Archive for March, 2011

Nick Piper Cup

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Joining the cricket fever that is currently sweeping India, we decided to hold a cricket 2020 tournament with FMG, Amnet and HCL – The Nick Piper 2020 Cup.

Unfortunately one of the games had to be abandoned as a fight nearly broke out and a team was disqualified, so the final was between HCL Pre-Media and FMG Pre-Media. As HCL were missing their star player (and FMG employee Vivek) we went into the game quietly confident.

But things didn’t go to plan, we lost a wicket within a few balls, scoring a not very respectable 125 at the end of the overs and HCL won the game, by 5 balls and at least 6 wickets.






FMG - Maybe next year...

Her name is Rio…

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

So, having seen Dave complete the NY Marathon in November, I decided that I wanted to run a marathon too – so we are running the Rio Marathon in July.

We will be raising money for Deaf Child Worldwide (DCW), who work in some of the world’s poorest developing countries, in particular India through projects in Karnataka and West Bengal, to help deaf children to overcome poverty and isolation – please sponsor us here

Rio Marathon

At the Copa...

When i die and they lay me to rest

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Sometimes in India, it feels like they get stuff 80% right – but its that last 20% that would nail it.

All the hearses here are just short of the mark.


Number crunching . . .

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The Indians in the Forbes top 100 rich list have a combined declared wealth of $245 billion.

If they donated 10% of their wealth it would nearly equal the Indian National Budget of $28 billion

890 Million Indians live on 30p/44c a day.

The Paradox of choice

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

When visiting New York I experienced a reverse culture shock.

From shopping in my local Indian supermarket where I can only sometimes get decent cheese if a Frenchman has smuggled some in his underpants – I was presented with an overwhelming choice of items in the American grocery stores.

When buying a toothbrush – I was faced with a wall of toothbrushes, when getting a cereal – a whole isle of cereal packets. It really was overwhelming and left me dazed and confused.

The experience reminded me of a TED talk I saw on the paradox of choice. More choice doesn’t make us happier but more dissatisfied.