Archive for March, 2007

Indian Cricket Team’s Performance – Fan’s reaction

Sad was the Indian Cricket team’s performance at the World Cup. After employing the costliest and a no nonsense coach, providing extraordinary facilities(when compared other sports in India), organizing camps, Exclusive Physios, Trainers, Sponsors right from the outfits to the training kits and 1 billion fans who were providing unconditional support(or shall I say pressure????), to see the batsmen follow suit back to the pavilion one by one is not the sight they can bestow.Any Indian Cricket Team’s fan has all the right to get pissed off with the team’s below par performance but few went wrong with the way they expressed. What we are proving to these cricketers by throwing stones on their houses. Won’t the family members be threatened.Is this our culture is/was/will be known for.Why didn’t we go and stone those non-performing politicians, collectors and tahsildars.Let me list out few things that we can do to show our disappointment.

1.Not going to the stadiums to watch any of the Indian Team’s matches unless they maintain consistency, or in TV.

2.Don’t buy any luxury goods (that includes carbonated drinks) marketed by these cricketers.

3.Last but not least, let’s make sure the above resolutions reach the cricketers and the companies who sponsor these people.

Instead of being furious and voilent, these will hit them than anything.

Shall we start a campaign for this?


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Journey to the Land of Eternity – Part II

I stayed in my friends apartment, situated in a locality called Magarpatta City, one of the symbols of the emerging Poona as an IT hub. There were constructions happening as in Bengaluru, clearly indicating chaos all around. The climate as far as I came to know is on the extremes. It was too hot till my last day of stay in Poona. We started our journey to Shirdi from the Poona Bus Terminus. Private tour operators, cabs are operating trips to Shirdi. So, finding means of transport should be easy. Morever there are enough Maharashtra State Transport Buses starting to Shirdi every 10 minutes. We took the government bus and it was a 5 hour long journey. Vada Paav’s and Sugarcane Juices are found everywhere all through the way. Please don’t miss those if you plan your trip via Poona.

After a tiring journey, we reached Shirdi at 11.45 pm. It was rather a touching moment when I set my foot in Shirdi. Ever since my days in P.S.Senior Secondary School, I used to visit the Shirdi Sai Baba temple nearby the school premises, though we were fearing those beggers surrounding the area. You just don’t have reasons to fall in love, the same for my devotion towards Shirdi Sai Baba. I haven’t touched the lines of fanaticism or went around convincing others to come in my terms on Baba and so, happy for that. There were paintings of the life journey of Baba all through the walls of the temple located in Mylapore, Chennai. I used to visualise those events as in the paintings. It can be compared to those Asterix and Tintin comic novels.It took few years to convince myself that what I see in those have been real incidents. My eager to visit those places gradually increased and was waiting for it to happen. It took more than a decade for me to come to Shirdi, or shall I say for Baba to give an appointment !!!!.

We stayed in a Hotel called as Anand Inn. If the pricing was bad, the service was pathetic. Its better to book a room in advance, or there are decent rooms provided by the Shirdi Temple Authorities themselves, which we came to know later.The temple was a 2 minute walk from the hotel from which we were boarding. It was a well deserved rest as the journey was too long. We had planned for an early morning darshan and woke up early to finish off your early morning duties.Now, its just 2 minutes walk to the place which I had imagined through the paintings of the temple wall !!!!

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Bob Woolmer

The cricketing world will miss the lovely man forever !!!!

We will miss you Bob !!!!

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Journey to the Land of Eternity – Part I

Dad used to frequent me to Marina Beach in my childhood days. Flights to and fro Ceylon would used to fly above the seas very frequently when I was busy building sand homes with my brother and friends in the shores. We always used to wonder will there be any chance for we people to get into it. Dad told me that people having car can afford a trip, but not we people. I haven’t bought a car yet but afforded a flight trip, thanks to IT sector. After a long wait, my visit to Shirdi came true today.It has been a sabbatical wait, as I had been planning for the past many years.

