Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How football can have a positive impact on Indian Society

Football- Having just watched the Indian Super League football and the FIFA world cup football, I can't but help pondering and thinking on the positive impact that sports can have on the society and benefit the society as a whole not only in terms of fitness but in terms of our attitudes and behavior.
Chennai FC vs Kerala FC, ISL 2nd Leg Semi Final 17 Dec 2014

Find below some of my observations.

Rules/ Importance of Law

I do remember reading on an article somewhere that in war torn Sudan where society had broken apart and lawlessness was rampant, one of the remedies to introduce the people of Sudan to the importance of living in a society of law was Football. but you also play to win, which means someone has to lose, but you have to play and abide by rules. You cannot use your hand and put a ball into the goal, you simply cannot beat up your opponent either or curse him with foul language, that would get you a yellow card which is a warning or a red card wherein you will be forced to get off the field. Hence, if you want to win, you have to behave and abide by the rules.
In a country like India, there are many times when we, the people discard the rules and laws of the country, you often see people disobeying traffic rules, bribing the government officials for simple matters like getting a no objection certificate from the regional transport officer or getting a ration card from government officials. Our lax attitude towards laws and rules reflects not only in our traffic but in the way our cities are planned, no proper drainage, dirt everywhere, buildings built haphazardly. But to be fair to the people, sometimes the government or in this case the referees are also unfair, the very people who should be giving us the yellow and red cards are the people who are the first people to disobey the law. Just because you a VIP, you can jump the traffic light, just because you are an important bureaucrat or a politician, you do not have to abide with certain municipal laws in construction of your houses. What happens next is that we the people also start to feel that it's okay to break the rules sometimes, and in a society where there is no proper enforcement of rules, you become a loser if you want to stick and obey the rules because when you stand in line and everyone else jumps the line, you become the last person to get tickets or rations and are left with nothing, when you want to get permit to transfer registration of your vehicle from one state to another without paying bribe, you have to wait for 6 months or more because these referees make your run pillar to post because you don't want to break the rules. India is a great country with lots of good laws and rules, but all these laws and rules are pretty useless without enforcement. What would it be like if you watched a football match, where the referee openly support one team against the other and overlooked hand ball, a hard tackle which deserved a yellow card with just a free kick, you would lose interest in the game. Maybe, if more Indians took to sports and have the sportsman spirit, we will try to follow and rules and accept them and yes, that includes all of us, the public and the people who enforce and make the laws.

Learn to lose

One of the most important thing in sports and in football as a whole is to accept losing a game, to understand that losing a game does not equate with failure in life, that sometimes we need to learn to fail before we learn to succeed, that sometimes we learn to succeed from lessons that we learned in failure. It is sad now a days to see people as well as political parties who never accept that they are wrong, that they are always right ever when they are wrong, they feel that if they admit the sky will drop down and they will lose face but sometimes it is in accepting defeat that we can have dignity, dignity that we did not cheat or manipulate to win. It's important in a society and culture of our country also to sometimes say that we may have made some mistakes and we need to fix this, if we are always right, when will we ever review our mistakes and try to improve our self. It's this small setbacks which teach us where we are weak and where we have to improve.

Everthing matters, every single time, person, energy, always be on the guard

Most of us may have heard about the butterfly effect- the flapping of the butterfly wings can cause a cyclone elsewhere. It's the same in football and in other sports. The fitness and contribution of each and every team member is very important. It's useless to have a superb striker but a mediocre team, think of Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal team, even though a superb player in a top club, he could not win without his team mates. And it' important to be on guard each and every second of the game, till the last minute because it's the matter of victory and losing a game. Each and every team are superb and are impenetrable in perfect conditions but what each team are trying to do is searching for an opportunity to take advantage of the opposing team in a second or minute of weakness, just a small tackle, a wrong pass all matters, it's not only the strikers final kick into the goal that matters, it's the each and every tackle and pass that matters when a team is going to win, you cannot afford to leave anything to chance if you want to win.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Watching Chennaiyan FC in Marina Arena

There has been a lot of enthusiasam recently among the northeast community and among the Mizo people in Chennai as the Chennai local team "Chennaiyan" has a number of northeast people playing for it. For us people from Mizoram, we are excited that a Mizo Person, Jeje Lalpekhlua Fanai is the striker of the team and has scored a number of goals. This is highly significant for us northeast community in Chennai as many people are not even aware of where Mizoram is, now with Jeje Lalpekhlua Fanai as striker of the Chennai team, a lot of people seem to be aware of Mizoram and has brought pride to the community as a whole. 
Handing Jeje Momento of Appreciation on Behalf of Chennai Mizo Welfare Assocation

Chennaiyan Vs Delhi Below

Saturday, November 29, 2014

USA Study Guideline

There are many who would like to study in the US, but are not studying maybe they are not aware of the process and procedure to study in the US. The article below tries to highlight some of process and procedures to follow to study in the US.

