Cabreras Millions And Baseballs Billions

I was surprised by my colleague Neil Paine’s analysis of Miguel Cabrera’s record-breaking new contract extension. I thought the Detroit Tigers would come out looking much worse.According to Neil’s estimate, which used projections from Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA system, Cabrera’s market value for the next 10 years is roughly $275 million. That’s not as much as the $292 million that the Tigers will be paying him, but the difference is modest.Neil’s valuation assumed that teams are willing to pay about $6.5 million per additional win in the free-agent market, based on research from Dave Cameron and Lewie Pollis. These estimates come from comparing the salaries given to free agents against their expected on-field production. (Neil further assumed that the market price of a win will increase by 5 percent per year.)In other words, Cabrera isn’t that vastly overpaid as compared to recent free agents. If Mike Napoli is making $16 million per year, then Cabrera’s $29 million per year doesn’t look so bad.But Cabrera’s market value is not the same as Cabrera’s economic value to the Tigers. It could be that free agents as a group are vastly overpaid, relative to the revenue they bring to their teams.In the 2006 book “Baseball Between the Numbers,” I estimated the marginal value of a win to a baseball team, based on how responsive different categories of revenue (such as ticket sales and TV deals) are to a team’s quality. I estimated that an additional game won added only about $1.2 million to a team’s bottom line, after subtracting revenue-sharing payments. (This assumes that the value of a win is constant from team to team, which it isn’t, but we’ll leave that aside for now.)That estimate is now eight years old. Total gross revenue accruing to the 30 Major League Baseball clubs has increased since then; it was $7.1 billion in 2013, according to Forbes, as compared to $4.7 billion in 2005.If the marginal economic value of a win has increased proportionately, a win would now be worth about $1.8 million. That’s still far less than the $6.5 million that teams are willing to pay for a win. Are baseball owners being irrational?Perhaps, but their motivation to own a baseball team may not be based solely in profits and losses. They may just be having fun. (I can think of a lot of worse ways to splurge.)And they may know that if they choose to sell their teams, they can do so — probably at a significant profit. The market value of an MLB franchise has increased by more than 600 percent since 1990, according to valuations from Financial World and Forbes magazine (see Rodney Fort’s website for the data). By comparison, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose by about 450 percent between March 27, 1990, and March 27, 2014. (Framed in terms of compound annual growth rates, baseball teams have increased in value by 8.5 percent per year since 1990, as compared with 7.3 percent for the stock market.)Not only have baseball franchises outperformed the stock market, but the patterns in their growth rates have been quite different. The stock market rose dramatically in the 1990s, but has teetered back and forth since then. By contrast, the rise in MLB franchise values has been much steadier.What accounts for this?Here’s a theory. The average baseball franchise is now worth $817 million, according to Forbes. Loosely speaking, you need to be a billionaire to afford one. And there are a lot more billionaires than there used to be.Forbes estimates that there are 492 billionaires in the United States, as compared to 99 in 1990. The increase in the number of billionaires, like the increase in baseball franchise values, has been relatively steady. (The number of American billionaires fell after the financial crisis of 2007-09 but has risen to a new high since then.)In a sense, the Tigers may be betting less on Cabrera’s performance and more on economic and regulatory conditions. If the number of billionaires continues to rise, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch (worth $3.6 billion) should find plenty of buyers should he sell the team down the line. Cabrera’s presence might make the Tigers a more attractive purchase — or if not, the liability might be modest as compared with the Tigers’ resale price. But if the rise of the billionaire reverses, Cabrera’s contract might come to look like the peak of a bubble. read more

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Sarri – Im proud to manage Chelsea

first_imgChelsea manager Mauricio Sarri became the first boss at Stamford Bridge to go through his first 11 league matches unbeaten and he has hailed his talented players for the role they played.Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to go second place and just two points behind Champions Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.The victory means Sarri is now unbeaten in his first eleven Premier League games, which is the joint-longest unbeaten record by a Premier League manager, equalling the record set by Frank Clark in 1994.“I’m really very proud but I’m proud to be coach of this team. The record is not the record of the coach but the team.” Sarri told Chelsea FC website.“I was lucky because I have very good players and in the last two months they were able to win without a great level of organization from the tactical point of view.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Sarri also downplayed Chelsea’s title chances saying: “I don’t know. At the beginning, we knew there was a gap of 30 points from last season.“At the moment we need only to think about trying to recover a large part of the gap. I hope to recover almost all of it but I don’t know. It’s difficult to recover 30 points but we are trying.”last_img read more

