Taking On The World

Not one, not two …FOURTEEN LIONS! This year old elephant calf survives an attack by them in a Zambian safari. The calf was apparently reunited with its 60 strong herd the next day. 

Maybe in its youth, this calf doesn’t have enough experience to know that it doesn’t stand a chance against this pack of lions. So it fights back. And it is better off with its inexperience.

An inspiring video to watch when feeling burdened or defeated. Great to carry this kind of a spirit along.

Video via YouTube New York Post channel.

Newspaper Garbage Bin Liners

Newspaper Bin Liner Collage
For almost 4 years, we went without newspapers. Flipboard & Feedly were the primary source of daily news (link to an older post YES to News, NO to Paper). Business news from Business Standard, global news from BBC, local news from Deccan Herald, editorial & opinions from The Hindu — it was the best of many worlds. And there were no stacks old newspaper to take care of.
Then came the diktat from our housing society that only newspapers are to be used to line the wet garbage bins. There was no way out of this, but to start buying newspapers again.

The local delivery boy defaulted to The Times Of India. Unfortunately nothing had changed with this publication over the years. It was as trashy. Focus on sensationalism rather than news. It has its pluses, but the negatives far outweigh. Even though we started it for the garbage bins, where the ToI rightly belonged, it seemed so wrong that we were contributing to its circulation. We changed over to The Hindu.
The Hindu has been a revelation. It has positively changed over the years. More pictures, but in moderation. More importantly, pictures are relevant to the news. Without worries, we let the kids read it. It even runs Calvin & Hobbes.
It does as good a job as any with lining the bins too. It has helped that I’ve discovered a cool way of making bin liners with newspapers from The Alternative.

Picture courtesy: http://www.thealternative.in/

Competitive. Yet Sportive.

120.4  Pattinson to Pujara, OUT, superb catch by Doherty. Good to see a fielding side awake after such punishment. This is a good bouncer, aimed at the head. Pujara hooks, but the ball gets big on him and he can’t keep it down despite trying to roll his wrists on it. It is dying on long leg, but Doherty dives in front and takes the catch. In two Tests, Pattinson has dismissed double-centurions with bouncers. Pujara gets a standing ovation on the way back

CA Pujara c Doherty b Pattinson 204 (341b 30×4 1×6) SR: 59.82

Pattinson comes over and shakes Pujara’s hand as the batsman walks off.


These are the acts that Good Guys are made of.

High School Basketball Sportsmanship

Steve Hartman has found this wonderful story of sportsmanship for CBS Evening News. It is always great to start the day by reading one of these stories – its heartening, inspires you to do the right thing (no matter what others think) & gives hope for a better tomorrow. These are the kind of acts Good Guys are made up of.

Mitchell MarcusTeam Manager Mitchell Marcus

Coach Peter Morales of the Coronado High School Thunderbirds in El Paso, Texas, makes no qualms about it: he has a favorite on this team – Mitchell Marcus. Team manager Mitchell Marcus has a developmental disability, but he far surpasses everyone here when it comes to love of the game. And because basketball is that important to him, on the last game of the regular season, the coach told Mitchell to suit up. Just wearing a jersey was enough for Mitchell, but the coach had other plans – to play him at the end, no matter what the score.

Coach Peter MoralesCoach Peter Morales

With a minute-and-a-half left — Coronado leading, but only by 10 — Coach Morales put in his Mitchell. Although his teammates did everything they could to get Mitchell a basket, each time they passed him the ball, he either missed the shot, or, like on their last possession, booted it out of bounds, turning the ball over to the other team with just seconds left.

Jonathon MontanezJonathon Montanez

But no one imagined what was to happen next. It happened on the inbound. The guy with the ball was a senior at Franklin High School, Jonathon Montanez. Jonathon yelled out Mitchell’s name, then threw the ball right to him — one of the most memorable turnovers of all time. It wasn’t a game-winning shot, Coronado had 15 more points than Franklin. But Jonathon’s assist and Mitchell’s basket did change the outcome decidedly.

Jonathan explains – “I was raised to treat others how you want to be treated. I just thought Mitchell deserved his chance, deserved his opportunity.”

Play any game with this much sportsmanship and both teams win.

Watch the full video from CBS ..