Twists by Fate…

SUMANA SAHA

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Just because fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.”
~Les Brown
 
Moaning and groaning about the cards we have been dealt in life is only human nature. After all, we sometimes look around and see others with seemingly much better hands than ours. Rather than take the cards we have and then play them for all they’re worth, we sometimes fold; figuring that the good life is just not in the cards for us.
 
It may surprise you that the most successful people on earth felt exactly that same way at one time or another. But these champions didn’t fold their hands; not at all. As a matter of fact, they took the cards life had dealt them and then aggressively played them with every ounce of energy and electrically charged enthusiasm they could generate. By giving life their very best shot and holding absolutely nothing back, they were able to determine their own fates — and so should you.
 
“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”
~William Ernest Henley
 
Regardless of whether you realize it or not, you indeed are the master of your fate on earth. You and only you get to decide how high you ultimately reach and how far you eventually fly. As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
 
How about you? Have you ever held yourself back, allowing outside influences to govern your life adventure — dictating your direction and destination? Instead of assuming full control of where you’’re going and how you are going to get there, have you ever submitted to forces supposedly beyond your control? I’m sure you have; we all have on occasion. But that was then and this is now. It’s time to employ what we call the Twists of Fate.
 
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
 
Your fate in life has a lot more to do with how you play your cards than it does with the cards you’ve been dealt. You can take control of your destiny by taking command of your fate. And you can take control of your fate by boldly taking the gifts, talents and abilities you have been blessed with and putting them to full use today.
 
Don’t hold anything back; be sure to play your cards for everything they’’re worth. When you do, you’’ll find out that they are worth the world to you. A world of adventure, a world of excitement, a world you’‘ve imagined yourself living at least a thousand times.
 
“I do not know beneath what sky nor on what seas shall be thy fate; I only know it shall be high, I only know it shall be great.”
~Richard Hovey
 
Instead of casting your fate with the wind, why not take the cards you’’re holding and make something happen — something exciting, something wild, something so outrageous that it turns your life completely around? Why not take the hand you’re holding and then twist it, tweak it and turn it completely around or even upside down — thereby forging and fashioning a fabulous destiny equal to your dreams?
 
Hey, this is no time for hemming and hawing. You need to throw your entire heart and soul into the effort, playing those cards like the riverboat gambler. Rather than leave your fate up for grabs, subject to chance or circumstance, you need to give it all you’’ve got every single day. When you get in the healthy habit of laying it all on the line daily, fate will soon be smiling on you.
 
The Bottom Line: Your fate is in good hands; because it’s in YOUR hands.
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দশ বছর… দীর্ঘ দশ বছর পর তোর সাথে আবার দেখা..মনে মনে জানতাম হয়তো তোর সাথে আবার দেখা হবে কোনো একদিন, কিন্তু সময়টা যে এতো দীর্ঘ তা ভাবিনি…এই কয়েক বছরে অনেক বদলে গেছিস তুই অনেক পরিণত হয়েছিস তুই হয়তো সেটাই স্বাভাবিক…তোকে দেখা মাত্র পুরনো সব স্মৃতিরা আবার ভিড় করে এসেছিল মনের ভেতর, তোর করা ছেলেমানুষি পাগলামি হা হা আরো কত কি…..

পাগল তুই আজও আছিস, সেটা বুঝলাম খেতে বসে.. চল একসাথে খেয়ে নি সবাই……
“এতো বছর পর দেখা হবার পর তোর সাথে এই প্রথম কথা..কিন্তু চোখা চোখি টা হয়তো হয়েছিল শুরুর থেকেই….”
নাহ, এবারও না করতে পারিনি তোকে..আবারও ছুটে গেছি তোর ডাকের পিছনে আবার আবার…,,,…
সমস্ত রাগ যেন কোথায় হারিয়ে গেছিলো সেই মুহূর্তের জন্য..সেই মুহূর্তে যেন তুই সেই আমার আগের চেনা মানুষ, তোর হাসি, তোর আর চোখে তাকানো, তোর কথা নিয়ে খেলা…প্রতিটা জিনিস যেন আমার খুব চেনা, খুব কাছের…
হা হা আওরে ঠাওরে বার বার তুই ইঙ্গিত করেছিস আমাকে তাও বুঝেছিলাম বেশ….আমার প্রতিটি পদক্ষেপে তোর নজর ছিলো ঠিক যেমন আমার ছিলো..
তোর সাথে দেখা হবার পর এই প্রথম প্রতিটা সময় কেটেছিলো চোখের ঈশারায় নীরবতায়…মনে মনে বহুবার জিজ্ঞাসা করেছি কেমন আছিস তুই কেমন কাটছে তোর জীবন??আর প্রতিবার নিজেই উত্তর টা দিয়েছি “ভালোই আছিস তুই,,, বাজে থাকার কারণ টাই যখন অনুপস্থিত ভালো থাকবিনা কেন??” আজ এতো.বছর পর তোর মুখোমুখি দাঁড়িয়ে সত্যি জানতে ইচ্ছে করছিল আমি কী করেছিলাম যার জন্য তুই আমাকে এতটা অপমান করেছিলি?? শুধু মাত্র তোকে ভালো বন্ধু ভাবতাম তাই কি এই উপহার দিয়েছিলি সেদিন…কি জানি তাই হবে হয়তো..,,..
আজ তুই ক্ষণিকের দেখা দিয়ে চলে গেলি কিন্তু স্মৃতি গুলোকে দগদগে করে দিলি মনের ভেতরে…

While we are here we might as well dance!

