A beginning!

Saturday, November 06, 2004


Like most mortals, I used to think that I understand things. However, now, I understand that I don't understand anything. This 'understanding' has helped me a great deal in actually 'understanding' people.

I was born intelligent - education ruined me

Monday, November 01, 2004

Outsource Indian cricket team!!!

The title might make a reader think that this is a cry from some frustrated die-hard Indian cricket fan. Perhaps, it is. But it is perfectly logical and practical thing to do!

Why did US IT market go for outsourcing? Reason is simple: cost effectiveness. Also, the comparable (some will argue – even better) quality is available in offshore development centers like in India.

Think of Indian cricket now. Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) is the richest body in world cricket. It has enough money. How about outsourcing ‘BCCI cricket team’?

We have no issues with foreign coaches or foreign physiotherapist simply because we feel they are better equipped than the talent available here. Isn’t same true for Indian (rather BCCI) players as well? Why not outsource the team then?

An Australian regional team like Queensland could be far more competitive and consistent in performance. Why not try and contract players there?

The argument is fundamentally flawed. Though the team is not ‘Team India’ but actually ‘Team BCCI’, we still think of the team as representing India. People continue to watch matches in spite of repeated dismal performance of Indian (!) team. Outsourcing will surely improve our winning record. But who cares for winning? BCCI? No. They are not worried as long as people watch matches. Are the viewers caring? Not really.

A century by Dravid or Tendlkar, a flamboyant Sehwag innings or a spirited Pathan effort is good enough to get Indian fans back on the edge of their seats chanting names of their heroes!

If we must die - oh, let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor as though dead