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Vintage Tendulkar! India Win Series Against South Africa!

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Sachin Tendulkar created history today at Gwalior in the second one day international against South Africa. From the very start Sachin played shots all around the ground achieving half century, then century, then one hundred fifty and finally the incredible double century not out. The first time in the history of one day cricket that someone has hit a double ton.

The superlative innings rekindled memories of the ferocious run hungry Tendulkar of the nineties. The focused and obsessively intense batting feats at Sharjah against the Aussies rushed to the mind.

Team India seemed to be in a devastating mood. There was no time to wait. Sehwag fell early to his favorite shot. Dinesh Karthik gave terrific support in fast paced partnership. The power and fury of Pathan and Dhoni was perhaps inspired by the demolition man at the other end. The unbelievable 400 mark was surpassed and a target of 402 set for a plundered South Africa. What followed was inevitable. They did hit an incredible 43…

Marriage in Reverse Motion?

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One of the endless serials in a colorful TV channel recently hit upon a brilliant idea! This is bound to save you time tension and legal hassles. All estranged couples take delight!

If you want to run away from your wedlock never bother about divorce and courts and lawyers. Follow what the serial offers you and be a winner.

Just arrange the same marriage ceremony. But in reverse order. Take off the garlands from each others throats. Sit before the holy sacrificial fire inside the ceremonial canopy-both of you- and take the opposite vow that you cannot carry on with this holy bandhan or tie. If you are the groom then rub off the Sindoor or vermilion from the bride's forehead. Mutual denials of wedding rings and ornaments.

Both of you stand up. Take the saat phere around the fire alright, but in reverse order--going backwards. Finally, get someone to untie the wedlock.

And, you are free birds! Maybe the serial did not digest the immense potential of its panacea fully. Because, f…

Jaipur ODI: Hadley Chase Thriller!

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The first onedayer between India and South Africa had everything like that of Hadley Chase thriller. The apparent weaknesses, the ups and downs and the twists!

India were without four key players and SA was without it captain. Perhaps SA put India into bat first to attack the weaker batting order right away.

India added to their plan by a shaky start with Tendulkar run out and Sehwag run out in an absolute tragedy. But India did very well in the end amassing 298/9. There was just one half century by Suresh Raina, but almost every player did his bit contributing to the final competitive score.

SA started very well thanks to a couple of weird umpiring decisions. But then, wickets fell at regular intervals and India looked to finish it off with SA begging for mercy at 225/8 with all recognized batsmen back in pavilion.

And then, the final twist. With some fierce batting by the tailenders South Africa almost snatched the match away from India. India won by 1 run!

A classic encounter …

His Name Is Terror!

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When you quarrel argue and fight over petty issues like whose name is what or which part of mother earth belongs to which humans the one whose name is terror finds it ideal to strike and hit you the hardest.

Get united and neutralize the next terror attack.

Terrorize terror with your integrated might.

Appreciate the efforts and pains taken by our Home Minister P Chidambaram and all security personnel and offer unconditional support.

Strengthen the global mass movement against terror.

Isolate the destructive elements.

Jai Maharashtra! Jai Hind! Jai Planet Earth!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

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'What is your name?'
'My Name Is Khan!'
'What's your problem?'
'I don't know! I'm only a film made for people to see! But they are fighting, preventing and lobbying over me! Have they gone nuts or few of them having nothing meaningful to do?'

'What is your name?'
'My name is Mumbai! The capital of Maharashtra, the financial capital of India, the Bollywood of world cinema, the business hub of the globe!'
'What's your problem?'
'I don't know! Some blockheads have restricted my reach or rather tried to! Why don't they understand that to really restrict me they must close all airports, all sea or river ports, all bus or railway stations, all roadways; then fence me up and all prisoners live happily ever after!'

'What is your name?'
'My name is India!'
'What's your problem?'
'My friend, my problems are many. Latest one is that some tried to cut a vital organ out of my bo…

Team India: Hardly No.1 Stuff!

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That Team India were without Dravid, Laxman and Yuvraj hardly gave the all-important excuses. This was simply not performance expected from a No.1 team who liked to occupy the spot for a long time. Australia's and even South Africa's reserve players always came good in need and this is what make them the fittest contenders for the No.1 spot.

Why then all the din about encouraging and nurturing young players in India? Well, the most important consideration here is making money and continuing to do so. They, the Board, want young players for the entertaining varieties of the game like the ODIs and T20. Anyway, Dravid and Laxman were already discarded from ODIs due to age, but since they still have resale value they still play in T20. So logically they cannot depend on them to deliver in Test cricket. If you find it paradoxical just ask the Board.

Here is a solution! Henceforth all cricket in India must be permanently linked to entertainment industry. Give breaks to new 'her…

Food Inflation: Sugar Positive!

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With the food inflation of India raging at over 17.5% common people do not know what to eat or not to eat and the government does not know what to do. Recently there had been shifting of responsibility from one to the other.

Greatly concerned, the Prime Minister today held a meeting with the state Chief Ministers of India and assured that the worst was over. There are huge stocks of staple foods like wheat and rice and the situation will be under control soon, he stated. The Prime Minister also warned the black marketers against holding back stocks and that stringent action would be taken against the guilty.

