to make a lot of sacrifices. I made sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream."  - Lionel Messi.
Never be  afraid of sacrificing something or someone in life for their happiness. After all  your sacrifice  will eventually bring joy to the life of your loved ones!  That's what Messi's life teaches us!

"Messi is the best player in the world by some distance. He's like a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we make." - Arsène Wenger

2. Power 
Messi is one of the best strikers in the football world. He can hurt the defense of any football team and bring it down. That's the specialty about this player.  That's why he is said to be the most dangerous player of this generation. It's because he has great powers and abilities that scare the players from the opposition. 

Similarly, Mumbai Local has some great powers too. It has abilities to run in any weather. Even rains can't affect the Mumbai Local except for some cases. After all there can be some exceptions at times! The local carries a load of 7.5 million people in a day. Isn't that amazing?

"For the world of football, Messi is a treasure because he is role model for children around the world… Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history. He will win five, six, seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league." - Johan Cruyff

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3. Speed 
Messi is a short player and a good sprinter. With his short stature, he can dribble the ball and sprint at a great speed.  With a great pace, he can change his direction and speed at any  moment in the game and that's  the reason why the midfielders and the defenders from the opposite team find it difficult to tackle him. 

Mumbai Local is known for its speed too. This  covers the line between Churchgate and Virar! And the fast trains make it easier for people who travel long distances. The train runs at great speed  and only halts at important stations. So, people can choose the option of using a Fast train or a Slow train. 

"It's the fastest mode of travel in the city. Compared to other transport and other travel modes, its the cheapest too. It's the lifeline of Mumbai without which the city would come to a grinding halt" - Sanjay Thampy.

4. Alertness
Messi is always alert on the field. His sharp eyes are aware of the dangers from the opposition team  in form of defenders, midfielders and the strikers who prevent him from scoring the goal. He also easily breaks the man marking that the other teams plots for him in order to prevent him from entering the other area. But still hardly any force can break his spirit  for this  game.

Similarly, Mumbai local acts appropriately in case there are any issues. It halts when there is a train on the same track and waits for it to move!

"It's a window to the world. So much can be learnt while observing people go by, even a mundane routine teaches us about hundreds of lives of strangers who walk past us. So different yet so similar" - Divyakshi Gupta.

5. Reliability
 Both Messi and Mumbai local are reliable. In Messi's case, his entire team depends on him and so does the fans. And he never lets  them down. That's the best part of the story. 

Mumbai Local is reliable too. It shortens your travel route. The road distance between two places might be more but if you take the local then the distance would be reduced considerably! 

6. Team Player
Messi plays for the team. He never brags about the number of awards he won or goals he scored. It's hard to see such a humble person in today's era.

"I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? "  - Lionel Messi

And then Mumbai local is a team player too. Check out this statement made by my friend Deepika.

"Have you seen those crowded trains that go to Karjat and Virar? I have noticed something here. It doesn't  matter how crowded these trains are ..people there are always willing to accommodate that one more person who is almost about to miss the train and some other person or another will offer his hand and pull him up to the footboard  even when the train is in motion. Respect!" - Deepika Mantri.

Well, there are lots of amazing things about the same.  Mumbai Local serves as a platform where we make good friends. These people eventually turn out to be the best people of our life. Sometimes even though the train might be over crowded and there might be no room for more passengers, but still some helpful folks standing at the door might try to fit you inside. So much love no! Even though we all are strangers we share our stories with each other.  Sometimes through these friends we seek solace.  And sometimes we discuss Television soaps too! We play music and sing bhajans inside the Mumbai local. 

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Like we all have college friends, school friends, office friends and building friends, some people also have train friends. And they always catch the same train and the same compartment and sometimes the same seat. Thanks to the Mumbai Local.

There can be many things said about both Messi and the Mumbai Local. It's just that both are made of great. One brings joy in the face of fans by scoring goals and other facilitates people by transporting them between places and thus making life easier for them and thereby getting them closer to their goals.

That's why it is said that what drives us from within is what makes us great!
Messi never looks sideways or backward but always runs forward towards the goal. Similarly, he teaches us to run towards our goal.  Our goal is something that matters to us! 

Mumbai Local takes us closer to our goal as it  serves as our travel partner! It is an integral  part of our life and people in Mumbai would agree to me.

Not everyone who is born in this world is great. Greatness is earned! There are many things and many people in life but only few qualify to be great.
"Greatness is earned, not self proclaimed" - Ankita Singhal

About the Made of Great Campaign by Tata Motors

The #madeofgreat campaign is the first time Tata Motors is undertaking an overall brand association campaign with a brand ambassador. It rides on a strong consumer motivation of ‘Seeking Excellence’ and ‘Self Belief’ which is showcased by the confluence of two global brands-Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. The campaign builds upon Tata Motors’ DNA of trust, authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation.

Lionel Messi is talent galore with conviction and is an icon for today’s youth. He is a winner who is trustworthy, reliable, pioneering, simple and driven by self-belief, which is what is at the core of Tata Motors as well. Thus, proving to be an ideal fit for the role of Global Brand Ambassador.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Netherlands Vs Holland at the FIFA World Cup finals?

