Article, Featured, Football, Sports

Featured: GoodBye Poldi!

Article by Tanmay Bhatnagar

While it has generally served Podolski well to have so simple a modus operandi, this approach is also distinctly limited. While he has rarely been short of goals in his career, and has notched some spectacular strikes along the way, true greatness in the modern game requires proficiency in more than one field. Compare Podolski at club and international level to the likes of Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose and perhaps even someone like Mario Gomez, and his all-round contribution on the pitch lags behind in several areas. That doesn’t quite explain how, barring Klose, Podolski has made more appearances and scored more goals than any of them, and indeed many of Die Mannschaft’s all-time greats.

When assessing how Podolski has achieved legend status with Germany, one has to make a stark distinction between his club contributions and his showings for the national team. One of the great contradictions of his career is that, while he has often underachieved at club level, Podolski has almost always been able to step things up on the international stage. For most players, it is the other way around, with many struggling psychologically with the pressures and emotions of representing their country, even if their domestic form is fantastic. Likewise, it is rare that a footballer plays a bit part for his club but nonetheless continues to be selected for his national team, considering that domestic form is one of the most important criteria on which selection is judged.

With Podolski, however, it seems that the normal rules of football do not apply. When he makes his final appearance for Germany on Wednesday evening – starting the game as captain for the first time as they take on England at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund – he will win his 130th cap for Die Mannschaft, well ahead of several acclaimed contemporaries including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm. One does not make this many appearances for Germany without huge talent and in-game intelligence, nor does one score more goals than Jurgen Klinsmann, Rudi Völler and Karl Heinz-Rummenigge as little more than a one-trick pony. Nonetheless, in the time that Podolski has earned this distinguished international record – and won the World Cup, let’s not forget – he has also floundered at several clubs, not least Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Inter Milan.

This unusual state of affairs can in part be put down to coaching and management. Podolski has a famously good relationship with Germany boss Joachim Löw, who ahead of Wednesday’s match in Dortmund has hailed the 31-year-old as “one of the greatest players ever to come out of Germany.” There is another contradiction here in that Podolski was actually born in Gliwice, Poland, and was supposedly keen to play for his country of birth until he was overlooked in his breakthrough season by then-coach Pawel Janas. Germany snapped him up in the meantime, and he has been coached by Löw one way or another in the entire 13 years since making his senior international bow. For anyone who has watched and compared Podolski’s performances for club and country, is it clear that Löw gets something extra out of him that other managers struggle to provoke.

Podolski was never going to become the ideal German footballer, but he somehow managed to find something more for the national team than he did for his club sides, barring perhaps his beloved Köln. Over the course of his first half decade with Die Mannschaft, Löw deployed him as a winger, a forward and a left midfielder, and Podolski showed a versatility for his country which he was accused of lacking first at Bayern, then throughout his time with Arsenal and during his barren loan spell in Milan. Again, this suggests that rather than being inherently limited, Podolski was always able to adapt his game with the right sort of communication and instruction. Joachim Löw understood this better than Podolski’s club coaches, and so the Germany boss found a more complete solution to the conundrum of harnessing Podolski’s skills.

That said, there are other contradictory elements of Podolski’s career that make him seem like a genuine enigma. His positional issues at club level were strange and inconsistent, especially considering that he showed with Germany that he could, in theory, do it all. During two successful spells with Köln he thrived as a star striker, but when he moved to Arsenal he struggled as an out-and-out forward, even after several attempts to cultivate this position for him. Having arrived in the aftermath of the departure of Robin van Persie, many fans thought Podolski would be a more natural successor than Olivier Giroud. Strangely, though, Podolski made very little impact up front, and so found himself shunted out to the left wing where – despite his decent goal return – he struggled with his defensive duties and often found himself in a peripheral role.