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Runway Overhaul at NAS Jacksonville Remains on Course

first_imgA $52 million project to rebuild the two main runways at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, widen taxiways and improve the airfield is halfway completed and remains on target to be completed in June.The last major overhaul of the runways at the installation, Florida’s oldest naval air station, occurred in 1967, reported the Florida Times-Union. The base opened in 1940.The work also includes demolition of three obsolete hangars from World War II, which will free up space to park the base’s new Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft as well as those arriving from other Navy bases for training at NAS Jacksonville. The P-8A reconnaissance aircraft are replacing the Navy’s aging Lockheed P-3 Orions.During the year-long project, the base’s 38 fixed-wing aircraft and 2,000 crews and civilian employees are operating out of Cecil airport, a general aviation airport run by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.In 2010, officials envisioned a much smaller project to repair the runways. “But when the new engineers came out and looked at it again with more tests, we found it was not suitable for the new aircraft that were coming and we knew we had to make modifications,” airfield manager Doug Chaney told the Times-Union. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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SELECTMEN NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Last Weeks Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at the April 9th Wilmington Board of Selectmen’s Meeting:#1) SAVE THE DATE. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis to use Rotary Park on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 for a National Night Out celebration.#2) SPECIAL TOWN MEETING SET. With little discussion, Selectmen unanimously closed and signed the Special Town Meeting warrant. The warrant consists of two articles, petitioned by Selectman McCoy and others, and can be read HERE. The Special Town Meeting will take place inside the Annual Town Meeting on May 5, 2018 at approximately 10:45am inside the WHS Auditorium.#3) SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL NON-PROFITS. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Fourth of July Committee Chairman Scott Garrant to restrict hawkers/pedlers and transient vendors from conducting business within one-half mile of the Town Common during the Fun on the Fourth celebration. This annual vote is taken to  encourage attendees to purchase snacks at the carnival and from the non-profit organization booths in the Food Court.#4) NEW TOWN ELECTION WORKERS. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Town Clerk Sharon George to appoint five new election workers — Phyllis Gorman, David & Susan Reese, Janet Marchiello, and Ruth-Ann Soderholm. These workers will replace election workers that recently stepped down.#5) SELECTMEN ANNUAL REPORT. Chairman Mike Champoux read the Board of Selectmen’s Annual Report, which will be published in the Town’s Annual Report booklet, into the record.  Watch the reading HERE at the 7:22-mark. Champoux discusses several big issues, including New England Transrail, Butters Row Bridge, Yentile Farm, Fun on the Fourth, the town’s new Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, affordalbe housing, and more.Aside from the Sciarappa Farm discussion, Wilmington Apple has already covered the other news made at the meeting, including:Selectmen To Create A Town Economic Development CommitteeFree Little Library & Kindness Rock Garden Coming To Rotary ParkPLOT TWIST: Massachusetts Attorney General DELAYS Ruling On Town Meeting Article Relative To Detox Facility ZoningResidents Invited To Informational Forum On Proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement With Analog Devices On April 26The Moving Wall Is Coming To Wilmington This SummerFind Out if YOUR Street Is Scheduled To Get Paved Over The Next 7 MonthsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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Wilmington Kiwanis Club To Hold School Supply Drive On August 11

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Kiwanis Club of Wilmington is joining with other Kiwanis Clubs from around Massachusetts to collect needed school supplies for children attending Massachusetts schools.The Kiwanis Club’s School Supply Drive will take place on Saturday, August 11 at 9am to 1pm at West Real Estate (386 Main Street).Items needed include: backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, kid’s scissors, rulers, calculators, highlighters, boxes of tissues and reems of paper.For further information, contact Stu Neilson at 978-430-1652. No time to shop? Cash/check donations will be used to purchase needed supplies.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Learn About The Wilmington Kiwanis Club’s Upcoming Fundraisers & ActivitiesIn “Videos”Wilmington Kiwanis Club To Collect Relief Supplies For Puerto Rico On November 11In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For August 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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TCS HCL Shares Dive As Profits Fall Below Expectations

