Archive for January, 2011


The President has approved awards of 440 gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of the 62nd  Republic Day Celebrations.  This includes 05 Kirti Chakra, 21 Shaurya Chakra, 05 Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 135 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 02 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 04 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 51 Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal,  04 Yudh Seva Medal, 02 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 38 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 08 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 02 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 118 Vishisht Seva Medal. In addition a total of five Mention-In-Despatches have also been announced for participating in Operation Rakshak.

Today, January 26, 2011 the President will confer the Ashok Chakra Award on Major Laishram Jyotin Singh (posthumous), announced earlier on Independence Day, August 15, 2010, before the start of the parade at the Rajpath.

The full list of the recipients of gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:-

KIRTI CHAKRA:

1. IC-67257 MAJOR RAHUL GURUNG, CORPS OF ENGINEERS / 12 ASSAM RIFLES
2. SS-42132 CAPTAIN DEEPAK SHARMA, CORPS OF SIGNALS / 42 RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
3. IC-70886 LIEUTENANT VIKAS SHARMA, 6TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT
4. IC-70971 LIEUTENANT VIKRANT AJIT DESHMUKH, 8TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMEN
5. 2894796 NAIK RAJINDER SINGH, 2ND BATTALION THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES

SHAURYA CHAKRA:

1. IC-51655 COLONEL NEERAJ SOOD, RAJPUTANA RIFLES / 18 RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
2. IC-56111 MAJOR SANJEEV HARYAL, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 315 FIELD REGIMENT
3. IC-64696 MAJOR RAKESH RAWAT, JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES / 52 RASHTRIYA RIFLES
4. IC-67498 MAJOR MANISH BARAL, MAHAR REGIMENT / 30 RASHTRIYA RIFLES
5. IC-70065 CAPTAIN MANENDRA PRATAP SINGH, ARMY SERVICE CORPS / 8TH BATTALION THE MAHAR REGIMENT
6. IC-72002 LIEUTENANT VIKRAM BAHADUR SINGH, ARMY SERVICE CORPS / 3RD BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT
7. 4076512 HAVILDAR DAYAL SINGH, 8TH BATTALION THE GARHWAL RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
8. 3190786 NAIK VIJAY PAL, 16TH BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT
9. 12914550 LANCE NAIK MOHAMMAD SHAFFI, 156 INFANTRY BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY) (HOME AND HEARTH)  PUNJAB / 58 RASHTRIYA RIFLES
10. 13762552 LANCE NAIK PRAVEEN THAKUR, 12TH BATTALION THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES
11. 14438439 LANCE NAIK ANOOP KUMAR SHARMA, REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY / 30 RASHTRIYA RIFLES(POSTHUMOUS)
12. 14703933 LANCE NAIK KS KHARWUNG, 1ST BATTALION THE NAGA REGIMENT
13. 2607215 SEPOY CHANNALLI BASAVARAJ, 19TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT
14. 3194985 SEPOY RAVINDER SINGH, 16TH BATTALION THE JAT REGIMENT
15. 4282393 SEPOY SHAILESH KUMAR SINGH, BIHAR REGIMENT / 63 RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
16. 4579271 SEPOY SANGAT SINGH, MAHAR REGIMENT / 30 RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
17. 14704137 SEPOY VIJAY SINGH BOHARA, NAGA REGIMENT / 60 RASHTRIYA RIFLES
18. 16014589 RIFLEMAN UDHAY SINGH, 2ND BATTALION THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES
19. G/3101841 RIFLEMAN MILAP SINGH, 31 ASSAM RIFLES
20. 2497584 PARATROOPER KAPIL DEV, 1ST BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
21.  FLIGHT LIEUTENANT MANISH ARORA (28462), FLYING (PILOT)

Well I am just listing out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.

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On the 62nd Republic day celebrations the Padma Awards were given to several Indians for their contribution towards the country. Overall 13 Padma Vibhushans, 31 Padma Bhushans and  85 Padmashree were awarded.

Padma Vibhushans:

1. Kapila Vatsyayan (Art )
2. Homai Vyarawalla (Art )
3. Nageswara Rao (Art )
4. Parasaran Kesava Iyengar (Public Affairs )
5. Akhlaq-ur-Rehman Kidwai (Public Affairs )
6. Vijay Kelkar (Public Affairs )
7. Montek Singh Ahluwalia (Public Affairs )
8. Palle Rama Rao (Science and Engineering )
9. Azim Premji (Trade and Industry )
10. Brajesh Mishra (Civil Services )
11. Ottaplakkal N.V. Kurup (Literature and Education )
12. Sitakant Mahapatra (Literature and Education )
13. late L. C. Jain (Public Affairs)

Padma Bhushans:

1. Satyadev Dubey (Art )
2. M. Zahur Khayyam H alias Khayyam (Music )
3. Shashi Kapoor (Cinema )
4. Krishen Khanna (Painting )
5. Madavur Vasudevan Nair (Dance )
6. Waheeda Rehman (Cinema )
7. Rudrapatna Krishna S Srikantan (Music )
8. Arpita Singh (Painting )
9. S.P. Balasubrahmanyam (Playback Singing )
10. C.V. Chandrasekhar (Classical Dance )
11. Dwijen Mukherjee (Art )
12. Rajashree Birla (Social Work )
13. Shobhana Ranade (Social Work )
14. Suryanarayanan Ramachandran ) Science and Engineering )
15. S. (Kris) Gopalakrishnan (Trade and Industry )
16. Yogesh Chander Deveshwar (Trade and Industry )
17. Chanda Kochhar (Trade and Industry )
18. K. Anji Reddy (Trade and Industry )
19. Analjit Singh (Trade and Industry )
20. Rajendra Singh Pawar (Trade and Industry )
21. Gunapati V. Krishna Reddy (Trade and Industry )
22. Ajai Chowdhary (Trade and Industry )
23. Surendra Singh (Civil Services )
24. M.N. Buch (Civil Services )
25. Shyam Saran (Civil Services )
26. Thayil Jacob Sony George (Literature )
27. Ramdas Madhava Pai (Literature )
28. Sankha Ghosh (Literature )
29. late K. Raghavan Thirumulpad (Medicine-Ayurveda )
30. late Dr. Keki Byramjee Grant (Medicine )
31. late Dashrath Patel (Art) 

Padmashree :

1. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry (Art )
2. Makar Dhwaja Darogha (Art )
3. Shaji Neelakantan Karun (Art )
4. Girish Kasaravalli (Art )
5. Tabassum H. Khan alias Tabu (Cinema )
6. Jivya Soma Mase (Art )
7. Guru (Ms) M.K. Saroja (Dance )
8. Jayaram Subramaniam (Cinema )
9. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty (Music )
10. Mahasundari Devi (Art )
11. Gajam Govardhana (Art )
12. Sunayana Hazarilal (Dance )
13. S.R. Janakiraman (Carnatic Vocal Music )
14. Peruvanam Kuttan Marar (Art )
15. Kalamandalam K. Pavithran (Dance )
16. Dadi Dorab Pudumjee (Art )
17. Khangembam Mangi Singh (Traditional Music )
18. Prahlad Singh Tipaniya (Folk Music )
19. Usha Uthup (Music )
20. Kajol (Cinema )
21. Irfan Khan (Cinema )
22. Mamraj Agrawal (Social Work )
23. Jockin Arputham (Social Work )
24. Nomita Chandy (Social Work )
25. Sheela Patel (Social Work )
26. Anita Reddy (Social Work )
27. Kanubhai Hasmukhbhai Tailor (Social Work )
28. Anant Darshan Shankar (Public Affairs )
29. Prof M. Annamalai (Science and Engineering )
30. Mahesh Haribhai Mehta (Science and Engineering )
31. C. Narayana Rao Raghavendran (Science and Engineering )
32. Suman Sahai (Science and Engineering )
33. Prof E.A. Siddiq (Science and Engineering )
34. Gopalan Nair Shankar (Architecture )
35. Mecca Rafeeque Ahmed (Trade and Industry )
36. Kailasam Raghavendra Rao (Trade and Industry )
37. Narayan Singh Bhati (Civil Services )
38. P.K. Sen (Civil Services )
39. Shital Mahajan (Sports )
40. Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi (Sports )
41. Sushil Kumar (Sports )
42. V.V.S. Laxman (Sports )
43. Gagan Narang (Sports )
44. Krishna Poonia (Sports )
45. Harbhajan Singh (Sports-Mountaineering )
46. Pukhraj Bafna (Medicine )
47. Mansoor Hasan (Medicine )
48. Shyama Prasad Mandal (Medicine )
49. Sivapatham Vittal (Medicine )
50. Madanur Ahmed Ali (Medicine )
51. Indira Hinduja (Medicine )
52. Jose Chacko Periappuram (Medicine )
53. Marthanda Pillai (Medicine )
54. Mahim Bora (Literature )
55. Pullella Srirama Chandrudu (Literature )
56. Pravin Darji (Literature )
57. Chandra Prakash Deval (Literature )
58. Balraj Komal (Literature )
59. Rajni Kumar (Literature )
60. Devanooru Mahadeva (Literature )
61. Barun Mazumder (Literature )
62. Avvai Natarajan (Literature )
63. Bhalchandra Nemade (Literature )
64. Riyaz (Punjabi Literature )
65. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao (Literature )
66. Buangi Sailo (Literature )
67. Devi Dutt Sharma (Literature )
68. Nilamber Dev Sharma (Literature )
69. Urvashi Butalia (Literature )
70. Ritu Menon (Literature )
71. Krishna Kumar (Literature )
72. Deviprasad Dwivedi (Literature )
73. Mamang Dai (Literature )
74. Om Prakash Agrawal Heritage (Conservation )
75. Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar (Archaeology )
76. Shanti Teresa Lakra (Nursing )
77. Gulshan Nanda (Handicrafts Promotion )
78. Azad Moopen (Social Work (UAE) )
79. Upendra Baxi (Public Affairs (U.K.) )
80. Mani Lal Bhaumik (Science and Engineeriung (U.S.) )
81. Subra Suresh (Science and Engineering (U.S.) )
82. Karl Harrington Potter (Literature (U.S.) )
83. Martha Chen (Social Work (U.S.) )
84. Satpal Khattar (Trade (Singapore) )
85. Granville Austin (Literature (U.S.))

For the complete and Original list click here.