One might put this down to divergent tactical systems, or some arbitrary difference in pace and physicality between the Bundesliga and the Premier League. In reality, it was hard to put one’s finger on precisely what Podolski’s problem was, and why exactly he failed to excel. Some said he was too slow, but so fundamental a shortcoming would surely have hampered him at international level (incidentally, he also holds the record for the fastest goal ever scored by the German national team). Some claimed that he wasn’t visible enough, but would inevitably find themselves eating their words when he proceeded to score a box-office volley or a jaw-dropping goal from long range. Some decided that he had neither the concentration nor the application required to kick on, which seemed exceedingly harsh for a player who was deemed good enough to earn transfers to such high-profile clubs. There was perhaps a kernel of truth in this, however, in that international tournaments require rather less stamina than a full domestic season, and certainly during Podolski’s time at Arsenal his fitness was not the best.

Whatever the true source of Podolski’s intermittent club struggles, the contradictions do not end there. Having come through the youth ranks at FC Köln and grown up in the city, Podolski has often used his time off to return to the Rhineland and regularly professes his love for the area. In that sense he is of a homely disposition, and yet he is also an intrepid internationalist who has played in England, Italy and Turkey with Galatasaray, this at a time when many of his Germany teammates have been more than happy to stay in the Bundesliga. Having just finished his spell in Istanbul, he is now set for a transfer to Japan to play for J-League side Vissel Kobe. The cultural difference will no doubt represent a formidable challenge for Podolski to overcome, but his willingness to take on that challenge hardly seems characteristic of a man who lacks intuition, versatility or brains.

Cooking, Featured, Food, Recipe

Featured: Sunny Side Up.

Recipe by Vibhore Bhatnagar


2 Pasteurized Egg(s)
2 tsp Butter


Servings: 1

Active Time: 3 mins

Total Time: 3 mins



-To cook an egg sunny-side up, first crack a pasteurized egg into a custard cup or small bowl.
-In a nonstick skillet set over medium-low heat, melt 2 teaspoons butter.
-When the butter has melted and begins to bubble, gently pour the egg into the skillet.
-Cook until the white is opaque and the yolk has set, about 1 to 2 minutes.
-Then sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired.
-Now just slide the egg from the skillet onto a plate.

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Article, Featured, Fitness and Health, Lifestyle, Sports, Travel

Featured: Travel- A Dive into Myself.

Article by Shubham Rathore

Hello Everyone!

Travel! I think most of us gets excited just by hearing this word, Why?
I can’t say about others but I can surely try to dig out the reasons for myself. So, let’s start the journey……one second, let me provide a precautionary warning first, I hereby declare that I’m not at all an extensively travelled man. I am just a guy who likes to go out and explore my surroundings each and every day. So, fasten your seat belts. 🙂

I think each one of us have different outlook on the topic of travel. For some it might be a getaway from the usual, for some it might just be a simple commute, for some it might mean to explore something new etc etc. Well for me it’s anything and everything you do after stepping out of your home. Here home is also a very relative as well as complex word, for me it’s where you get it all, where you have absolutely no complaints, where life’s good.

For me, travel has absolutely no destination. It’s a dive into the unknown. Here, you only seek knowledge. Knowledge about yourself, about your surroundings.

How I discovered my Love of Travel?

I’ve been a hardcore runner for almost 3 years now. One year back I thought that my passion was only running but one fine day while travelling to some place I realized that my true love is to travel. I realized that I like to travel and run because they are basically the same thing at the root level, reasons being:

– When I run, my mind is in calm state, I can gain clarity about an issue if I want to or else, I can just be in the moment. The same thing I realized happens when I travel. I think there is something with the movement that makes the the brain behave the way it does.
– Running has made me realize how less we really need in life and in turn made me appreciate what we get.
– Running has helped me in growing as a human because you get to learn a lot about life when you’re exposed to the elements while on the run.
– You can experience these two things if you travel with a minimalistic approach only, If you’re travelling with all the luxury then, I suppose you won’t be able to feel it.
– I have seen some of the most beautiful sights while on the run and it has helped me in bonding with people that, I don’t even know few minutes before.
This one needs no justification as, this is what travel is all about.

