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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Idiotic End to a Thrilling Cricket Series



Just imagine if India and Sri Lanka were locked 2-2 instead of Team India already clinching the ODI series 3-1. The crowds would have gone crazy seeing the hugely disappointed ones today in the abandoned match.

Delhi-the national capital of India. Amidst the roar of T20 cricket, the fours and sixes producing dry pitches and the huge money involved it just clobbers our sense of reasoning. How Delhi could have prepared such a pitch and how it could have escaped attention of the business-driven cricket Board officials. What a shame! Capital of India has almost lost the 2011 World Cup tie to be played at the now black listed Firoz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi.

The blame game has started. Political leaders too are getting articulate. The Board has disbanded the pitch committee and the officials of Delhi cricket association have already resigned. Much more to come in the coming days. Whatever happens eventually it's not going to help cricket at all and that too in the craziest cricket loving nation. Scapegoats would definitely be identified, but for what purpose. Somewhere something is wrong, seriously wrong.

We renew our demand for making competitive and sporting cricket pitches again. If T20 comes as a hurdle scrap it. Cricket must live on.

Music Workshop on Immortal Songs of Kamalananda Bhattacharya

SHRUTINAAD, a Cultural Organization of Assam, presents a music workshop on immortal songs of Poet-Composer-Playwright-Freedom Fighter Kamalananda Bhattacharya (1894-1951) at ADESA Hall, Beltola, Guwahati from January 4 to 10, 2009. Participants can collect and fill the application forms till 4th January.

There will be a musical inaugural function on 4th Jan at 2pm on account of the poet's Death Anniversary at the same venue when an audio CD of Kamalananda's songs sung by me is slated for release. Noted writer-litterateur of Assam Dr. Lakshminandan Bora has consented to be the Chief Guest of the function.

I had been very busy because of this program in the last few days and yesterday that is 26th of December I have reached Guwahati. I have to record the songs, prepare for the inaugural event and finally to conduct the workshop. Deepak Dutta, Jt. Secretary of Shrutinaad, has been working very hard and had also arranged the venue. Chinmay is likely to join me next week.

Please wish us luck and success.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Brilliant! Team India! And, Merry Christmas Happy Holidays to All of You!



This time no question of 'managing' to win or lose. This is sheer commanding victory of the match and the five match ODI cricket series against Sri Lanka leading 3-1. India was without Captain Dhoni, without Yuvraaj and, Sehwag and Tendulkar got out early and cheaply. Yet, India won the 4th ODI at Kolkata with hands down, chasing a target of 316. So refreshing to watch Gautam Gambhir and youngster Virat Kohli scoring centuries of consecutive balls. This series Indian batting had been consistent and sparkling. Only bowling and fielding need to be strengthened to become number one in Australian style. Generosity is slowly and steadily is being replaced by the Aussie 'killer instinct'. Cheers!

And, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Beautiful New Year to all of you. At the moment work is the only option for me. Poor me, having not even a weekly off amidst holidays! No problems. Work is worship. Work is celebration too. Get worked up and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

India Win The Second Highest Scoring Cricket Onedayer!



The first match was between Australia Vs South Africa. Aus made 434/4 and SA won the match by making 438/9! Total 872/13. Today India made 414/7 and Sri Lanka lost the match by 3 runs at 411/8. Total match score 825/15.

India made the highest ODI total of 414 and yet just managed to win by 3 runs. Sri Lanka was cruising for a superlative victory needing just 22 runs off 18 balls with 5 wickets intact. But, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra bowled incredible last overs and the fielding, for a change, was excellent too. The positive--India won a close match by holding on to the nerves in the dying moments. Managing to win was much better than managing to lose which, in this case, was so blissfully easy or rather made easy by some glorious batting by Sri Lankans.

A twist in the end! Well, Indian cricket Board officials while making lifeless pitches for an entertaining shower of fours and sixes just forget that the opposition team too can capitalize on this and when they indulge in the fours and sixes act the big crowds become ominously silent and gloomy! Better, officials should concentrate on making competitive pitches that educate the crowds about the inner nuances of the game of cricket so that they can still enjoy irrespective of who win or lose.

Anyway, it was a rare treat of cricket match. A suspense thriller till the last minute and a match where it hardly mattered who finally won. If Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar and Dhoni produced spectacular shots, Dilshan Tilakratne and Sangakkara and Tharanga did fittingly too.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Editor's Choice!



Of late, one editor has gone berserk thanks to his ever expansive ego and an impregnable sense of self superiority.

He was on an important coverage and his reports were crucial to shape up the prime time bulletins on the local news channel. The desk editor became the most harassed one due the preconditions and conditioning.

The Conditions: Not a word can be changed of what the reporting editor dictates; No other source can be used irrespective of the importance; Reports must be narrated back to him for final approval; Headlines must only be taken from him; He would not give a voice over by phone because he thought television news should not highlight audio.

The Conditioning: He wanted only fresh trainees who followed him blindly; According to him the old trusted hands in the newsroom were too smart and often tampered with his creative expressions thus making the veterans sit idle; Taking the trainee reporters into full confidence he built an impeccable info network so that every word uttered by the desk editor was reported back to him; Some of the old hands pressed into service by the exasperated desk editor were threatened with vicarious slaps (over phone); He camouflaged his friends supporters and enemies so effectively that one doesn't know who's who.

Wish the desk editor some luck!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Maiden Delights On Kankan Railway!



Coming back from Goa decided to take a maiden ride on the Kankan Railway route. Boarded the train at a quiet hilly station called Thivim, 45 minutes away from its originating station Madgaon in Goa.


The Konkan Railway (Railway Symbol:KR) is a railway line which runs along the Konkan coast of India. It was constructed and is operated by the Konkan Railway Corporation. It runs from Mangalore in the state of Karnataka to Mumbai through Goa, along the west coast of India and Western Ghats-the mountain range.

A ride worth remembering. For nearly 100 tunnels on the way--the train rushing through dense forests and hills and mountains. For the breathtaking scenery. For the marvel of technology making way in absolutely noway land. And, for the culinary delights! The food was excellent and in all grandeur of variety. Hope all Indian railways follow the KR menu!

And in cricket Team India made history by making it to the top spot of ICC test rankings in its 77 years of test cricket. Tremendous batting performance and a thumping 2-0 series victory against Sri Lanka. One point is made always. India win by big margins if it wins and mostly loses all close matches--be it in any variety of cricket. Kirsten and Dhoni must consider this religiously if it wants to win all winnable series like that against Australia. And of course, Indian batsmen must show more consistency--ok, 293 is rare treat, but 50-100 should be the norm. Above all, generosity must be replaced by ruthlessly professional killer instinct.
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