NEED TO DEVELOP COMMUNICATION SKILLS

NEED TO DEVELOP COMMUNICATION SKILLS

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NEED TO DEVELOP COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Having spent the last forty years in the field of academics, serving in Pakistan and abroad, the author has observed that there is a dire need for the young generation of Pakistan to improve their communication skills. Also, the feedback received from the media personnel, old students, foreign faculty, working professionals and the parents spells out the ominous requirement  of  including an interactive class which focuses on grooming and improving communication skills of Pakistani students. The feedback has prompted us to introduce a course that will improve communication skills of Concordia Students studying at the intermediate level. The objective is to help the students improve their communication skills and groom them to a level where they are identified as smart, fittest and intelligent students with high level of acceptability in the society. As a result of these focal points, the Course has been designed along with a “Teachers Guide”. A total of 7 lectures have been prepared for the purpose. In addition to delivering these lectures, practice sessions will be conducted by the in-class teachers. With the help of “Teachers Guide” the focus of the Course has been to raise the confidence level of students and improve their interactive abilities. Ideally, on successful completion of this course, the students would be adequately and properly groomed to behave and talk properly.

The emphasis of this course is on good ethical and moral values as expected in civilized societies in the world. Students will be taught to respect each other’s opinion, to accommodate and avoid any form of confrontation. A conscientious effort would be made that students learn to avoid passing comments, judgments, imposing personal opinions and avoid giving sweeping remarks. While discussing personal, political, controversial, sensitive and religious matters, students would be trained and groomed to be careful. Ignoring other people’s viewpoints, cracking harmful jokes and hurting other people’s feelings is also very deeply disliked. It has always been in the largest interest of the society that everyone obeys rules and regulations. No one should be allowed to bypass the established and defined laws of the land. At public and private places jumping the queue should be discouraged. Similarly, respect for merit and justice and values of sharing and caring should be promoted in the society. Benefits of some qualities such as adaptability, flexibility, tolerance and resilience should be explained. Concepts of “unity in diversity “also needs to be properly highlighted.

Students will be taught the general advantages of humbleness and compassion; with a clear message that every form of arrogance and pride is to be avoided. Modesty in words and statements and in body language will be demonstrated in practice sessions during the class discussions. It has been observed by the Members of various Interview Boards for the selection of various positions that candidates generally do not present themselves well before the interview boards. When these candidates are asked to give their brief introduction, majority of them become nervous while some totally fail to bring important points into the attention of the Members of the Board. Mostly such opportunities are lost because they normally do not perform well. The course content titled “How Do I Introduce Myself” and “Preparing for Interviews” teaches students and potential candidates for the jobs to prepare well and practice well before they appear in any formal interview or an important meeting. The points in the related slides provide all the necessary details on that subject.

Some other important aspects of interviews and meetings have also been highlighted. First and foremost is the submission of a job application; and for that, students will be taught how to prepare a good CV or Resume. It has been observed that very few candidates are able to prepare their CV accurately. Sometimes when they are shortlisted, even their accessibility becomes a problem; at times their contact addresses and other relevant information proves to be outdated and their support documents also do not give a clear picture to determine their eligibility, suitability and fitness for the job they had applied for. There is a golden rule to make a checklist almost in every case as a reminder to do things according to the requirements and nature of work.  This list, if properly made, will also help at the time of interview or an important meeting. In an actual interview, it is observed that candidates also commit some general mistakes. They do not bring with them their original documents or supporting documents. Some do not prioritize as to which necessary points to be brought into the notice of the interviewing panel of experts. In some cases the body language, dress, behavior and the manner of answering questions is not proper and formal.

Likewise, in some interviews sometimes candidates are required to make three-to-five minutes presentation; this is the most important part of the decision-making as far as the interview of a candidate is concerned. Due to this very reason, Concordia Colleges have made it mandatory for every student to learn the art and science of making presentations. It has been observed that a majority of students shy away from public speaking. But experience tells us that when a student on the encouragement of his teacher does it once, he himself feels more confident next time. Subsequently this student starts enjoying making presentations and his confidence level is tremendously raised as compared to other students who either do not make attempts or are reluctant in doing so. It is a proven fact that verbal as well as written presentations have very deep effects on raising the confidence level of students.

