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In this issue:

Ways we can accomplish a great personality:

Gautam Gambhir & Ottavio Quattrocchi

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Top 45 sold players of IPL 4 - Player Auction 201

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Ways we can accomplish a great personality:

Be a better listener.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was considered one of the most charming women in the world because she cultivated the skill of being an exceptional listener. She was known for the way she would look a person in the eyes,  hang on their every word, and make them feel important. There is nothing more appealing than having someone listen to you intently making you feel like you're the only person in the world.

Read more and expand your interests.
The more you read and cultivate new interests, the more interesting you are to others. When you meet new people it gives you the opportunity to share what you know and to exchange your views with them. 

Be a good conversationalist.
This relates to how much you read and know. Once you have much to contribute, learn how to talk about it with others. No one can read about or know everything, so it's refreshing to learn from others those things we don't have the time to about read ourselves.  If you happen to be shy, join a group like Toastmasters that encourages you to talk about what you know.

Have an Opinion.
There is nothing more tiresome than trying to talk to someone who has no opinion on anything. A conversation has nowhere to go if you have nothing to expound on. If, however, you have an uncommon point of view or differing opinion, you are more interesting and stimulating to be with socially (unless you're a know-it-all, of course).  A unique outlook expands everyone's perspective.

Meet New People.
Make the effort to meet new people especially those unlike you. It not only exposes you to different cultures and alternative ways of doing things, it broadens your horizons. 

Be yourself.
The next most tiresome thing after having no opinions is trying to be something you're not. Molding yourself in order to fit in, or be accepted, usually backfires. Since each of us is unique, expressing that uniqueness is what makes us interesting. Attempting to be a carbon copy of someone else not only falls flat, but reveals a lack of authenticity. 

Have a positive outlook and attitude.
Who wants to be around people who are negative, complain a lot, or have nothing good to say? In fact, most of us run when we see them coming. Instead, be the kind of upbeat person who lights up a room with your energy when you enter it. Do it by looking for the best in people and things. Smile warmly, spread good cheer, and enliven others with your presence. 

Be fun and see the humorous side of life.
Everyone enjoys the company of someone who makes them laugh, or smile, so look for the humorous, quirky side in a situation - there always is one. Comic relief is a much welcome and needed diversion at times. 
When you can add fun and lightheartedness to an otherwise dull, or gloomy setting, others will naturally be attracted to you, not to mention  grateful.

Be supportive of others.
Being supportive is probably the most endearing quality you can integrate into your personality. Just as you yourself welcome it, be the support for others when they need it. We all love a cheerleader in our corner; someone who is encouraging, believes in us and helps pick us up when we're down.

Have Integrity and treat people with respect.
Being honest and true to your word will bring you the admiration, respect and gratitude of others. Nothing improves a person's personality more than integrity and respect - respect for others, as well as respect for yourself.
We humans have the power and ability to shape our personalities however we wish. When we develop ourselves to be all that we can be, we contribute to our own, as well as the happiness of others

What's Hot What's Hot

Gautam Gambhir
&
Ottavio Quattrocchi

Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir
fetches record price at IPL Auction
 
Kolkata Knight Riders have sparked the IPL Auction as they have spent a hefty amount on the Indian team opener Gautam Gambhir who has been bought for $2.4 million when a team can only spend upto $9 million dollars. There are 10 teams who are bidding for the total of 353 players, the auction process would last for around 16 hours and $75 million would be spent.

Followed by Gambhir, Dilshan was bought for $650,000 by Bangalore, Zaheer Khan was sold for $300,000 to Bangalore. Shaa Rukh Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders trying to bring in as strong players as it can as they have bought Yusuf Pathan for $ 2.1 Million. Rajasthan Royals filled up the Pathan spot with Ross Taylor for $1 million.

Deccan Chargers bring Kevin Pietersen for just $ 650,000 which can prove to be a best buy whereas Jayawardene sold to Kochi for $ 1.5 million. Big hitter Yuvraj Singh has been bought by Pune for $ 1.8 million and Bangalore brings home AB de Villers for $ 1.1 million.

Gautam Gambhir (born 14 October 1981, in Delhi) is an Indian opening batsman. He has been a member of the Indian national cricket team since 2003 (ODIs) and 2004 (Tests).

Gambhir had been a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket with an average of over 50 but his two successive double-hundreds in 2002 (one of them against the visiting Zimbabweans) made him a strong contender for India's opening slot. He became only the fourth Indian batsman to score a double century in a tour game at home; the previous three being Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar.

