Thursday, September 10, 2020

India - A Future Warehouse of the World

From the 1950s, IBM had a virtual monopoly of computers in India. The 360 series release in 1960s was the major workhouse of the large organizations. They even maintained a chain of programmers who could write down software's for their machines. However in 1978, when George Fernandes, ministry of industries at that time, commanded IBM to take local shareholders into its subsidiary, the company refused strictly and went back after winding up its all operations in India. Its ex-employees then set up Computer Maintenance Corporation, with the primary object of maintaining IBM computers.

During the period of 1995-2000, the Indian IT Industry has recorded a C.A.G.R. (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) of more than 42.4 percent, which is almost double the growth rate of IT industries in many of the developed countries. For Details contact AMCHAM National Secretariat, New Delhi Foreign companies particularly American companies have played a vital role in making India an emerging IT super power in the world. These MNCs account for nearly 22 per cent of Indian software exports. According to the latest NASSCOM estimates, in 2001-02, multinational infotech companies exported software worth Rs. 6500 crore from India. Country's total software export was pegged at Rs. 29400 crore. In terms of investment and growth, U.S. companies like Cognizant Technologies (largest export revenue earning MNC) IBM, Oracle, GE, Cisco, Compaq, Intel amongst others lead the MNCs in the Information Technology sector. Nine out of top 20 Indian IT firms are from United States. These account for over 37% of the turnover of the top 20 firms operating in India. Despite their significant contribution to the IT sector, these companies have to face a number of procedural and operational problems in India.

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However, the volume of e-commerce, in India, is far below the levels achieved in USA, which was about 1 percent of the total GDP in 1999. Further, the expected volume of e-commerce in India in 2001 (US$ 255.3 million) is also below the levels expected to be achieved, which in comparison to Australia (US$ 3 billion), China (US$ 586 million), South Korea (US$ 876 million) and Hong Kong (US$685 million) is quite less.

Time has changed the way businesses are carried out. What was supposed to be known to few and limited to the home towns, appears to be an ancient methodology of carrying out the work. The present day brands work on world wide scale, that is they are successful in not just one particular region but have deepened their roots to all the corners in the globe that you can think of.

Information Technology is what constitutes the most important sector in the present day trend of carrying out business. It is because you can not be present everywhere to monitor the work, but with networking and communications, you can always stay in contact with the other business sites of yours.

ICT Approaches of India

A spate of reforms-post-1991 economic crisis-have given impetus to the Indian economy, particularly to the ICT sector. As part of the reform agenda, the Indian Government has taken major steps to promote ICT including the creation in 1988 of a World Market Policy, with a focus on software development for export; telecommunications policy reform; privatization of the national long-distance and mobile phone markets; and development of a more comprehensive approach to ICT. Although India's success is commanding increasing attention and investment, it has yet to result in the distribution of social and economic benefits across a broader base of the population. Challenges-including the perception of an unfavorable regulatory climate, an overloaded judicial system, poor infrastructure and costly access, and limited use of ICT-remain. The emerging shift in government strategy, toward knowledge-intensive services, has created a climate more conducive to addressing enterprise, domestic infrastructure, education and the use of ICT to meet development needs.

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Policy: India's focus on self-reliant industrialization in the 1970s and 1980s has been replaced with reforms aimed at positioning India in the world economy: the foreign direct investment process has been streamlined, new sectors have been opened up to foreign direct investment and ownership, and the government has exempted the ICT industry from corporate income tax for five years. These reforms have helped India to become increasingly integrated into the global economy through growth in the export of software and skill-intensive software services, such as call-centers.

In 1986, the Indian government announced a new software policy designed to serve as a catalyst for the software industry. This was followed in 1988 with the World Market Policy and the establishment of the Software Technology Parks of India (STP) scheme. As a result, the Indian software industry grew from a mere US$150 million in 1991-1992 to a staggering US$5.7 billion (including over US$4 billion worth of software exports) in 1999-2000-representing an annual growth rate of over 50 percent.

The establishment of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was a key step towards effective implementation of telecommunications reforms. In 1992, the mobile phone market was opened up to private operators, in 1994 the fixed services market followed, and finally in 1999, national long distance operations were opened to private competition. Prior to these reforms, the Department of Telecommunications had been the sole provider of telecommunications services.

In addition, to attract foreign direct investment, the government permitted foreign equity of up to 100 percent and duty free import on all inputs. Government-created technology parks also offered professional labor services to clients, a cost-effective program for India since ICT labour is so inexpensive by global standards.

Infrastructure: Teledensity in India has reached 3.5 percent of the population. Approximately 1 percent of households have fixed line connections, compared to 10 percent in China. The mobile sector has approximately 3 million users, growing at 100 percent per annum, and is expected to outstrip the fixed line market in the near future. The number of Internet accounts is around 1.5 million, growing at 50 percent per annum. India also has very high penetration rates of terrestrial TV, cable and radio. Voice and data wireless solutions, for both domestic and export markets, are increasingly produced and used locally.