In the midst of all these one national political party gave the most practical piece of advice possible. 'Eat less sugar, death won't come because of that!' 'Better,if you reduce sugar you won't have diabetes!' ' Let increase in sugar prices serve you better!' While in Assam recently some friends confessed to me that this inflation had given them…

HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY!

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26th January, 2010. The Republic of India turns 60 today. On this great occasion let's pray for a terror free India and global peace.

Best wishes to all of you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Homewards Ho!

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Wish you all a very Happy Prosperous and Fulfilling New Year 2010! Hope you've started the New Year and the new decade in a great way!

Now we are going to take a break. As you know Ragini has already left for the events of Shrutinaad including the launch of her audio album. Tomorrow I am leaving for Guwahati, the capital of Assam--a north eastern state of India. After continuous duty and work I need a break and I must help Ragini to make the events successful.

And, of course, our harvest festival--Magh Bihu-- falls mid-January. Going to enjoy after a long time. Winter, bonfire, community feast, lots of delicacies and all. Care to join?

Will try to keep you posted if possible.

Idiotic End to a Thrilling Cricket Series

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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 lovi…

Music Workshop on Immortal Songs of Kamalananda Bhattacharya

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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 w…

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

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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!

India Win The Second Highest Scoring Cricket Onedayer!

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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…

Editor's Choice!

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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 wo…

Maiden Delights On Kankan Railway!

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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…

IFFI 2009 Goa-Noise Deafening!

If you are here in Goa Inox Festival campus with no managerial duties assigned you better enter into one of the theatres. Else you face the noise which you can still savour with lots and lots of beer glasses and other food delicacies.

The Goan music bands are playing full blast, the mega monitors of a local cable channels are emitting noise in terms of pop, fashion, cuisine and a series of unending star interviews. There is no escape! Come out of the campus and you confront the carnival blazing just opposite on the banks of the Mandovi river. It's all fun no doubt, but if you are one of the film purists who want the typical film festival ambience then you are in troble. You also need tickets to enter theatres with proper seat numbers. You are alloted maximum of five tickets on your delegate or media card. The good old days of carefree enjoyment are gone. There is also tight securtiy all around which is of course the utmost necessity.

Today being the first anniversary of 26/11 te…

See You in Goa!

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IFFI GOA--2009

Dear Friends!

We are off to Goa for the coverage of the 40th International Film Festival of India, Goa-2009(IFFI) from 22nd of November and will be back by 5th of next month.

I will try very hard to keep you posted from Goa amidst expected hyperactivity. But if I fail to do so which is not at all ruled out please enjoy Goa and the rest!

Meantime, the first test between India and Sri Lanka ended in a draw thanks to the lifeless pitch at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Such pitches made for four and sixes are robbing the game of its inner charm, tension and glorious uncertainty. Rid the game of big money!

ABCs Of Friends And Enemies!

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Once upon a time A was working as the boss of the office. A had B as its right hand and C as its left hand in terms of trust and confidence. Thus, B and C cornered all the favors and attention of A.

D was the most desperate of the lot. It had major responsibilities and being harassed by A at every step working was just nightmare. D was fine with B and C, but that did not help getting A's attention.

But just as it happened, one fine morning B and C fought bitterly over an issue and the whole office reverberated with their most foul most loud howling growling and brawling. A was dismayed and was so grievously affected by B's reporting of the incident that A banished C to the desolation ward. Right hand got the upper hand naturally but the left hand got lost. Vacancy created for favors.

Since D happened to make one or two good remarks earlier in regard to B it got instantly selected to the vacant spot. D started getting all the attentions and favors now from its boss and it than…

Cricket Breaking News! Team India Manages to Lose the Series!

Team India did prosper temporarily under the positive energy of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and started winning matches against all odds. They became strong contenders for the No.1 ODI team.

But traditions of generosity, ability of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, how not to win and so on have been becoming too strong for Dhoni. Against a depleted Australian team they had shown true colors of generosity by restoring Australia's confidence, bringing them back into contention and finally gifting the series to them. Team India had successfully snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the first, fourth and the fifth one day internationals. In the sixth today they taught precious lessons in 'how not to win'.

In the first game Team India got into a winning position thanks to a tremendous rally by the bowlers batting. Needed 9 runs from 6 balls and if you are considering No.1 spot you have no business to lose from that position. In the fourth game they made a mess of…

Cricket and Politics: Hattrick Hiatus!

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Team India was poised for performing a hattrick beating Australia for the third consecutive time at Mohali, India yesterday and for becoming the number one ODI team. Indian Skipper MS Dhoni won the toss surprisingly elected to field. Why? All the external factors that inflicted earlier skippers have begun to haunt Dhoni too. Factors like pitches, weather, dew and so on. Positive cricket does not need all these--it means batting first and setting a 300 plus target. Dew or no dew such a total is always a challenge. Yet, Indian bowlers did extremely well to get the Aussies all out for 250. After a blazing start the old Indian story of over cautious progress unfolded. Barring Sehwag who rarely lasts long enough for a win, all batsmen trying to ensure a win dug themselves in unnecessarily and perished thanks to such negative tactics. Hello Dhoni, play your natural cricket and never ever listen to past Indian skippers. A huge opportunity had been mauled, spoiled and lost.

The ruling combin…