Gambhir was educated at the Modern School, New Delhi. Gambhir was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

He made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in the TVS Cup in 2003. In his third match, he scored 71 and was named Man of the Match. His maiden century {103 off 97 balls) came against Sri Lanka in 2005. In 2004, he made his Test debut against Australia in the fourth and last Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy but did himself no favours by getting out for 3 and 1.

He made amends in his second Test, however, scoring 96 against the South Africans. His maiden Test century came against Bangladesh in December 2004. Gambhir then made a number of starts in the home series against Pakistan in 2005, but was able to make only one half-century in six innings.

He made 97 in Zimbabwe later that year, but failed to reach 30 against Sri Lanka at home, repeatedly struggling against Chaminda Vaas, and was subsequently dropped from the Test team. He was replaced in Tests by Wasim Jaffer, who made a double hundred and a hundred in seven Tests. He has often been criticized as not being able to convert his starts of 20 and 30 into larger scores and his string of poor scores is continually cited as evidence for this assertion.

While he has been out of the Test team, he has played a number of One Day Internationals for India between 2005 and 2007.

However, he was not selected for the 2007 Cricket World Cup as the selectors opted for a top-order of Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, and Sachin Tendulkar. After India's first-round exit from the tournament, Gambhir was selected for the One Day International on India's 2007 tour of Bangladesh.

Gambhir scored his second century on that tour and was subsequently selected for the One Day International on India's tour to Ireland in 2007.

He scored an unbeaten 80 against Ireland in the first game of that tour and was awarded the man of the match award for that effort.

In the post-match interview, he indicated that performing more consistently was a top priority for his career as he had done so in the past.

If he does become more consistent, he could cement his place as a One Day International opener in the Indian cricket team. Gambhir was selected in India's squad for the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, which India went on to win in South Africa, beating Pakistan in the final. Gambhir performed well in the shortest form of the game, ending the tournament as India's top run scorer, with 227 at an average of 37.83, including three half-centuries which included a crucial 75 runs off 54 balls against Pakistan in the final. 2008 started well for Gambhir. 

Ottavio Quattrocchi
 

Quattrocchi, born in Mascali, province of Catania, Sicily, arrived in India in the mid 60's as the representative of Italian oil and gas firm Eni and its engineering arm Snamprogetti. His family became close to the Gandhi family based on their connection with Rajiv Gandhi's Italian wife Sonia Gandhi.

The day Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, chargesheeted in the Bofors case for allegedly receiving kickbacks, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur, the Central Bureau of Investigation preened and patted itself for notching a significant success in the infamous gun deal that has dragged on for a decade. But the way the case was handled in the Malaysian court and the ease with which Quattrocchi was granted bail has raised doubts about the CBI's Claims.

Quattrocchi was arrested on the morning of December 19 from his office in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

The charges pressed against him didn't ever mention Bofors and vaguely talked of "offences allegedly committed in India". Quattrocchi's lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, a highly respected Indian-Muslim lawyer, raised two preliminary objections in the session’s court: no details of the charges he faces in India had been furnished or proper documents about his client's extraditable offences. Quattrocchi, Abdullah argued, was not even given an explanation of the charges against him before the arrest.

The deputy public prosecutor, however, insisted the grounds of arrest were explained, but said nothing about the specific charges levelled against him. The session’s judge, Aktar Tahir, then ordered counsel and prosecution to be present for the next hearing on January 22 and released Quattrocchi on bail of RM 400,000 (Rs 50 lakh). Dr Cyrus Das, a leading member of the bar, held a watching brief for the Indian government.

Malaysia and India do not have an extradition treaty, but because they adhere to the Commonwealth extradition agreements, Quattrocchi can be extradited were the courts to allow it. But lawyers and diplomats say the seemingly hasty air around the arrest created misgivings about Quattrocchi becoming a victim of a political deal. "I am appalled that in the end, it was handled so clumsily," says one retired judge.

Since it's possible under Malaysian law to appeal against the session’s court judgement, it could be a while before Quattrocchi would run the risk of being sent to India. But his problem arises from the fact that the judiciary is perceived to have been politically neutered in a series of judgements relating to the conviction and jailing of the former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, now serving 15 years in jail for sodomy and corruption. The Indian government, by acting now, could face a stink if, as expected, Quattrocchi mounts a judicial offensive.