SUMANA SAHA

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Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine. How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word “refrigeration” mean nothing to you?
 
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Dadagiri’ on television?
 
My friend cannot count the times she called her sister and said, “How about going to lunch in a half hour?” She would gas up and stammer, “I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.” And my personal favourite: “It’s Monday.”… She died a few years ago. They never did have lunch together.
 
Because out here we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves – when all the conditions are perfect!
 
We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we plan a date at CIT Cafe. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids through college.
 
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of “I’m going to,” “I plan on,” and “Someday, when things are settled down a bit.”
 
When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.
 
Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you ‘WANT’ to… not something on your ‘SHOULD DO’ list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
 
“Life may not be the party we hoped for… but while we are here we might as well dance!”

That’s how it goes…

SOURAV SARKAR

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Everybody knows that the sun will rise
Still we all fear the night;
Things being shown vividly enough
People still don’t believe their sight.

Everybody knows someone facing a gun
He won’t lie just for fun;
And every time else when people lie
Know that truth has given somehow a try.

Everybody battles throughout a day
Fight to be fought just to stay
And if the struggle starts to ease
Everybody knows that good things will cease.

Everybody knows how to smile
How to answer a ‘how are you’;
But people knowing when to smile,
The number consists of only a few.

Everybody knows how to bow down,
That before the power you are just a clown;
And at the end, of the fixed game
Everybody knows that the bad guys have won.

Everybody knows it is hard to find
Money which is lost and the love of the life;
But everybody in search of the both
Loves to have faith in their fight.

Everybody sees children being raised on road,
Police being bribed and people doing fraud;
But everybody just opts to be quiet
And lament over things what could have been done might.

Everybody still loves to live,
Everybody knows his friends and foes,
The incessant process of give and take;
“As Everybody knows that’s how it goes.”

10 Greatest Batting Knocks by Indian Batsmen

In India, the game of cricket is considered almost a religion! After an underdog India clinched the World Cup trophy in 1983, this nation has been ruling over this sport since then, in performance and popularity. It is extremely tough to choose any 10 among the hundreds of epic batting innings India have produced ever. Still, I have attempted here to present such a list containing Indian cricketers who represented the national team post-2000 (and some, before that too).

1) SACHIN TENDULKAR 200 vs South Africa, Gwalior (2010)

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As the dimensions of the cricket ground at the Captain Roop Singh stadium was lower than the natural Indian standards, fans thought Virender Sehwag, the demolishing Indian opener would love to hit a big score here, but it was Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar, who utilized the condition, and went on to score the first ever double century in international limited over format. The scoreboard read 200 not out off 147 balls for Sachin, while India posted a steep target of 402, leading to a big win over South Africa.

2) SOURAV GANGULY 183* vs Sri Lanka, Taunton (1999)

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After losing two group matches against South Africa and Zimbabwe, India were desperate to win some to qualify for the next round of 1999 World Cup. The opportunity came in the very next match versus Sri Lanka, where the skipper Sourav Ganguly built a record 318 run partnership with Rahul Dravid, with himself scoring a blinder 183 off 158 balls. India won the match by 157 runs, secured their hope of qualification and eventually went on the play final against Australia.

3) RAHUL DRAVID 270 vs Pakistan, Rawalpindi (2004)

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Virender Sehwag’s 309 in Multan test set the notion of a batsman-dominated India-Pakistan Test series in 2004, but Pakistan came back strong and leveled the series 1-1 with the decider left at Rawalpindi. Rahul Dravid, the no. 3 batsman came to the pitch at the very second ball of the innings, and stayed for 740 long minutes to help India reach 593 before his fall as the 9th wicket. He had no problem in smashing the Pak bowlers to score 270 odd runs with 34 boundaries and 1 six. India won the match with an innings and 131 runs to take the trophy home.

4) VIRENDER SEHWAG 125 vs New Zealand, Hamilton (2009)

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It was an India-New Zealand one day match which was bullied by a storm, to be honest, two storms – one, which reduced the overs, and one who stunned the opposition with his power-hitting. Batting first, New Zealand put on 270 off 47 overs, but as rain was hitting frequently, the concerns raised about a hike in the required run rate which India had to chase, due to reduction in overs as per the Duckworth-Lewis rule. Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir decided to get as much big score as possible until the game is halted by another spell of shower, and the former took the charge, scoring a century off just 60 balls, ending at 125 not out of 74 balls, with 14 fours and 6 sixes. India was at 201/0 in just 23.3 overs, when the game had to be stopped permanently for the day, but as India was ahead of D/L par of 83 runs, they were decided the winner.