2011 Cricket World Cup Schedule

Posted: January 23, 2011 by Shishir Gupta in Cricket, India, WORLD CUP
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The stage has been set for the battle for the biggest title in cricket. The opportunity that comes only in four years, THE CRICKET WORLD CUP. As we near the start of the tournament, with just about  27 days to go, I thought of putting down the schedule of the tournament here on the blog, for everyones reference. The matches are going to be played in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with the most prestigous match, the finals to be played in Mumbai, in India. The two groups are as follows:

Group A:
Australia
Canada
Kenya
New Zealand
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Zimbabwe

Group B:
Bangladesh
England
India
Ireland
Netherlands
South Africa
West Indies

The schedule of the tournament is as follows:

 

MATCH No. DATE TEAMS VENUE
1 February 19, 2011 India v Bangladesh Dhaka
2 February 20, 2011 New Zealand v Kenya Chennai
3 February 21, 2011 Australia v Zimbabwe Ahmedabad
4 February 20, 2011 Sri Lanka v Canada Hambantota
5 February 22, 2011 England v The Netherlands Nagpur
6 February 23, 2011 Pakistan v Kenya Hambantota
7 February 24, 2011 South Africa v West Indies New Delhi
8 February 25, 2011 Bangladesh v Ireland Dhaka
9 February 25, 2011 Australia v New Zealand Nagpur
10 February 26, 2011 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Colombo
11 February 27, 2011 India v England Kolkata
12 February 28, 2011 Zimbabwe v Canada Nagpur
13 February 28, 2011 West Indies v The Netherlands New Delhi
14 March 1, 2011 Sri Lanka v Kenya Colombo
15 March 2, 2011 England v Ireland Bengaluru
16 March 3, 2011 South Africa v The Netherlands Mohali
17 March 3, 2011 Pakistan v Canada Colombo
18 March 4, 2011 Bangladesh v West Indies Dhaka
19 March 4, 2011 New Zealand v Zimbabwe Ahmedabad
20 March 5, 2011 Australia v Sri Lanka Colombo
21 March 6, 2011 South Africa v England Chennai
22 March 6, 2011 India v Ireland Bengaluru
23 March 7, 2011 Canada v Kenya New Delhi
24 March 8, 2011 Pakistan v New Zealand Kandy
25 March 9, 2011 India v The Netherlands New Delhi
26 March 10, 2011 Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe Kandy
27 March 11, 2011 West Indies v Ireland Mohali
28 March 11, 2011 Bangladesh v England Chittagong
29 March 12, 2011 India v South Africa Nagpur
30 March 13, 2011 New Zealand v Canada Mumbai
31 March 13, 2011 Australia v Kenya Bengaluru
32 March 14, 2011 Bangladesh v The Netherlands Chittagong
33 March 14, 2011 Pakistan v Zimbabwe Kandy
34 March 15, 2011 South Africa v Ireland Kolkata
35 March 16, 2011 Australia v Canada Bengaluru
36 March 17, 2011 England v West Indies Chennai
37 March 18, 2011 The Netherlands v Ireland Kolkata
38 March 18, 2011 New Zealand v Sri Lanka Mumbai
39 March 19, 2011 Bangladesh v South Africa Dhaka
40 March 19, 2011 Australia v Pakistan Colombo
41 March 20, 2011 Zimbabwe v Kenya Kolkata
42 March 20, 2011 India v West Indies Chennai
43 March 23, 2011 Quarter Final 1: A1 v B4 Dhaka
44 March 24, 2011 Quarter Final 2: A2 v B3 Ahmedabad
45 March 25, 2011 Quarter Final 3: A3 v B2 Dhaka
46 March 26, 2011 Quarter Final 4: A4 v B1 Colombo
47 March 29, 2011 Semi Final 1: QF 1 winner v QF 3 winner Colombo
48 March 30, 2011 Semi Final 2: QF 2 winner v QF 4 winner Mohali
49 April 2, 2011 Finals Mumbai

In the end I would like to wish the Indian Cricket team the best for the tournament, and hopefully the team will be able to reapeat what it had done 28 years ago, and make everyone proud. ALL THE BEST!


Weight Loss is one the topics I have written about a couple of times last year. In fact this is the thing that has been in my mind throughout last year. I have managed to remove as many as 22 kgs off my body. Though I had reduced a little more than that number, but I then gained a couple of kgs to get into the fitness I wanted to. As I have written earlier I took the hard or the tough way out to go and reduce weight, but it is know that I have realized that reducing weight in a healthy way is not that difficult. In fact one can reduce weight without doing any workout, but instead taking the correct nutrition.

What I am talking about is, the products of HERBALIFE. These products are a complete nutrition product that is they contain all the 114 nutrients that are required by the body. So these products provide all the nutrition that the body requires, and thus also eradicates a lot of health problems from the body, such as acidity, body weakness, diabetes, high sugar, and even bleeding piles. After reading this I would like to add that these are not medicines, but are just nutrition products, so by having them all you are doing is providing the correct nutrition to your body thus, automatically these problems which are caused due to loss of some or the other nutrition get removed from the body. Similarly these also help in reducing weight, but I will come to that point later.

