Dance The Body Music - East Meets West

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An awesome performance by kids - boy doing a Michael Jackson whereas the girl dances as Radha. An amazing blend of East (Radha) and West (Krishna as Michael Jackson). The choreography is simply brilliant and the result is, well, check for yourself ...

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Powerplay For Dummies

A Powerplay is a rule introduced in 2005 concerning fielding restrictions in One Day International (ODI) cricket and designed to give a temporary advantage to the batting side. In the past, there was a 15-over period at the start of an innings when only two fielders were allowed outside the 30-yard circle. This meant that attacking batsmen were likely to score runs quickly in the first 15 overs, because they were able to play aggressive shots likely to result in a boundary at a lower risk of being caught out, but would become more watchful after the end of the spell.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), in its bid to spice up the 50-over version, amended the rules to allow fielding restrictions for 20 overs in an innings, which is divided into three blocks.

The first 10 overs in each innings allow just two fielders outside the 30-yard circle while captains are allowed to have three fielders outside during the other two blocks of five overs each - termed as Bowling Powerplay and Batting Powerplay.


  • The first ten overs in an innings are defined as Powerplay One (P1). The fielding restrictions during this period are exactly the same as per the old ODI rules with only two players being allowed to stand outside the 30-yard circle and two fielders required to be placed in close catching position.
  • The first block of five overs chosen at the discretion of the relevant captain (as described above) is defined as Powerplay Two (P2). The captain has to decide at which point he wishes to implement this rule. He can only implement it at the beginning of an over, provided he informs the umpire. During this period only three fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle. However there is no mandatory number of close catchers during this power play.
  • The second block of five overs, with identical parameters to Powerplay Two, is defined as Powerplay Three (P3).
  • A batsman must nominate his team’s Powerplay no later than the moment at which the umpire reaches the stumps at the bowler’s end for the start of the next over. The fielding captain may nominate his team’s Powerplay any time prior to the commencement of the over. The umpire who will stand at the bowler’s end for the commencement of a Powerplay block shall determine which side first made the request.
  • When the relevant side's captain informs the umpire that he wishes to enact a powerplay, the official will signal so by moving his arm in a circular motion.
  • Once a side has nominated a Powerplay the decision can not be reversed.
  • Should either team choose not to exercise their discretion, the remaining powerplays automatically commence at the latest available point in the innings (i.e. at the start of the 41st and 46th overs in an uninterrupted innings).
  • If play is interrupted during the first or second Powerplay and on resumption the overs required to be bowled in that Powerplay have already been exceeded, then subsequent Powerplay(s) will assume to have been taken consecutively up to that point.
  • If play is interrupted during the first Powerplay and resumes during the second Powerplay, the second Powerplay will be deemed to have been nominated by the fielding captain.
  • If following an interruption, on resumption the total number of Powerplay overs for an innings has already been exceeded, then there will be no further Powerplay deliveries bowled in the innings.
    Note that this is the only circumstance under which the Powerplay status can be changed during an over.
  • During the non Powerplay Overs, no more than 5 fieldsmen shall be permitted outside the fielding restriction area.

Impact of Powerplays

The Powerplay was intended to add to the excitement in ODI cricket. If the batting team has got off to a very quick start, the fielding captain is likely to choose to delay the use of their Powerplay, and instead spread out the field to stem the flow of runs. Powerplays may then be taken when an attacking batsman is out, or when the run rate has been reduced. Otherwise, the Powerplay overs are likely to be taken at the conclusion of the first 10 over field restrictions.

When it comes to the batting team's Powerplay, this is most likely taken towards the end of the batting team's innings, usually in the last 5 overs, because the batsman are usually aiming to score quickly, and having only three fielders outside the circle assists this.

However, if the two batsman at the crease are well set early in the innings, or a noted big hitter has come in at the fall of a wicket, the captain of the batting team may decide to take the Powerplay earlier than the last 5 overs, to take advantage of this change in circumstances.

A captain whose team is bowling second may choose not to take their allotted powerplay if the total seems likely to be chased down within 40 overs.

When is the right time to take Powerplays?

Captains have often struggled with the timing of the batting powerplay and teams have lost wickets in a heap to fall short of desired totals in the end.

"Even now teams don't know when to take it. It is a double-edged sword," says former Indian opener and commentator Arun Lal. "Many times it backfires on you and you actually play into the hands of the opposition. It's a difficult thing to master and I haven't seen lot of teams being able to decide when exactly to take it."

The captains mostly prefer to take the bowling powerplay straight after the mandatory first 10 overs of powerplay to take advantage of the hardness of the new ball.

But the jury is out on the ideal time to take batting powerplay.

