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Why We Always Wait For A Tragedy!

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The Mangalore runway, called as table top one, was always fraught with danger. But nowhere nobody was concerned about that. One hundred fifty eight people had to die horribly to draw attention to this fact. On 22nd May at 6.30 am the Dubai-Mangalore Air India Express Flight overshot the runway by 2000 feet and crashed into the gorges that surround the airstrip. Now only we know about. So many people including experts and air crew talked about the dangers of this table top runway. 'If offered no margin for error, the slightest mistake by pilots and hundreds of lives were always in danger.' Why no precautions were taken earlier to prevent this? Why do we wake up only after a tragedy of immense proportions happens? And after knowing it what is going to be done? Flights are still landing at and taking off from Mangalore airstrip. Do we need some more disasters? And, within three days of the accident, the Air India staff has gone on strike demanding more pay. SHAME!

Look! Team India!

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Look at the jubilation and ecstasy of the new T20 World Champions! What a moment! Of pride, extreme happiness and satisfaction. A moment shared by all their countrymen! You feel one, you feel a nation, you feel a national mission accomplished! How they fought for such a moment! They played like one fully integrated unit. They had the determination to excel in everything--batting, bowling and fielding. If you noticed them from the beginning of the tournament you must have made them your world champions already as I did so and got proud of my decision. England fully deserved the moment! Heartiest congratulations! Your IPL money cannot buy you such moments, Team India! Play for your country and reap the rewards of your countryman's love pride and support. Your dirty millions can only make you corrupt sick wasted and  most unwanted! Learn your lessions! Time is not on your side!

What's Wrong With Team India's Tactics?

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West Indies --the land of fast bowling and bouncy pitches. The International Cricket Council T20 World Cup is being played here from April 30. And, at the Super Eight level Team India seems to have lost all reason and sanity. They put the focus on spinners--that too part time--and opted for just two pacers on such bouncy wickets. They had taken an extra batsman to increase batting strength. And yet, they had opted to field first winning the toss against Australia and helped them generously to get to a big total. They lost that first Super Eight match. Faced with a do or die situation today, the 9th of May, they did exactly the same against the West Indies--winning the toss again and deciding to field again. It's common logic that if you have a strong batting side you bat first and build a huge total. In crunch games the chasing side is always under pressure even with low totals like Pakistan failed against New Zealand by one run. Then again, if you want to play spinners you

The Political Circus of a Strike!

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The Mumbai Motormen Strike made national headlines today--stalling even the Parliament. As usual, the motormen of Mumbai local trains wanted more pay and more facilities. They gave an ultimatum four days ago and that news was also carried by media. And as usual, no serious thoughts were given to it. So they struck work on the afternoon of May 3, 2010 and Mumbai, with its lifelines halted, came to a standstill.  Thousands got stranded in different local railway stations, eager to go home and agitated at not being able to do so. Extra buses were provided, but that only led to massive traffic snarls. Thousands spent the night either in stations or offices or streets. The political parties initially supported the motormen, because they cannot afford to hurt potential voters. But when they saw millions suffering, they turned turtle. The opposition parties disrupted the Parliament sessions announcing that till trains start running in Mumbai, Parliament must not run on. Regional parti

Do You Believe In Ghosts? 2

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My grandfather , Indreswar Chakravarty, was a very learned man, though he had the opportunity to study only up to matriculation level. He was a scholar in Sanskrit language and always gave time to interpret and analyze ancient Sanskrit scriptures. He wrote articles regularly and published one book too in late years. He had a perfect sense of reasoning and a logical mind. He used to tell me that he had had numerous paranormal experiences and he tried to explain or justify or negate everyone of them. But, some of them remained as they were. Here is one of them. One fine morning my grandfather was reading a book in the sitting room. On being called by his name he looked up towards the doorway. A very well dressed strikingly handsome young man was standing there and asking for a glass of water. Failing to recognize him Grandpa requested him to sit and turned to the sideways table to pour a glass of water. In a moment he faced the young man with the glass ready. The young man had van

The IPL Scandal Cry!

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Everybody, the media in particular, has been crying hoarse over the IPL controversy in relation to the formation of a new franchise, Kochi (a city of Southern India ). Why, when you deal in such huge huge money disputes quarrels controversies scandals and so on are bound to happen. Maybe things were under wraps so far and since this time a minister was involved it blew the lid. Again, India is not the only country where favoritism nepotism corruption and unholy nexus are held in high esteem. Two new teams, Kochi and Pune, were auctioned recently for astronomical prices, even higher than the IPL Commissioner expected! There might be a time soon when every billionaire of the world would want to buy an IPL team or to have stakes in it. The money game is all set to accelerate further. With formation of new and newer teams the tournament duration will have to be increased from current 2 months to 3-6 months or maybe for a full year and it will fast become a deadly war of Business Vs

Do You Believe In Ghosts?

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Well, basically you have no choice. If you believe you cannot prove it. If you don't believe you cannot prove it either. Then, based on varied personal experiences you just cannot deny the most potent invisible world . Once you accept the existence of the invisible world there will definitely be inhabitants in it. You call them anything; ghosts or good or evil forces or energies. In our native village in eastern Assam , India, we had our house with a huge campus with ponds both in the front and back side. My grandfather, Indreswar Chakravarty who lived up to the ripe age of 97, was a cultivator and a very hard worker. His work meant everything to him and he never bothered about the ghosts or anything. He used to go out with a sword when he sensed tigers prowling around the cowshed late at night. So, he had no fear in his mind to have what you may call hallucinations . And, ghosts or spirits were like normal inhabitants of the house. He and my grandmother saw them almost every

Rajasthan Royals Vs Deccan Chargers: A Classic Tale Of Cricket!

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A cricket match where it no longer mattered what format it belonged to. Test or fifty overs or twenty overs! If you want to know, it was an IPL T20 match played on April 5 at Nagpur, India. Both teams-- Rajasthan Royals ( RR) and Deccan Chargers ( DC )--were desperate for win. The pitch was slowish and was not easy to bat on. The batsmen had to dig in to play major innings. It offered something for the bowlers--both spinners and pacers--despite all the crippling restrictions imposed on them thanks to T20 IPL cricket. Fours and sixes were normalized and genuine gripping cricket played. RR scored 159 all out in 19.5 overs. A fighting total considering the conditions. And, RR had the stamp of never losing a match defending 150 or more. DC bowlers, prominently RP Singh excelled. DC seemed to be cruising midway. But then, the 40 year old wonder called Shane Warne got possessed as on many occasions of his illustrious career and took four wickets on a trot making way for a crick

The Sania Connection!

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In the midst of terror attacks and talks, charges and counter charges, leg pulling and bullying and lobbying the bragging boys called India and Pakistan suddenly face up to the immense challenge of becoming in-laws! Sania Mirza, the tennis star of India, has decided to wed Shoaib Malik, the cricket star of Pakistan . And all hell breaks loose. The tennis authority of Pakistan had already declared that Sania will now play for them. Her Indian lawyer insisted that Sania will continue playing for India. Father of Shoaib's first wife (?) threatens to sue him while Shoaib dismisses this as allegations and threatens to file a suit too. The mystery is deepening day by day. Parents of Shoaib have expressed their displeasure Sania wearing skirts and playing tennis. Protectors of the Indian heritage have given the judgment that Sania is 'no longer Indian '. The would be couple reportedly plans to settle in Dubai. Why not leave them in peace! Why not wish them Happ