How I like to Travel?

– I love to explore a place with the minimum impact because, it’s more fun that way. I’m a person who loves to go places through public transport, while there I love to roam around on foot. This way you get to connect with the place in a better way.
– I am that sort of a person who doesn’t believe in making itinerary for a travel. I go to the place, ask people what to do and do it. This approach helps in being in the exact moment.
– I love to talk with locals, this way you get to broaden your horizons and make some very pure relationships.
– I also like to travel solo sometimes, as you get to learn a lot more about yourself. One more thing that I noticed while some solo travels is that, people tend to extend a lot of warmth when you travel alone. This makes things very interesting.

“It is by moving around this beautiful world, we travel deeper into ourselves and make it beautiful as well,what you need on this journey is the same set of eyes and heart that you’re born with on this earth.”

Thanks for the read and let me know about your version of travel at my blog Talks on the Run.

Have a good life! 🙂

Article, Featured, History, Politics, Spotlight

Featured: The Truth about Communism.

Article by Udit Taneja

Since 19th century communism became more than a theory, but a profound thought that can be sensed among underprivileged of society. For years, people have used this ideology to overthrow government and create a revolution for creating a balanced society but we have also been able to see that communism has somewhere failed along the line, and why’s that? Well, to understand this we may have to look at the life of the man who gave this ideology to begin with.

In 1818 a Jewish boy was born in the family of Russian and German parents his name was Karl Marx. Marx always said and held to the inequality among the people of his society and faced a lot of challenges during his lifetime, which lead to the total devastation in his mind and among his emotional security, but the main problem came during the time when he lost his wife and both of his kids to an illness which could have been treated but failed to do so due to being in an economic poor class. With the feeling of loss he decided to kill himself and failed to do so. At that time he lost or we may say that Incident with a couple more of his childhood that were filled with sorrow killed his emotional senses and that time he came up with an ideology with full of idealism. Communism doesn’t sense recognize the emotional part of the mankind and since that is the issue it has created an ideology that is more of a dream as man cannot live without emotions, or cannot destroy the emotions that begin and ends within him.

Article, Crime, Featured, Human Rights, Legal, Women Rights

Featured: Kick Cruelty. Pick Equality.

Article by Bhumika Bhatnagar

Women are an essential part of society, but through corridors of time they had seen discrimination, exploitation and violation of their human rights. Women attain human rights by birth, which are violated by the society since many ages. Equality between men and women and eliminating all forms of exploitation and discrimination should be the major concern for development and empowerment of women around the world. Women are considered a means of sexual pleasure as well as an instrument to carry on a generation, and had seen a cruel type of human conduct against them like physical, mental and sexual abuse; but a woman is something more: she’s a daughter, a sister and a mother. Humanity should be the major concept of living, and human rights are irrespective of gender.

Felonies against Women

Violence: Women are on the receiving end of domestic and sexual violence. The International Men and Gender Equality Survey Questionnaire report that 24% of Indian men had committed domestic or sexual violence in their lives; according to the disgust mentality of Indian society, women should tolerate violence in order to keep the family together.

Dowry: Illegal in India but still conducted by the family of bride to keep groom’s family happy and satisfied by giving them expensive gifts. A murder or suicide of a woman is caused by a dispute over her dowry is called dowry deaths and when it is done by setting a woman on fire, it’s called bride burning.

Rape: A nightmare in the life of any woman. In India, a woman is raped in every 29 minutes. Women are not safe in their own house as their husbands force them to have sex without their consent, it’s called marital rape. A pity, it’s not a crime in India but surely a social offence which needs attention.

Female Feticide & Infanticide: The crime done by the parents to get rid from a girl child. In India, birth of a female child is considered to be social and economic burden for her parents. There was increase in the number of sex-selective abortion in the 1990s than 2000s. Significantly more abortion occurs in rural areas as compared to urban areas when the child is female.

