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• TOP 10 WAYS TO IMPRESS YOUR BOSS
• Rahul Dravidi, Shammi Kapoor, Hina Rabbani Khar & Pele
Everyone who works in a corporate set up has a supervisor or a boss to report to. While it may be important to have friends at work place, it is even more essential to be in the good books of your boss. Here are a few tips that will help you work your way up the ladder:
Rahul Sharad Dravid, born on 11 January 1973 is a cricketer in the Indian national team, of which he has been a regular member since 1996. He was appointed as the captain of the Indian cricket team in October 2005 and resigned from the post in September 2007. Dravid was honoured as one of the top-five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000. He was also awarded the ICC Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony held in 2004.
Dravid also holds the record of having taken the most number of catches in Test cricket. On August 7, 2011 after getting a surprise call to play in ODI series against England he declared his retirement from One Day Internationals and T20.
Popularly hailed as "The Wall", Dravid is known for his ability to bat for a long period of time. Dravid holds multiple cricketing records. He is the second Indian batsman, after Sachin Tendulkar, and the third international player to reach 12,000 runs in Test cricket. On 14 February 2007, he became the sixth player over all and the third Indian (after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly), to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket in cricketing history.
He is the first and only batsman to score a century in all ten Test playing nations. With more than 200 catches, Dravid currently holds the world record for the most number of catches in Test cricket. Dravid has also been involved in more than 80 century partnerships with 18 different partners and has been involved in 19 century partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar – a world record.
Life & Career
Dravid was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh into a Maharashtrian Deshastha family living in Karnataka. He was raised in Bangalore, Karnataka. Dravid's father worked for Kissan, a company known for producing jams and preserves and thus he earned the nickname Jammy from his teammates at St. Joseph's Boys' High School
Dravid started playing cricket at the age of 12, and represented the state at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 level. Rahul's talents were first spotted by former cricketer Keki Tarapore who was coaching at a summer coaching camp at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He went on to score a century on debut for his school team. Along with the batting, he was keeping wickets. However, he later stopped keeping wickets on advice from former Test players Gundappa Vishwanath, Roger Binny, Brijesh Patel and Tarapore.
He was selected to make his Ranji Trophy debut in February 1991 against Maharashtra in Pune (while still attending college at St. Joseph's College of Commerce in Bangalore), alongside future Indian teammates Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath, scoring 82 in a drawn match after batting in the No. 7 position. His first full season was in 1991–92, when he scored two centuries to finish with 380 runs at an average of 63.3, and was selected for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.
Dravid had a disappointing start to his career making his debut in one-dayers against Sri Lankan cricket team in the Singer Cup in Singapore immediately after World Cup in March 1996, replacing Vinod Kambli. Subsequently, he was dropped from the team, until he was picked again for the tour of England.
He then made his debut in the Second Test against England along with Sourav Ganguly, when Sanjay Manjrekar got injured after the first Test match on that tour. Rahul scored 95 and held his position on Manjrekar's return for the Third Test, scoring 84. After moderate performance in home series against Australia and South Africa, Dravid broke through on the 1996–97 tour of South Africa.
He batted at No. 3 in the third Test in Johannesburg, scoring his maiden century with 148 and 81, the top score in each innings to claim his first man of the match award. He made his first half-century against Pakistan in the Sahara Cup in 1996, scoring 90 in his 10th ODI.
Dravid was top scorer in the 7th World Cup (1999), scoring 461 runs. He is the only Indian to score two back to back centuries at the World Cup. He was vice captain during 2003 World cup where India reached the final, serving his team in the dual capacity of a batsman and wicket keeper to accommodate an additional batsman, a move that paid huge dividends for India. Dravid was the captain during the 2007 cricket world cup in West Indies.
In 2003–2004 season, Dravid scored three double centuries, one each against New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan. During the later part of the season, Dravid, in Ganguly's absence, led India to its first test victory over Pakistan in Pakistan in the first test match at Multan. In the third and the final match of the series at Rawalpindi, Dravid stroked a masterly 270 to take India to a historic test series win over Pakistan.
An actor who attained cult status by his iconic mannerisms
Shammi Kapoor (born Shamsher Raj Kapoor was an Indian film actor and director. He was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema from the late 1950s until the early 1970s.
Identification with commonality and the laity of the country, by a film star cannot be through appearance on the screen in high fashion clothes or with razzmatazz, it has to be in the attires that a common man can afford. Shammi Kapoor's popularity among the masses and the classes was owing primarily to the fact that by his getup and mannerisms he could charm the common man as also awaken the latent child inside the hoi poili who in its quest to be an stiff upper lip individual had buried the child somewhere deep inside his heart. It was this character that became his USP and made him darling of the masses and the classes.
The mediocrity of his performances and the banality of the movies in which he starred made them laughable, until he changed his hairstyle, reinvented his screen persona and turned himself into India's answer to Elvis Presley. Overnight, he became a star.