A. Reasons to study in the US:

1. Hight Quality of Educaiton: US has one of the highest level of education in the world. US is the place where the smartest and best from around the world converge to study in the world's best institutions. US Education is acceptable and respected worldwide throughout the world.

2. Research – For those interested in doing research in the world, there are ample scope for research grants which is sufficient to meet tution fees and living cost for a single person. There is also the scope of getting stipend as teaching assistant to professors for those doing Phd and post doctorate research. One can expect atleast $30,000 USD per researcher to meet living cost as teaching assistant which is approximately Rs 18 lakhs but just about enough to manage through a year in the US.

3. Ease of studying in area of research: The US has a semester system of education, one can choose an area of interest during study and unlike India one can have a Major in Engineering and a minor in Arts subject. Depending upon the courses that one studies, you can complete your education early. Scope for placement also depends on the subject chosen for study.

4. Scholarship support- There are lots of scholarships and financial aid for students studying in the US. Many universities have research grant, student loan and stipends as mentioned earlier. Those who have outstanding undergraduate academic record and excellent GRE scores also have better chances of getting scholarship. Most of the American college going kids do not depend on their parents but take their own bank loans and work part time to pay for their tution fees in Macdonalds and do other petty jobs. There is no stigma like India in doing menial jobs to earn money for scholarships.

5. Job Opportunity- Those who have completed their education have the option of applying for Optional Practical Training Employment Authorization (OPT) . Many students apply for OPT and then apply for H1-B visa after expiration of OPT which is about a year.

    B. Entrance Exam –

It is necessary to write the entrance exam to get accepted in US Universities, depending on your area of your study, you would have to write SAT, GMAT or GRE. The US universities use these entrance exams to filter the best students from around the world to study in their Uiversities.

1. Practisce Test- To practice for the entrance exam, it's important to answer a lot of sample question and attempt questions on software before attempting the entrance exam. You can download ETS software for GRE to have an idea of the entrance exam. To have a proper preparation, you would require at least a month to 6 months to prepare for the entrance exam. There are study materials, online materials and coaching classes for those interested in preparing. Remember there is a time limit and you cannot mug up the answers to the question, the basic idea behind this test is to test the reasoning of the candidate.
2. Test yourself- Before undergoing the test, do a mock test, give yourself marks and find out where you have to improve yourself. The Test sections have 3 sections, first one is the Verbal( Reading comprehension, text completion and Sentence equivalent- 60 min), Second is the Quantitative (Arithmetic, Algebra, Goemetry and Data Analysis-60 min) and the third one is Essay and analyze Section (30 min each).

3.Know how to Score- GRE score in Verbal Reasoning and Quatitative Reasoning have 130-170 marks. , Analytical writing section carries 0-6 mark. You will be able to know the score from each section immediately after you complete the exam. Remember that the way marks are evaluated are not all the same and it's not necessary for you to have high marks overall, if you are an Engineer planning to do your further studies, it's important for you to get good Quantitative scores but if you are a English Literature student planning to do further studies, your verbal scores would be more important that your quantitative scores. If you have good scores overall, you have better chances with the better US Universities like John Hopkins University, Harvard University,Stanford University and other Ivy league universities.

4. Give importance to questions- The Questions in these entrance exams are test of analytical and reasoning and not mugging and rote learning as per Indian schools. For instance in Verbal reasoning, there could be 3 correct answers but only one of them will be the best and you will have to choose the best out of the 3 correct answers. Likewise in Quantitative, when questions are asked in Negative, think of the positive and negative integers when giving answers.

  1. Statement of Purpose
GRE/SAT/GMAT are all important for University entrance but equally important is the statement of purpose to study your field of study in the US. Remember your statement of purpose is going to be evaluated by University professors in the USA.

1. Write a small introduction about yourself - First of all, introduce yourself and write why you have choosen the subject you want to study, why you have to study that in the US, Why you wan to study in that University. Don't make it too long.

2. Write about Past Academic Achievements- Don't be modest but don't brag, write about the research that you have done, with whom, what was it about. Any paper, Seminar that you have attended. If you have had any job experience, it would be good to highlight it if it is related to area that you are planning to study.

3. Write why you are interested in the course that you are studying- Your statement of purpose should mention clearly mention why you are interested in the course, research and how you understand it. You can also interact with professors where you are planning to study by emailing them. Most of the US universities have the contact number and email address of Professors in their website, besides the backbground of the professors. Last but not the least, mention why you are excited to study in your area of resarch in the university that you have chosen.

