Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What does Aakash Chopra's Handwriting say about his personality ?

- Aakash Chopra is a Test Cricketer from India.
- He played around 10 tests for India and in those proved to be an Ideal opening partner for ever Aggressive Virendar Sehwag.
- He has been quite a champion at the Indian domestic Cricket circuit and has scored loads of runs.

In 2009 Chopra released Beyond the Blues: A First-Class Season Like No Other. The book is a diary of Chopra's 2007–08 domestic season. It was published by Harper Collins. It was critically acclaimed and Suresh Menon of Cricinfo, who wrote that it was "the best book written by an Indian Test cricketer."

Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Sample:

A Note about Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Sample:

I got to know about Aakash's book- Out Of The Blue: Rajasthan’s Road To The Ranji which i really wanted to read given the fact that i was following his writing (and Cricket of course!) for quite a while and had become a fan of it. Quite recently, i connected with him over Twitter (@cricketaakash) and to my surprise he has been quite response to follower's comments. I say surprise because not many known people with thousands of followers on Twitter actually care to respond to follower's tweets. So for me, it was a welcome change. I had made up my mind to buy his book from flipkart.com as it offered a better discount. Then, by chance i encountered Aakash's tweet to buy the book from cricbuy.com, where he was offering to send the self-signed book. The Graphologist in me never likes to let go of such an opportunity and immediately pounced on it even though the discount offered was comparatively less. Was quite heartening for me to see handwritten wishes from Aakash in the book (along with his autograph) and this was enough for me to get started with writing this post!

Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Analysis:

Aakash is ruled by his head and not entirely by his heart. He is a cool, collected person. Some may see him as an unemotional person. He does have emotions like all the humans but not always feels the need to express them. He may appear as being withdrawn into himself and doesn’t mind alone. He is a very level headed person and will remain calm in emergency situations. He is never quite impulsive.

Aakash has a tremendous ability to focus on any project/task that he takes on. When he is focusing on some project then he forgets everything else that's happening around him. He has the ability to eliminate all outside noises, thoughts, interference, and ability to concentrate on one subject. When he concentrates, he becomes oblivious to everything around self. This trait is also best reflected in his performance in 2003-04 tour to Australia. Although he failed to cross the 50- mark in the four Tests against Australia, he showed enough patience to spend valuable time in the middle, see off the new ball and build a solid platform from which the strong middle order could elevate India to greater heights. His unflappable concentration has a lot to do with the fact that he just loves spending lot of time in the middle of the wicket.
Aakash incidently wrote a brilliant piece on the topic of concentration, which quotes concentration as simply remaining in the present. Its quite a thoughtful article where he reasons various aspects on concentration.

Aakash has the trait of perfectionism in his personality. He is a kind of person who takes time putting everything in place and reviews work thoroughly in order to make it precise. This also helps him to be the greater writer that he is i.e. he would likely spend considerable effort to out his writings into a state of perfection before everyone gets to see it. In his most recent book- Out Of The Blue: Rajasthans Road To The Ranji narrates the below about himself that justifies to a great extent the perfectionism in his nature-
My mornings have always been well-ordered; I like it that way. On days that a gruelling session or a match lay ahead, my morning to-do list would have been all chalked out in my head the night before. Ever since i started playing Cricket- even as a kid, all of eight- my mornings were dedicated to practice, workouts or even simply a jog. So unvarying was my regimen that i tended to forget what day of the week it was. Every morning looked the same, and so did my plan.

Aakash has the trait of Self Reliance or Leadership in his personality. People with Self- reliance has the ability to take the tough times head-on and gives them necessary confidence and ability to do things to come out of the same. Aakash in his Cricketing career has faced many ups and downs like moving in and out of Indian team despite being in contention, deciding to move to Rajasthan after getting a cold treatment from his native Delhi etc. Its his Self-reliance (combined with determination) that has helped him emerge victorious in the trying circumstances. Infact, a Rock solid Determination is one of his most visible traits from his personality (as evident from the handwriting). In the - same book narrates the below about himself that speaks about his the determination and discipline-
I don’t think I have ever missed a match because of a flu, minor injury, even a twist. All these years of Cricket have helped me to ignore these small malfunctions.

Aakash is a Positive Thinker. He is always inclined to see the positive side of any situation. Positive thinking along with Determination is a true asset that helps him surpass insurmountable obstacles.

Aakash has Cumulative Thinking pattern in his personality. Cumulative Thinkers thinks or creates much like a mason, stacking fact over fact. In this thinking pattern, the conclusion, is usually not complete until the last fact is in place. Such a thinker prefers to learn more through demonstration, by preferring to experience something rather than simply following any written or verbal instruction. This may take longer to learn but something once learned is retained for a long, long time. These are all the signs of a methodical thinker, who can build things and come up with the new ideas based on previously learned material. This to some extent explains the way Aakash is known to build his innings while batting. He is more of an accumulator of runs and works hard to get each one under his belt.