Indian officials liaised with Malaysia for a couple of years to have Quattrocchi extradited. His arrest now does suggest that it might have been a political decision. Vajpayee is due to visit Malaysia early February. With premier Mahathir Mohammed in trouble since he sacked and jailed his erstwhile deputy, Anwar Ibrahim, his support amongst the Malays, the main political group in the country, has eroded. Few foreign leaders come here on official visits, due partly to Mahathir's hectoring attacks on the West. Quattrocchi could have been arrested to remove one more irritant in Indo-Malaysia ties, says one prominent politician from the ruling National Front coalition.
Political compulsions apart, the decision to arrest Quattrocchi is intriguing. He is popular in Kuala Lumpur's social circles. He lives with his wife in a beautiful house with a sprawling garden in the upper class area of U Thant at Langgak Golf (Golf Links) Road. His house faces those of the ambassadors of Japan, the United States, Netherlands and the high commissioners of Britain and Canada. Further down the road is the residence of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzaha who could be, if his political stars are bright, Prime Minister. No wonder Quattrocchi assumed he was immune from arrest, he did not discount the possibility that when the stars turn he could well be in a predicament, the kind he is now in. But he has always insisted that he is pilloried because of India's politics. His crime, he said once, is that he is close to the Rajiv Gandhi family, and, as a businessman in India, had represented high-profile companies, including Bofors. He represents other companies now in Malaysia. But it is doubtful if the extradition hearing would be completed before Vajpayee comes calling here.

Damage to the Congress Party
The Bofors scandal is now two decades old, and Ottavio Quattocchi having been named as the main beneficiary in the payoff continues to hurt Sonia Gandhi. The position of the law minister Hansraj Bharadwaj has been compromised, and the integrity of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has also been brought into question. Clearly the Congress Party is paying a high price for Ottavio's name being associated with the scandal. In the circumstances, the most poignant question, raised nearly a decade ago by the investigating reporter Chitra Subramaniam, is why, if the Gandhis were not involved, can't they get their friend to testify?


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Graphical Insights Graphical Insights Top 45 sold players of IPL 4 - Player Auction 2011


 

Player Name

Country

IPL Team

Cost (USD)

Gautam Gambhir

India

Kolkata Knight Riders

2400000

Yusuf Pathan

India

Kolkata Knight Riders

2100000

Robin Uthappa

India

Pune Warriors

2100000

Rohit Sharma

India

Mumbai Indians

2000000

Irfan Pathan

India

Delhi Daredevils

1900000

Sachin Tendulkar (retained)

India

Mumbai Indians

1800000

MS Dhoni (retained)

India

Chennai Super Kings

1800000

Shane Warne (retained)

Australia

Rajasthan Royals

1800000

Virender Sehwag (retained)

India

Delhi Daredevils

1800000

Virat Kohli (retained)

India

Royal Challengers Bangalore

1800000

Yuvraj Singh

India

Pune Warriors

1800000

Saurabh Tiwary

India

Royal Challengers Bangalore

1600000

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka

Kochi

1500000

David Hussey

Australia

Kings XI Punjab

1400000

Harbhajan Singh (retained)

India

Mumbai Indians

1300000

Suresh Raina (retained)

India

Chennai Super Kings

1300000

Shane Watson (retained)

Australia

Rajasthan Royals

1300000

Dale Steyn

South Africa

Deccan Chargers

1200000

AB de Villiers

South Africa

Royal Challengers Bangalore

1100000

Jacques Kallis

South Africa

Kolkata Knight Riders

1100000

Cameron White

Australia

Deccan Chargers

1100000

Muttiah Muralitharan

Sri Lanka

Kochi

1100000

Ross Taylor

New Zealand

Rajasthan Royals

1000000

Johan Botha

South Africa

Rajasthan Royals

950000

Ravindra Jadeja

India

Kochi

950000

Angelo Mathews

Sri Lanka

Pune Warriors

950000

Kieron Pollard (retained)

West Indies

Mumbai Indians

900000

M Vijay (retained)

India

Chennai Super Kings

900000

Zaheer Khan

India

Royal Challengers Bangalore

900000

Adam Gilchrist

Australia

Kings XI Punjab

900000

Sreesanth

India

Kochi

900000

Dinesh Karthik

India

Kings XI Punjab

900000

Piyush Chawla

India

Kings XI Punjab

900000

Dan Christian

Australia

Deccan Chargers

900000

Andrew Symonds

Australia

Mumbai Indians

850000

Ashish Nehra

India

Pune Warriors

850000

R Ashwin

India

Chennai Super Kings

850000

S Badrinath

India

Chennai Super Kings

850000

Abhishek Nayar

India

Kings XI Punjab

800000

Praveen Kumar

India

Kings XI Punjab

800000

David Warner

Australia

Delhi Daredevils

750000

Umesh Yadav

India

Delhi Daredevils

750000

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka

Deccan Chargers

700000

Doug Bollinger

Australia

Chennai Super Kings

700000

Cheteshwar Pujara

India

Royal Challengers Bangalore

700000

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