Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pics from Old City Continued....

A view from atop Charminar....the sheer number of autos here blew my mind away!

Pics from Old City!

The historic Charminar and Mecca Masjid in the Old City of Hyderabad!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Bucknor or Blunder!

My sincere and earnest request to all the dictionary makers out there...Please replace the word Blunder in all your dictionaries with the word Bucknor...not much of a difference but the meaning will be all the more clear, even for people who do not understand English at all!

And Mr. Mike Procter, did no one teach you how to count? When four out of six people say they have not heard anything racist (Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar and the Umpires), it means the majority...2 out of 6 does not mean majority...and u shud take a decision based on what the majority tells you. Of course if you believe that the two umpires who could not hear any of the edges that were heard by the grandmother living in the next lane could not hear this also, I wholeheartedly support you. You can now hang a board saying 'If someone is taking Aussie wickets too frequently, they deserve to be banned'.

And regards the series, I lost out on so much sleep waking up at 5am in the morning to savor what I thought would be a great game of cricket. Instead I got to see loads of human errors (most of which go against Indians) and an insult to our ancestors...If it is true that we did descend from the apes, calling Andrew Symonds a monkey is an insult to mankind and the monkeykind too!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Harsha Bhogle Rocks!

The joy of hearing about cricket from a former player is very different from hearing about it from a fan! And no one illustrates this better than Harsha Bhogle, our man for all seasons. Much has been written about his IIM background and all that but the thing I love most is that he enjoys his cricket. There is none of that hindsight wisdom that is always offered by the former greats sitting there. When he talks he talks about how well a shot is played and how sweet the sound of bat hitting ball was, there is not too much harping on how that is a copybook shot and how children wanting to become cricketers should see this shot and learn. In the last test at Melbourne, he said something about an Andrew Symonds pull shot that he repeated today for a VVS Laxman pull shot. Savor this....

"Just look at how he plays that pull shot, standing tall and swiveling away to glory, it is almost like he is dismissing the ball from his presence."

Just after lunch today, he opens the commentary for the third session saying "India are showing some fight today mainly due to the efforts of Vangivarapu Venkata Sai Laxman."

Just that small effort made to say the entire name, efforts of Laxman would never have sounded that effective!

Some more talking he did today about great players knowing when they have to do what...

"It is almost amazing how all the great players just seem to know what to do. Wasim Akram knew when the batsman was striding out confidently and when he was afraid. Sachin Tendulkar knows when the ball leaves the bowler's hand whether it is a four or a single. No effort required, they almost seem to know!"

That humility of accepting that he will probably never understand how they actually know. Other commentators would do their best to go on and explain how they know and all that, here it is his simple awe for the game!

Here is wishing that he continues this way and gives us many more quotable quotes...Let the passion for the game continue unabated Harsha bhai!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Here is wishing everyone a Funtastic New Year...May the New Year herald a period of new beginnings and great successes!!!