Furthermore, young people should be trained how to make and answer a telephone call correctly; and also how to take an important message and then forward that message to the concerned person. There are 7Cs of effective communication written in the books on ‘Business Communication’ titles. The message must be complete in all respects, covering all the important points; message should be concise avoiding unnecessary details; it should be courteous, correct and clear in all matters. The Course contents emphasize on the usage of kind words and polite phrases. As far as formal interviews,  meetings as well as informal talks with elders and seniors is concerned, it is always recommended to use “Sir” and “Madam” as prefixes while answering the questions or simply addressing a member of the Selection Board. In normal conversations, words like “kindly” and “please” are to be used wherever appropriate. Some polite statements for good image-building should be rehearsed in the practice sessions.  Students are strictly advised not to use offending words; even if a complaint is to be registered, these students will be trained and groomed to choose appropriate words in order to keep the relations undamaged and the situation does not reach a stage where it becomes irreparable. Students will be trained to ensure that they do not rush things; they are well-composed, they have already thought through the whole process and display the positive behavior that will ensure a suitable outcome. Students will be made to realize that kind and courteous words always soften the hard attitudes.     

   Students will also be made fully vigilant about their safety requirements when they are travelling on busy roads. Now-a-days, a heavy load of traffic on roads and highways has become an intolerable problem resulting in deaths and fatal injuries almost on daily basis. Most of these accidents can be avoided if traffic rules and regulations are followed in letter and spirit. In good times, Traffic Police used to observe traffic weeks to inculcate the knowledge of rules and regulations among the members of the civil society. Vibrant electronic and print media of Pakistan can help in promoting good values in this direction. But unfortunately none seemed to be truthfully fulfilling its responsibilities in this regard and much needs to be done. Young motorcyclists have not been provided with guidance to stay away from the fast-moving car lanes; it is often observed that motorcyclists are spread all over the roads and often maneuvering in a zigzag manner or overtaking fast moving cars and frequently changing lanes all over the fast lanes. The car drivers have not been inculcated the message to save lives of the exposed, inexperienced, and in some cases illiterate and uneducated young motorcyclists. It has also been frequently noticed that car drivers are using cell-phones and at times even texting during driving. Also, more often noticed phenomena is that Pedestrians are hit from behind by fast moving wagons and cars; they do not know that perhaps it would be better for them to walk on the opposite side of the flow of normal traffic.

The importance of improving communication skills has been recognized globally. However, an important question arises: why should we improve our English language in order to improve our communication skills? In the past, there has been a great deal of resentment against learning or speaking English language not only in non-English speaking countries like China, Russia, France, Germany and East-European countries but also in countries that had been colonized by the British imperial power. Until the 1990s in those countries simple words like “Bus Station, Museum, Train Station, Coach Station, Airport, Way Out, and Washrooms etc.” were not translated in English language even for the tourists at historical and cultural places. In diplomatic talks, debates, and at the United Nations most countries preferred to use their own national language. But now the situation has changed tremendously and countries like China, Russia, Germany, Japan and France have internationalized their educational institutions; foreign students have been allowed to use English language in their normal courses as well as reports and theses. Even China and Russia have been sending their students to Britain and the US for higher studies; China is number one in the UK universities as far as number of foreign students there is concerned. There are various people-to-people contacts as well as student-teachers exchange programs implemented by the European Community under the EU assistance in promoting the globalization process in the world. In summary, the importance of English language has greatly increased over the years which demands its learning more as a communication tool and language

And last but not the least, Communication Skills Class may be the only class that would not be graded by the class-teacher alone but by any person interacting with the Concordia College Students. And this evaluation may continue not only during his or her student days but throughout his or her life. Good manners with good communication skills will form the basis for Concordia Students to gain a competitive edge over students from other institutions. In conclusion, this course will help the students sharpen their communication skills if the teachers make the students become aware of the importance of the lifelong benefits.

