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Thiem lost the plot

So what was the French open final all about? For me it was another proof of how talent crumbles before experience. Thiem was an epitome of class and talent but what he lacked was the tactful game plan, knowledge of crucial points where he needed to put more focus and energy - and all this comes with experience. 

Nadal is aging and with age he can no more generate that sustained flow of energy that he could a decade earlier and therefore he depends a lot on strategy. He conserves energy like an old panther who only targets that victim it is confident of running down. Rest of the flock is just ignored -  it doesn't chase them... Just an analogy from what I observed - The great clay court southpaw will not play all the points to the best of his effort... but will only play to his fullest energy at the crucial points...  The points that matter. It's like reading the game like a book and playing it with the mind as much as with muscles... To some extent it's like chess. I have also seen him targetting the weak back hand of players incessantly - and then suddenly coming up with a viscous forehand which is just too fast to chase down. 

And his opponent failed to read that. When Nadal returned the hard shots of Thiem with painful accuracy, Thiem needed to hold on to it a little longer - and then Nadal might have given in... however he falls a victim to frustration and gives up, shortfalls every amateur is vulnerable to - and pretty apparent in this case also. 

Thiem was pretty impressive and his loss in straight sets was a bit too much to digest, keeping in mind the alacrity and power with which he played in the Rod Laver Arena. He might have lost but he definitely gained a lot through this grueling battle. The experience gathered will take him a long way forward in his career, if he applies the learning lessons with the right attitude. 

He needs to understand that he has to persevere a lot more than what he has shown in the final. 

my chess prgress and other things - basically an update on the state of my mind

nothing much really...

I had a rating of 1160 even a couple of weeks before ... but right now it is loitering around the 1100 mark. I am falling below this mark as well. However I am not able to reach 1150 plus any more - forget touching 1200

Ok my aim is to touch 1200 by 03.July.2018

I will check my progress very keenly. 

Now a days I have lost interest in analysing the game - however that's not a good idea. Actually analysing a game only helped me to learn from my mistakes - also it helped me to learn a few tricks - for example if the opponent comes down aggressively with his queen at the start - I know I have to bring my knight up to counter it - and so on... 

now since I don't analyse the game any more - I have stopped learning those tricks. 

Right now the French open is going on.... and just now Djokovic won one of the matches. My mind is on a lot of things... 

I have to take care of a lot of things - and I don't know how to go about it. May be making a to-do-list in an excel sheet and analysing all that I need to do will help. I will do just that. 

I am lot calm and relaxed these days - I am able to sleep well and plan things in advance. I intend to do a lot of things - like practise the devops tools online and also hone my skills in whatever I can lay my hands on... I truly believe that "my technical skill" is my only true friend which can take me to great heights... and so its very important that I develop my skills. Without it I am going to be in bad situation.

I am also a firm believer of dreams and over the period of time I have come to realize that if you don't let go of the vision of your dreams - somehow your dreams will take shape slowly but steadily... it's all a matter of thinking and keep on attempting and aiming high. 


On your chess Tournament

Dear Romir,
Yesterday there was a chess tournament and you won 2 out of 6 games. Your winning 2 games was a moment of pride and happiness for us. Please remember that it’s not so important to win as it is to participate in a tournament - participation means you are willing to take on more and more attempts and the outcome is simply not important so ignore it.... enjoy life...
There are times when things will not go our way and we shouldn’t lose hope - just compare yourself of today with yourself of yesterday - and ask is today’s Romir better than yesterday’s Romir - if answer is no then practise a bit more... repeat the drills and tactics... exercise and then relax... please note if you practise honestly hard you will automatically become better each day and that will count in the long run...
Life is full of opportunities and sometimes difficult. Its better to remain prepared and not get an opportuninty than to find an opportunity without you being prepared... so some day your effort will be paid off... at some point in time it will take shape and form the larger picture and this happens automatically - we need to trust and continue this beautiful journey of life....
Amidst all hard work and preparation - enjoy life as well... laugh, smile and make merry - make good friends and avoid negativitiy.
Wishing you all the best in life...
Baba and Maa

They say - it’s a beautiful world... I say - its a TRAP

I remember...

rating in the game of chess

In app my rating now is 1020 approx.... and i m near about this for quite sometime sometimes it reaches 1060 - 1070 and sometimes it slips down to 1000... but 1020 is the stable mark i can safely say though don't know about what might happen in times to come... life and chess - both are funny....

i had to struggle to come to this level from 930 or something....

somehow - in this life also we have rating and it increases - but we are not aware that rating is increasing - we keep playing the game of life as if we are still having old bad rating - and actually we become bad - bcoz we think we r bad .... actually after becoming good we end up losing like a dog - but we should think that is a natrual thing - we should remain aware and lift our spirits and behave as if we are already in the next higher level

Time to declutter

As i write this - my inbox is getting deleted. 

initially i thought of taking the back up outlook files... then i remembered one of my friends making this point - back in the days in Oracle - do we really use the backed up files - do we really need them... I dont think we need - so i don't backup. 

Actually at that time I didn't agree 100 percent with him - but now i feel - what's the use of so much back up... lot of things we don't need we can actually discard... its time to declutter - in that way we feel light... free and less stressful... think about it - what really you can throw... or give/donate or whatever... ???? 

