notes, memories, experiences, travels, encounters—learning to be an entrepreneur and good citizen. full time job involves making and promoting craft beer in india but interests include politics, social development, investing, film, sport and travel. follow my musings on what it means to be a young indian in india.

 

Big Blue is Back !

Loving all the attention that Michigan football is getting after two years of absolute misery. We’ve got to thank Denard Robinson’s explosive plays for it and only hope that he can sustain his form as we go into the tougher half of the schedule.

Some bites from the media:

"The Perfect Fit" (ESPN.com)

"The statistics Robinson has collected are like tortilla chips. It’s difficult to consume one and not keep reaching into the bag"

"He is averaging 9.23 yards per rush. Think about that — Robinson is averaging second-and-inches."

"Robinson is on pace to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards, which would rip the guts right out of the NCAA record book."

"A Front-Row View of ‘The Denard Show’" (ESPN Big Ten Blog)

"To date, the principal image of the 2010 college football season has been a dreadlocked quarterback wearing unlaced cleats and a No. 16 jersey outrunning defenders to the end zone."

"Robinson has put on a show for the nation to see, but 10 of his teammates have the best seats in the (big) house."

Wall Street never changes, the pockets change, the stocks change, but Wall Street never changes, because human nature never changes.

Jesse Livermore (Early 20th century stock trader)

I hate January! It’s dark and freezing and everyone’s wearing bulky coats. You can do some serious subway flirting before realizing the guy is homeless.

Liz Lemon (30 Rock S04E11)

I was never a big fan of working on my golf swing at the practice range—until today. A big part of this change in mindset has to do with applying what I’ve picked up at yoga to my golf.

In the past I used to be in a huge hurry and would blast my way past 100 balls, but today I slowed down my pace and just focused on observing. I tried to visualize the plane of my swing and every little movement in my back, wrist and hips.

Other tips that I’m trying to adopt are from this very insightful WSJ article, “How to Hit it on the Sweet Spot.” The writer questions:

Why, then, do so many golfers swing at the ball like maniacs, winding up every movable part of their bodies, even their eyebrows, and lunging forward with all their might, when the result of such effort, all but guaranteed, is loss of control and lousy, off-center hits?

This is something golf instructors ponder. Human nature is probably the simplest answer. For better results, try harder, especially when frustrated. It’s a strategy that works in weight-lifting and cold-call sales, but in golf it’s a loser.

You too mainstream to fight your own fights now, Marshall?

Vincent Chase (Entourage S07E10: Lose Yourself)

Partnering with Incubis

I was looking for product designers last week, when I came across “The art of tech craft" in the Hindustan Times. I got in touch with Amit Gulati of Incubis and it so happened that he was going to be in Bangalore today. 

We had a great meeting this morning and were totally synced on the project at hand. Amit believes there is great potential and instantly agreed to get on board as a partner. The project is in partnership with IIT Delhi and focused on infrastructure development for sanitation and urine harvesting. More on that later. Right now I’m just very happy to have Amit/Incubis’ intellectual and design support on the project.

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WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT ON YOUR PLANET?

Italian Riviera
Majuli
Beer regions of Belgium and Germany
Southern Spain and Portugal
The Himalayas
Been to Bali but need to discover the rest of Indonesia
Trek through South America (Easter Island included)
Iran (fascinated by Persian culture)
Countries along the Adriatic Sea

Also, here is a list of interesting destinations that I’m going to keeping adding to. Each place is linked to the source of my discovery.

Barjac

Belize