That the industry kept pursuing him had something to do, no doubt, with perseverance but probably had much more to do with who he was: the second son of veteran theatre and Bollywood actor Prithviraj Kapoor. His older brother was Raj Kapoor, in his day one of the biggest three stars in Hindi movies, while another brother, Shashi, also became a successful actor.
It was a wonder to everybody in the industry that shaving off his pencil moustache, adopting a ducktail haircut and thrusting his hips could so radically transform his fortunes. The new Shammi Kapoor was first unveiled to popular acclaim in the late 1950s in Tumsa Nahi Dekha, looking remarkably like Presley with a touch of James Dean. In 1961 he released the film that remains one of the greatest blockbusters in the Hindi film industry and which placed him alongside the acting legends, Junglee.
The music mostly made it; it is hummed across India still, and the movie remains the brightest star in Kapoor's nearly 50-year career. The westernised tone of the film captured the mood of youthful aspiration in 60s India: Kapoor wore leather jackets, T-shirts and a wardrobe of fine foreign garb. The film taught the rest of the Hindi movie industry that Indian teenagers were moving on, and that it should respond.
After Junglee he was everywhere, appearing as leading man in a ceaseless flow of rubber-stamp films in which bad man gets his comeuppance, hero saves girl before singing and dancing her into the sunset. They were what Bollywood did best, escapism for the masses. Kapoor had no illusions. He knew that a good deal of his films were nothing but silly fun.
Kapoor's modesty about his films extended to his own performances in them. He seemed to be proud of his gambolling, flamboyant manner of acting, but despite all the onscreen dancing he never truly mastered the art of dance.
In 1955 he met his first wife, Geeta Bali, on the set of a film in which she had a small role - she later became a well-known actress - but she died of smallpox while he was filming Teesri Manzil in 1965.
His output in his 60s heyday was often predictably lightweight fodder for the poor, but he did throw a surprise with Brahmachari, playing to great acclaim a man looking after abandoned children. It was a box-office success and won him the Filmfare Award for best actor.
In 1971, now starting to look like an improbable heartthrob, he starred in a movie for the last time. Thereafter, he played character roles, generally to good, or at least polite, reviews. Vidhata, Hero and Prem Rog were best received among a flow of otherwise mostly forgotten films.
Film was always in his life, from infancy to shortly before his death. He was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) but spent a good deal of his childhood in Calcutta (now Kolkata) where his father was making films with New Theatre Studios. He was 22 before he made his disastrous debut in Bollywood, and was about 70 when he finally retired to his great obsession: computers and the internet.
Several years ago he was invited to the opening of Yahoo!'s office in Mumbai, where Kapoor was told by the company's co-founder, Jerry Yang, that he had been inspired by Kapoor's Yahoo song in Junglee.
Underlining his interest in modern technology, he was an almost fanatical enthusiast for using Twitter and designed and updated his own fan club website. He founded the Internet Users Community of India and was a key figure behind the Ethical Hackers' Association. Kapoor is survived by his second wife, Neela, and a daughter and son from his first marriage.
Hina Rabbani Khar
Pakistan’s Youngest and First Female Foreign Minister
Hina Rabbani Khar is a Pakistani politician and has been Minister of Foreign Affairs since 20 July 2011. She is the youngest and first female Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
Early and Personal Life
Hina Rabbani Khar was born on 19 November 1977 in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan. Hina, who has inherited politics from her family, is a daughter of former Pak foreign minister Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar and niece of Ghulam Mustafa Khar. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 1999 and received her M.Sc in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts in 2001.
Her father drove Hina’s entry into politics, setting her on a different path from the hotel management career she had been pursuing with great zeal. It’s because of her political roots that she has often been referred as the next Benazir of the Pakistan. After Benazir Bhutto, Hina is the next female face of Pakistan known worldwide. In 2008, she was named to the World Economic Forum’s list of young global leaders.
She is married to Feroze Gulzar. They have two daughters Annaya and Dina. She is the co-owner of the Polo Lounge, a popular upscale restaurant located on the Lahore Polo Grounds in Lahore.
Hina Rabbani Khar was elected to the National Assembly from the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q) in 2002 from NA-177 Muzaffargarh-II constituency, Punjab. PML-Q denied her a ticket for re-election in 2008, consequently she ran on the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ticket and won with more than 84,000 votes.
She served as the State Minister for Economic Affairs and Statistics in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani. On 13 June 2009, she became the first woman to present a budget speech in the National Assembly of Pakistan.
She was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on 11 February 2011, as part of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani cabinet reshuffle. After Shah Mehmood Qureshi's resignation as foreign minister, she became Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs on 13 February 2011. She was officially appointed foreign minister on 19 July by President Asif Ali Zardari and was sworn-in on 20 July.
Zardari described Khar’s appointment as a demonstration of the PPP government’s "commitment to bring women into the mainstream of national life." Her first visit to a foreign country was to Turkey. During the joint press conference, Turkish foreign minister Ahmed Davutoglu said she was setting a great example to Muslim women with her dignity and elegance
After becoming the first women foreign minister of the country she first visited Afghanistan and then India for peace talks. Her first visit to India brought about much attention among the general public because the national media in the country was much talking about her beauty and her fashion instead of the talks at hand. Few sections in Indian Media, discussed Khar as style icon in detail, which included discussing the bag she carried, her shades, pearl necklace among other things.