I got introduced to these products is because I have had a few problems relating to bleeding intestines, which has caused iron deficiency and low Hemoglobin count. I started taking a couple of their products a milk shake (this is a high protein diet, and can easily replace a breakfast and even a dinner meal), and a multivitamin tablets (these are not medicines, but a little extra vitamins). A combination of these two gave me the complete nutrition (114 nutrients), that my body required. As a result of this my iron level in my body has increased, and so has the Hemoglobin count. I can’t say my intestine problem has been cured but it has reduced to such a level that it is not a worry anymore. Also in addition to all of this I have lost 2 kgs of weight (this is amazing since I have not done any kind of workout in this period). And to top it all, I have not had any side effects because of this. After 2-3 months of usage, HERBALIFE Company has asked me to join in as a consultant and a kind of brand ambassador, which has been overwhelming for me. Well this is not one of the main reasons, why I am writing about this here, but it is because these have really helped me and definitely can be of a help to many, so I believe that this can be the best medium for recommendations, suggestions, and spreading the work around.

Well this is not it; my father had started using the products for a month now and has already lost about 6 kgs of weight. Well this is an amazing figure especially when I look back and realize that it had taken me almost two months of tough workout to reach that level. And again my father has not had any side effects because of this; in fact he does feel healthier. Even my mother has been using these and I can feel the difference in her energy levels as well. So in all these have really been very helpful at my house. After all of this I got down to realize that how do these products work on reducing weight? Well if I have a glass of the milk shake as breakfast, then what I am doing is first of all getting the complete nutrition that I require (getting healthier) in addition I am replacing it with my normal breakfast (cutting down on many calories). Then later I can have the lunch of my own choice and then in dinner if I have this shake again (by replacing it with my normal dinner I cut down on a number of calories). Thus what exactly is happening I am not going on a diet since I am getting all the nutrients that my body requires, plus I have cut down thousands of calories. Also since this is a 0 (zero) fat and a high protein diet, all the extra fat gets burned and gets converted into muscles, hence reducing the extra weight. When my father started with this, we were recommended to this product by people who had lost 20-30 kgs of weight (a couple of them were people whom we knew well and could be trusted upon). Well that figure is literally amazing because when I reduced weight in that range, it took me almost 6-7 months of tedious and rigorous workout.

Another amazing thing is that these products also help in increasing weight and helps people who are underweight. This does not mean that it will reduce the weight of underweight and increase for the overweight. All this does is gets you within the limits of the ideal weight as per your body and age. Also any age group can use it, though most of the products are for people above 12 years of age, but there are products available for the younger generation as well (since their nutrition is a little different from the adults). People who want to go for a weight loss are the major users of this product, though as I have said that the ones who have problems because of vitamins and proteins should also use these since these products are rich in vitamins and proteins and thus improve the health and health related problems.

The best thing about all this is that these products are not medicines. They give you the exact nutrition, and hence help in reducing weight, there is no weight loss formula used in these products. Though I am not against working out to reduce weight, in fact I do recommend people to do that, since that is the way I have done it. But that does take a lot on the legs and knees, which can be harmful in later stages, which is why I have started feeling that these products are a much better way to go about. I have started recommending friends about these products, but a few problems that come in the way are the cost and the availability.

Firstly these products are costly ranging from 1500 INR to 7000 INR ($33-$155), something that a common person like me would never ever think of giving it a try. But that is where I recommend is that one can take this one packet of shake which costs around 1500 INR ($33) and lasts for a month, and gives it a try. It will definitely be helpful, and even if it is not (can be a special case) since it gives good nutrition it is not a bad investment. Also while talking to my friends; I felt they thought as if I was sounding as a salesman. So I thought to write about it on the blog, maybe I could explain this better here and not sound like a salesman. Haha.

Secondly these products are not available in the market easily; one needs to find a distributor or a product consultant to get the products. Well I have now become a consultant with the brand, and can help there in providing the products. For that one can just write to me if anyone is interested.     

I have started feeling that if I had got to know about HERBALIFE earlier, my road to weight loss would have been much easier. I would also like to add here that by using this one should not do workouts. One should do them but in a limit as they do increase the stamina and are good to stay fit, but they should be in a limit. When I did the workouts my mother would always say that it looked as if I was preparing for participating in marathons.

If anyone needs help on the information on the products, or wants to buy the products to use, they can email and contact me at shishirjerry@gmail.com

I can share the product catalog on request, so that one gets a good idea about the company and the products. Also if anyone needs to discuss the details, they can call me by asking the number in the email.

That’s it how I would like to end, and hopefully I would be able to inspire and help people lose the extra weight. I might write some details about the products in sometime, but till then if anyone needs it, I can share the product catalog.


The much awaited IPL 4 auctions are finally over. For the first time ten teams participated in the auctions, and definitely a lot of money was at stake. But I must say this year, the auctions were very surprising, as many big names got no takers at all, while new Indian players got huge prices. If the first auction saw international players getting big bids, this time the teams were much intteligent by buying, most of the indian players. Though, now with 10 teams in the league, it will be very difficult to make out a very stable team like it was the case in the previous three editions.

Well here are the results of the auctions that were held on 8th and 9th of January (yesterday and today).  The list of players bought is in descending order of their final bid price.

Gautam Gambhir sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for a record $2.4 million.

Yusuf Pathan to Kolkata Knight Riders for $2.1 million.

Robin Uthappa to Pune for $2.1 million

Rohit Sharma to Mumbai Indians for $2 million.

Irfan Pathan to Delhi Daredevils for $1.9 million.