Women are tortured in many other ways like Honor Killing, Forced Prostitution and Acid Attacks. This is how women are treated in the society and it is a shame for us.

Armaments for protection of Women’s Rights

All the instruments for protection of women’s rights were brought by some active women. They struggled past many decades for ensuring equality, but they outburst in the nineteenth century, resulted in the first International Council of Women; with some of the events women had made others to think on their issue lead to:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948: Ensures rights for empowerment of women and equality; states: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedom set forth in this declaration without distinction of any kind such as race, color or sex”.

Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women, 1981: The convention focuses on elimination forms of discrimination against women and to abolish such type of practices, customs and religious ceremonies which are affecting women or exploiting them. It enforces the States to abolish customs, practices and rituals which discriminates women from men.

Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, 1951: Resulted in reduction of illegal human trafficking and helped other nations to adopt similar type of regulation as India did, by not allowing cinematography of women in an indecent form.

Convention on the Political Rights of Women, 1953: It ensures right of a woman to vote and to take part in the elections, the concern of political rights were kept in mind for uplifting the status of women

The African Charter Human and Peoples Rights, 1986: Adopted by the African countries and imposed obligation on the African state for eliminating all forms of discrimination and to ensure protection of women’s rights.

Right to Equality: Indian constitution has provided rights which gave liberty to the women; the fundamental rights had been laid down for equal opportunities for women in all fields of development.

Society needs to learn that girl pride is as important as boy pride. In India, we worship goddesses and on the other hand we abuse women. Hypothetically, women might have been given more freedom but in practice, they still suffer many hardship, inhuman dignities and unworthy treatment everywhere. A disciplined society could be easily attained with coordination of both men and women together, like any individual we all are humans first, everyone has right to dignity, equality and life. The traditional status of women is breaking up and role-sets based on achievement, independence and equality are gradually coming up. Society has started respecting women and their position has started changing from a vulnerable position to a position of confidence and life of prosperity.

Article, Entrepreneurship, Featured

Featured: The Success-preneur.

Article by Harshvardhan Singh

Success is like a fruit it doesn’t come to anyone overnight it need continue effort and hard work to acquire it. But working hard is not enough to bring it.It needs more than that to be a successful chap; recent college grads increasingly build side businesses in addition to whatever full-time job they are able to land. Those businesses included freelance work, eBay shops, tutoring, baking and Web design. People in their 30s and beyond are also embracing the trend to increase their income and financial security.

The most successful entrepreneurs, from the baker who launched his own custom cake business to the bookstore manager who decided she’d be better off launching her own coaching business, tend to share some common traits:

Desire: They know exactly what motivates them, and it often starts with a big loss or other major event in their lives.
Specialized Knowledge: They choose entrepreneurial pursuits that line up with longstanding passions, interests and skills. Entrepreneurs thrive when their business plays off their existing skills, talents and interests– choosing a business that leverages those is the first step to success.
Organized Planning: They minimize their expenses in both their professional and personal lives, while finding ways to invest in their venture.
Inspiration: They rely heavily on online communities of similarly minded people to seek innovation and get inspiration.
Faith: They actively and shamelessly promote their brands through social media and other grassroots marketing efforts.
Decisions and Management: They master time management strategies that enable them to maintain full-time jobs along with their side ventures.
Persistence: They find ways to be resilient in the face of inevitable setbacks.
Sustainability and Coexistence: As their businesses grow, they support other small shops and start-ups by outsourcing tasks, which further enhances their own businesses, and often find other ways to give back as well.
Peace of Mind: They derive a deep sense of financial security and fulfilment from their businesses, far beyond money.

If you’re ready to launch your own side gig– to save you from financial fear and frustration, to make you more secure and wealthy, and to give you a sense of satisfaction and personal accomplishment beyond what you get from your main source of employment– then consider applying these strategies to your own life.

You’ll be building the economy of your own.