Cricket Stays in India!

So IPL-2 is moved out of India to South Africa . Not that it had to be moved out. While clashing with elections in India the BCCI ( Board of Control for Cricket in India ) insisted on the same starting date that is April 10th and allowed only intermingling of other dates and venues. Now in South Africa the tournament is postponed to 18th April . Why? Apart from the big money of the franchisees and the consequent high stakes, the dates of the top international players there is in all probability another factor of ‘ego’ involved here. Rolling in millions the BCCI naturally is fast cultivating a zero tolerance to any kind of objections and criticisms. Else, why didn’t it agree to a delayed start in India, why it refused to recognize the security implications of the general elections, why India was compared to Pakistan, why can’t they see the risks involved in holding the tournament in the same time period with the elections and why they cannot rise above revenue considerations? Cr

Cricket: Security Hassles

Elections and cricket can no longer go hand in hand thanks to growing security requirements to prepare for sudden terror attacks. Terror had recently selected cricket too as a target, Lahore 03/03. Indian parliamentary elections are going to be held in five phases during April-May all over the country. This is the biggest democratic exercise of the largest democracy of the world and, to make it free and fair tremendous security arrangements are need of the troubled present day times. The second part of the high profile Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament was also planned during the same period. This has led to a security dilemma and raging debate on priorities. IPL is big money no doubt, but whose money and what are the first priorities. Additional forces cannot be spared by the Indian Govt. and the states which is quite natural. IPL was rescheduled, but again the problem of making foolproof security arrangements was not solved. Now IPL hangs

Good Neighbors!

One of our neighbors has been maintaining their stray habits. We all should love animals. And we do love them. But the profound question is should we love them at the cost of us human beings. There are lots of problems caused by stray dogs and cats to residents, passersby and all including bites. Authorities always plan many things but fail always at the implementation level due to, of course, the animal lovers. And problems always remain. Our neighbor is trying to take care of all stray animals of the locality by feeding them at the staircase landing space and inside the house. If you are unfortunate enough to pass by just at the time of their main door opening up it’s all cats and dogs raining out on you! At many times dogs regally lounge on the landing space just outside the door and if you are ascending or descending the stairs you have to cross within biting distance. Good neighbors that we are we never make scenes except asking the watchmen sometimes to scare away the

Many Many Many, Don’t be Funny!

Just how many is too many? Well, a thought only. About ten years back, more relevantly for India, it was very difficult to get a credit card. The banks did not come to you then, you had to go to them—beg beg and convince. Getting one finally was considered an achievement. Now one is not enough. With banks calling you, emailing you, messaging you all the time and with most cards coming as lifetime free ones you just go merrily multiplying irrespective of your needs. Specially designed wallets are coming your way to accommodate your cardy crowd. It’s altogether a different matter how many of you are hooked into a never ending debt trap and how many are showing off without having the means to even come close to that kind of lifestyle. Just five years back, again more relevantly for India, many of us didn’t even know what a blog was. Forget how to create it. Now having one blog is not enough. You can go on creating just at the click of the mouse irrespective of whether you need i

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Questions the Time Theory in Indian Classical Music

‘Our ragas are based on time periods like the morning, afternoon, evening and late night hours. But the time slot now-a-days for concerts is 6pm to 10pm due to security reasons or whatever. If we exceed police will come and arrest the artists and the organizers. This means performances can be done only on a few limited ragas again and again. Morning and afternoon concerts are rare and late night concerts whether indoor or outdoor are impossible.’ Said santoor legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma on 10th January, 2009 at a two-day seminar on ‘Reconsidering Fundamental Issues in Indian Art Music’ organized by ITC Sangeet Research Academy at NCPA, Mumbai. Panditji was speaking at the session on ‘Time Theory’. While making it clear that he was speaking neither for or against the time theory Pandit Shivkumar Sharma elaborated further, ‘In old days we were closer to nature and most concerts were organized outdoor with nature manifested in full glory. Now in air conditioned auditoriums time bec

What A Common Man Is Supposed To Do?

Today at the news room one newsreader was very angry at the state of things. On the top of continuing Indo-Pak tension following terror attacks we have petrol scarcity due to three day old strike of officers of Oil Public Sector Units who want a pay hike, prices of vegetables shooting up due to five day old strike by public transporters, frauds in Satyam (the word ‘ satyam ’ means ‘truth’) and all that. Fortunately the news reader was creative enough to do something constructive. She wrote out a poem on the dilemma of a common man and with our permission she visualized it in the form of a capsule story. We ran it in our evening bulletins. The poem narrates how a common man should react to everyday problems like bomb blasts, strikes, war worries, nature turnarounds and the like—all of which finally bog down upon the common man only. What we common folks should do? Fight on? Call for strikes? But against whom? We common folks; we common folks. Have mercy! Some common folks reacted ver

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