5) VVS LAXMAN 73* vs Australia, Mohali (2010)

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India was chasing a mere 216 in the 4th innings, but it’s always hard to score runs in the final innings on a pacer-friendly Mohali wicket. India was tottering at 124/8 one stage, with only VVS remaining at the crease as a specialist batsman. As always, a second innings Laxman had been dangerous for the Aussies, here too he started building a partnership with tail-ender Ishant Sharma. Both kept on rotating singles, and put a partnership of 81 runs off just 130 balls. As Ishant fell for 31 with 11 runs remaining for the victory with last wicket in hand, ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman was facing 4-5 deliveries each over and allowing an inexperienced Pragyan Ojha to face the remaining, so that he can get the strike back next over. Ojha almost created a chance of run out, but Laxman kept his cool and went on the score the winning runs. His unbeaten 73 runs were most crucial in this hard-fought victory.

6) YUVRAJ SINGH 58 vs England, Durban (2007)

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No one can forget this onslaught by an angry young Punjabi, Yuvraj Singh, on a young Briton pacer, Stuart Broad, who came to bowl after a heated conversation between Yuvi and Andrew Flintoff. A fierce Yuvraj kept on swinging the bat for all the next six balls, and recorded the only ‘6 sixes in an over’ in T20 international cricket! He scored 58 runs in just 14 balls, taking India to 218/4 in 20 overs, before winning the World Cup Group Stage game by 18 runs.

7) GAUTAM GAMBHIR 137 vs New Zealand, Napier (2009)

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On way of India’s limp to the No. 1 ranking in Test cricket under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, the second Test between India and New Zealand was one of the very significant games, that proved why India deserved that position. Following on with a 314-run trail on head in the second innings, India had no option but to somehow bat through two full days continuously to save the Test. The Delhi left-hander led the troops with scoring a patient, resilient 137 runs off 436 deliveries! Charge of good Kiwi pace bowling display could not dismantle his defense till the final session of the Test match. Later, Laxman and Yuvraj made it sure that India draw this Test.

8) MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI 45* vs Sri Lanka, Port of Spain (2013)

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It was the India-Sri lanka-West Indies tri-nation series final match between India and Sri Lanka, where the bowlers from both the teams were feeling the charm of heaven. Sri lanka were all out for 201, but India could not take advantage of such a low target, and faltered to 182/9 at one stage. Indian skipper MS Dhoni managed to take the game to the last over, in partnership with Ishant Sharma, but the target was 15 runs from it. Dhoni missed to hit the first delivery, but then hit a big six, followed by a four and finally another long six to finish the game for India! It was one the Dhoni’s best finishes ever in One Dayers.

 9) VIRAT KOHLI 183* vs Pakistan, Mirpur (2012)

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It was another epic India-Pakistan game in the 2012 Asia Cup league stage, where Virat Kohli stole the limelight away, announcing the entry of a new, modified, beast run-machine, who would later carry on Indian batting just like what Sachin Tendulkar had done till 2013. India was 0/1 chasing a high target of 330 against the arch-rivals, when Virat came and played flamboyant shots all around the ground. Pak bowlers could not find an answer to his aggression, and Kohli took advantage of their nervous display to score a tremendous knock of 183 unbeaten in 148 balls, helping his team chase the target successfully with 13 balls to spare.

10) ROHIT SHARMA 264 vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata (2014)

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MS Dhoni was suspended due to slow over rate in previous games, so Virat Kohli led Indian team at Eden Gardens, against a young Sri Lankan team. Before this match, who knew that this Mumbaikar opener would break multiple batting records in this very match? Rohit ‘Hitman’ Sharma started slow, scored 50 in 72 balls, then raised his speed to reach the hundred in 100 balls. Then followed massive destruction of the Lankan bowlers by Rohit’s bat, while he scored next 100 runs in just 50 balls, to reach an ODI double hundred second time as the only batsman in the world! He did not stop there, carried on humiliating the opponents, and reached world record 264 runs, with 33 fours and 9 sixes aside his name. The whole Sri Lanka could manage just 251 runs in reply, and as Twitterattis explained – ‘Sri Lanka lost to Rohit Sharma by 13 runs!’

I’ll be happy when…

SUMANA SAHA

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We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we are able to go on a nice vacation or when we retire. The truth is there’s no better time to be happy than right NOW. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges.

It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with… and
remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting …
Until your car or home is paid off.
Until you get a new car or home.
Until your kids leave the house.
Until you go back to school.
Until you finish school.
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married.
Until you get a divorce.
Until you have kids.
Until you retire.
Until summer..
Until spring.
Until winter.
Until fall.
Until you die.

There is no better time than right NOW to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a
destination. So work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt,
and, dance like no one’s watching.

Priorities

SUMANA SAHA

A professor stood before his Philosophy 501 class. Wordlessly, he picked up a huge, empty mayonnaise jar and filled it with rocks. “Is it full?” He asked the class. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. “Is it full now?” They agreed it was.

The professor poured a box of sand into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He then asked once more if the jar was full.

The students said yes. The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and emptied them into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children, your friends, and your favourite passions, things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.”

“The pebbles,” he continued, “are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.”

If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

“Take care of the rocks first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

At this, one student raised his hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers.”