A lot of teams have waited till the end to opt for the five-over restrictions and some have taken it immediately after the mandatory change of the ball in the 34th over.

"You are supposed to take batting powerplay only when you are in a position to take a few risks," Lal continued.

"You take the powerplay to increase the run-rate and it suddenly changes the outlook of the batsmen and he can then make a mistake."

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Facebook Account of A. Raja - Humor

One of our Fundoo Fan sent us this Facebook page screenshot of a minister in Indian government.

Click on the image to enlarge!

Don't know the origin or who owns the copyright (perhaps ?) ... but hey! good for a smile!!!

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The Correct Way to Check Your Weight

After all these years of scientific study, researchers finally have a recommendation on the right way to weigh yourself. The scientists at Martian University Hospital provided this picture so you can get your weight right!

A spokeswoman for the Venus Clinic for Obesity studies commented, "I can't believe I was doing it wrong all these years".

Never take life seriously; nobody gets out alive anyway!

Save the Earth ... it's the only planet with Chocolate!!

Don't know the origin or who owns the copyright ... but hey! good for a smile!!!

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Unbelievable Bowling Talent!

Check out the amazing bowling talent of this guy. Bowling is surely fun but this guy makes it look easy.

Click on the picture to see the action.

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The Winds Of Change

If the recent events are any indication then 2011 may go down in history as the Year of Change.

We have already witnessed political changes in Tunisia & Egypt. I'd also add South Sudan to this group. The question is, "what is the next destination?" The clouds of change already seem to have gathered over some parts of Middle East and Asia.

New alliances will be forged, some relations will get strained, some will rejoice now to realize later they were better off before the change. But this is exactly what is expected when the winds of change blow by!

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10 Tips to Trick Burglars to Think Someone is Home

Source: Home Alarm Monitoring:

The internet is full of web sites with advice on ways to hide your valuables in case of theft. However, what if you could work out something to prevent the burglars from breaking into your house in the first place? Sounds good? Read on!

A house that screams "I'm on vacation" is more likely to draw the attention of thieves. It would be great if we can leave the house for vacation, while the house itself appears to be in "business as usual" state. So, how do we accomplish this? offers 10 simple tips to make it look like you are home. They include some obvious tips like "leaving a light on", and less obvious tips like "Keep a vehicle in front of the home". Yeah, amazing tip, isn't it? Let Your Neighbors Use Your Driveway to Deter Burglars.

Here's the article from their site ...

Burglary is a terrible threat to your property and your peace of mind. Sure, expensive alarm systems or neighborhood security can help to protect your home and your family, but those luxuries are expensive and only available in certain neighborhoods. That doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself with some common sense techniques that can fool a would-be burglar into choosing another victim. Here are 10 tricks to make burglars think someone is home:

1. Leave a light on: This may seem a bit obvious, but a strategically placed light may be the easiest and most common sense way to keep burglars out. A small and energy efficient light that illuminates an area near a window or a commonly occupied room works best to deter would-be burglars.

2. Buy a TV simulating lamp: Yes, such a thing exists. The lamps are inexpensive, available at most electronics stores and simulate the glow given off by an HD television almost exactly. For the price of a DVD you can create the illusion of a person watching TV in your house even when you’re across the country.

3. Pick up the newspaper: Keeping your lawn free of papers is a great way to simulate being home. A burglar will notice papers strewn on the front lawn and consider it an invitation to help themselves to your property. Paying a friend or neighbor to pick up your newspapers when you’re on vacation could save you a serious headache.

4. Keep a dog dish in plain sight: Burglars and dogs don’t get along. Keeping a dog dish in plain sight can make a burglar think that his nemesis is on guard, and you can rest assured that burglars don’t want to tangle with guard dogs. Just be sure to keep the dish in an area where passers-by can plainly see it and you’ve got yourself a cheap burglar deterrent, even if you don’t own a dog.

5. Keep the lawn maintained: Allowing bushes to become overgrown or the grass to grow tall while you're out of town is an easy tip off for burglars. It’s worth the extra money to keep the lawn maintained as if you were home tending to it yourself. Plenty of lawn services will tend to whatever your yard needs whether or not you are there to supervise, and when it comes to preventing burglary they are worth the money.

6. Use motion sensing lights: A burglar thrives in the darkness, so why not take that element away from them by using motion sensing lights? You can find them at most home improvement stores and they are reasonably priced. When a burglar tries to sneak around your yard and is suddenly blinded by a motion sensing light, he’s likely to try another house or maybe even abandon his plan altogether.