first_imgShares in HCL Technologies fell more than 8 percent on Friday, even though it posted a 32 percent rise in quarterly net profit.Meanwhile, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is set to see its biggest single day fall since May 2009 after its earnings disappointed and estimates fell as much as 8.5 percent, while its sequential U.S. dollar revenue growth also lagged. Analysts said TCS’ 6.4 percent revenue growth from the previous quarter missed estimates for nearly 8 percent growth. Earnings also came slightly below market expectations.In case of HCL, technology outsourcing company’s revenue growth of 12.8 percent in dollar terms was below street expectations, stock market dealers said.For most IT services companies, analysts and investors track the dollar sales numbers as clients oversees get billed in that currency.HCL earned 18.73 billion rupees ($303.44 million) in profit in the September quarter, compared to 14.16 billion rupees last year. Analysts, on average, were expecting the profit to be at 17.29 billion rupees, as per Thomson Reuters data.TCS made a net profit of 52.88 billion rupees ($854.46 million) during its fiscal second quarter ended Sept. 30, up 13.6 percent from a year earlier but below the average analyst forecast of 53.84 billion rupees according to Thomson Reuters. TCS, part of the salt-to-steel Tata conglomerate, fell short of market expectations in part due to an unexpected growth slowdown in Latin America, which had previously been a growth driver among emerging markets.last_img read more

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Titan PC Jeweller Gitanjali TBZ glitter on BSE over 3 GST rate

first_imgA sales person shows a gold ring to customers at a jewellery showroom during Dhanteras, a Hindu festival associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in Ahmedabad, India, October 28, 2016.Reuters fileTitan Company was the biggest gainer on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday morning, up 15 percent at Rs. 545 after hitting a fresh 52-week high of Rs. 548. Other gold stocks such as PC Jeweller, Gitanjali Gems and Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) were also up sharply in response to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council finalising 3 percent tax rate on gold and other jewellery.PC Jeweller was up 9.5 percent at Rs. 551, TBZ was trading 5 percent higher at Rs. 97 while Gitanjali Gems was up 4.85 percent at Rs. 70.30 on the BSE at around 11.50 am.The current rate of tax comes to about 2.5 percent (1 percent excise duty, around 1 percent value added tax and 0.5 percent cess) and therefore is being seen as a significant relief. The import duty of 10 percent remains unchanged by GST provisions.The Council also fixed 0.25 percent “notional” tax on raw diamonds, evoking disappointment from traders, though there is a provision for claiming a refund.”Taxing diamonds is a retrograde step and not in sync with equivalence policy. Diamonds are the key raw materials for gem and jewellery exports business. Rough diamonds have been kept out of the purview of taxes in various Asian countries which are globally competitive,” Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), said in a statement on Saturday.”It is difficult for gems & jewellery exporters to pay 0.25% and then initiate process for refunds, etc,” he added.The BSE Sensex was up 75 points at 31,348 while the NSE Nifty was up 25 points at 9,678. Top gainers were Bajaj Auto and ONGC.last_img read more

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Tamil Nadu education minister Sengottaiyan advocates for colourcoded caste bands in schools

first_imgKA SengottaiyanTwitterAs Tamil Nadu is facing severe criticism for imposing colour coded wristbands for school students based on their caste, the state education minister KA Sengottaiyan said that there won’t be any ban on such practises.The students in Tamil Nadu has been facing caste discrimination and were being asked to wear wrist bands and ’tilaks’ on their forehead to mark their caste. To stop this heinous crime, the state education department had issued a circular to all Chief Educational Officers (CEO) and District Education Officers (DEO) on June 31 warning of strict actions against school authorities for holding such practices. Circular issued by Tamil Nadu education department Director S KannappanTwitterThe circular was issued by the Director of School Education S Kannappan, who said that wristbands of different colours and tilak were used as caste markers. He said that such practices were supposedly being used for sports team selection, reassembling during class and lunch intervals. “Allegedly, these practices are enforced by students themselves and supported by influential caste persons and teachers,” read the circular.The circular was issued based on a representation given by IAS officer trainees of 2018 batch to the government over the caste discrimination that was prevalent in many schools in different parts of Tamil Nadu.However, the education minister and AIADMK leader seem to be advocating for these discriminatory practises as he said that there will be no ban on the use of these wristbands at schools and has denied of such existing practises in the state.He said that the circular was issued without his knowledge and schools will continue to function as they did before the circular was issued. His controversial statement makes sure that caste discrimination is likely to continue in the state without any disruption.BJP national secretary H Raja had opposed against the circular issued by the education department, calling it as anti-Hindu. He also asked for action against the officer who issued the circular banning caste-discrimination practices without the knowledge of education minister.”The circular even bans a tilaka on the forehead. How can a government ban Hindu symbols? When you allow crosses to be worn and you don’t ban pardha, how can the government do this?” He also welcomed the AIADMK government’s opposition over the circular..last_img read more