Yuvraj Singh to Pune for $1.8 million.

Saurabh Tiwary to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.6 million.

Mahela Jayawardene to Kochi for $1.5 million.

David Hussey to Kings XI Punjab for $1.4 million

Dale Steyn goes to Deccan Chargers for $1.2 million

Muttiah Muralitharan to Kochi for $1.1 million.

AB de Villiers to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.1 million.

Cameron White to Deccan Chargers for $1.1 million.

Jacques Kallis to Kolkata Knight Riders for $1.1 million.

Ross Taylor to Rajasthan Royals for $1 million.

Angelo Mathews to Pune for $950,000

Ravindra Jadeja to Kochi for $950,000

Johan Botha to Rajasthan Royals for $950,000.

Dan Christian to Deccan Chargers for $900,000

Dinesh Karthik to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000

Piyush Chawla to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000.

Sreesanth to Kochi for $900,000

Adam Gilchrist to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000.

Zaheer Khan to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $900,000.

R Ashwin to Chennai Super Kings for $850,000

Ashish Nehra to Pune for $850,000

Andrew Symonds to Mumbai Indians for $850,000

S Badrinath to Chennai Super Kings for $800,000.

Praveen Kumar to Kings XI Punjab for $800,000.

Abhishek Nayar to Kings XI Punjab for $800,000

Umesh Yadav to Delhi Daredevils for $750,000

David Warner to Delhi for $750,000

Munaf Patel to Mumbai Indians for $700,000

Venugopal Rao to Delhi Daredevils for $700,000

Cheteswar Pujara to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $700,000.

Doug Bollinger to Chennai Super Kings for $700,000

Kumar Sangakkara to Deccan Chargers for $700,000.

Dirk Nannes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $650,000.

Tillakaratne Dilshan to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $650,000.

Kevin Pietersen to Deccan Chargers for $650,000.

Daniel Vettori to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $550,000

Lakshmipathy Balaji to Kolkata Knight Riders for $500,000

Pragyan Ojha to Deccan Chargers for $500,000

Rahul Dravid to Rajasthan Royals for $500,000.

Graeme Smith to Pune for $500,000.

RP Singh to Kochi for $500,000.

R Vinaykumar to Kochi for $475,000

Manoj Tiwary to Kolkata Knight Riders for $475,000.

Morne Morkel to Delhi Daredevils for $475,000

Brendon McCullum to Kochi for $475,000.

Ishant Sharma to Deccan Chargers for $450,000.

Brad Hodge to Kochi for $425,000.

Shakib al Hasan to Kolkata Knight Riders for $425,000

Michael Hussey to Chennai for $425,000.

Brett Lee to Kolkata Knight Riders for $400,000

Stuart Broad to Kings XI Punjab for $400,000

VVS Laxman to Kochi for $400,000

Murli Kartik to Pune for $400,000

Ashok Dinda to Delhi Daredevils for $375,000

Eoin Morgan to Kolkata Knight Riders for $350,000.

James Hopes to Delhi Daredevils for $350,000.

Ryan Harris to Kings XI Punjab for $325,000.

Brad Haddin goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for $325,000.

Shaun Tait to Rajasthan Royals for $300,000

Callum Ferguson to Pune for $300,000

Aaron Finch to Delhi Daredevils for $300,000

Amit Mishra to Deccan Chargers for $300,000

Shikhar Dhawan to Deccan Chargers for $300,000.

JP Duminy to Deccan Chargers for $300,000

Mitchell Marsh to Pune for $290,000

Manpreet Gony to Deccan Chargers for $290,000

Parthiv Patel to Kochi for $290,000

Naman Ojha to Delhi Daredevils for $270,000

Tim Paine to Pune for $270,000

Abhimanyu Mithun to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $260,000

Jaidev Unadkat to Kolkata Knight Riders for $250,000

Paul Collingwood to Rajasthan Royals for $250,000.

Sudeep Tyagi to Chennai Super Kings for $240,000

Ajit Agarkar to Delhi Daredvils for $210,000

Owais Shah to Kochi for $200,000

Scott Styris to Chennai Super Kings for $200,000

Steven Smith to Kochi for $200,000

Dwayne Bravo to Chennai Super Kings at $200,000

Davy Jacobs to Mumbai Indians for $190,000

Ramesh Powar to Kochi for $180,000

Wayne Parnell to Pune for $160,000

Ryan ten Doeschate to Kolkata Knight Riders for $150,000

Jesse Ryder to Pune for $150,000

Joginder Sharma to Chennai Super Kings for $150,000

Charl Langeveldt to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $140,000

Mohammad Kaif to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $130,000

Faf du Plessis to Chennai Super Kings for $120,000

Clint McKay to Mumbai Indians for $110,000

Jerome Taylor to Pune for $100,000

James Pattinson to Kolkata Knight Riders for $100,000

Alfonso Thomas to Pune for $100,000

Nuwan Kulasekara to Chennai Super Kings for $100,000

Matthew Wade to Delhi Daredevils for $100,000

Dimitri Mascarenhas to Kings XI Punjab for $100,000

Colin Ingram to Delhi Daredevils for $100,000

Ben Hilfenhaus to Chennai Super Kings for $100,000

Nathan McCullum to Pune for $100,000

James Franklin to Mumbai Indians for $100,000

Wriddhiman Saha to Chennai Super Kings for $100,000

Pankaj Singh to Rajasthan Royals for $95,000

Rusty Theron to Deccan Charges for $85,000

Suraj Randiv to Chennai Super Kings for $80,000

Andrew McDonald to Delhi Daredevils for $80,000

Thisara Perera to Kochi for $80,000

Michael Lumb to Deccan Chargers for $80,000

Michael Klinger to Kochi for $75,000

Johan van der Wath to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $50,000