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"Dude, Netherlands knocked out of the Semi's," she said. 
"Yes, Argentina crushed Holland. Unfortunate no?" I riposted.
"Yes, I would have loved to watch the Netherlands Vs Holland finals at the FIFA World Cup."
"That would be have been a good game no?" 
"Your Geography is weak!" I said with a straight face.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hard drinks or Soft drinks?

Sitting in the train, I took a sip of the drink that my friend offered me. At the same time, a policeman was strolling around the bogie.
"Hard drink or Soft drinks?"
"Pepsi!" I said, perplexed.
He grabbed the bottle and took a sip.
"Yeah! Pepsi!" He said and left.
I displayed a straight face.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

6:30 or 18:30 ?

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I arrived at the Nasik railway station on time. The train was scheduled to arrive at 6.30 PM.

6:35 PM.  There were no signs of the Mumbai Express.
I enquired the station master about the train.
“Mumbai Express leaves at 6:30 AM, sir,” he said.
It was my mistake.

“18:30!” Frustrated, I slapped my forehead.

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Where to buy Palazzo Pants?

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

How Is Media Affecting You?

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When I saw the popular Indian movie, Monsoon Wedding, I was impressed not only by the quality of the movie but also of the culture clash between modern and traditional values. While the women dressed conservatively, they used their cell phones in a scene that made you smile.  The culture clash does not end there, as trends in Indian media adopt some Western trends. 

One of the things that are affected in all cultures, due to media viewing, is fashion. You will notice that traditional cultural clothing traditions change and morph when people are exposed to high fashion and trendy clothes.  And it happens in all cultures.  Trends in Europe affect trends in the United States and those, in turn, cause shifts in Asian and Indian attire, when they have frequent access to American TV and movies. At times, the changes may seem inappropriate or too sharp a divide from the traditional dress, and can cause controversy in cultures and families. Dress is not the only trend affected by media; our behavior is especially affected by media exposure.

Another area that media influences is relationships. Dating behaviors and acceptable couples’ behaviors vary according to culture. And any time that you observe something that seems appealing, you may want to try it out.  But the likelihood that what you are seeing at the movies is how things really work in real life is slim.  Hollywood wants to entertain you and they do a spectacular job, but you should never assume that the way relationships work on TV or at the movies is typical of real life relationships.

This brings me to the effect of cell phones and IPads on real relationships.  When you are on your phone while with friends or a partner, you aren’t really present to listen to them.  You are more invested in checking out the latest post on e-mail of the Internet, and can’t make eye contact.  Without it, you are unlikely to be able to really connect to your friends. 

You may hardly exist separate from your devices. Whether it’s the weather, texts for business or personal schedules and updates, there are many things that are more difficult to do unless you have a digital connection.

But there is an intruder or third party in the relationship that comes between you. It’s called, “technoference.” And arguments over technoference cannot be resolved with technology: A study last year by Brigman Young University in the United States revealed that serious conversations and apologies do more harm than good when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship if they are done via text. And social skills don’t fully develop when you grow up text messaging because you don’t get to see the nuances of human behavior and don’t develop the healthiest emotional responses.  

Misunderstandings occur when you don’t have the full picture.

How to Stop Technoference

1.     The first and most obvious solution is to ask your partner for tech-free time and areas. “Put the phone away,” is the best advice, or put it on silent. If they fail, don’t criticize them, just talk about the consequences (“When you answer your phone when I am telling you about my day, it interrupts the flow of our conversation and I don’t want to talk anymore.)  Then ask for what you do want and see if your partner can agree.

2.      Deep and active listening is only possible if you are focused on your partner, not your device. You will hear and understand them more completely by giving undivided attention.

3.      Making eye contact allows for an even deeper understanding of what the other person is feeling and brings the couple closer together.

4.      Relationships become happier when you begin to be more present at the moment to become aware of body language, unspoken messages, moods, etc.

5.     Focus on sacred time together uninterrupted by outside influences, work or other people. It will make the relationship more fulfilling.

If you are feeling challenged in making these changes, think of a time when you had a successful experience with turning off your devices, maybe a time when it improved communication. Then think of a word that reminds you of that time of success, perhaps the name of a person or where you were.  When you feel challenged, use that word to remind you of your feeling of success so that you feel empowered to make a good decision in the present.
About the author
Nancy MramorKajuth, Ph.D., has been invited to more than 350 media placements in TV, radio and print, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS and many major magazines.  She has been an author, speaker, on-air expert, producer at a local PBS network and scriptwriter on topics involving news, pop culture, health, relationships, and parenting. The National Association of Professional Women, in the category of Pennsylvania Psychology, selected her as one of Western Pa’s Most Successful Women and Outstanding Woman of the Year 2013-14. Dr. MramorKajuth has been interviewed and referenced in many publications including Woman’s Health, Women’s World, Men’s Health, The New York Daily News and The Washington Post.She the author of the book Get Reel:  Produce Your Own Life, about how our media is affecting relationships, health, family and spending, and what you can do about it. Get Reel: Produce Your Own Life