 Dated: 17 June 2016

Having spent the last forty years in the field of academics, serving in Pakistan and abroad, the author has observed that there is a dire need for the young generation of Pakistan to improve their communication skills. Also, the feedback received from the media personnel, old students, foreign faculty, working professionals and the parents spells out the ominous requirement  of  including an interactive class which focuses on grooming and improving communication skills of Pakistani students. The feedback has prompted us to introduce a course that will improve communication skills of Concordia Students studying at the intermediate level. The objective is to help the students improve their communication skills and groom them to a level where they are identified as smart, fittest and intelligent students with high level of acceptability in the society. As a result of these focal points, the Course has been designed along with a “Teachers Guide”. A total of seven lectures have been prepared for the purpose. In addition to delivering these lectures, practice sessions will be conducted by the in-class teachers. With the help of “Teachers Guide” the focus of the Course has been to raise the confidence level of students and improve their interactive abilities. Ideally, on successful completion of this course, the students would be adequately and properly groomed to behave and talk properly.

The emphasis of this course is on good ethical and moral values as expected in civilized societies in the world. Students will be taught to respect each other’s opinion, to accommodate and avoid any form of confrontation. A conscientious effort would be made that students learn to avoid passing comments, judgments, imposing personal opinions and avoid giving sweeping remarks. While discussing personal, political, controversial, sensitive and religious matters, students would be trained and groomed to be careful. Ignoring other people’s viewpoints, cracking harmful jokes and hurting other people’s feelings is also very deeply disliked. It has always been in the largest interest of the society that everyone obeys rules and regulations. No one should be allowed to bypass the established and defined laws of the land. At public and private places jumping the queue should be discouraged. Similarly, respect for merit and justice and values of sharing and caring should be promoted in the society. Benefits of some qualities such as adaptability, flexibility, tolerance and resilience should be explained. Concepts of “unity in diversity “also needs to be properly highlighted.

Students will be taught the general advantages of humbleness and compassion; with a clear message that every form of arrogance and pride is to be avoided. Modesty in words and statements and in body language will be demonstrated in practice sessions during the class discussions. It has been observed by the Members of various Interview Boards for the selection of various positions that candidates generally do not present themselves well before the interview boards. When these candidates are asked to give their brief introduction, majority of them become nervous while some totally fail to bring important points into the attention of the Members of the Board. Mostly such opportunities are lost because they normally do not perform well. The course content titled “How Do I Introduce Myself” and “Preparing for Interviews” teaches students and potential candidates for the jobs to prepare well and practice well before they appear in any formal interview or an important meeting. The points in the related slides provide all the necessary details on that subject.

Some other important aspects of interviews and meetings have also been highlighted. First and foremost is the submission of a job application; and for that, students will be taught how to prepare a good CV or Resume. It has been observed that very few candidates are able to prepare their CV accurately. Sometimes when they are shortlisted, even their accessibility becomes a problem; at times their contact addresses and other relevant information proves to be outdated and their support documents also do not give a clear picture to determine their eligibility, suitability and fitness for the job they had applied for. There is a golden rule to make a checklist almost in every case as a reminder to do things according to the requirements and nature of work.  This list, if properly made, will also help at the time of interview or an important meeting. In an actual interview, it is observed that candidates also commit some general mistakes. They do not bring with them their original documents or supporting documents. Some do not prioritize as to which necessary points to be brought into the notice of the interviewing panel of experts. In some cases the body language, dress, behavior and the manner of answering questions is not proper and formal.

Likewise, in some interviews sometimes candidates are required to make three-to-five minutes presentation; this is the most important part of the decision-making as far as the interview of a candidate is concerned. Due to this very reason, Concordia Colleges have made it mandatory for every student to learn the art and science of making presentations. It has been observed that a majority of students shy away from public speaking. But experience tells us that when a student on the encouragement of his teacher does it once, he himself feels more confident next time. Subsequently this student starts enjoying making presentations and his confidence level is tremendously raised as compared to other students who either do not make attempts or are reluctant in doing so. It is a proven fact that verbal as well as written presentations have very deep effects on raising the confidence level of students.