Moises Henriques to Mumbai Indians for $50,000

George Bailey to Chennai Super Kings for $50,000

Roelof van der Merwe to Delhi Daredevils for $50,000

Luke Pomersbach to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $50,000

Rilee Rossouw to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $20,000

Nuwan Pradeep to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $20,000

Chris Lynn to Deccan Chargers for $20,000

Travis Birt to Delhi Daredevils for $20,000

Nathan Rimmington to Kings XI Punjab for $20,000

Jonathan Vandiar to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $20,000

Aiden Blizzard to Mumbai Indians for $20,000

Robert Frylinck to Delhi Daredevils for $20,000

Steven O’Keefe to Kochi for $20,000

LIST OF THE UNSOLD PLAYERS:

On Saturday
Tamim Iqbal, Chamara Kapugedera, Ajantha Mendis, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Dilhara Fernando, Luke Wright, Matt Prior, Mark Boucher, Graeme Manou, Brian Lara, Herschelle Gibbs, Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle.

On Sunday
Shane Harwood, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Andy McKay, VRV Singh, Andre Nel, Ian Butler, Chris Tremlett, Ryan Sidebottom, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Makhaya Ntini, Chanaka Welegedara, Graham Napier, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Jeevantha Kulatunga, John Hastings, Prosper Utseya, Jeevan Mendis, Aaron Redmond, Darren Sammy, Lou Vincent, Neil McKenzie, Jehan Mubarak, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Martin Guptill, Simon Katich, Jonathon Trott, Bryce McGain, Jacques Rudolph, Jason Krejza, Aaron Heal, Ray Price, Abdur Razzak, Suhrawardi Shuvo, Xavier Doherty, Tim Southee, Chaminda Vaas, Thilan Thushara, Kemar Roach, Peter Siddle, Grant Elliot, Elton Chigumbura, Dillon du Preez, Samit Patel, Justin Ontong, Zander de Bruyn, Vernon Philander, Wasim Jaffer, Upul Tharanga, Darren Bravo, Adam Voges, Ian Bell, Chamara Silva, Nikita Miller, Malinga Bandara, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Sulieman Benn, Robin Peterson, MS Panesar, Rangana Herath, Paul Harris, Kyle Mills, Farveez Maharoof, Ryan McLaren, Jacob Oram, Dwayne Smith, Justin Kemp, Ravi Bopara, Michael Yardy, Sanath Jayasuriya, Tim Bresnan, Indika de Saram, Denesh Ramdin, Tatenda Taibu, Chris Hartley, Gareth Hopkins, Brendan Taylor, Dinesh Chandimal, Niall O’Brien, Luke Ronchi, Ricardo Powell, Xavier Marshall, Loots Bosman, Lendl Simmons, Thilan Samaraweera, Jamie How, Phillip Hughes, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Thilina Kandamby, Mohammad Ashraful, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chabhabha, Hasantha Fernando, Gayan Wijekoon, M Pushpakumara, Rayad Emrit, Lee Carseldine, Akalanka Ganegama, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Mahmadullah, Tinashe Panyangara, Dammika Prasad, Daryl Tuffey, Stuart Clark, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Sajid Mahmood, Rory Kleinveldt, Nuwan Zoysa, Iain O’Brein, Mitchell Starc, David Miller, Adrian Barath, Peter Ingram, Darren Ganga, Imrul Kayes, Mahela Udawatte, Junaid Siddique, Joe Denly, Mark Cosgrove, Morne van Wyk, Glenn Maxwell, Tom Smith, Darren Stevens, Nathan Reardon, Naeem Islam, Farhan Behardien, Colin de Grandhomme, James Faulkner, Dilruwan Perera, Tim Armstrong, Yusuf Abdulla, Isuru Udana, Pedro Collins, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tyron Henderson, Ajmal Shahzad, Suranga Lakmal, Peter George, Michael Hogan, Shahriar Nafees, Neil Broom, Phil Jaques, Kane Williamson, Andrew Puttick, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Tharanga Parnavitana, Rob Nicol, Usman Afzal, Anthony McGrath, Angelo Perera, Danza Hyatt, Richard Cameron, Andre Russel, Steven Croft, Aaron O’Brien, Wes Durston, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Doug Bracewell, Johan Low, Saeed Rasel, Cornelius de Villiers, Tino Best, Michael Lewis, Simon Cook, Paul Franks, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Lionel Baker, Ghulam Bodi, Michael Vandort, Raqibul Hasan, Robert Quiney, Runako Morton, Malinda Warnapura, Gihan Rupasinghe, Ethan O’Reilly, Nicholas Buchanan, Tim Lang, Gary Putland, Jack Shantry, Jake Haberfield, Brendan Drew, Trent Copeland, Henry Davids, Daniel Harris, Ed Cowan, Michael Hill, Rhett Lockyear, Cameron Borgas, Floyd Reifer, Adrian Shankar, Tom Beaton, Greg Smith, Andrew Gale, Craig Thyssen, Adam Lyth, Dean Brownlie, Ahmed Amla, Shannan Stewart, Paul Horton

When this list contains the name of Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Sanath Jaysurya, Chaminda Vass, Mark Boucher, Herchele Gibbs then, definitely I think that probably teams have made out some strategy, and these high profile players did not fit into their scheme of things. Well all I can say is that this IPL has had controversies since the announcement of the edition, but probably it is going to be a grand one, definitely bigger than ever.