D. Reference Letter

To Study in the US, the reference letter is very important, if you have recently completed your education, you could ask a professor to write you a reference letter or if you have more than years of experience, you could ask your employer to write you a letter of reference. Remember that it's important that you have a close association with the person writing the reference letter for you and you have made some achievement working with him or her. Provide your Mark sheets, employment documents, Resume etc which maybe needed for writing the reference letter. You may get additional sources like formats of writing reference letter online.

E. What is more important- GRE Vs Refrence letter Vs Statement of Purpose
Ok, now we have GRE, GMAT score, Statement of Purpose and Recommendation letter, you may wonder which one is the most important to get admission to your university of choice. You may still be able to get into a very good university with a low GRE score but good statement of purpose, likewise if you do not have good recommendation from professors, you chances maybe more limited even if you have good statement of purpose and GRE Scores, it is important to give equal importance to all these three variables and with lot of smart qualified people applying, even a small difference in a better GRE score or Reference letter or Statement of purpose will make a big difference in getting admission.

F. How to choose University of your choice?

USA has many good universities and it can be difficult to make a choice. A good University ranking may not necessarily be good for you, it's more important to verify the department that you are planning to study, also based on your faith you could choose a christian University or a more liberal University.

1. Subject – Based on the subject that you want to study, do the university that you are planning to study have a good reputation and good professors?

2. Size and Place of University - USA is a big University with 6 time zones, some of the places are deserts, snowy, beach, warm, hot and cool climate. Spanish is more widely spoken near the mexican border states. More Indians reside in the New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia East Coast States as well as in California. The northern side has very cold weather whereas southern states like Florida have a warmer climate. There are more white people in the middle states, more black in the Southern central states. Some Universities have 1,000 students and other have upto 40,000 Students.

3. Campus Life- Each University has it's own culture, some are famous for Academics, some for Sports and Some for partying. Unlike India, in the US both the sexes mix together and freely mingle with opposite sex, there is less stress on academic studies and more on life skills and on the job training.

4.Difficulty of Admission- Some of the American Universities only accept 10% of applicants, if applying to American Univeristies, it's a good idea to apply to maybe 2 very good universities and maybe another 2-3 average universities where you have better chances of admission. You can check online average GRE/ GMAT scores of Universities to get an idea the difficulty of entering some of the universities. Also remember your chances of getting a scholarship are much brighter in an average University rather than a top notch ivy league university where you would need to have really outstanding scores to get scholarships.
5. Cost of Study in American University- Dependingn upon the University that you apply, the cost of education will also differ. If you have difficulty in finances remember that Public Universities are much cheaper than Private Universities. Also remember that rather than East Coast and West Coast Urban Universities, the living cost in Universities in Southern and Mid America are cheaper as rent, living cost etc are lower. Also check if the University that you are applying is applicable for the scholarship that you are applying. For instance Fullbright scholarship and many other scholarships do not cover all universities, some cover only a particular university or a subject. America has a lot of Community colleges, if you are applying for undergraduate degree, it's a good idea to do a 2 year community associate degree and do the remaining 2 years in a university, the cost of education would be much cheaper.
G. How to Face Visa Interview.

1. To face a visa interview for student visa, you first need to have a letter of acceptance from University where you are applying, which has to be approved by U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS). It is important to answer the visa form carefully. Make sure the spelling on your certificates match with visa form.

2. Visa interview Appointment. You have to apply for visa interview with one of the US consulate in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata for an interview. The American Embassy website has given all instructions to apply the DS-160 form which has to be filled online and payment to be made by Credit card for appointment.

3. How to Dress up – It's important that you dress yourself smartly, there is very less time to talk to the visa interviewer and first impressions are very important. During the small time that you have, you need to convince him why you should be studying in the US.

4. How to Answer Questions: It is important to answer questions confidently, point to point. The reason why you want to study in the US, what you would do with the education and maybe how the education would benefit your community back home. How you would finance your educaiton. It's not a good idea to mug up the answers as it would look articial. It's also a very bad idea to lie during the interview, remember the interviewers have been trained to catch people who lie, speak honestly and answer questions asked to you. If you are caught lying, you may destroy all your chance of visiting the US your whole lifetime. If you have done well in your academics, it maybe a good point to mention it. Remember you are interviewing to study in the US and not to immigrate to the USA.