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Access to telephones in Indian villages has improved in the last five to six years through the introduction of the Public Call Office (PCO) run by local shopkeepers. More than 60 percent of the villages in India have at least one phone. This also includes over 800,000 Village Public Telephones (VPTs). Worldtel is undertaking a pilot in four states to secure financing to upgrade the Village Public Telephones so they will soon be Internet-accessible.

In some urban locations, India's Software Technology Parks (STPs) provide infrastructure, buildings, electricity, telecommunications facilities and high-speed satellite links to facilitate export processing of software.

India also has a number of progressive computerized networks in place, including a stock exchange, the Indian Railways Passenger Reservation System, and the National Informatics Centre Network (NICNET), which connects government agencies at the central, state and district levels.

Enterprise: India's well-established framework for protecting intellectual property rights has been an important inducement to business investment: well-known international trademarks have been protected by Indian laws, even when they were not registered in India. In 1999, major legislation was passed to protect intellectual property rights in harmony with international practices and in compliance with India's obligations under TRIPS.

Much of the initial domestic demand stimulus for ICT and ICT services industries in India has come from government: 28 percent of total IT spending to date can be attributed to government and public sector expenditure. Major areas of government expenditure include: financial services, taxation, customs, telecommunications, education, defense and public infrastructure. As a result of the growth in ICT use in India, the ICT industry itself has also increased its domestic economic activity, for example, a number of ICT companies have developed accounting and word processing packages in Indian languages. The potential impact of this growth on the domestic economy is much broader than developing software for export only.

Human Capacity: In spite of relatively low literacy rates among the general population, India has several key advantages in human capital: a large English-speaking population and world-class education, research and management institutions-a direct result of investment in self-reliance in science and technology. In addition to establishing Indian Institutes of Technology in various cities around India to create a large pool of technical skills, the government has a computer policy to encourage R&D in personal computers. The IT training sector continues to grow at a rapid rate: total training revenues in 1998 were estimated at US$225 million, 30 percent up on the previous year. However, one of the biggest challenges to the Indian software industry remains the difficulty in attracting and retaining talented professionals.

Content and Applications: India has a large population with great linguistic diversity. Creating and maintaining locally relevant content for a country with 418 languages is a challenge. Nevertheless, local language content is slowly making ICT more relevant and accessible to a broader cross-section of the population. For example, India's Center for Development of Advanced Computing has recently launched a scheme called iLEAP-ISP to create a free multilingual word processor to be made available to all Internet subscribers. On other fronts, some states such as Tamil Nadu have launched their own initiatives to support the standardization of local language software through interface programs that can be adapted to word processors, dictionaries, and commercial keyboards for use in schools, colleges, government offices and homes.

An emphasis has also been placed on the development of relevant e-government applications in India. Some states such as Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have started to introduce applications which allow citizens to have faster and more transparent access to government services-for example, the provision of information on laws and regulations, and the procuring of licenses and official documents online.

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Strategic Compact: Public-private partnerships, catalyzed by the IT Ministry, have played a key role in India's ICT-related development. One of the positive results of this effort has been the IT Act of 2000, which was based on the recommendation of the National IT Task Force, and aims to set the overall strategy for the IT sector. In addition, the government and the private sector are starting to come together to foster ICT development. For example, a joint effort by the Computer Science Automation Department at the Indian Institute of Science and a Bangalore-based private company have developed Simputer-a cheap micro-computer that enables illiterate users to browse the Internet.

India's development and contribution in world's information technology sector is of highest reputation. Cities like Bangalore have become the favorite(most preferred) destinations of all the big banners like HSBC, Dell, Microsoft, GE, Hewlett Packard, and several Indian multi national firms like Infosys Technologies, Wipro, and Microland who have set up their offices in the city. It is because the city offers good infrastructure, with large floor space and great telecom facilities. This can be judged on the basis of the high growth statistics of India and the changing outlook of the companies towards India .

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It is because of this growth many popular brands that have not yet build up there rigid offices in the country are making it fast to have a destination in India too. For example, Sun Microsystems, a global IT major, announced in Bangalore to double the present workforce of the company's Sun India Engineering Center (IEC) from the present 1000 to 2000 in the next two years time. IEC, which is the largest R&D center for Sun outside the US , would also focus on developing products in India to suit the needs of the Indian market, which would be benchmarked globally.

This speedy growth of IT Sector is undoubtedly due to the efforts of Indian government and the other developments that took in the other parts of the globe.

The country has seen an era when after the IBM shutted its shop in India in 1950, the mainframes that were imported into the country were all from Russia . Western computer could not be imported because of an American embargo on export of high-technology equipment to India , which was considered an ally of the Soviet Union .

Slowly, with the time the country could develop its first powerful parallel computer in 1991 known as CDAC, by connecting together a string of less powerful computers.

With time and the continuous growth across the world, the country continued struggling and came up as the world leader in Information Technology Sector.

The industry has grown up to US $ 5.7 billion (including over $4 billion worth of software exports) in 1999-2000, with the annual growth rate not sliding below 50 percent since 1991.

It exports software and services to nearly 95 countries around the world. The share of North America ( U.S. & Canada ) in India 's software exports is about 61 per cent.

The Indian labor is not only cheap but is technically skilled too to the world class level. It is due to the Indian Education System that includes in its course curriculum the practical knowledge of the latest technology that is developed in world along with the fluency in English Language that imparts compatibility in an Indian technician to communicate and work through out the world.