Furthermore, young people should be trained how to make and answer a telephone call correctly; and also how to take an important message and then forward that message to the concerned person. There are 7Cs of effective communication written in the books on ‘Business Communication’ titles. The message must be complete in all respects, covering all the important points; message should be concise avoiding unnecessary details; it should be courteous, correct and clear in all matters. The Course contents emphasize on the usage of kind words and polite phrases. As far as formal interviews,  meetings as well as informal talks with elders and seniors is concerned, it is always recommended to use “Sir” and “Madam” as prefixes while answering the questions or simply addressing a member of the Selection Board. In normal conversations, words like “kindly” and “please” are to be used wherever appropriate. Some polite statements for good image-building should be rehearsed in the practice sessions.  Students are strictly advised not to use offending words; even if a complaint is to be registered, these students will be trained and groomed to choose appropriate words in order to keep the relations undamaged and the situation does not reach a stage where it becomes irreparable. Students will be trained to ensure that they do not rush things; they are well-composed, they have already thought through the whole process and display the positive behavior that will ensure a suitable outcome. Students will be made to realize that kind and courteous words always soften the hard attitudes.     

   Students will also be made fully vigilant about their safety requirements when they are travelling on busy roads. Now-a-days, a heavy load of traffic on roads and highways has become an intolerable problem resulting in deaths and fatal injuries almost on daily basis. Most of these accidents can be avoided if traffic rules and regulations are followed in letter and spirit. In good times, Traffic Police used to observe traffic weeks to inculcate the knowledge of rules and regulations among the members of the civil society. Vibrant electronic and print media of Pakistan can help in promoting good values in this direction. But unfortunately none seemed to be truthfully fulfilling its responsibilities in this regard and much needs to be done. Young motorcyclists have not been provided with guidance to stay away from the fast-moving car lanes; it is often observed that motorcyclists are spread all over the roads and often maneuvering in a zigzag manner or overtaking fast moving cars and frequently changing lanes all over the fast lanes. The car drivers have not been inculcated the message to save lives of the exposed, inexperienced, and in some cases illiterate and uneducated young motorcyclists. It has also been frequently noticed that car drivers are using cell-phones and at times even texting during driving. Also, more often noticed phenomena is that Pedestrians are hit from behind by fast moving wagons and cars; they do not know that perhaps it would be better for them to walk on the opposite side of the flow of normal traffic.

The importance of improving communication skills has been recognized globally. However, an important question arises: why should we improve our English language in order to improve our communication skills? In the past, there has been a great deal of resentment against learning or speaking English language not only in non-English speaking countries like China, Russia, France, Germany and East-European countries but also in countries that had been colonized by the British imperial power. Until the 1990s in those countries simple words like “Bus Station, Museum, Train Station, Coach Station, Airport, Way Out, and Washrooms etc.” were not translated in English language even for the tourists at historical and cultural places. In diplomatic talks, debates, and at the United Nations most countries preferred to use their own national language. But now the situation has changed tremendously and countries like China, Russia, Germany, Japan and France have internationalized their educational institutions; foreign students have been allowed to use English language in their normal courses as well as reports and theses. Even China and Russia have been sending their students to Britain and the US for higher studies; China is number one in the UK universities as far as number of foreign students there is concerned. There are various people-to-people contacts as well as student-teachers exchange programs implemented by the European Community under the EU assistance in promoting the globalization process in the world. In summary, the importance of English language has greatly increased over the years which demands its learning more as a communication tool and language

And last but not the least, Communication Skills Class may be the only class that would not be graded by the class-teacher alone but by any person interacting with the Concordia College Students. And this evaluation may continue not only during his or her student days but throughout his or her life. Good manners with good communication skills will form the basis for Concordia Students to gain a competitive edge over students from other institutions. In conclusion, this course will help the students sharpen their communication skills if the teachers make the students become aware of the importance of the lifelong benefits.