USA a lekha zir duh tan, a kalphung mizo te tan

US a lekha zir hi Mizo thalai te zing ah kan tlem hle, a then chu kan tum loh vang te a ni mai thei, a then chu a kalphung hriat loh vang te pawh a ni ang. Eng pawh ni se, he article ah hian US kal a that na te, kal tur a tih tur kalphung te ka rawn tar lang ang e.

A. USA a lekha zir na tur chhan te:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cox Farm, Virginia

Cox Farm, Virginia is a farm which is open during the fall, where children can go for hay ride, play with farm animals, slides etc. The pictures below would speak for themselves.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Typical American suburban neighborhood in Virginia

Just some photos of a typical American suburban neighborhood in fall, Oak Hill, Fairfax, Viginia

Sightseeing in and around Washington DC

This is my second blog of my visit to Washington DC. For those who want to see my blog post in 2010, you can click here. For the 2014 visit i took the silver line metro from Reston, Virginia to Washington DC to just do some sightseeing, I didn't know the name of most of the buildings except maybe White House, the Treasury Department and a few embassies.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ohio trip

Went to Ohio to visit Dr Arun and my Aunty Rin along with my sisters and their kids.
On the way to Ohio

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Food during visit to US

During my Visit to US, I was fortunate to eat in a number of my friends and relatives house, usually lovely Indian food, but in this blog, just trying to put the more typical american food that I ate in Restaurants.
Banana Pancake in Italian Restaurant

Friday, June 6, 2014

Goa Road Trip

Went on a Goa road trip without much planning and with lot of adventures with my brother in law, U Mabiaka, below are some of the photos of beautiful Goa.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Auroville Weekend

Went to Auroville, Sharanga after a very tiring month of back breaking work with my Family, it's was indeed very relaxing, sooting and peaceful within Auroville, the perfect gateaway with no TV, Laptop or Internet.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mysore Visit

I had to visit Mysore because of projects that I had with my company in the nearby towns and villages, below are some photos of Mysore.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Vellore Fort Visit

I have gone many times to Vellore CMC Hospitals due to the unfortunate illness of my Father in law, but also due to the fact that his illness was not so serious, we had some time to do some sightseeing in Vellore Fort.

Few Facts about Vellore Fort-  It's a 16th Century fort passed on from Vijaynagar Kings to Maratha's to British kingdom. It has a moat around it, where crocodiles once used to be swarming about, the Fort is about 133 Acres.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

7 Place in and around Aizawl that you must visit

Aizawl is the biggest city in Mizoram and capital city of the state. Here are a few interesting places to visit if you visit Aizawl. If you want to know more details of the places and photos mentioned, you can click on the link given in heading of all the places.
  1. Bara Bazar- A center of commerce, unlike other northeastern states, commerce here is controlled by the people. You have products here from Mainland India, China, Burma and other Southeast Asian Country. Must visit areas would be the clothes showroom and the food. You can smell, feel and live the culture, food and life of aizawl by going to the market. 2. Durtlang - Durtlang near Aizawl Theological College offers a fine view of Aizawl on a clear day. It is the highest point of the city.
3. Hmuifang- is about 50 km from Aizawl with an elevation of 1619 metres. There is a small natural park with Guest House for those who want to stay there.
Hmuifang tlang from a far.

4. Reiek -is a tourist spot 12 km from Aizawl, it rest at an elevation of 1548 metres

5. Aizawl View from Zemabawk Road- Take a view of Aizawl daytime and specially night time. It's a beautiful sight to behold. DSCN2292 Stitch-1 6. Mizoram University- It is situated on the southern side of the city. It is situated on 978 acres of greenery. It was accredited grade A by NAAC recently, the Highest grading for Universities in India. 7.Baktawng- Ziona, the son of Chana lives here along with with 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren, probably more wives and grandchildren by now. They have their own football stadium, a kind of a cult religon and are self sufficient and support themselves to carpentry and other occupations. DSCN1464

Friday, February 21, 2014

Reiek Tlang Visit

Reiek is a tourist spot 12 km from Aizawl, Mizoram, India. It rest at an elevation of 1548 metres overlooking Aizawl and offers view of the surrounding valleys and hills. We went and visited Reiek December 2013 with family for a picnic, it's a beautiful breathtaking place with cool climate.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Reiek Heritage Village

Reiek has a typical Mizo village consisting of the distinctive traditional huts of the different Mizo sub-tribes, Mizo chieftain’s house, a bachelor’s dormitory and that of a widow has been created and maintained by Tourism Department of Mizoram. The houses are fully furnished giving the visitor a peek into the glorious past of the valiant highlanders. A few Mizo modern houses have also been constructed nearby to show the changes that have taken place in the Mizo way of life in keeping pace with the modern developments. The Department also has a cafeteria and a resort providing decent food and accommodation.