Further the geographical location of India serves it the advantage of being exactly halfway round the world from the US west coast, which is another reason why India is preferred destination of many big brands.

Also, The presence of a large number of Indians, especially engineers, in the US gave India an easy entry into the US software market.

What adds more to the dominance of India in Information Technology Sector is the government policies like the enactment of cyber laws to protect and safeguard the interest of software companies in India .

Setting up of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), by the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India and the International Technology Park in a joint project by the State Government, the TATA Group and the Singapore Consortium to promote and facilitate the software exports is another major step towards the growth of Indian Information Technology Sector.

Similarly an industrial park, known as Electronic City , was set up in 1991 takes more than a hundred electronic industries including Motorola, Infosys, Siemens, ITI, and Wipro, in an area of around 330 acres.

The Export Promotion Industrial Park , built near International Technology Park , gives an exclusive 288 acres of area for export oriented business. GE has its India Technology Center located at this park and employs hundreds of multi disciplinary technology development activities.

The other promotional activities that brought up India to this position include the IT Corridor project. Conceptualized by Singapore 's Jurong Town Corporation Private Ltd, the IT corridor Project was initiated by the Department of IT and the Bangalore Development Authority in order to develop state of the art facilities for the development of knowledge based industries.

Thought's of some World's IT leaders about India

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

What Is Digital Marketing and Why Do You Need It?

You have a shop or a single product. Maybe a book or a mobile app. You want to increase your sales.

Or perhaps you're running a political or awareness campaign. Maybe you have a brand. Or you simply have an idea or you're promoting an event. You want as many people as possible to find out about it.

This is exactly what Digital Marketing does for you. It includes a lot of techniques, some of which you might already be using without even knowing they fall under the Digital Marketing umbrella. The target, as stated above, is to increase exposure/reach and sales. Here are some of the techniques that Digital Marketers use to achieve your goals:

  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Search engine marketing (SEM) and Paid Advertising
  • Content marketing
  • Influencer marketing
  • Content automation
  • Social media marketing
  • E-mail direct marketing (newsletters)
  • Display advertising
  • E-books, optical disks and games, mobile apps

Let's talk in more detail about some of the most important aspects of Digital Marketing.


Search engine optimization (SEO)

Let's face it: everybody uses search engines to find stuff online. So this is a big and very important subject. Why? It simply doesn't matter if you have a great website or page if people can't find it! And while there are other ways to get traffic to your site, ranking high in search engines will be the most dependable traffic source you will have in the long run. Optimizing for search engines is essential!

There are two types of SEO:

On-page SEO refers to the things your site needs to have implemented in the code and content (without getting into detail, this includes the correct: title tags, meta tags, URLs and navigation structure, image attributes, site map, heading tags, keyword density, page loading times, etc.).

Off-page SEO refers to all the things you can do outside your site (link building, blogger outreach, social media etc.).
SEO is a sustained effort, it's not something you do once and you can forget about it - search engines' rating formulas update frequently and it takes constant monitoring and adapting to keep ahead of the competition. It's also a long term effort, some changes take weeks before returning any results.

But again, let's face it: everybody is doing SEO (to some extent). SEO is not enough anymore - to get ahead of the competition, to achieve set goals, SEO is simply not enough anymore.


Search engine marketing (SEM) and Paid Advertising

SEM is all about increasing visibility in Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) - do something to have your link be more visible than the rest (increasing the chance people will actually click it). Just to be clear, the broader SEM field also includes SEO (after all, having your site reach top positions on search engines results pages through SEO, meets the "be more visible than the rest" requirement) - but for better understanding, I wanted to talk about them separately.

So how do you increase your link visibility in search engines results pages? Mainly through paid advertising: all major search engines provide an advertising service (like Google AdWords or Bing Ads). Unfortunately, buying search engine advertising (or at least doing it right) is not simple; it involves a lot of research, monitoring and optimizing.

The first big decision you have to make is what search engine will you advertise on? This is answered by the initial research you'll have to complete: target audience - demographics, age, sex, geographical location; these are some of the things that point out the best-suited search engine you should advertise on (this also tells you what search engine you should do SEO for). Then there's the keywords research (deciding what keywords to advertise for), which includes some competition research. If your most obvious keywords choices have a very strong competition advertising, it might be a smart choice to invest on other, less obvious, "long-tail" keywords. After some more research (does your target audience respond better to text or images? what time of day are they online? etc.) you can set up the campaigns and start monitoring performance, search trend, etc. The campaigns' parameters are constantly shifting so constant monitoring and adjusting are an integral part of search engine advertising, otherwise, your costs will get out of control and your reach will plummet.


Social media marketing

Having your site/page show up high in search results is great! You get a steady stream of people interested in what you have to offer. But you could always use more! More people finding out about you, more visitors to your page, more conversions, more sales. And while everybody uses search engines to find things they're looking for, what about the people that don't yet know they're looking for something? Enter social media: the best way for you to get in front of even more people. But social media is not simply about advertising your stuff, it's a lot more than that: building an audience, shifting desires, getting feedback, customer support, contests and so much more. Social media is a huge opportunity with many different options and possibilities. Unfortunately, this also makes it complex. Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, are just a few of the popular portals people use every day, each with its own specifics and requirements; some focused on text, some on images and some on videos. What portals will you approach, what will you post, how often, when?