 Dated: 17 June 2016

Personal & Professional Development Guidelines

Personal & Professional Development Guidelines

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The objective of these lectures is to help the students to improve their communication skills and groom them to a level where they are identified as smart, fittest and intelligent students with high level of acceptability in the society. This Course has been designed along with a “Teachers Guide”. A total of seven lectures have been prepared in the form of PDF for you to download. In addition to delivering these lectures, practice sessions will be conducted by the in-class teachers. With the help of “Teachers Guide” the focus of the Course has been to raise the confidence level of students and improve their interactive abilities. Ideally, on successful completion of this course, the students would be adequately and properly groomed to behave and talk properly.

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Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious

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Fast and The Furious, is a series of action packed movies based on racing cars and street racing. First released in June 22, 2001 with the most popular character in the movie Paul Walker works as an undercover cop to stop the notorious Toretto (Vin Diesel). In the second sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) teams up with his ex-con friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and works with undercover U.S. Customs Service agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) to bring Miami-based drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) down. Then came the Tokyo Drift based entirely on drifting in Tokyo, this sequel didn’t include the previous famous characters of Fast and the Furious. After the Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious 4 which is considered to be the 4th episode of the movie franchise.  The plot connects the first film from which Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster reprise their roles. The film serves as a sequel to the series as it is set after the second episode 2 Fast 2 Furious and set before the third installment, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Following the successful episodes of the Fast and the Furious, Fast 5 was the game changes as it also included the Famous Wrestling superstar “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson. Fast five achieved financial success, breaking box office records for the highest-grossing April opening weekend and the second-highest spring opening weekend, and surpassing Fast & Furious (2009) to become the highest-grossing film in the franchise. Fast Five has grossed over $625 million worldwide, making it number 66 on the all-time worldwide list of highest-grossing films, in unadjusted dollars, and the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2011.

Fast & Furious 6 was the first film in the series to move away from the underground car-racing theme of the series’ previous films. In this movie Hobbs persuades Dom to help capture Shaw by showing him a photo of the supposedly long-dead Letty Ortiz, Dom’s former lover. Dom and his crew accept the mission in exchange for amnesty, allowing them to return home to the United States. The movie received tremendous response and later grossed over $780 million worldwide, making it number 50 on the all-time worldwide list of highest-grossing films and 6th biggest movie in 2013

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Do's and Don'ts of Summer

Do's and Don'ts of Summer

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It’s only May but the heat is already upon us so here are a few Do’s and Don’ts for this Summer:

  1. Say good-bye to dark colors and thick fabrics because summer is here! Hurray? It’s all about bright colors and light summery fabrics this season. Stick to cottons and lawns or any cloth that allows your skin to breathe to avoid melting in the heat.
  2. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydrating. Your body tends to lose a lot of water as it sweats and needs to be replenished. Cut down on your soft drinks and caffeine intake (Gasp! Blasphemy I know but you must) as both cause you to lose fluids and only adds to your waist line. Fresh juices are great too and do wonders for your skin.
  3. Speaking of skin, make sure to wash your face daily and use Sun block half an hour or so before you leave the house to avoid pimples and tanned skin.
  4. You can’t control your sweat but what you can control is body odor. Shower at least once a day, twice if it’s really hot and make sure to use a good deodorant that lasts longer. Trust me; you’re doing yourself and those around you a favor.
  5. Have a lot of ice cream because c’mon it’s ice cream!
  6. Adjust your plans in a way that you’re indoors during peak heat hours. Go out in the evenings when it’s cooler.
  7. Catch up on your summer reading list! There are a lot of great books just waiting to be read by you, so discover a whole new world within books this summer.
  8. Explore. Discover new places. Travel. If you can go somewhere out of the city/country then that’s great, make sure you do but if not then make it a point to explore your city. Visit a part of your city that you would never dream of going before. Discover a new favorite café or spot to hangout. This is the age to experience things and there is no stopping you.
  9. Try something new, be it a new hobby or a new craft. Pair up with your friends and try something together, if nothing else at least you’ll have great memories and stories to share.
  10. Lastly, make sure that you give time to both your family and yourself. During the year, it’s easy to get caught up with the hustle and bustle of daily routine and friends so whenever you get a chance, set your phone aside and sit with your family, I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Also, do take out time for yourself, assess your past and present so that you can figure out your future. Remember, first and foremost, you are your own best friend.