I had to come down to pune to join my friend Muthu.Right from the day I booked my flight ticket, I had been waiting for the experience of flying in the skies. The day came and I went into the Bangalore Airport, nearly three hours before the take off as I was completely blindfolded over the process over the journey. After the security check up and boarding pass was issued, we were made to wait for a 30 minute delay. The moment of getting into the flight came and I was thrilled.Then came the next big surprise when my co-passenger was none other than one of the air hostess who is on her way to Delhi for some official work. Never thought my journey would be made so exciting !!!!. The moment it took off, my  ears went dumb. Thought it was not a common phenomenon until she prompted that it has something to do with the altitude.

The next one hour was a nothing less than an interesting tete -a-tete with her. She was telling the complexities involved during the training and the job related issues of an air hostess.While I was telling our industry’s dark side, it was rather convincing for both of us that no job is easy. Flight landed in Pune and when my friend came there to pick me up, he told me its 5 hours bus travel to shirdi. JUST 5 HOURS TO THE PLACE OF ETERNITY…………

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The Cricket World Cup 2007

The biggest gala after Olympics and Football has started. Let’s have a sneak preview on the teams:

Australia: The wounded lion is waiting to bounce back. Hit by injuries, the 3 time world champion has a point to prove.

Bangladesh: Winning once against many test teams including Australia cannot be discounted. This minnow can surprise a few.

England: Their worst patch in many years was sidelined after their hat trick victory against Australia in the recent VB Series. Flintoff holds the key.

India: A team of individuals. Studded with all time greats but when as a team, they fail.Most probably the final world cup of Tendulkar. Will he do an Imran Khan?

New Zealand: record chases against Australia in the recent series has done them a world of good. Dark Horses in all the times.

Pakistan: Hit by drug abuse, bad management and a lack lustre captain is not something one can boast of. But has the ability to surprise any team in the world.

South  Africa: The Spanish Footbal Team of Cricket. Apart from Lady luck, they have everything. If she smiles on them, they will walk away with the cup.

Sri Lanka: A pack of individuals who gel together as a team. Minimal internal politics among the sub-continent teams is one of its strengths. Tipped to be the dark horse.Wholly dependent on Murali’s heroics.

West Indies: The hosts. Last world cup for Lara. Will the good old days come back? Only time will tell.

Others: In the world cup to add numbers.

 Let the best team win !!!!

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Happy Birthday Thenappan

Wishing you a very happy birthday!!!!

Guess what’s the gift ????

Sabari Audio Cassette !!!!

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Only in India – Real Time Example

Since I am differentially-abled, we people can travel with concession rates as rated by the government. Today, I met up with a rude treatment  from a ticket booking officer in Jay Nagar 4th Block BDA complex. Myself and my friend were in the queue and submitted the forms and the concession certificate to him for reservation. After seeing the certificate, the officer asked me what type of problem I have. When I explained, he asked me who is the escort(As per the rules, one person should escort me). When my friend told its him, that officer was asking why the person himself(that’s me) has come to book the tickets.It seems that only the escort should come and book the tickets. We were puzzled by his words. When I told that few were not issuing tickets without the presence of the individual, especially in the Banashankari BDA complex, he started reserving the tickets. Then he confirmed whether I am staying in Bangalore by asking where I work, blah blah !!! and then issued the tickets after verifying with his collegues whether Banashankari booking  center requires the individual’s presence.

My concerns are:

1.He was asking what type of problem do I have. Is the medical officer who examined and gave the certificate a fool? If this person wants to interrogate and confirm, then why the medical officer? He can hang a stethescope around his neck.

2.He was asking why I came to book the tickets.According to him, differentially abled is someone who can’t walk or run, always dependent on others. Seems my escort should come and do my office work also. I raised this question for which he was dumb.

In a country where a foreigner(please, I am not mentioning Sonia Gandhi, its about a Congress MP named RK Subba) can come in, forge documents, win elections twice and sit in the parliament, we ordinary citizens who abide by the law of  the land are forced to undergo these type of unnecessary harassments. Its sad that our honesty and law abiding qualities are thrown in the basket, whereas law breachers and mischief mongers are made CM’s, MLA’s, MP’s and Cabinet Ministers.

God Save India !!!

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