Aakash is quite Frank and Honest in giving his opinion. If you ask him a direct question, you'll get a direct answer. This sort of honesty is quite visible in his writings.

Aakash possess pride and dignity in his personality. Pride is a spur to achievement. He tends to expect respect from others and expect others to treat him with dignity.

Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Analysis details:

Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Sample Original scan:

- Image Source: http://www.thehindu.com/multimedia/dynamic/00765/TH26_DINKS_CHOPDA_G_765074e.jpg
- Content Source:
The Book- Out of the Blue by Aakash Chopra

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What makes Fauja Singh run marathons at the age of 100 ?

There are many phases in life where one looks out for Inspiration. Inspiration, in reality can come from many sources like people, nature, monuments, kids, could be anything.

Of all the inspirational people i have met or came across in my reading endeavors, Fauja Singh is certainly one of a kind, literally unmatched at what he does best. I remember during my early days and even now, to have cited age as a reason for not doing something.

I cant play Cricket at higher level because i am already in my 20's.
I am too old to become an expert any anything.
I wish i could have been born few years earlier so that i could have learned computers while in college.
I am too old to play with small kids.
I am too old to take risks and start my own entrepreneurial venture.

If i keep thinking, this list would go on a bit farther.

Well, in the realm of day-to-day lives, saying one cannot do something because of age factor may sound like a right enough justification if keeping only sound logic in mind. Afterall, age does take a toll on our minds and bodies, Right ? All these may even sound scientifically correct until you have heard and assimilated the story of one Fauja Singh . I happened to read his biography sometime back, let me share a few facts about Fauja-

- He started running long distances at the of 89. Yes, you saw it right- 89!
- He ran long distances in excess of a Full marathon, which is a tad more than 42 kms.
- He recently became world's oldest man to run a marathon, at the age of 100!
- When he started running, he didnt just strolled casually. He has a record of completing the marathon in record time of little more than 5 hours. For the folks who have run the marathon, ask them- this is an unbeleievable time for completing a full marathon.
- He has traveled across the world in his 90's on numerous running expedition.
- Some may call him gifted but the fact is that he started walking only at the age of 5. In the normal course, kids start walking when they are close to 1 year.

If whatever is written above doesnt startel you, nothing else would. In my rather short timespan on earth i have seen people who tend to give up on something they like too soon citing age (For example an acquaintance's back problem, he cited "old" his age of 32 as a reason, of all things). I have seen people who tend to stop living once they reach retirement age, chosing to just live life for they have to live. Amidst all this despair and hopelessness, Fauja's story is one remarkable one. Some learnings from his life-

- no age is too less to indulge in a new interest or passion.
- no age is too less to excel at anything.
- no age is too less to make your dreams come true.
- Humans can do remarkable things as long as they are alive.

Author Khushwant Singh in Fauja Singh's biography- Turbaned Tornado writes-
Fauja, besides being defiant and stubborn, is a very determined fellow.Perhaps it is a combination of these three qualities that has given him this longetivity and ability to accomplish derring do feats at this age.

Lets delve deeper into three traits that author has mentioned and whether someone's handwriting can help reveal those. Please note that Fauja's handwriting samples arent available simply for the reason that he is illiterate.

A Defiant person is the one who resists other's authority. This trait is often seen as resentment at being told what to do and as rebellion. This can be easily explainable in Fauja's case that he resisted so many people who tend to discouraged him to not take up running at such an old age.

Defiance can be revealed by one's handwriting as follows-
A large lower case letter, espacially "K" anywhere in the writing.

Determination simply is Firmness of purpose; resoluteness.

Determination can be revealed by one's handwriting as follows-
Downstrokes extending below the baseline. They must be extensions downward of strokes starting in the mundane area.
The longer the stroke below the baseline, the more enduring the determination.
The heavier the stroke, the more forceful and strong the determination.

A Stubborn person is more braced towards his own ideas. He rarely admit that he is wrong and don’t want to be confused with the facts after he has made up his mind.
Stubborn is a fear of change for the sake of change.Stubborn person thinks he is always right and takes a stand. He don’t even look at the other side and weigh other possibilities.
Stubbornness is a strong defense trait. The stubborn person might say "i refuse to accept your argument, whether they're right or wrong." It is often a negavive trait as it never lets you accept anyone's ideas.

Stubbornness can be revealed by one's handwriting as follows-
Revealed by "t" and "d" stems shaped like a tepee or upside down "V"

Do you still feel Age is not just a number ? Think Again!

Comments/Feedback Welcome.

Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauja_Singh#Turbaned_Tornado