Building a presence on social media requires a perfect understanding on what you're offering, a lot of research and a lot of trial and error. It's a marathon, not a sprint: building a following and keeping it, converting it and expanding it, changing trends... And then there's paid advertising on social media portals, something you can't successfully run without a good understanding of your audience. So it takes time, patience and lots of research.

But once that's done (correctly), you can expect another steady stream of people interested in what you have to offer.


E-mail marketing

E-mail Marketing is a cost-effective way for you to reach your users and keep them engaged, interested and always coming back.

Unfortunately, not many business administrators are aware of the great value "subscribers" bring to their sites. Newsletter marketing is many times ignored because when first bringing a site live there are very few users accessing it (therefore no need to run a daily/weekly newsletter). And as the user base grows, the newsletter aspect is too often simply... forgotten.

Make sure you don't make that mistake! Start collecting subscribers now and in a few months you will have a valuable marketing asset at your disposal.

But more to the point: what exactly is a "newsletter" and how can you use it? Well... It's a cheap way of achieving your goals by sending some emails.

However, things aren't quite that simple. There are certain laws that govern this practice that you should obey. Most notable: you should never send unsolicited emails. This means that each user must have previously agreed to receive that particular newsletter from you (usually via a "Subscribe" feature on your site/page).

There are two ways of dealing with newsletters.

You can manage everything on your own. This means collecting the data from your site and informing your users, building a mailing list and manually sending each mail from your own email provider. This is OK if you have a small subscriber base (<100) and don't send emails too often.

But as your subscriber base grows, you will find it to be increasingly difficult to manage things on your own. This is where the use of online services specialized in newsletters comes in. These service providers manage everything for you (except writing the content of the newsletters, of course) so you can focus on the important stuff (delivering high-quality content to your subscribers).

There are many such services, most of which provide you with a free version/trial you can safely use until you decide to go with their paid subscriptions.


Best practices regarding newsletters:

Content is king. As with the rest of your site, the most important thing is to provide your readers with good, quality content. Otherwise they will simply ignore your emails and after a while unsubscribe from your newsletter.

Don't forget to include links to your site. Seems obvious, right? You'd be surprised...

Decide what the purpose of each mailing list is: keeping subscribers informed, asking opinions, running surveys or the most common, driving traffic back to your site. It's best to have more than one mailing list so that you don't mix the interests of your subscribers (unless intended).

If the purpose of a newsletter is to drive traffic to your website, make sure you "tease" the reader enough to click the link and read more about that particular subject on your site.

Always include a working unsubscribe link in your emails!

Don't flood your readers with too many emails.

Make a mailing schedule and stick to it (regardless if it's daily, weekly etc.). It's always good to have your readers anticipate the arrival of the next newsletter.

Make sure you send your emails when users are most likely to read it! It doesn't matter if you make a great email with great content, but it's addressed to elderly people and you send it at 4 am...

Keep the subscribe form on your website short and "friendly": don't ask for more information than you actually need (most times just the email address will suffice).

Make sure your emails are displayed correctly on mobile devices. Lots of users (even half in some parts of the world) read emails from their phone or tablet.
Optimizing your site for end-user interaction and conversion

This is a big subject, many times neglected. We will discuss it fully in a future post.

For now, if you would like to read more into what we've discussed so far, I'm going in a lot more detail in this post: OPTIMIZING and MARKETING your website - The ultimate guide for beginners.




Saturday, September 26, 2015

Are You a Good Sports Parent?

Recently I read about a town in Australia that actually implemented laws that govern parent behavior at sporting events. Stepping out of line is punishable by banishment from the play area, and/or fines. My first thought was: "Really? Is that necessary?" Then after reflecting on our own American sports parents I realized that the Aussies are right on track. We have seen cases as extreme as the case in Texas where the cheerleader's mother killed a rival cheerleader to promote her own daughter's chances of "making the team"; to something as common as bad-mouthing the umpire at a little league game. Being in the kids/sports industry I can say that I have seen some curious parenting styles out there that run the gamut.

Working as an administrator, coach and teacher for over 30 years, I have seen some cases that would be unbelievable to the average person. I have also seen some parents that taught me a thing or two about how to behave when I became a parent, and I try to emulate those role models every day.

The goals of a good sport parent should be the same goals held by a good coach; develop the whole athlete. As a coach and parent I have tried to teach my children values and model virtues, I have focused on developing character. Yes, of course as a coach, I do like to win; but as it states in our Gymfinity team handbook, "when the trophy is more important than the smile, then there will be no true way to win."

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Sports parents have a very important job, without them, and without them doing their "job" the coach's job becomes nearly impossible. First off, a parent must provide the athlete; that is not just getting the kid to the gym, but providing a sport ready child. To clarify, let's compare athletes to race cars: cars need good parts, good fuel and a good driver. Just like children need a healthy body (car), with a good diet of food, sleep and other various ingredients (fuel) as well as a good sound mind (their driver) to understand not only the "how to", but the "why" of their activity. Without the race car in good shape, the coach has nothing to work with.