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In Texas Insurance Companies Say Theyre Victims Of StormChasing Lawyers

first_img X 00:00 /01:25 NOAANational Weather Service radar as Hurricane Ike made landfall in Texas To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Some people in the insurance industry say ever since Hurricane Ike in 2008, they’ve become victims of abusive lawsuits.“The lawsuits that we receive — I’ve been served over 400 times since Hurricane Ike — they’re boilerplate. They’re all the same, the allegations are the same,” said Tim Maloney, an insurance adjuster from North Texas testifying to a Texas Senate committee looking into how the industry handles claims for storm damage.Insurance companies said lawyers learned from Ike how to swoop into neighborhoods following a bad storm and convince homeowners they’d been under-paid for wind or hail damage.“The only reason I can see for that is because the law is so favorable here, that almost every (lawsuit) claim is profitable,” testified Greg Farnik, a lawyer with an insurance company in Dallas. “This is a statewide problem,” Paul Solomon told senators.Solomon is a lawyer for State Farm, a company that last year agreed to refund millions of dollars in premium over-charges to Texas homeowners. Sen. Kirk Watson, a Democrat from Austin, referred to the settlement in questioning Solomon and said the insurance industry should be careful about complaining that it’s a victim of Texas laws.“So before you declare the entire name of the game, let’s be clear that the way you make money is by collecting premiums and not paying. The perfect deal would be to collect premiums and never pay a claim, right? (Solomon) I disagree, because if we did that we wouldn’t be in business. People wouldn’t want to use us. (Watson) Well, pay as few and as little as you can is the name of the game at State Farm, (Solomon) I would disagree with that also, I think that’s a mischaracterization of what we do.“Under questioning by senators, Solomon said many of the storm damage lawsuits seek about $65,000 and eventually settle for $15,000 to $20,000. He said in the rare cases when the lawsuits actually went to trial, the insurance company was found to owe nothing in about half the cases.The senators on the Committee on Business & Commerce will consider recommending curbs on so-called frivolous litigation when the full legislature meets this January. Listenlast_img read more

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Nanoporous graphene could outperform best commercial water desalination techniques