How To Make A New Year Resolution!

Posted: January 3, 2011 by Shishir Gupta in Just For Fun
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A New Year resolution is someting that is common to every person as almost every person makes one. To most of us, a New Year’s resolution is a commitment or a target an individual sets at the beginning of a new year often to change a habit or a lifestyle that they don’t want to continue in. Well the easy it is to plan or make a resoultion the difficult it is follow through and keep. Well last year I had made a few resolutions, and I am very happy and proud to say that I have been able to successfully keep them. One of them was definitely reduce weight, which I have done handsomely, the second was to have a good financial back up, again something that I have achieved. I had set a target for myself, and I having achieved it at the end of the year makes me feel very happy. Well then I realised that even to make a resolution some planning is required. And when I was just thinking about this I came accross an article (while surfing through the reader’s panel of my organiztion’s intranet) which explains a few key things one must keep in mind before making a resolution to make it successful. Here is that article:

A Resolution to Keep

To most of us, a New Year’s resolution is a commitment or a target an individual sets at the beginning of a new year often to change a habit or a lifestyle that they don’t want to continue in.

History of New Year’s Resolution

The tradition of New Year resolution as we know it today started way back in 153BC after the Roman Senate declared that the year should start of 1st January.

Janus, a Mythical King of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. He had two faces. It was believed that he could look back on the past events and forward to the future. Janus became the symbol for New Year’s resolutions.

On the New Year’s Eve, many of us look back at the past year and evaluate the achievements and the failures that we may have attained. This also offers one an opportunity to reflect on the coming year and see where they want to be and what do they want to achieve, thus setting the goals appropriately.

Common examples of resolutions that people make are listed below.

  • Spend more time with the family
  • Get out of debt
  • Stop smoking
  • Stop drinking
  • Get fit
  • Learn something new
  • Volunteer and help others
  • Take a trip

Regardless of what the resolution may be, it is important to make a good resolution that you can follow through and keep.

How to keep your New Year’s Resolution

Chances are that you have made a New Year’s resolution in the past and you never kept it. I know the frustrations that you felt at the end of the year when you were reviewing them. I have been there myself.

There are many recommendations on how to keep your resolution. What is important is that you can stop this cycle this year by putting some or all the recommendations below.

  1. Planning ahead of the New Year
    Planning ahead always give you time to sift through issues without being harassed. This also helps you identify what is important to you and the changes that you really need to make soberly.
    If you don’t plan ahead, you run a risk of making a resolution because everybody else is making some at the New Year’s party. Resolutions made this way are hardly kept.
  2. Announce your Resolutions
    When you talk and tell other people such as friends and family about what your resolutions are for the year, this gives you additional impetus towards your goals.
    People around you will act as a check; especially against a habit that you want to stop .You will find yourself frequently being prodded to go on.
  3. Be Realistic
    You will not be doing justice to yourself if you start setting goals that are way beyond your reach to achieve. You don’t have to eat the whole apple in one bite make steps that get you to where you want to be.
  4. Be Specific
    Don’t make resolutions because they sound good to hear and yet they are vague and ambiguous. A resolution like “I will lose weight this year” does not mean much. But when you break it to the value and set a time to achieve it, then it becomes specific.
    Being specific helps you assess if this is a goal that ranks high in your life in terms of importance. You therefore end up making resolutions that add value to your life and you will have a motivation to keep.
  5. Make a plan and track your progress
    It is always a good practice to make a plan before you embark on something. Stick the plan up or keep it somewhere you frequently look at. This will act as a reminder.
    I recommend you record your progress every time you achieve a milestone in your plan. You will be pleasantly surprised when you find yourself motivated to stick to your resolution.
  6. Find alternative to behaviors you want to cut
    One thing that you need to realize is that the behavior you want to change or cut was fulfilling something in your life. Find an activity or something else to replace the satisfaction you were deriving from it.

Year 2010 And Me…

Posted: January 3, 2011 by Shishir Gupta in Just For Fun
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As I have written earlier, the year 2010 had come with mixed feelings for me.  So I thought I would like to share my experiences of last year over here.