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Boom Boom

Boom Boom

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Some call him “boom boom” while the others “Lala.” Shahid Khan Afridi has changed the course of International Cricket and introduced some hard hitting aggressive batting style along with quicker leg spins to tease the batsmen. He is also regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all times. Only a few in the world has reached this milestone. And he is the only Pakistani who has scored 8000+ runs and over 350 wickets in One Day Internationals. Till this date, he also holds the maximum number of sixes being hit by any Batsmen in ODI cricket.

Debuting in 1996, Afridi soon came into the limelight when he scored the fastest ODI hundred in 37 deliveries against Sri Lanka at Nairobi this record remained unbroken until 2014. During his tenure of over 18 years, Shahid Afridi has played some memorable match winning innings which are still being cherished by the cricket lovers in Pakistan and across the world.

The most recent being the Asia Cup Semi Final against India, where he scored 2 consecutive sixes to seal the victory for Pakistan in the last over.  Another memorable innings was his bowling spell against West Indies in 2013 where he picked up 7 wickets while giving away mere 12 runs. His half century in ICC T20 final, which lead to Pakistan’s victory over Srilanka and also crowned Pakistan T 20 Cricket Champions in England 2009.

He also led Pakistan as a Captain in 27 test matches, 371 ODIs and 70 T20 Internationals with a win percentage of 55% in ODIs, 33 % in Test and 63% in T20 Internationals.

Apart from his cricketing geniuses, Shahid Afridi was also awarded twice the “Most Stylish Sports Person” in Pakistan by a beauty brand.  He recently announced retirement, but decided to remain part of the T20 Cricket for Pakistan.

No matter whether he plays or not, Shahid Afridi will always be remembered in the hearts of young future cricketers of Pakistan and abroad who holds him as their inspiration and in the hearts of millions who watched him play.

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Hobbies for Beating Boredom

Hobbies for Beating Boredom

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“Hey, I am feeling bored, what should I do?” An everyday story of the youth these days despite having access to the television, computers and all the crazy gadgets.

So let’s take a look at what exactly hobbies are. A hobby is an activity that a person enjoys doing in their free time. A person’s hobby is usually connected to what they enjoy. Which means watching television can never be considered as a hobby, while watching movies can because one can enjoy a good movie of his or her choice.

School and college students usually get bored during their summer and winter breaks or between the time of their final examinations and results. So what can these students do during these boring breaks?

Here are few hobbies that can be adopted in order to beat the boredom.

1)    Learn to paint: Painting or learning to paint can be the best hobby ever. According to Pablo Piccaso “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Learning arts is also fun and relaxing. It also set free creative thinking and imagination.

2)    Blogging: This one is for all the tech savvy students, one can write on their favorite topics and expresses themselves. There are a wide range of free blogging sites available on the net such as WordPress and BlogSpot being the most common.

3)    Join a gym or a recreational club: During the breaks, one can join a nearby gym, which will help you staying in shape. Recreational clubs are also best place for socializing where one can find like minded people and build a social circle.

4)    Learn a Musical instrument: It is said that, Music is food of the soul. So why not feed your own soul by learning to play a guitar or a piano. Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can increase memory and improves math skills

5)    Reading: There are so many reasons why reading is considered to be the best and the most inexpensive hobby.  Reading also helps in increasing vocabulary, improves quality of conversations and stimulates creativity.