Next the parents need to balance reality for their child. They need to have their children juggle one ball for sports, one for school, and one for family. When a child/athlete drops a ball, they need to be there to help them recover and get the ball aloft again. Those two tasks, providing and balancing, are the parent's most essential. Beyond that they need to sit back and observe, allow their child/athlete to do what they can, make decisions on their outcomes, wrestle with the results and unconditionally love them regardless of the win or loss.

Like parents, coaches and the athletes have their own jobs to do too. Though a coach's job is more technical, they rely on the parent and athlete to fulfill their roles in order for them to carry out their own. Problems arise when the three sides of the triangle (coach, parent, and athlete) start to blur and overlap. When one steps into another's role there is confusion, and for the child, that can cause great stress and usually results in the opposite of the one thing everyone intended to enhance; the performance. Problems also arise as well when the balance I spoke about is lost, when winning and sport is prioritized over education and family it will lead to the destruction of the child athlete. It may not happen overnight, but the slow attrition of breaking the child down is in action.

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There are some common parents perspectives that lead to a child's failure (understand that the term failure is not only in reference to sport). Most parents will read this information and disassociate themselves from the familiarity of the problems; they agree that it must be hard for a kid with parents like that, but not see that they might be "those parents." I think we should remain open-minded. My son tried playing soccer last year but it didn't take. I found myself in the position of having some degree of all of the characteristics evident in problem parents, and I am supposed to know better! I found that I wanted my son "winning" or playing well because I was never a good soccer player and really wanted to be. I wanted to be a part of the team at my school (after they cut gymnastics I sought out other sports) but I was not very good. I was a good athlete and I knew the value of training hard and always believed that hard work is its own reward. I knew that every parent on the team and other teams knew I was the "Gymfinity guy", I had a reputation. I felt that I needed to show, not only that I was a good coach, but a good parent. So, all of the mistaken views parents have, the ones that caused me such pain over the years, I now embodied. I wanted my son to show that we are capable of playing soccer; I wanted him to do what I couldn't. I wanted him to train with vigor and desire, the reaching and surpassing of his personal goals. And I wanted everyone to know, that when Owen scored his goal, it was because I was a great parent. Wrong, wrong and in so many ways, wrong. Owen was Owen. He played until it wasn't fun. Like me, he isn't a big fan of team sports, so I guess in a way I did get the "mini-me" I was after. And as for parenting satisfaction, at least I was better than the guy on his phone the whole game, which will have to be good enough.

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There are some very definitive descriptors between the over-zealous parent and the supportive and positive parent. Sometimes they are subtle and sometimes they scream. The obsessive parent always seeks to have their child noticed, overtly or covertly, they want their child recognized. How else will anyone know that they are a good parent? They are often dissatisfied with effort being good enough, they are only happy with tangibles; like a "W" in the column or a trophy or a medal. These parents don't give their child/athlete any room to make decisions or the strength to deal with the repercussions of those decisions. Yet when the parent is the one dictating the game-plan they only have criticism for the child who carried out their failed plan. These parents often don't see they're to blame for the failure. "I just want what's best for her," is a mantra and every time I hear it, I know that the next sentence is going to be all about the parent. A good sports parent allows their child/athlete to make some of the decisions that affect their performance. Obviously the younger the child, the harder it is to allow them to make decisions, but you might be surprised how much thought is happening in that little brain. You have to listen for it, but to be supportive you should develop that skill. After the soccer season, my Owen tried basketball. First day of practice, he stood, motionless, for 15 minutes holding the ball. Other kids played around him, the coach encouraged him, other parents cheered for him to at least bounce the ball, but nothing happened. I stepped out to change my other son's diaper (ah, parenting), and when I returned was told that he hadn't even flinched. That didn't take "super ears" to hear that message. So Owen wasn't a baller. OK.

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But what if you think you have a really talented kid (everyone thinks they do) and you want to see him/her excel. As a coach let me offer you the game plan, the same one that I would ask you to follow if your child is training with me, the same one I follow with my sons.

Step 1: Focus on the basics. Work on the character skills that lay the foundation for success. Model and reinforce traits like hard work, dedication, integrity, humility, trust, respect, responsibility. Show and provide support regardless of outcome. Get them healthy food and plenty of sleep. Reinforce their education; there is nothing sadder than a NFL millionaire who can't string together a simple sentence.

Step 2: Focus on the skill basics. Simple physical literacy can be learned by interaction with a variety of activities. Not to be self serving, but gymnastics is a great activity for any child; it lays, not only the basic physical foundation for success, but provides all of the traits listed in step 1.

Step 3: Teach them that decisions have repercussions and that they have to be OK with however things turn out. Explain possible outcomes on either side of a choice and allow them to choose. The only way to change the outcome of any particular action is to make better decisions before acting. This is also called developing lifelong strengths.

Step 4: Teach your child how to set goals. Teach them how to make S.M.A.R.T. goals and they will understand all of the lessons in Step 3.

