Reem With A View

"Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards." – Galileo

Starman and E.T.

What ELON MUSK and the SPACE X TEAM has done with the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy vehicle was amazing.  More amazing was their use of the Tesla Roadster and a dummy astronaut – STARMAN – as the payload. With live camera feed, this launch captured some magical moments in space with the Earth in the background.
So magical, it reminded me of that famous MOON CYCLE scene from Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial.

See below how closely the moment matches the famous moon cycle scene from ET.

Tesla Roadster flying over the Earth

Tesla Roadster flying over the Earth similar to ET cycling with the Moon in the background.

You can watch the entire video here: Starman Replay – Join SpaceX Falcon Heavy Starman Views From Space



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How can I get my CIBIL credit score online for free?

You can now get it for free and instantly online at

Get your free CIBIL score at

Get your free CIBIL score at

This is much more user-friendly than getting it from CIBIL itself. Wishfin is the first company in India which CIBIL has directly integrated with to give users free CIBIL credit scores.

Many others give “free scores” when you search on Google, but those credit scores are not CIBIL, rather they are from other sources which banks don’t care for. CIBIL score is the only one that banks in India trust.

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” – the world’s most expensive painting?

The most recently authenticated (“rediscovered”) portrait of Jesus Christ has now become most expensive work of art ever sold with an auction price of $450.3 Million. Take a look at this 500 year old work of the Grand Master below:

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Leonardo da Vinci – ‘Salvator Mundi’

Without doubt, this painting broke the previous record of both privately sold paintings and auctions. The previous titleholder was “The Card Players” by Paul Cézanne which was sold for $300 Million.

BUT… there are many paintings which have never seen an auction/sale and which are considered “priceless” and owned by sovereign governments. For instance what would be the value of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous “MONA LISA”?  As per sources, in 1962, the insurance valuation for Mona Lisa was $100 Million, which basis inflation should be worth $800 Million today, thus making it the most valuable painting as per the Guinness Book of World Records. (Source: ).



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NOTE: We are only discussing the greatest MALE tennis player of all time.
The FEMALE GOAT is between Marina, Steffi Graf, Serena. And Steffi wins it as she is the only female player in open era to win a calendar grand slam. And yes before anyone points out, she also won the Olympic gold, but thats not a prize money event, so am not taking that into criteria for GOAT, which am basing on pure professional prize money events.


Novak Djokovic wins the 2016 FRENCH OPEN and with it completes non-calendar GRAND SLAM or the Djoker Slam. Is Djokovic GOAT?

Now, in my view, the most basic qualification criteria for GOAT or GREATEST TENNIS PLAYER OF ALL TIME is to win a Major or slam in all 3 surfaces. That automatically (and unfortunately) rules Rod Laver out as he won only on grass and clay. It is arguable if he would have won had majors been played on hard courts in 60s.
Only the following 6 players have won Tennis Majors in ALL 3 surfaces (clay, grass, hard court) in the Open Era:
The great Jimmy Connors! Yes, while he didn’t win French Open, not many know that his US Open triumph in 1976 came when it was played on clay.  YES.. for 3 years, the US Open was played on clay as the hardcourt stadium was being renovated. And he beat BORG in that clay court US Open final. Borg as we know was a clay master!
Connors obviously also won US Open on hard court and Wimbledon on grass.
The sportive Wilander we know didnt win Wimbledon, but he did manage to win the Australian Open in 1983 and 84 when it was played on grass. He has also won the French Open on clay and the US Open on hard court.

And then come the modern greats – Agassi, Federer, Nadal and now Djokovic – have all completed  a “career grand slam” (all 4 majors played in 3 surfaces).
Out of these 6 players, Novak Djokovic is the ONLY PLAYER to win 4 CONSECUTIVE MAJORS in a row across 3 surfaces. This makes Djokovic a massive GOAT contender.

But despite that, Nadal remains, the only male player to win 3 consecutive MAJORS IN 3 DIFFERENT SURFACES within a single calendar year when he won the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010. No player has ever done this to date.

And Federer of course has 17 majors. But his poor losing record to Nadal in head to head really puts a dampener on his GOAT claims.

BUT if Djokovic wins WIMBLEDON, then he will equal Nadal’s under-rated record above and also become the first to win 5 majors in a row. UNPRECEDENTED.

And if he wins the US Open, then he wins the “calendar grand slam”, the ONLY male player to do it across 3 surfaces. And also winning 6 majors in a row in that process.

Djokovic has ticked almost all other boxes: better head to head against the top 4 best players of his era: Federer, Nadal, Murray and Wawrinka and barring one, ALL his Major wins he faced another major winner as opponent. Plus, he has won more ATP Masters Series titles than anyone else.. and  is also the first to cross $100MN prize money.

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Just Wimbledon and US Open wins this year stand between Djokovic and the crown of UNDISPUTED Greatest Of All Time (GOAT).

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By Dr Abhijit Ramalingam

Why do the wealthy get all the best jobs? Are the children of the rich simply better at these jobs by virtue of attending better schools where they learn better skills? Very unlikely. Based on the Milburn Report, The Guardian[1] finds that children from richer backgrounds in the UK are 35% more likely to get the high-paying jobs despite possessing lower academic ability than their poorer counterparts; wealthier families create a ““glass floor” for their less academically inclined children” and “hoard the opportunities” for them. A 2014 study in the US[2] found that children with ‘inherited advantage’ achieve better outcomes even with lower effort.

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But the “glass floor” story is just that – a nice story. Firms are in it for the money. Bosses are not (all) stupid – they are not usually known to put up with (in)competent…

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