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The “BAD” was a “THRILLER” to us June 26, 2009

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It’s shocking and I’m saddened by the news that the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson is no longer alive. He was just 50 and it’s so early for him to die. News reports that he had cardiac problems and died of a heart failure.

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Our world had a lot of media celebrities and famous people but there wasn’t so many legends. Elvis, Jackson and Madonna are considered to be the most influential persons who shaped the music. But I still believe there is none to  be compared to Michael Jackson because he came from a ethnic background and was widely accepted by the whole world.You can talk about many black influential people like Mohammad Ali, Steve Wonder, Oprah, and Obama but, Michael Jackson was the  one man inspiration to the cultural diversity that we see these days.

No matter what the people express about his character, innner demons, child molestation cases, or the facial surgeries; but there can never be a true legend like him. His breaks and dances, his music pattern had a lot of influences to the pop, disco, rap, and hip-hop music. He is the one who made a revolutionary change in the western music.Many of us who listened to his music from our childhood, will never, ever forget this genius. We’ve just lost the icon of the century. R.I.P.  M.J.

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A GEN Y dilemma on job and social life balance June 25, 2009

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The Devil Wears Prada (2006) is a humor yet interesting film based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel. The two major roles played are Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep.

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The story explores some unheard realities of workplaces that can be real challenging (pain in the ***) for individuals if they don’t fit into the position itself. However, the movie has gone beyond the challenges of fitting into a position. It also explores how bosses can be annoying. But the boss is always right! Right?

The story is based on a young lady named Andrea who studied journalism and dreamt of having a career in journalism. Eventually, fate took her into a different role, a different position, an inflexible workplace environment, and a boss from hell. So do you have what it takes to do any job? You are educated and the issue is whether as a GEN Y, you are willing to sacrifice everything in pursuit of a career or not. Not everyone has that much of patience or should I say talent?

What do we mean by a job or a position? You do a 9-5 duty and do not bring office commitments to home.While some professions such doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc may require us to bring task into home (but that’s flexible). But in the movie/novel it was “so so different” in the job that Andrea was doing in the Runway Magazine. As a GEN Y girl, it may look quite obvious that she will leave the job. But she didn’t, rather sacrificed her social and family relations and especially a freedom of life. But eventually after putting so much of effort into it, she quit. Did she do the right thing? I guess so, because she proved her boss that she’s competent but is not willing to sacrifice everything for career.

Yet, we might find people like Miranda Priestly who will go crazy for a career and forget that they have a life.

Yet another surprise upset in T20 World Cricket June 5, 2009

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I have always realized that the format of cricket is ever changing and more and more fans are joining cricket these days. This change is inevitable as because of the demand of the new generation. However, I won’t make any proletarian judgments about the future fate of Test cricket and 50 over matches. Those longer formats of the game are the real game because the chances of a weaker opponent to win with a major opponent are very less.

But as we are going through the new format of the game, we have already observed that in T20 format, it can be anybody’s game. In the T20 World Cup  2007, Bangladesh made a major upset beating a top team West Indies and Zimbabwe beat the mighty Australia.   This year, the less known rookie Netherlands took the nerve to beat England in the very first game of the T20 world cup 2009, unfortunately at the England’s best boosted Lords venue.

Source: Cricinfo and AP

Would we call these upsets? I guess not. I reckon there are no minnows in T20 format. You play the right shots, you take risks, and if you are a hard-hitter who can play all shots in the book, it’s  gonna be your game. Like I said before T20 is anybody’s game, but you gotta have nerves and talent to win with a major team. I also expect that more newer teams should be included in the T20 format to make the Cricket promote to a more wider sports community around the globe. This does not actually mean that star teams will loose with minnows every now and then in 20-20 format. Star teams will always remain top teams as long as their strategy, nerves, talent and experience is there. But they need to be a little more cautious in this format of the game.

GM files bankrupt: The end of the giant GM era June 1, 2009

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obamaGMSource: The New York Times

The US automobile giant GM which was founded in 1908 have just filed bankruptcy. This is definitely a tragic end to a very old business giant. GM brands includes Chevrolet, Hummer, Pontiac, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Saab, Vauxhall, Opel, Buick, etc. The company fell into a liquidity crisis during the global economic recession and asked for financial assistance from the US federal government.

Today, the US President Obama has said on his speech that GM is a very complex organization with worldwide operations and it would be a reluctant investment on the company not just because it employs many workers but also carries an American pride and provided economic contribution to the US. The governement will provide $30 million after the bankruptcy.  GM’s operation in other parts of the world will somehow survive (God knows how). For example, the Canadian government will support the GM Canada; the Australian government will support the GM Holden with financial loans. But I am just wondering, who’s gonna convience the general consumers to purchase a GM auto since the company is bankrupt! As part of the bankruptcy, more 14 plants in the US will shutdown and the company will cut off approximately 21,000 jobs and axe 42%  of its dealers.