Futbol

4 new rules for more goals in World Cup football

One would have thought that those pathologically law-abiding Germans would follow all the rules, even the unwritten ones.  The biggest unwritten one of them all in this FIFA World Cup seems to be that there should be no goal during regulation time. Did Germany not know what Brazil clearly did – that no goals were…

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A guide to Indian baby names

Not too long ago, I was researching baby names and paying close attention to what people were naming their babies. It didn’t take me long to realize that we Indians have a few unwritten rules for naming our babies.  Here are the top 10 rules based on my research : 1. The name should start…

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Do we need a dress code at work?

So UBS has finally revamped its much-criticized dress code.  The WSJ reports that the new version is a much more  sober version than the hilarious original dress code. “Men will be required to wear a dark-colored suit, a white shirt and a red tie, and women a female equivalent of this,” Mr. Kern said. The…

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Going Rogue on facts

Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue”, which I read recently, is a fascinating book in many ways.   The book told me so many things about Sarah Palin that I had never suspected before.  For instance: 1. Sarah Palin writes beautifully.  She writes much better than how she speaks or twitters.  Sample this (and all this in just…

Fashion forecast by WSJ (Pic courtesy : WSJ/ Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010)

Rising hemlines and the biggest boom of all time?

It was just a generation ago that women fought for the right to wear pants.  Even a few years back, many companies in the US considered business formal attire for women to mean a skirt suit (i.e. a jacket and a skirt) rather than a pantsuit.  Business formal aside, many women in the older generation…

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Did Sleeping Beauty snore?

Two days and twenty nine years after Diana Spencer’s wedding to Prince Charles, there was another fairytale wedding in the world (if you go by the US newspapers atleast).  We have been treated to front page stories every day on Chelsea Clinton’s fiance, speculations on the wedding venue,  her dress, guest list, the wedding cost,…

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Four and twenty red winged blackbirds

“Get off my lawn” he screamed at me, and I could see he meant it.  Those may not have been his exact words, but there was no mistaking the hostility in his beady eyes and the way his face jutted out aggressively. I wanted to tell him that some people would say that the lawn…