Month: January 2014

I AM BACK 2014!- FEDERAWR

Guess what! The Australian Open is going on in the Kangarooland! Lawn tennis has revived from the dead following its death one month ago. The zombies have then walked to the Rod Laver Arena and started their quest to the silverware. The Australian Grand Slam is the opening grand slam of the calendar year and is full of blood to feast upon. Players who survive the test have a higher success rate throughout the season. That is why nothing is drawing more headlines than the speculations surrounding the legend RF. 
Yeah, you heard it right there. The tennis world didn’t have many stories to talk about. Well, they always come with some cacophonous news. It is common to hear about players retiring from their professional career as they cross 35. But, it is not a surprise when we hear players retiring from the main arena after 30 in lawn tennis. The sport is largely a matter of personal strength and stamina. At 32, it is not baffling to hear Roggie weaving his retirement plans.

Roger Federer in action in the 2nd round of the Australian Open 2014 courtesy: http://www.australianopen.org

 2013 did not bring enough success for this maestro. Newspapers grabbed headlines claiming that the hero had lost his finesse. It must be the reason why RF doesn’t want to fall into the gossips surrounding him since the news is fabricated in the worst possible way. 
Federer has to prove his opponents that he is still the-man-to-fear. He has to boost his performances to give his fans a dejá vu. He has to deliver world class performances and regain the spots in the front covers of newspapers.
I remember watching Roger play in the Basel Indoors Open back in November. Martin Del Potro grabbed the spotlight by leading Roger as the match progressed. At last, Federer’s fighting spirit was no match to Potro’s muscular strength. I was surprised at the result. Del Potro had beaten the same home grown folk who was a ball boy in the Basel Open in his childhood.

Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open Paris in 2012

In an instant, the home fans awarded the warmest celebration he had ever received. It was a sight that Roger and his fans (including me!) would never forget in their life. Federer’s joy surpassed his other greatest achievements. After Roger was requested to deliver a speech, the fans gave him a standing ovation continuously for an astonishing ten minutes. The ovation pierced through the hearts of millions of viewers as well. I viewed it as an unparalleled legacy that RF had stamped in the tennis world. 
After the Basel Open, Federer once again met Del Potro in the final round of the group stages in BNP Paris Masters. Federer had to win it in order to advance to the final London Masters. The match was continuously evoking emotions in both players. Just a week ago, the loss to Potro was fresh in Roger’s mind. After few hours, Federer delivered his scintillating performance and won the match. It proved to be a major boost to return to his golden days and easily compete with younger players like Nadal, Djokovic and Murray. 
As I write this, Federer has already qualified for the fourth round. I feel that this time he is gonna make to the Australian Open final. I sense the same Federer who is at his very best. The same top quality back hand and forehand services is gonna find its place in the sport. This year, he is gonna reclaim his golden days and I am sure he has the same thought swirling in his mind. 
He has only one message to the world: “I am back and 2014 will surprise you!”

HUMAN NETWORKING

The first time that the subject of human networking intrigued me was when I was in class nine. One of my teachers always mentioned a close friend in any field that he was talking about. Somehow, it occurred to me that a person could have so many personal links in banks, journalism, music and so on. He always pacified our requests regarding the paucity of expert people needed for the club programs. Often, we asked if he knew someone in a particular field, and as far as I rely on my acute memory, he easily shared the contact and bravo, it was job done for us!
I have since viewed human networking as my top priority. After all, sometimes we just have to rely on others’ experiences to work in our favor. Pardon me if I am changing to the subject of bribery, if that is what you are thinking about. But I am not. Sometimes when you have no one to rely on for your assignments, a call or two to your seniors could be a boost to your completion of works. Imagine being baffled by a rigorous question on calculus and not even your elite friends knew its answer. The only option left would be to ask your seniors to shed some light on the matter. Answers would then begin to make sense. 
The bright side of human networking.
Sometimes, I feel that human networking has lost its charm owing to the supremacy that social networking sites have established. But somehow, they are minimizing the problem we faced to contact our friends through our phones. A status that echoes the opinions of our peers is close enough to heighten human networking.
But, time and again, we fail to establish connections with people who can play an important role in our works. We forget to contact families and friends who can provide constructive advices. We have people in our facebook and twitter accounts and not to mention, their numbers are saved in our phones. But we seldom ask them for help and instead try to do the work in our own ways. 
We should not hesitate to ask what other people think about our ideas and visions. Surely, some advice would polish the details and success would follow. We may have to google about some topics but trust me, it may be full of discrepancies and land us in trouble. It is advisable to ask for details from the person who has already gained enough experience in the subject matter. 
My last piece of advice: Never take human relationships for granted. Establish as many connections with people around you and be thrilled at the immense joy that seeking advice could bring to your life.

MOBILES AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS:THE UNTOLD STORY

Majority of the tech savvy folks may feel overwhelmed by the opportunities the technology is bringing. With just few clicks, they can make payments for their football tickets or deposit their money with the available android applications just by sitting on their sofa. Life seems so easy when each one of them holds a smartphone in his hands; desperately trying to sort out the best apps in the market. However, the promises that these smartphones are bringing in tend to have some effects in the relationships we have within our families.

A few months back in Kathmandu, I got a chance to sit among my grandmothers. Spending some time with them made me cheerful as they talked about their golden days. Slowly, their gaffe caught my attention when they began to complain how the current generation is beginning to forget the family bond that was highly valued in the past.
We are all aware of the intricate relationships we have within our families. It is one of the exemplary characteristics of Nepali. Our relations spread within two or more families. All sort of typical names come out when we meet people who are very distant to us. The love we share among each other is so deeprooted that failing to contact them in a long time compels them to complain about our aloofness to our parents. After listening to a long lecture, it becomes the only time when we rush to search for their contacts and pretend to ask about their whereabouts.
Most of us are contempt that our addiction to the social networking sites has brought us ever closer to our friends. We are thankful that the text messages get delivered instantaneously. However, we overlook the fact it is causing to the way we prioritise our social relationships. 
We have so many of our families’ contacts on our mobile phones. But, it is surprising to know that we rarely phone them. It is not that we do not phone them but the frequency is far less than the ones we call our friends. Bonds between our families directly affect the status of our own family and stay with us for the rest of our life. What I am emphasizing is that the frequency we call to our families and close relatives should increase. We should phone every family members on our contact list at least once in a week. It strengthens the bond we have with them. 
Have we lost our family time?
The way we are giving less priority to maintaining the family relationships does not illustrate a typical characteristic of Nepali. We value relationships more than anything. It occurs to me that the unique hospitality we have must have originated from our commitment to maintaining family relationships. But, the culture we have developed in our homes depict an alien relationship. We care less about what our parents are discussing as we immerse ourselves in sorting out the statuses that will get our likes. It is not genuine to get completely absorbed in our apps as the guests get served in the dining room. It is not just the way we are. Questions get raised at the way we depict ourselves and it will throw questions at the we have been raised to our distant families. 
It is necessary to keep in touch with our families all the time. Also, we have to make sure that they are getting more attention than the amount of time we give to check the number of comments or likes we have got for the recent status we posted. And we should not just keep the family contacts for messaging only but to have a talk as well.