first_img Journal information: Nano Letters “Because those carbon atoms at the pore edge would be quite reactive without passivation, in one way or another under realistic experimental conditions they will likely have some form of chemical functionalization,” Grossman said. “This can be controlled to some extent, so we wanted to explore the two limits of hydrophobic vs. hydrophilic edge chemistries. If we had no functional groups (just bare carbon) then within a short time water molecules would dissociate at the pore edge and likely either hydrogenate or hydroxylate those carbons.” The scientists, David Cohen-Tanugi and Jeffrey C. Grossman of MIT, have published their study on water desalination using single-layer nanoporous graphene in a recent issue of Nano Letters.“This work shows that some of the drawbacks of current desalination techniques could be avoided by inventing more efficient and targeted membrane materials,” Grossman told Phys.org. “In particular, tailored nanostructuring of membranes could allow for actual flow of water (with full salt rejection) via size exclusion, leading to much higher permeability compared to reverse osmosis.”This is not the first time that researchers have investigated the use of nanoporous materials for desalination. In contrast to RO, which uses high pressure to slowly push water molecules (but not salt ions) through a porous membrane, nanoporous materials work under lower pressures and provide well-defined channels that can filter salt water at a faster rate than RO membranes. Explore further (Top left) Hydrogenated and (top right) hydroxylated graphene pores. (Bottom) Side view of the simulated nanoporous graphene filtering salt ions and producing potable water. Image credit: Cohen-Tanugi and Grossman. ©2012 American Chemical Society From seawater to freshwater with a nanotechnology filter The scientists compared the two chemistries, along with different pore sizes, of nanoporous graphene in their simulations by running saltwater with a salinity of 72 g/L over the membranes, which is about twice the salinity of average seawater (about 35 g/L). They found that, although the largest nanopores could filter water at the highest rate, large nanopores allowed some salt ions to pass through. The simulations identified an intermediate range of nanopore diameters where the nanopores were large enough to allow the passage of water molecules but small enough to restrict salt ions. The simulations also showed that the hydroxylated graphene significantly enhances the water permeability, which the scientists attribute to the hydrophilic nature of the hydroxyl groups. Since, in contrast, the hydrogenated pores are hydrophobic, water molecules can flow through only when in a limited number of highly ordered configurations. But hydrophilic groups allow water molecules to have a greater number of hydrogen-bonding configurations inside the pores, and this lack of restrictions increases the water flux.Overall, the results show that nanoporous graphene can theoretically outperform RO membranes in terms of water permeability, which is expressed in liters of output per square centimeter of membrane per day and per unit of applied pressure. Whereas high-flux RO has a water permeability of a few tenths, the simulations showed that nanoporous graphene’s water permeability ranged from 39 to 66 for pore configurations that exhibited full salt rejection (23.1 Å2 hydrogenated pores and 16.3 Å2 hydroxylated pores). Graphene with the largest hydroxylated pores reached 129, but allowed some passage of salt ions. Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The scientists explain that there are two main challenges facing the use of nanoporous graphene for desalination purposes. One is achieving a narrow pore size distribution, although rapid experimental progress in synthesizing highly ordered porous graphene suggests that this may soon be feasible. The other challenge is mechanical stability under applied pressure, which could be achieved using a thin-film support layer such as that used in RO materials. “Computationally, we’re looking at a range of other potentially new ways to engineer membranes for desalination and decontamination,” Grossman said. “Experimentally, we are currently fabricating nanoporous membranes and hope to test their desalination performance in the coming months.”center_img More information: David Cohen-Tanugi and Jeffrey C. Grossman. “Water Desalination across Nanoporous Graphene.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl3012853 (Phys.org) — Although oceans and seas contain about 97% of Earth’s water, currently only a fraction of a percent of the world’s potable water supply comes from desalinated salt water. In order to increase our use of salt water, desalination techniques must become more energy-efficient and less expensive to be sustainable. In a new study, two materials scientists from MIT have shown in simulations that nanoporous graphene can filter salt from water at a rate that is 2-3 orders of magnitude faster than today’s best commercial desalination technology, reverse osmosis (RO). The researchers predict that graphene’s superior water permeability could lead to desalination techniques that require less energy and use smaller modules than RO technology, at a cost that will depend on future improvements in graphene fabrication methods. Water permeability of various desalination techniques. The graphene nanopores can reject salt ions with a water permeability 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than commercial reverse osmosis (RO) techniques. Image credit: Cohen-Tanugi and Grossman. ©2012 American Chemical Society However, this is the first time that scientists have explored the potential role of nanoporous graphene as a filter for water desalination. Single-layer graphene, which is just one carbon atom thick, is the ultimate thin membrane, making it advantageous for water desalination since water flux across a membrane scales inversely with the membrane’s thickness. Using classical molecular dynamics simulations, Cohen-Tanugi and Grossman examined the water permeability of nanoporous graphene with different pore diameters (1.5 to 62 Å2) and pore chemistry. As previous experiments have demonstrated, nanopores can be introduced in graphene by a variety of methods, including helium ion beam drilling and chemical etching. In their simulations, the scientists strengthened the nanopores by passivating, or shielding, each carbon atom at the pore edge with either hydrogen atoms or hydroxyl groups. Citation: Nanoporous graphene could outperform best commercial water desalination techniques (2012, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-nanoporous-graphene-outperform-commercial-desalination.html When water molecules (red and white) and sodium and chlorine ions (green and purple) in saltwater, on the right, encounter a sheet of graphene (pale blue, center) perforated by holes of the right size, the water passes through (left side), but the sodium and chlorine of the salt are blocked. Graphic: David Cohen-Tanugi This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong

