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Monsoon Please Pour!

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India achieved independence on 15th August, 1947. But it's dependence on the monsoon rains still continues. Now it's a delay of over 15 days and all villages and cities are reeling under water and electricity cuts. Farmers are worried for crop failures. Drought like situations in many regions. What to do? Infrastructure cannot be changed over night. So, pour and pour and pour!

Raghu Krishna: Adieu!

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The man in the blue suit He was more of a dear friend than a boss. Raghu Krishna , the former Chief Producer of Films Division, Mumbai and Director of MIFF (Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films) for 2004 and 2006 versions, passed away today following a brain stroke and coma. I first knew him as a film director in Films Division, Mumbai. As we became close we started playing table tennis. He was an attacking player specializing in smashes. Once I was defeated by a colleague and next game Raghu defeated him. Later, Raghu came over to my room for a fag and told me proudly, ‘I wanted to beat him because he beat you!’ I sensed his love for me instantly. Raghu appeared for an interview for the top post and finally got selected. He joined as Chief Producer in January 2004 and immediately took charge of MIFF 2004 as Festival Director. Till MIFF 2006 I worked under him and enjoyed every bit of it. He showed tremendous faith in me in the role of

Diagnosing the Ganguly Malady

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In my cricket articles you find one called ‘Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Traces of Arrogance?’ where I tried to point out telltale signs of Dhoni going off the positive track. After ICC T20 experience I feel Dhoni is fast going the Ganguly way. I give below a few symptoms of the Ganguly Malady which can be diagnosed in Dhoni too: • Creating friction between captain and vice-captain and between team members. • Showing favoritism to some players and lobbying with the selection committee to include them in the playing eleven. • Taking unpredictable strategic decisions. • Success bred arrogant behavior. • Getting into a consistent out-of-form black hole. • Passing on the buck. Please prove me wrong and help us all to bring Dhoni back to the right track.

Why Envy?

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Envy is a universal human characteristic, but the reasons for doing so seem to be very personal and often unpredictable. We know a couple who has no money stacked up, no wealth to hide, no vehicles and not even a owned house--normally the reasons for envy. They live simply, dress simply and go about doing things for their cherished goals in life without malice or ill will to anybody. Of course, with less money they try to do the best--dress in a decent way choosing the right colors and combinations, they eat in a healthy way at affordable best, they go to movies and eat out to enjoy life as they can afford and they always love their dear ones and try to take care--again, as best as they can afford. But dear ones keep them in constant watch and envy everything they do or say. This attitude causes them tremendous pain and grief and they cannot make anyone understand their feeling. They do not understand WHY.

Shrutinaad's Events A Huge Success

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The two events held respectively on May 28 and June 02, 2009 at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati, Assam by Shrutinaad were huge successes despite hurdles faced at every step of the way. I thank all the office bearers and members of Shrutinaad for their dedicated efforts. I express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Goutam Sarma, Secretary of the Kalakshetra who provided all the facilities at venue. I am very grateful to respected Lakshminandan Bora, Birendra Nath Dutta, Dhirendra Nath Chakravarty, Swapnanil Barua and other dignitaries who graced the occasion. I thank all the musicians and artistes who lent their excellence on short notice, all music lovers, all appreciating audiences and all eager participating young students. I thank particularly the print and the electronic media of Assam without whose support the events would not have taken off. I am also grateful to the State Bank of India, Dispur Branch, for their patronage to the second event.

A Lucid Thought!

Centuries and half centuries are basically test cricket concepts where you can dig yourself in and build your innings as you have ample time. Come one day cricket and overs allowed have reduced to just fifty per innings. You have to make a hundred or a fifty within that limit. Come T20 cricket and you have only twenty overs to do so. It’s a different matter that you can still do it, but I think this is pure injustice. While one changes the other cannot remain the same. So can’t we change the rules? Say, for one day cricket you achieve a virtual century by making just 50 and a half century by making 25. For T20 let’s make it 25 and 15 respectively. On humanitarian grounds this seems just fine. What about rules? Well, when there is a BCCI, there is always a way!!!

Team India All Set

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This Team India is led by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, not by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This Team India has 79 members, not 11. This Team India’s agenda is not just cricket, but more importantly economy, fight against global recession, fight against terrorism, development, poverty alleviation, external relations and a whole lot of priorities. This Team India will be involved too one day matches, monthly matches and yearly matches and would be aiming at coming out winners in the five year mega match. This Team India too has a rich mix of youth and experience plus quite a few all-rounders. Win for this Team India is vitally important for the country. Wish them all the luck. And, coincidentally cricket Team India has also left for England for the ICC T20 Championship. Wish them luck too!

Cheers Anyway!!! Cricket Wins!

What a match! What a beginning. Captain Kumble opens the bowling attack and bowls to Captain Gilly and gets him out in the third ball! Captain Kumble goes on to capture four wickets and the target was very manageable 144. And what an end! Down to the last ball. It's simple incredible cricket that makes IPL a success. Not the glamour, the glitz and the money. Deccan Chargers Hyderabad, No.8 in last IPL, becomes No.1. The glorious uncertainties of cricket. King Khan take heart. KKR can do it next. Who knows!

Challengers! Cheers!!!

Tonight I supported the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL semi final against Chennai Super Kings and I won! RCB deserved to win for their resurgence and war veteran Anil Kumble's positive energy. Now it will be a repeat of the super final mentioned in my last post. It could very well be a repeat win for RCB and the Cup! More Cheers tomorrow! And why not?

IPL Blues!

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Shah Rukh Khan’s KKR could do nothing good to itself, but it had dealt the death blow to RR . By beating Rajasthan Royals today Kolkata Knight Riders threw the winners of IPL-1 out of the tournament. In another extremely low scoring match CSK managed to beat Kings Eleven Punjab quite easily in the end and secured its semi final berth. Now the two more spots are still open. Tomorrow’s match between DD and MI is inconsequential as MI is already eliminated. But the other match between DC and RCB is like the super final. The winner goes to semifinal straightaway. The loser gets locked with Punjab in terms of points e.g. 14 each and the net run rate will decide the fourth berth. Punjab’s prospects are worse as it has the lowest net run rate. So then, the most probable semi final line up: DD, CSK, DC, RCB.