The negatives or the bad times:

  • I met a couple of accidents the last year, one of them was in February and the other in almost the fag end of the year in December. Though I have put this in the negatives, I am not really sure if this should be here. Since I have a knack of having accidents, and just having met two in number the last year is very less and is something that I am very happy of. But still I have mentioned it here since I would want to reduce the count even further this year.
  • I missed out on an MBA call from IIMs. I cleared the CAT exam in a decent fashion and received an interview from 4 IIM institutes, but could not convert any of them into an admission call. That was unfortunate for me as I was confident of at least converting one of them. In fact I was listed as waiting in two, but unfortunately could not make it to the final berth.  Nevertheless I have appeared for the examination again, and I am hoping if I get the calls again, I will try not to miss out on them this year.
  • I have really kept ill almost throughout the year. Something that started in March has continued to trouble me till now. I have had a little from with my intestines, as they have been bleeding; also they were coupled with piles early on. Though the later got cured without a problem, the former still has been troubling me. Losing out on blood every now and then is not a healthy sign. Though because of medication this has reduced a lot in the last couple of months, but still it has persisted and that is not good. Hopefully in this year it will not trouble me and it will get completely cured.
  • One of the biggest setbacks to me was that I lost my most beloved person, my maternal grandfather. I was indeed very close to him, and his loss is something that cannot be reverted. It was the month of October when his 7 month struggle with life ended with his death. Though he was not that old to leave, especially when he was very fit and healthy, but with a few health related problems, he left us all alone. Probably his loss has broken me emotionally as I always looked up to him for guidance on various matters, whether they were personal, professional or financial. He was like an institution for me, from whom I learnt something or the other with every passing day. Now with him gone, my big support system has gone too and probably this is the reason my 2010 has just been OK for me and not good (in fact can be termed as bad as well). I almost was having a terrific year until this.
  • I also lost a couple of close friends due to road accident (in two separate incidents). Well these losses are something one cannot fulfill. But with this I have also learnt that one needs to be very careful while driving, just driving well is not it, sometimes others mistake also can be fatal. Probably because of this I have been more careful and hence involved in less number of accidents this year.
  • Now coming down to the professional experiences, most of them were good. The only sad part came when few of my colleagues parted ways with the organization. There were two colleagues in my team who parted ways. One of them left in February, she was very close, as she was the only one with whom I used interact with during those times. Her loss was something that I cannot really fulfill. The other person to leave was the one, who was the team lead and later got promoted to be the manager of the project. She was very understanding, and definitely was a person whom I always looked up to for any kind of advice at work. The other colleagues who left were from my project but from the different department. Also a couple of my close friends from the organization too left maybe for a better future. These losses again cannot be fulfilled at work, but as I still am in contact with them, so I am really not at much loss apart from a minor professional loss, of having lost good and very cooperative colleagues. 

The positives or the good times:

  • To start off with the positives, I managed to reduce a lot of extra weight from my body, well more than 20 kgs off my body, which is close to 25% of my initial weight. Well this is just not a positive but also has been a great achievement for me, as I never believed I could do this. Now with all the extra weight out, all I can hope for this year is that I can maintain it and not spoil last year’s effort.
  • I also grew professionally as I got promoted at my job. As this is my first promotion, which is why it is very special to me and will always remain close to my heart. Though as it is said “With great power comes great responsibility”, with this new role a lot more added responsibility has followed. Hopefully I would be able to carry on the good work this year as well.
  • I have a slight stammer, and for this I joined a group named TISA, which is a group of individuals who stammer. By joining this I have got tremendous confidence and also reduced on stammering. Now I usually don’t stammer (it only happens when I get a bit too nervous). Again hopefully I will be able to continue the good work and maybe also help other fellows who have similar problems.
  • This year I finally entered into share market and also started thinking about handling finances. Luckily I have managed to really do well on this front, and have reached the financial mark that I had set to be achieved at the start of 2010. Though I never had many financial problems, but after seeing the amount of savings I have done at the end of the year was heartening.  Hopefully I will continue the good work this year as well. Also I am planning to write a post of how to manage finances sometime later, let’s see when I get time to pen down those experiences.
  • I love sports and this year I have really been very happy to see the results there. Indian Cricket team has done very well, so as the Indian contingents at the Asian Games and the Common Wealth Games. I follow cricket and tennis the most, and am a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar and Rafael Nadal. Last year has been very special for both of them as they have clinched a lot of records (I have been writing a lot about that the last year), so that has just added to my happiness. Hopefully this year will be great for them and I would be happy once again.
  • I managed to get a few good friends this year. As with old friends and colleagues parting ways, new people joined in. In here I managed to make a few very close friends, some who would definitely remain for a long time to come. 

Well these were my good and bad times last year. Though there were many more small instances (for both the sections), but I think writing so many down are enough. Hopefully, the points in the bad times will reduce and in the good times will increase at the end of this year.

GOOD BYE 2010, WELCOME 2011

Posted: January 1, 2011 by Shishir Gupta in Just For Fun
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Well it is that time when a year has just gone by and another is there for the taking now. To be honest, the time has just been flying the last year, I really cannot believe that 2010 is over. It looks as if just some time back I had welcomed 2010, and now it is the time to say good bye to it.

2010 had been a very good one for me, prefessionally very good, and personally great at some points and terrible in some, but overall it was just good enough. I would probably write about this and my experiences in a couple of days. Till that let me think of all the moments that went by, I really need to recollect my memories as the time has just been flying.

2010 also marked the end of a decade, and a completely new decade is now looking at us. I was in my teens for the major part of the last decade (definitely the best and the most memorable part of my life) and so that decade is very close and also will remain very close to my heart.

Coming back to the year 2011, I hope that this year to brings in some good times in my life, just like the way it did last year. In that mood and with the feelings full of hope to prosper, I would like to welcome “2011” with a big bang.

In the end I would like to wish everyone a very happy and a prosperous new year.