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...She had a point — do we really take care of our home grown, foreign returned sport science professionals? She went on to end the post saying in as many words that it was a mistake on her part to come back to India. The post made me recall a conversation that I had with a foreign-returned Indian graduate in sports bio-mechanics two years’ back. This guy was then and even now is working with one of our national sports teams as a lead performance analyst. During his tenure, the team has won a junior world cup and medals in several international events and the ranking of the national team has improved from being outside top-10 to now inside top-6 in the world rankings. He had experience of working with foreign sports clubs, yet he was being grossly underpaid in comparison to the foreign counterparts. ...TOI on June 16, 2017, 8:42 a.m.
...Then, I realized it was simply a reiteration by our Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan who had announced earlier this year as well that restaurant and hotels cannot force consumers to pay service charge. However, the only difference being this time the statement came on the back of new guidelines issued by the government for eateries on restaurant bills. I was impressed for a moment! That was quick for a response from the government on a serious consumer problem. As I read more and digested the whole subject, I started wondering — is paying service charge the real issue with the consumer? Or is it the lack of transparency in what a consumer is expected to pay at the restaurant? ...TOI on April 28, 2017, 7:39 p.m.
...And I am no exception. What has made me feel great about the whole story is that a large percentage of our athletes have earned their ticket to Rio. Today, our athletes are among the top bracket of performers in their sport, be it Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Tennis or Shooting. This is a departure from the past when we were merely able to make it to the Olympics virtue just making the cut-off. As such, there is no solo story in a sport, but the number of inspiring stories and the competition is fierce within. There is a Sindhu for Saina, a Bopanna for Paes, a Narsingh for Sushil and much more. The mindset is to win and that’s evident in our athletes no longer feeling intimidated by top athletes, as we tended to be in awe of them earlier. Having respect is one thing, and being in awe of another athlete is like losing the battle before it even begins. Today, we see us as among the best. Obviously, there are huge expectations, and many are predicting our athletes to double their medal count from the last games in London. I feel that is very ambitious. ...TOI on Aug. 6, 2016, 1:53 p.m.