first_imgPublishers believe pretty faces sell more books. Which is why the author picture on the back cover is paid more attention to at times than the content of a book. Which is not to say Shruti Sharma’s debut novel Abyss to Abyss is not interesting between the covers. It’s a good-hearted story of a girl stuck in a bad marriage who still believes in the power of dreams. Millennium Post had a quick tête-à-tête with Sharma. Read on…This being your debut book, how much of you is in protagonist Ria? Most writers end up making their first book autobiographical. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ This book is a work of fiction. But I think there is a little bit of Ria in all of us. Her character is very real, she does stupid things, she has fears like any one of us, she cries, she gets excited,  she has her gloomy moments. At the same time she also embodies someone who has the courage to go  beyond the boundaries, yes she is scared but she challenges herself and dares to explore the unknown which I think is admirable and inspiring.  Ria goes through an arranged marriage and moves to US with a stranger. You live abroad. How prevalent is arranged marriage among NRIs today? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix I think it’s very common for guys here to get married to girls from India. In general, it’s so common for professionals here to just fly to India for 15 days, meet girls and then just marry one of them.  I live in Silicon Valley and most Indian girls that I have met here were here because of  arranged marriage. Here is the sad part, not many are happily married. And even more sad? No one talks about it. They choose to live through it because they are scared. And I think a lot of  this is cultural. It’s embedded subconsciously that once you are married you got to make it work…which is twisted because people should not be together if they are not meant to be together. I am not saying that all the marriages that are arranged are bad, what I am saying is that not very often do the girls (in bad marriages) take a decision of saying ‘You know what I am not going to put up with this crap anymore.’ In this novel, Ria recognises that sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong. And in the end everything turns out just fine and that’s the message I wanted to  convey. That people in bad marriages should not think that it’s the end. Pursue your dreams what may be…The universe guides you.Every character in my book is telling a story and it has a deeper meaning.  Ria seems to be all good. Do you think you could have painted her a little more grey? I think she does a lot of ‘wrong’. She does her fair share of ‘stupid’ things. She kept thinking her husband Jay would change then she chased Tanishq in desperate hope to find love so she wasn’t all that good. I painted her naive, that’s a color too. What prompted you to write a book? I grew up seeing my mom who has authored many books and I always wanted to write one. The timing was just right, professionally I had met all my goals so I thought of pursuing my long time dream of writing a novel. Why an e-book? There are takers for ebooks in the West, in India it is trend yet to catch upPaperback is also available through Amazon , Author House website and Barnes & Noble. Right now my publisher told me that the distribution channels (US based) will be able to sell the books internationally as well. Link: http://amzn.to/1sRRfZ8 What next for you? Plot of the next book in mind?Next book? I have a story in my mind but it’s very embryonic, again it’s going to be the one that can leave some sort of a message in the hearts of those who read the book. Did you have a specific readership in mind when you started writing? Mostly everyone but I think girls, who have been or are going through a rough relationship/ marriage will be able to relate to it. I hope this story can inspire people.last_img read more

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Mamata directs CID to take over Nimta murder case probe

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Thursday to take over the investigation of Trinamool leader Nirmal Kundu’s murder at Nimta.In the evening, she visited Nirmal’s house and interacted with his family members. Later, Banerjee alleged that BJP is resorting to violence in the name of victory rallies and instructed the police not to allow any more victory rallies across the state by the saffron party. Banerjee was accompanied by Sujit Bose, Jyotipriya Mallick, MLA Saugata Roy and MP Dola Sen. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Thursday at around 6:30 pm, Banerjee visited Nirmal’s family members where they called for capital punishment for the guilty persons. After interacting with the Trinamool leader’s family, the Chief Minister stated that the conspirator behind the murder should be found at any cost. “Who is the conspirator? I have met Nirmal’s family and they have demanded capital punishment for the murderers. We want justice and punishment for the culprits as well,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLater, Banerjee alleged that BJP has won the seats in Bengal through fraud and bribes. She also stated that the party is lying about their workers getting killed in the state. “None of their workers have been killed. But in Delhi they are claiming that Trinamool is doing all the violence. They are lying. Only our workers are getting killed. After winning in some sub divisions, BJP is doing naked displays of violence. Bengal is not the place for it, it is a place of peace,” Banerjee said. She also alleged that general people and Trinamool leaders are getting attacked during the saffron party’s victory rallies. “No victory rally will be allowed. I am instructing the police about it. Only peace rallies will be allowed,” she added. Banerjee also stated that BJP on Wednesday had killed a Trinamool worker in Dinhata and a newborn baby in Habra. She also challenged BJP over the poster pasted on a Trinamool leader’s house in Birati, where there was a threat of his head being severed. Talking about Nirmal’s murder, Banerjee further said, “BJP workers were arranging a display of the oath taking ceremony. Nirmal just requested them to do it a bit far from his home. Was that his fault? I am requesting people to take action so that BJP cannot win in Bengal.” She also alleged that the CPI(M) is supporting BJP and warned the leaders of the party to control their cadres. According to sources, following Nirmal’s murder his brother is being threatened continuously by a group of miscreants. They have mentioned five names in the FIR lodged. On the other hand, two accused persons arrested on Wednesday, identified as Suman Kundu and Sujoy Das, were produced before the Barrackpore Court on Thursday. After hearing the petition from both parties, the magistrate remanded the duo to police custody for seven days. Sleuths are searching for the other accused persons named in the FIR and are conducting raids in several places.last_img read more

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