Grow under a Mentor

When Sachin Tendulkar was slapped

Praveen Amre, who was coached by Sir Ramakant Achrekar (who also had Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli under his tutelage), recalled an incident, in an interview, about Sachin Tendulkar when he used to play as an under-14.

He said that the disciplinarian, Sir Achrekar seldom said ‘well played’ to anyone, but he used to call Sachin a hero. Amre didn’t fail to mention that Sir Achrekar did everything he could for Sachin. He was ruthless to Sachin when it came to training, but also used to drive him around on the Mumbai streets on his scooter after the tough training. Not to forget, he might be the only person who has slapped the great Sachin Tendulkar.

Continue reading

The Unbelievable Self-Belief

When a paralytic woman became the fastest woman in the world

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994) faced toughest of childhoods. She was born prematurely, and walked into illnesses one after another, constantly! Her family was financially weak and could barely afford a doctor. She was nursed to health by her family, majorly by her mother.

At the age of 4, she contracted infantile paralysis (caused by polio virus). Eventually, she recovered from the virus. However, she had to wear a brace on her left leg and foot, and later an orthopaedic shoe, to walk. In 1952, she started walking independent of the aid of the medical devices. She vowed to get over with all her illness and get on with her dream of becoming an athlete. And the rest is history.

Continue reading

The Complex Simplification

Sir Isaac Newton, in the year 1687, published his research work in Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. This work described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion. These theories, since more than three centuries now, have been dominantly used, in most scientific calculations and applications.

Have you ever wondered how he first got the thought of gravity or motion? How did he work out those concepts in simple mathematical formulas? What principles and assumptions did he use and how? How many times did he test and revise his formulas, principles and assumptions after practical application? What different did he do?

Continue reading