Friday, April 18, 2014

Federer placing "family first" is right move

When you have won seventeen grand slam titles like Roger Federer has done, one will wonder "what is one of the most important goals of 2014." For Roger, placing his "family first" is one of those aims. This year, Roger's wife, Mirka, is set to deliver their third child. Her due date is supposed to be in spring/summer, and both parents do not know the "exact due date." Also, both people are being private about it with the media. This move is the other right one, for Roger to do. In two recent news articles online, from the Associated Press and ESPN, the "Swiss Maestro" stated that he would miss the French Open and other tournaments this spring/summer. He would miss those tournaments, to be with his wife during that special birth moment. For Roger, he is showing his unselfish demeanor and people should follow that trait. This week, Roger is playing in Monte Carlo for the ATP World Tour tournament. Roger won his 950th match today, and it was a tough win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The match was a three setter, and Federer was two points away from defeat in the second set. Next, he won the tiebreaker in the second set. Finally, he closed out the match with two breaks of serve in the third set with the score of 6-1. In the semis of Monte Carlo, Roger will play Novak Djokovic for their 34th time. Their rivalry is one of the best ones, as their head to head is almost a .500 percentage. Roger has 17 wins, and Novak has 16 wins; in thirty three matches. Hope it's another great match tomorrow for the two legends. The picture above is of Roger & Novak (rivals, as well as good friends).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Money, Power, and Happiness: Three possible secrets to success

About three days ago, RSG saw Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewing Arianna Huffington on CNN. In the interview, Arianna mentioned three secrets of success: 1. Money 2. Power 3. Happiness. In her new book titled "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder"; the highly successful editor in chief of the Huffington Post wants to enthrall the reader with this third perennial element of success, happiness. Seven years ago, Arianna Huffington collapsed in her workplace environment due to lack of sleep and major exhaustion. From this major life threatening predicament, she has a personal experience of being a "workaholic." After seeing this interview, it made me feel that working more than 50 hours a week; and making more than $100,000 a year is not going to define you. The three secrets to success (money, power, and happiness), and how you choose to have a balance of these elements will help you to become a better person. At the end of the day, humans should work eight hours a day and be happy, while doing this strenuous task. At the end of the interview, Sanjay and Arianna mentioned that they were fans of each others work. It was a great way to end the short Q & A session. Since RSG enjoys talking with his hands, it is great to see Arianna doing the same thing. See the picture above for the real woman in action.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

providing more to life, by observing actions of other people

Today's post is about observations. At the age of 15, a young rsg was in mumbai, India. He was there for vacation, and to observe the actions of his cousins. On a daily basis, my job was to observe my cousin's actions in his/her college classes. My job was a two fold process. It would be asking him/her simple questions such as "what do you do in class, while your professor asks you about derivatives and integrals in calculus?" Or, "how did marathi class go today?" The other part of the job was figuring out, if I want to be like this erudite personality. Today, people live their daily life by following the path of a certain person. When someone asked me the question "how do you live your life?"; my response was a direct one. One should live their life by observing the actions, which the public around him/herself does. In India, one follows the "janata". But, in real life, we should not follow "the janata." Once you observe the actions of others, one should ask "would my life be better, if I made x amount of money?" or "would it be better if I had x amount of friends?". Following the janata may lead one to follow the path of a "fake" lifestyle. In the US, we follow many celebrities like "the Brad Pitt's, Tom Cruise, and Bradley Cooper." Many people should not follow the "fake" lifestyle, but one that will lead to better success & happiness. In closing, follow the person that you have observed meticulously. This person will lead you to perform the correct dharma. Enjoy the picture of Ravi Varma - Sankaracharya above.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Top five for actors/actresses, and how they rated at Oscars 2014

Well, the Academy Awards were five days ago. Let's play a fun game, of seeing how my favorite actor/actresses did at the star studded show. Here are the actors: 1. Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club" 2. Leonardo DiCaprio did not win an award 3. Matt Damon was not nominated 4. Christian Bale did not win an award 5. James Franco was not nominated Now, the actresses: 1. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for "Blue Jasmine"; and this award was her second Oscar. 2. Marion Cotillard was not nominated 3. Penelope Cruz was not nominated 4. Anna Kendrick was not nominated 5. Amy Adams did not win an award Why did RSG pick these five actors & actresses? Well,it boils down to a craft that they have mastered. Winning an Academy Award is pretty hard mathematically, and literally. As for Oscars 2014, it was a fun event. Thanks to Ellen and the pizza guy!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jewels Galore!

At times, RSG likes to discuss jewelry with friends. It is good to know the 4 C's of diamond, and they are: 1. Carat 2. Cut 3. Color 4. Clarity Now, let's discuss some different stones like sapphire, amethyst, and opal. Since we discussed stones, let's go into the big jewelry companies. There is Signet Jewelers, the parent company of Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry. Some people like to buy jewelry from Zales. Three days ago, Signet acquired Zale Corporation in a $1.4 billion deal. The merger will enable Zale to accelerate its performance for current and future customers. People can buy diamonds, a girl's best friend, at online sites too. One new site for people is Etsy, and people should go to "Jewelry on Etsy" to find the latest jewelry. One of the first sites online for buying jewelry is www.bluenile.com. This online jewelry retailer started in 1999, and is based in Seattle. Finally, people can go to Harry Winston salons to buy the upscale jewels. Many celebrities in Hollywood, CA or Miami, FL want to adorn themselves with this jewelry. In closing, make the right choice when you buy the beautiful jewel for that special someone. Hope you like the signet ring engraved Sam Alfano image above. Rings are beautiful pieces of art too.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Latest technology news (Microsoft hires new CEO from within; Google passes Exxon to be No. 2 in market cap.)

Three days ago, Satya Nadella was named as the new CEO at Microsoft. The company is going through major changes, and needs to make a transition into the right direction. Satya is a hyper educated guy, as he has three college degrees. He has been with the company for twenty two years, and the hiring appears to be the right one so far. Also, Bill Gates is not the chairman of Microsoft. He stepped down three days ago. Bill has stepped into the role of Founder and Technology Advisor instead. In other news, Google passed Exxon this week as the No. 2 company in terms of market capitalization. Google is a fifteen year old company, which has its hands in many different businesses. It is great to see this company surpass Exxon. Google's current stock price is more than $1,177. Oh wow! That price is not cheap. Hope you like the picture of Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt. It's a nice picture of the big three "googlers."

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stunners in Land Down Under (Australian Open 2014 recap)

There were two new champions in Australia, as the Australian Open 2014 crowned Li Na and Stanislas Wawrinka as the winners of the women's & men's finals. Li Na won her first Australian Open title, by defeating Dominika Cibulkova in two sets. The latter had upset Maria Sharapova, and Agnieszka Radwanska before losing in the finals. Li Na was a finalist (runner-up) in Melbourne twice, before proving that "the third time is the charm." As for the men's side, Wawrinka beat Djokovic (quarterfinals), Berdych (semifinals), and Rafael Nadal in the finals. It is Wawrinka's first grand slam championship, and Li Na's second grand slam victory. Wawrinka will move up to No. 3 in the rankings, and Li Na is No. 3 in the women's side. These matches were great in Melbourne, and RSG is happy that Roger Federer made it back to the semifinals in Melbourne. Roger made the finals in Brisbane also, so he has raised his level of play to start 2014. Keep it up, RF! Hope you like the picture above, and it is Stanislaw Wawrinka in Indian Wells,CA (at BNP Paribas Open). Thankfully, RSG has seen Stanislas play doubles with Roger Federer in 2011 BNP Paribas Open. Two great swiss players, who can be the new "swiss duo."