OK, got it? This is pretty easy stuff. But like me, you may think you have the concepts but do you have the practical application? I learned a lot about coaching and parenting from my first son. Though I wanted him to be a champion, I will have to wait for him to show me the vehicle he wants to use to do it; maybe gymnastics, maybe architecture (he's amazing with Legos). Maybe my other son Emmett will be a great soccer player; I'll have to wait for them both to show me their strengths.

In summary; here is a quick quiz to see if your child has a chance to be a champion. It's written regardless of age but it focuses on children before high school. Record your "Yes" answers.

Q1: Do you believe your child could be a champion?

Q2: Do you find yourself telling other people that your child is a "high achiever" or something synonymous?

Q3: Do you talk about your child's sport away from the play area, over meals or at least once a day?

Q4: Are you prepared to realistically sacrifice any part of your child's education so they may have a better chance to become a champion?

Q5: Do you regularly ask the coach to work your child harder or to change something about the way your child plays the game?

Q6: Do you get emotionally involved in your child's TRAINING successes and failures? (As opposed to game day success and failures).

Q7: Do you allow your child to show poor attitude, poor sportsmanship or poor behavior as a part of the game knowing that it is a natural part of the result of strong effort?

Q8: Have you ever fought with another parent/person about the results of a game/match/meet?

Q9: Do you refer to your son/daughter as my son/daughter the gymnast, hockey player, goalie etc.?

Q10: Have you spent more than $500 on equipment?

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Quiz results: no fair peeking! If you answered "yes" to 2 or more of these questions, your child has a decreased chance of excelling in a sport. And what's worse, your obsession may be the cause for their failure. We know that such obsession or over-drive is often not shared by the child and their mere participation in sports, under such conditions, causes them to develop strong negative feelings toward physicality, the specific sport and worst of all, the parent. But wait J; there are examples of "pushy parents" that had champion children. Look at Tiger Woods, his father Earl was on the sport side of Joan Crawford for parenting skills. To that I say, yes....let's look at Tiger. His resentment of his father and golf in general led him to behave in questionable ways and perform acts disrespectful of his own family. He only returned to golf when he realized that he had nothing else. He seems happy, right?

So here is another quiz, this time from the positive perspective. Let's see how we do on this one.

Q: 1 Can you provide encouragement and support regardless of outcomes?

Q2: Do you believe that the most important thing for your child to "get" out of sports is confidence, self belief, integrity and humility?

Q3: Do you believe that having a day or two a week just to be a kid is of value?

Q4: Can you promise not to make discussion of your child's specific sport away from the practice area a common thing?

Q5: Do you encourage your child to develop skills in other activities and pursue their education over sport?

Q6: Can you provide a loving caring and stable family environment?

Q7: Can you stay away from gym/field/rink for a few days without getting symptoms of withdrawal?

Q8: Can you unconditionally support your child's coach even during a patch of rough progress?

Q9: If your child wants to quit will you still show love and care unconditionally?

Q10: Can you show dignity and maturity when your child is defeated in play?

Quiz results: 2-3 answered "yes", call me, we need to talk. 4-6 "yeses" and you've got a good start on a positive sport experience. 7 or more and you are a champion parent.

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In closing, let me say that there is no parent's manual to follow and our best lessons are learned by trial and error. It's OK to make mistakes but its how you change and grow that makes it better. Children are under our sole influence as parents until they start school, this is the time to instill character and reinforce values. When children get to school, they will have influence from teachers, kids, friend's parents, and more. When children are enrolled in sports at an early age, don't be afraid to ask about the general (and specific) philosophy of the program or the coach. There was a study done in Canada back in the 80's that showed that the hierarchy of influence on a child approaching teen years is #1 their friends (can't get away from that), #2 their coaches, #3 their parents and #4 their teachers.

How can you influence the quality of the influencers? You can guarantee the quality of the circle of friends by reviewing the programs you have your child in. Friends: good programs= good people, and good people have good kids. Coaches: they rank high in influence because they have the "golden ticket". They have direct control of the activity that validates and gives happiness to the child, so don't underestimate the value of a coach with integrity. Parents: I have said it before and I'll say it again (now validated by actual research), kids really want nothing more than to make their parents happy. That is an awesome responsibility on us parents. Lastly, Teachers: they are brain coaches so they too have a golden ticket. All the rules of coaches also apply to the teachers.

In knowing that our best time to influence our sports children is when they are very young. At that age we can focus on all of the basics, mental and physical, that will ensure future success. Working with children on decision making skills and goal setting not only helps them develop lifelong strengths but allows them to feel ownership in their own success. It is also imperative that we are all on the same page and that we have the same priorities. We must all agree that parents, coaches and athletes work together in their respective roles, without infringing on anyone else's roles. It is the only way to assure a successful sport child. So are you ready to parent a champion?

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J Orkowski is a coach and business owner in Madison Wisconsin. His program Gymfinity Children's Activity Center opened in 1999 and has introduced many champions to the award podium, but more than that Gymfinity has given smiles to thousands of children who do gymnastics, tumbling and fitness...for fun.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mumbai blast

Friday, August 3, 2007

Khandala Song

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    Khandala song in various Languages
    Aati kya khandala

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    - Hindi -
    A Kya Bolti Tu?
    A Kya Mai Bolu?
    Ati Kya Khandala
    Kya karu Ake mai Khandala
    Are Ghumenge, nachenge, gayenge Aish karenge or kya ?