7. Keep blinds open: This may seem counterintuitive, but when you’re home do you always keep the blinds and shutters shut tight? Probably not, and it’s important to replicate how the house would look when you’re home to make burglars think you really are there. Keeping the blinds open is a great way to show burglars that you are not afraid and that they shouldn’t even think about trying to rob your home.

8. Hide garbage cans: When you’re home, you generate trash, and you usually keep that trash out of sight. A burglar who sees empty garbage cans may realize that you’re not home generating trash, and he may take advantage of your absence by robbing you blind.

9. Keep a vehicle in front of the home: It’s a great idea to ask a friend to park and regularly move a vehicle in plain sight around your home. For those burglars who choose to “case” potential targets, a vehicle that is regularly moving is a sure sign that either someone is still home or someone is watching the house.

10. Don’t tell the world you’re leaving: You can tell a few close friends or neighbors, but don’t advertise to the world that you’re leaving town. If you do, none of these techniques are likely to make much of a difference. Be discrete about who you notify and keep a low profile. That alone should help prevent a burglar from learning your secret.

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ICC World Cup 2011 - Interactive Schedule

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 schedule has been released and the mega cricket event will be held from the 19th of February to the 2nd of April in the Indian sub-continent. The world cup will be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

With just a few days remaining, Cricbuzz unveils its World Cup page. It is a awesome interactive page. Click on the image below to visit the site.

Yahoo! Cricket also has a cool interactive page that shows the schedule along with some details about the teams. Click on the image below to visit the site.

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The Art of Reading Body Language - Your Boss' Body Language

Source: Yahoo! HotJobs:

Now, more than ever, understanding body language in the workplace isn't just a game - it's a career necessity! In this fast paced competitive world, it is very important to notice a visual clue and react appropriately.

Don't just listen - watch! Actions do speak louder than words.

It's easy to miss subtle messages in the way someone positions her body, uses her hands, moves her eyes or alters her tone of voice. But when you do, you can miss out on vital information at work, from peers and supervisors alike, where decoding "body talk" matters as much as - and sometimes more than - the spoken word. Why? Because nonverbal cues are more immediate, instinctive and uncontrolled than verbal expression, bringing genuine attitudes and feelings smack into the open.

It's never going to be easy understanding your boss. He is, after all, a human and as you have probably noticed, humans can be very unpredictive at times. A person's body language reveals definite clues about the person's thought process. So, let's get started with some basics as Pat Mayfield articulated in her article published in Yahoo! Hotjobs.

Most employees pay attention to what the boss says, while the savvy employee also pays attention to how it is being said. Bosses can be good at using -- not just reading -- body language, which may be one of the reasons they got to be boss in the first place.

Often the body changes quickly if the boss likes or does not like what he saw or heard, or if she is uncomfortable in what she is saying to you. So watch closely -- it happens in a nanosecond!

Pat lists down some ways to help interpret the boss' body language. Here they are:

Body Stance and Posture


  • Physically on the same level (sitting or standing).
  • Directly faces you.
  • Comes into your office rather than just standing at the door.
  • In a group, sits or stands close to you.


  • Does not face you directly.
  • Stands and looks down on you. (Ever have a boss who never sits?)
  • Places both hands on his hips to create a wingspan. (Even the big guys and gals who don't need more "space" may do this.)
  • In groups, avoids you, sits with others, or does not introduce you.

Eyes, Head, and Face


  • Looks you directly in the eye.
  • Muscles around the eye are relaxed.
  • Facial muscles are relaxed. Lips are their normal size.
  • Pleasant face and friendly smile.


  • Rapid eye movement, does not look at you; has a cold, glaring, staring, or glazed-over look.
  • Blinks more than normal.
  • Raises one eyebrow as if in disbelief or doubt.
  • Facial muscles are tight; lips thin out.
  • Jaw muscles and clenched, and temple or neck veins throb.
  • Smile is stiff and forced.

Hands, Arms, and Gestures


  • Hands are in view, opened, calm.
  • Arms are open (but may be crossed in a comfortable position).


  • Hands are not in sight -- in pockets, or under the table or desk.
  • Hands (in sight) are closed or in a fist; fingers tightly clasped.
  • Arms are tightly crossed (defensive or protective position).
  • Points or wags his or her finger aggressively.
  • Drums his or her fingers or fidgets nervously.
To conclude, she says,
Remember, sometimes body language is not about you. Bosses have their own issues and you might just be in the line of fire. Observe many situations and look for consistency for the full story.

It's the broadening of communication that makes understanding body language a valuable skill in every facet of life. Knowing more about how someone feels and thinks will not only give you a business and personal advantage, but boost your confidence as well.

Finally, it is about you as well:
It isn't enough just to understand other people's body language - controlling your own nonverbal signals can improve your image and increase your success.

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