Her visit to India was important as it took New Delhi some two years after the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks to realise that the absence of dialogue was only pulling the two countries further apart. Indeed, so far apart had they drifted that the July 2010 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Islamabad was a public fiasco. But as expected, the joint statement released after the talks broke no new ground: the main focus of both sides has been to stay engaged and deal with the ‘doables' before moving on to the big issues on the list.
She returned from India with the conviction that New Delhi is interested in a stable Pakistan and wants to normalise relations with Islamabad. Conscious of the deep-rooted sentiment in both countries, she sought space from the public in general and media in particular for allowing this turn in the relationship to stay its course.
Controversy and Criticism
On her first visit to India as foreign minister, Khar created controversy by meeting separatist leaders of Kashmir before meeting Indian government representatives. Even before the meetings got under way, government sources in India termed the interaction a “bad idea” and felt the Pakistanis should ask them to talk the language of peace and reconciliation.
Foreign Minister Khar clearly meant to tell the military-mullah-media alliance back home that ‘inexperienced' she might be, but she was not straying from Kashmir as the ‘core' issue.
He has been named the honorary ambassador for 2014 World Cup
Heroes walk alone, but they become myths when they ennoble the lives and touch the hearts of all of us. For those who love soccer, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, generally known as Pele, is a hero.
Performance at a high level in any sport is to exceed the ordinary human scale. But Pele's performance transcended that of the ordinary star by as much as the star exceeds ordinary performance. He scored an average of a goal in every international game he played--the equivalent of a baseball player's hitting a home run in every World Series game over 15 years. Between 1956 and 1974, Pele scored a total of 1,220 goals--not unlike hitting an average of 70 home runs every year for a decade and a half.
While he played, Brazil won the World Cup, staged quadrennially, three times in 12 years. He scored five goals in a game six times, four goals 30 times and three goals 90 times. And he did so not aloofly or disdainfully--as do many modern stars--but with an infectious joy that caused even the teams over which he triumphed to share in his pleasure, for it is no disgrace to be defeated by a phenomenon defying emulation.
He was born across the mountains from the great coastal cities of Brazil, in the impoverished town of Tres Coracoes. Nicknamed Dico by his family, he was called Pele by soccer friends, a word whose origins escape him. Dico shined shoes until he was discovered at the age of 11 by one of the country's premier players, Waldemar de Brito. Four years later, De Brito brought Pele to Sao Paulo and declared to the disbelieving directors of the professional team in Santos, "This boy will be the greatest soccer player in the world." He was quickly legend.
By the next season, he was the top scorer in his league. As the Times of London would later say, "How do you spell Pele? G-O-D." He has been known to stop war: both sides in Nigeria's civil war called a 48-hour cease-fire in 1967 so Pele could play an exhibition match in the capital of Lagos. At the club level he shattered records in Brazil. He scored 127 goals for Santos F.C. in 1959, 110 in 1961 and 101 goals in 1965, and led the club to two World Club championships.
Pelé went on to play in four World Cups with Brazil's National Team. At the 1958 World Cup in Sweden -- one he nearly missed because of a knee injury -- Pelé stunned the world scoring six goals, including two in the championship game to help Brazil win its first World Cup 5-2 over Sweden. He was only 17 years-old, but a legend was born.
At the 1970 finals in Mexico, the 29-year-old Pelé, led one of the greatest teams ever assembled to win Brazil's third World Cup. In the 4-1 title triumph over Italy, Pelé, scored a glorious goal. It was Brazil's 100th World Cup goal, and the one he remembers the most.
Pelé also holds the world record for hat tricks (92) and the number of goals scored on the international level (97). His statistics are all the more amazing when compared to today's top players who can barely score more that 30 goals in a season.
He retired from the game in 1974, but came out of retirement the following year to play in the North American Soccer League for the New York Cosmos for just over two seasons. A reported 7-million-dollar contract for three years made him the highest paid soccer player of the North American Soccer League.
During his career he played in 93 full internationals for Brazil and in all first class matches scored a remarkable 1,280 goals, second only to Artur Friedenreich, another Brazilian, who holds the world record with 1,329.
In addition to his great accomplishments in soccer, he published several best-selling autobiographies, starred in several documentary and semi-documentary films, and composed numerous musical pieces, including the entire sound track for the film 'Pelé' (1977). He was the 1978 recipient of the International Peace Award, and in 1980 he was named athlete of the century.
Pele is a different phenomenon from the baseball or football star. Soccer stars are dependent on their teams even while transcending them. To achieve mythic status as a soccer player is especially difficult because the peak performance is generally quite short--only the fewest players perform at the top of their game for more than five years.
Incredibly, Pele performed at the highest level for 18 years, scoring 52 goals in 1973, his 17th year. Contemporary soccer superstars never reach even 50 goals a season. For Pele, who had thrice scored more than 100 goals a year, it signaled retirement
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