    - English -
    Aye what do you say?
    Aye what should I say?
    Speak on.
    Coming to khandala?
    What should I do, coming to khandala?
    We'll roam, we'll loaf, we'll sing, we'll dance we"ll
    freak, baby,what else?

    - Sanskrit -
    [This is too good]
    Aye balike, twam katham kathisyasi?
    Aye balakah aham kim kathisyamh?
    Kim twam khandaalaa agchasyasi
    Aham kim kurwasyami khandaalayeh
    gamisyami, bhramisyami, nryuthyami, gaayami, maja
    karishma, kim karishyami?

    - Punjabi -
    A ! ke boldi tu;?
    A ke mein bolan?;
    Chaldi khandala
    Ki karaan ae ke mein khandala
    Are Ghoomenge, Turainge, Naachenge, Gaavenge, Mauj
    Karenge, Aur Ki ?

    - Gujarati -
    Aye shun bole tu?
    Aye hun shun bolu?
    Aave chey su khandaalaa?
    Shun karu aaviine khandaalaa?
    Ghumshun, pharshun, naachshun, gaashun, majaa karshun,
    beeju shun?

    - Marathi -
    Aye kaai tu mhantes?
    Aye kaai mi mhanhu?
    Yetes kai khandaalaa?
    Kai karu yevon mi khandaalaa?
    Are ghumuyaa, phiruyaa, gavuyaa, nachuyaa, aish
    karuyaa, aankhin kai?

    - Kashmiri -
    Heey, kya chaakh wannan?
    Heev, kya bhe wanneyyyy?
    Pakha telle khandalaa;
    Kya karee weeteth bhe khandalaa
    Pherevhey, nachevhey, geevevhey, khevevhey, eesh
    karav, beyy kya?

    - Konkani -
    Aye ! kitte sangta tu?
    Aye ! aao kite sangu?
    Khandalaa yeta ghi?
    Khandalaa yevun kithe kharche?
    Bhovya, Phireya, Naachya, Gauya, maja korya, anikithe?

    - Bengali -
    Ei ki bolis tui?
    Ei ki ar boli?
    Shonaa !
    Jabi ki khondalaa
    K! i kori giye khondalaa
    Are, ghurbo, phirbo, nachbo, gaibo, maja korbo ar ki?

    - Malayalam -
    Aye yendhu parayunnu?
    Aye nyan yedhu parayaan?
    Varinno khandala?
    Yendu cheyyan .. Nyaan vannittu Khandaala?
    Karangam, chuttam, paadam, aadam, maja cheyyam,verendha?

    - Telugu -
    Aye, ainte chaepphuta vu?
    Aye,ainte chaepala?
    Wastava Khandala
    Yem Chesedhi? vacchi Khandala
    Thiruguthamu, eguruthamu, aadthaamu, paadthaamu,maja
    chesthamu inkemi?

    - Sindhi -
    Aye cha thi c! haen tu?
    Aye Maan chaa chavan?
    Acheti cha khandaalaa?
    Cha kandis achi maan khandaalaa?
    Are Ghumandasi, phirandasi, gayendasi,
    Nachandasi,aaish kan! dasi, byo cha?

    - Magahi - (BIHARI)
    A ki bolahin tu?
    A kya boliyuow hum?
    Aaimahi ki khandala
    Ki kariaow aake hum khandala
    Gumbai, Phir! bai, naachai, gaayii, aish karbai aur ki

    - Assamese -
    ey ki kua tumi?
    ey ki kom moi?
    ahibi ki khandala?
    ki korim aahi moi kahandalaa
    are ghurim,phirim,nasim,gaam,khub phurti korim aru ki?

    - Tamil -
    Enna solre?
    Ennatha solla?
    mudalla kelu,
    sari sollu
    Kandala variya
    kandala poi enna panrathu
    Vera enna .oor suthuvom aaduvom paaduvom jalsa


    - Foreign Languages -

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    - German -

    Was sagst du?
    Was soll ich sagen?
    Hor mal!
    Sag mal!
    Kommst Nach Khandala?
    Was machen wir in Khaldala?
    Wir gehen, spazieren, tanzen, singen, haben spaCx,
    was noch?

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    - Spanish -
    Tu que deceas?
    Yo que deseo?
    Di me
    Vas a tu khandaalaa?
    Que haceo, yo voy en el khandaalaa?
    Viajamos, vagabundeamos, bailamos, cantamos,
    disfrutamos, si no.

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    - Chinese -
    Ain, Chon Zuan Ho?
    Ain, Chon Hee Zuano?
    Hyuan Chon Khandala?
    Chon Tsuani Hyui Hee Khandala?
    Chijuan, Kajuan, Marijuan, Siuan, Samshuan
    Tsuaniya Tsu Chon?