A shocking truth - 3

Netherlands - Day 1808 (Very cold now)

Its that time of the year when it one expects cold weather. But this cold! No! This is first time seeing so much drop in temperature in Netherlands. It’s been hovering around the minus 6 degree for the last 3 or 4 days continuously. Day time sun light is misleading and the moment you step out you realise the jacket that normally comforts you outside fails to shield you from the cruel cold. Five layers of dress including the outer jacket is now what I put on to go to office. The only comforting factor is there is no rain which means no snow on the roads. The lakes/canals are all covered in snow, even the bigger ones and people are walking, sliding and playing on them. What a treat it is to walk on a lake covered with snow...  I can only imagine, though never have done that and of course intend to do that sometime. But laziness takes the better of me or rather us all the time as weekends we are always within the four walls of home and weekdays are spent in office. Lot of things to do at home - drawings, paintings, chess, YouTube video, playing with Romir - time flies just like that and Friday evening to Monday morning goes away in the blink of an eye. It’s been quite sometime we have visited India and we are all eager to go but then situation is such that we have to wait for some more time. Don’t know when the time will come.  ˙

A shocking truth - 2

When my conscience looks back at me - 2

painted on Apple iPad pro


Painted on Apple iPad Pro


Fantasy lake

Centaur head

Painted in Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)....

A shocking truth

Sometimes opponent will make mistakes...

Again while playing chess with a new opponent i came upon this learning... he had a better rating (937) or something than me (840) and that he was clearly showing in his game - he was dominating from the start and very soon ate my rook. i was cursing my foolishness and wondering what to do now .. still tried to give the best moves and somehow hung in there... and then suddenly out of nowhere he give me a check in a way that if my my king eats his queen a standby horse of his would eat mine... but my own horse was lurking at the side which he failed to notice and it jumped and gobbled his queen up. Oh - what a satisfaction! i couldn't believe my luck. then he ate my horse up and then i had so much choice - my queen could eat his rook with check or my king could eat his horse and as i was thinking which move to give - he surrendered... 

As i won - i couldn't help but think about the whole episode... i felt - that had i lost hope i wouldn't have got this chance... because i hung in there i created the opportunity. You know what - you never know - opportunities come in different colors. Sometimes your opponent will make silly mistakes and you can then punish him. 

Its a bit metaphorical - if you think deep - life in general is your opponent as it throws different problems at you. Instead of over-reacting if we just hang in there with a cool head, who knows, there may be a time when life presents us with a golden opportunity. And then you should capitalize. And then people will say you were lucky but they won't consider that you had waited with perseverance for your turn to capitalize on the opportunity. 

Never lose hope

I just lost a chess game with username: truciolo69 in app

And believe me this was a game which i have been domination all the way... and at the last committed a couple of silly errors and my lead was gone and I was down on time in a 30 minutes game. My opponent won on time... 

And then i realized the importance of never losing hope in life...

Oh God - it pains, it hurts and it hurts so much... 

Particularly when you are on the verge of victory and then you lose. 

And so I don't want to let go of this valuable lesson of never losing hope in any situation. One more thing is never ever think that the game has been won before it has actually been won. Because as I was inching towards victory I was having this feeling that I am winning a lot of matches and I am getting better and so on; in other words i started celebrating my win before I actually won and in that process lost a bit of concentration and boy did that cost me at the end... and did that hurt? You bet!!!

This is the loss after 7 wins in the trot. 

one more head painting

Somehow managed to squeeze in this painting before 2017 ended on ipad pro 12.9


New habits never last long... why?

...this is because when there is a sudden shock or intense pain or change - then it tends to wipe out the learning slate momentarily and then one tends to fall back on his regular old habits.

Note that the learning slate is delicate and can't withstand extreme shocks so one needs to remain in an optimum psychological state to ensure that he repeats the new habits with consistency.

New habits take time to form roots in the soil of mind. They are prone to innumerable threats from different sources.

For example, some stranger can rob you off your peace of mind by a caustic and irresponsible remark. And that's enough to shake you off your rhythm and push you back to your old habits. And all this happens pretty fast without you being aware of the sequence of events; however if awareness level is increased, you might succeed in protecting your feeble learning slate. 

Working with visudo

If the requirement is to allow user1 to execute a few commands that will only run from super user root (for example stopping puppet agent - /etc/init.d/puppet stop, then you can do this:

type visudo
and below the line starting with root... add the below lines
## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
root    ALL=(ALL)       ALL
user1 ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /etc/init.d/puppet *

So now from user1 this command will succeed - sudo /etc/init.d/puppet start

Now taking it one step further - 

if you want to  login as user1 and want a command to be executed as a different user (example appuser2) which say for example is owner of AEM Author/Publisher, then you need to issue below command for stopping AEM applicaiton from user1  -
sudo -H -u appuser2 /bin/bash -c "/application_path/author/crx-quickstart/bin/stop"

but for the above sudo command to work the below entry is needed in visudo

user1 ALL=(appuser2) NOPASSWD:/bin/bash -c*/crx-quickstart/bin/st*


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