The starkest insight from the Bengal leaderboard isn’t the story of the top 2 parties. A more fascinating tale is in the second line from the bottom of that leaderboard (highlighted below).


In 2012 Susan Cain wrote a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking - commonly referred to as “the book that started the Quiet Revolution,”. In her book Susan explains we live in a world dominated by the “Extrovert Ideal”: “the omnipresent belief that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha and comfortable in the spotlight.”

And this has resulted in a myth about leadership that is prevalent widely in our lives -

"the extroverts are the ones good at leadership and introverts can only lead if we aped the characteristics of an extrovert".


2005.

India was evolving. The news industry was exploding. It was clear, private news (besides state run Doordarshan) wasn’t going to be limited to New Delhi Television (NDTV), the first mover in private news space — whose rise, from a weekly hour long spot in Doordarshan in the 80s (The World This Week), to running a channel on Murdoch’s Star network (Star News), to starting their own channel (NDTV), was a story worth writing reams about.

But that’s for another day.

India was ready for the News explosion. And the model to emulate was (obviously) the cable news model of…


It has been a few days since the horrific session at Adelaide that brought upon us the ignominious reality of having to digest a “36 all out” calamity. But then, we are blessed with the power to endure. We use our own ways to get over it — some sleep, some watch a bad slapstick comedy, some rant over the web, some bury their heads in the pillows to shout their spleens out and many become selectors and experts.

Or, like me have a I vs me deep spiritual conversation. Here’s excerpts from that dialog.

I: Is this the end…


Rokega…

Yeh Aankh bandh karke rokega…

Idhar se daal sakta hai…

Idhar se andar nahin aayega…

Tere Upar hai…

Beech waale dande se…

(He will Block..

He will block with his eyes shut…

You can bowl from round the wicket…

It won’t come into him from this side…

It’s up to you…

Turn it from the middle stump )

Those were Dhoni’s instructions to Kuldeep Yadav, plotting the dismissal of New Zealand no. 11 Trent Boult, who was hell-bent on blocking everything. New Zealand was in dire straits, with 9 wickets down. For Dhoni, it wasn’t about the result ever…


Mahendra Singh Dhoni, (Ex-Indian Cricket Captain and Player), announced his retirement on Aug 15, at 1929 hrs., as the sun set on the southernmost tip of the nation. This was an iconic moment as one of the most prolific leaders of this era was calling time on what was one of the most incredible chapters in Leadership.

It took me a while to compose this piece, as I had to reflect on “what it was holistically”. Just to give a context to all my non-cricketing friends — MS (as he is widely known), came from the hinterlands of India with…


When I was 13, I once got very hassled with a situation at school.

But first, a bit of context. Growing up in India (especially in the government colony of an ammunition factory where my father was employed), our society was always divided on many lines — gender, religion, caste, working class etc. And as kids we would see these make their way into our classrooms too. There were visible differences like separate seating based on gender, different fees based on gender, different admission criteria based on caste, different classmates living in different sectors in the colony based on the…

Sheel Majumdar

I write about Cricket and Self-Leadership.

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