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Greatest Football Match Ever “El Classiso”

Greatest Football Match Ever “El Classiso”

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Forget about the Ashes, Pakistan vs. India cricket match and even “The Fight of the Century” between champion Joe Frazier and challenger Muhammad Ali. All these are considered to be greatest sporting events and even rivalries.  Here is another “El Classiso” (The Classic in English) is becoming one of the most anticipated and watched football match on television screen and as well as in the stadium.

The “El Classico” is the name given to any match between two of the Spain’s and as well the world’s biggest football clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid.  The first El Classico was hosted at the football stadium of Real Madrid at Bernabeu in 1948 and since then it has emerged to become the most viewed annual sporting event.  In 2012,                 both Real Madrid and Barcelona met in the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League – which is Europe’s club championship. This match has been regarded as the “Match of the Century.”

As far as the action on the field is concerned, well, the two best clubs in Spain have some of the world’s best players currently Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and even in the past both of these clubs had players like Ronaldo Luís Nazário, Ronalidinho, Kaka, Figo, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Raul, Theiry Henry and the all famous David Beckham who played for Real Madrid.  Which such star studded sides on both end indeed it’s always a pleasure to watch the top footballers show their magical skills.

Here are some interesting facts about “The El Classico”

  • Due to its great historical and cultural significance, El Clasico is considered the biggest rivalry in the football world.
  • More than 400m people are estimated to have watched Los Galacticos’ title-deciding win at the Nou Camp last April, where 780 media professionals from 31 different countries provided global coverage of the game.
  • Real Madrid and Barcelona’s rivalry began to take shape as far back as 1902, ever since one of their first meetings at a tournament held in the honor of King Alfonso XIII
  • El Clasico was originally used only for the Barcelona vs Real Madrid matches played in La Liga (Spain’s football championship), but nowadays it describes any encounter of the two teams, including those in Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League or other competitions.

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5 Movies you will Love

5 Movies you will Love

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Being a bit of a movie buff, it’s kind of hard to pick just five movies out of a list of probably a 1000 but here goes nothing:

Despicable Me:

The minion craze has gone on for quite some time and yes, those funny little yellow creatures are hard to resist but do you know where it all started? With this remarkable movie of course. It’s a story of a plan to take over the world gone wrong when a criminal mastermind adopts a trio of orphan girls to use as pawns in one of his schemes but is unable to resist their charm and finds that they are changing him for the better. Released in 2010, Despicable Me is a warm tale of friendship and family and is a delightful movie to watch with friends. Laughter guaranteed.

Up:

I’ll be honest; I was initially intrigued by the idea of a house being held afloat by a thousand balloons and with air fare so expensive these days, I often fantasize about doing the same, sigh…

To avoid being taken away to a nursing home, an old widower tries to fulfill his wife’s dream by                flying his house to Paradise Falls, South America only to find that he’s brought along an unwanted companion or two. This adorable movie was released six years ago so if you haven’t seen it by now then tell me why do you even exist?! GO WATCH IT NOW (pretty please?).

Ice Age :

This movie might be as old as you guys so if I’ll let this one slide if you haven’t seen it as yet but you definitely should. Set during the Ice Age (what did you think?), a saber tooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth form an unlikely friendship when they find a lost human infant, and try to return him back to his tribe. This brilliant tale of friendship will have you laughing your…ahem, let’s just say you’ll be laughing throughout.

The Incredibles

With a sequel on its way (YAY), The Incredibles is a must watch, I’ve probably seen it a dozen times by now and make no promises to stop. A family of undercover superheroes tries their hand at living a quiet suburban life, until they are forced into action to save the world. This one was released in 2004 but you need not pay attention to such details. Enjoy!

Toy Story

This one needs no introduction since we’ve seen many sequels come out during the years with the latest one to be released in 2017. This particular movie holds many dear memories and therefore, will always be my favorite. It’s a story about a boy, his toys and the love they share, beautifully told and holding many important life lessons about friendship, loyalty and doing the right thing in the face of adversity.

All of us need to connect with our inner-child from time to time and these movies will help you do just that.

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A quick brown fox jumps over lazy dog

A quick brown fox jumps over lazy dog

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