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    - Russian -
    Aeich, Kov Speache niv?
    Aeich, Kov miv Speache?
    Comeva Kov Khandala?
    Kov Sheychev Comov miv Khandala?
    Rotiv, Rotrach, Balleva, Opereacha, Enjova
    Sheychevin, Kov

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    - French -
    Aye! qu'est-ceque tu dis?
    Aye! qu'est-ceque tu me vouler dire?
    Est-ceque tu viens a la Khandala
    Qu'est-ceque je fais a aller a la Khandala ?
    Promenez,! Allez, Dansez, Chantez a quelle?

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    - Zambesi - (African)
    Aye, Zwa To Zulu?
    Aye, Zwa Ze Zulu,?
    Heliyo To Khandaalaa?
    Zwa Kumi, Helithe Khandaalaa?!
    Himala, Romala, Wahwahla, Infala, Kumaya Kumana, Ni

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Naughty sun signs...............Dont mind it

:VIRGO:. The Virgin
Dominant in relationships. Sexy. someone loves them right now. Freak in bed. Always wants the last word. Caring. Smart. Intellectual. Attractive. Loud. Loyal. Easy to talk to. Hard to forget Love at first sight. Everything you ever wanted. Easy to please. The one and only. Ultimate sexiness. 7 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:SCORPIO:. The sex addict
Can be mean. EXTREMELY sexy. Intelligent. Energetic. Predict future. Most erotic. (Freak in bed.) (GREAT kisser.) Always get what they want. Sexy. Attractive. Easy going. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. The sexiest ever....Romantic. Caring. 4 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:LIBRA:. The lame lover
Very pretty. Very romantic. Nice to everyone They meet. Their Love is one of a kind. Silly, fun and sweet. Have own unique sexiness. Most caring person you will ever meet! Amazing n Bed..!!! Did I say Amazing in Bed? not the kind of person you wanna #### with... u might end up crying... the most irresistible. 9 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:ARIES:. The Liar
Outgoing. Lovable. Spontanious. Not one to #### with. Erotic. Funny. Take you on trips to the moon in bed. Excellent kisser EXTREMELY sexy. Loves being in long relationships.=) Addictive. Loud. best in bed. 16 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:AQUARIUS:. Does it in the water
Trustworthy. Sexy. Great kisser. One of a kind. Loves being in long-term relationships. Extremely energetic. Unpredictable. Will exceed your expectations. Not a Fighter, But will Knock your lights out. Amazing in bed, THE BEST LOVERS BETTER THAN EVERYONE! 2 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:GEMINI:. Does Twosomes
Nice. Love is one of a kind. Great listeners Very Good in bed. Lover not a fighter, but will still knock you the #### out. Trustworthy. Always happy. Loud. Talkative. Outgoing VERY FORGIVING. Loves to make out. Has a beautiful smile. Generous. Strong. ULTRA SEXY. THE MOST IRRESISTABLE. 9 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:LEO:. The Lion in bed
Great talker. Sexy and passionate. Laid back. Knows how to have fun. Is really good at. Great kisser. Unpredictable. Outgoing. Down to earth. Addictive. Attractive. Loud. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Not one to mess with. Rare to find. Good when found. 7 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:CANCER:. The Cutie
MOST AMAZING KISSER. Very high ### appeal. Great in bed!!! Love is one of a kind. Very romantic. Most caring person you will ever meet! Entirely creative. Extremely random and proud of it. Freak in bed. Spontaneous. Great tellin stories. Not a Fighter, But will Knock your lights out if it comes down to it. Someone you should hold on to. 12 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:PISCES:. The Piece of ass
Caring and kind. Smart. Center of attention. Too Sexy, DAMN IT. Very high ### appeal. Has the last word. The best to find, hardest to keep. Fun to be around. Freak in the sheets. Extremely weird but in a good way. Super good in bed. Good Sense of Humor!!! Thoughtful. A partner for life. Always gets what he or she wants. Loves to joke. Very popular. Silly, fun and sweet. 5 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:CAPRICORN:. The passionate Lover
Love to bust. Nice. Sassy. Intelligent. Sexy. Predict future. Irrestible, awesome kisser. Loves being in long relationships. Great talker. Always gets what he or she wants. BY FAR the BEST in BED. Very sexy. Coolest. Loves to own Gemini's in sports. Extremely fun. Loves to joke. Loves to be your first. So you'll never forget. Smart. 24 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:TAURUS:. The Tramp
Aggressive. Freak in bed. Rare to find! Loves being in long relationships.=] Likes to give a good fight for what they want. Extremely outgoing. Sexy as ........ Loves to help people in times of need. Outstanding kisser. Very funny. Awesome personality. Stubborn. Sexual as ......... Most caring person you will ever meet! One of a kind. Not one to #### with. Are the most sexiest people on earth! 15 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

.:SAGITTARIUS:. The Sexy one
Spontaneous. Horny. Freak in Bed. High appeal. Rare to find. Great when found. Loves being in long relationships. The one. So much love to give. Not one to mess with. Very pretty. Very romantic. Nice to everyone They meet. Their Love is one of a kind. Silly, fun and sweet. Have own unique sexiness. Most caring person you will ever meet! Amazing in Bed..!!! Did I say Amazing in Bed? Not the kind of person you wanna with you might end up crying. 4 years of bad luck if you do not