Goats, Pigs and Politics

November 30th, 2009

My sincere apologies for Goats and Pigs as I am about to compare them with people. I know that they deserve better status in the ecosystem but unfortunately they have become slang for human behavioral patterns.

Goats
Few people of Telangana (mind it, they are not citizens of India as they do not show any respect to the land of the law) have supposedly sacrificed their lives hearing the news that KCR has been remanded to custody. So dear goats, do you really care about KCR that you put him before your life which you owe to your family and parents? Either you are stupid or you are mentally retarded, any way the world would not mourn for such idiots in the first place, but pity your decision did hurt your family members, so you are better off not staying on this planet and thank you. Some other goats (again people) disrupted normal life of other fellow citizens by declaring so called ‘Bandh’. I do not know what constitutional right gives them the authority to stage such acts and where the keepers of law and order are? You have to actually beat a goat to follow a person (coming up shortly) like KCR.

Pigs, sorry Pig
Now there are people who are equivalently moron but differ themselves in dictating to goats. KCR is one such person. A criminal by constitution he had long forgone his human nature and turned a pig, BIG. His Telangana movement is so flawed and simultaneously a laughter. His ambition to become CM for at least some part of the land has made him turn a crook and kept him in the law books under various acts of crime, no less than kidnapping, robbery, murder, pimp and flesh trade. His people cheating act of fast-unto-death on November 29th was such a shameless act that I am even ashamed of comparing him with a pig as at least it contributes something to the ecology around us. People even eat port, but this bastard is worthless, his blood in blue.

Politics
The above two, didn’t get it. Goats+Pigs.

Nov 29, 2009

November 22nd, 2009

I never thought that I would be so happy and eager to wait for 09/29/09. No, there is nothing that’s significant that would change the course of history and No, its not a birthday of any person impromptu. But, my happiness weights on thin word from a politician. Yes, it is the day on which KCR will go ‘fast-unto-death’ over Telangana issue. I hope he keeps his promise and world would have one ‘less’ burden.

20

November 16th, 2009

God chooses individuals to reach him not by worship but by work. Rajaji explains the similarities between ‘bhakti’ and ‘wisdom’, ‘devotion’ and ‘knowledge’ before the ‘Bhajagovindam’ rendering by the divine voice of MS. When knowledge matures and issues out in action, it transforms into ‘bhakti’. This however is human being’s finding of ultimate truth and there are few individuals who reached that peak ever. Whatever one does, if he or she can transform that into ‘bhakti’, there is not tunnel nor light after that, as they would’ve already reached that place. Personally there are only three individuals who reached that peak in their lives and proudly they are all Indian. Adi Sankara, Mahatma Gandhi and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. While Gandhi took long to reach that place, both Sankara and Sachin had done it relatively quickly.

I am mere mortal to write about them nor qualified enough to win an argument, but one thing is certain that my understanding of those individuals gives me utmost happiness, without prejudice or price. Today marks Sachin’s entry into the official cricket world of 20 long years. There is no other individual ever born in the history of sports to have culminated to the point of what Sachin has, and achieved what he did, and I can bet my cents that I will not see such an individual in my lifetime. There were other peers and pasts who have adored this great game of Cricket but, no one had the ‘burden’ of Sachin.

It is that ‘burden’ that makes him THE INDIVIDUAL. If an entire nation can pause when he bats, it does not show what he is capable of, but shows his dignity and respect towards the work he does. He is worshiped not because he is an outstanding cricketer but for his honesty in what he does and the intent that carries on. Superlatives merely explain a man’s personality with lots of jujitsu, however a man’s passion is what drives him closer to the goal. He is a Godly figure across the world, but he seeks God in cricket than anywhere else. It is this divine relationship with the game that made him an unique personality hardly witnessed in our world. If individuals are credited with ‘man-of-the-match’ awards for performing better than the rest in a match, there would be no other person better than Sachin, who deserves ‘man-of-the-cricket’ award to have placed the game into billions of hearts.

Many argue and will continue to argue about this great man and will find weaknesses and dis-qualifications to satisfy and subdue their personal egos, but will fail and fall to their own persona. His humility is an example of being a MAN in a herd of people and his dedication will forever hold its high in its threshold. History had always been cruel to mankind, but rare gems like Sachin glorifies the time we pass and become part of it.

If Gandhi was a symbol of ‘simple’ truth, Sachin shall forever remembered as a ‘simple’ genius of cricket. Many follow the path of God but only few step along and our generation is gifted of having such a great man in its stride.

Cut Copy & Paste

November 12th, 2009

Wondering myself as to why I am writing this? Sometimes, egological influences act upon us and condemn the good and brings out aggression of uselessness (pretty strong sentence, ha!). In simple terms, something goes in our mind and we are stuck to that as a chewed bubblegum in a church seat, and we refuse to come to terms to reality. How often do we come across this situation, oh aplenty.

Vivekananda had given a single sentence truth behind human miseries, I would say single word, “OTHERS”. Although plural, single does that trick. Anyway, our post-cricket discussions have been mainly confined to 3 things lately, Sachin Tendulkar, iPhone Vs Droid and tickers. I would say that we can also add little pornography to that list, but its more on confrontational side than discussion. Coming to the point, this brief essay is about “cut, copy & paste”.

Whether we like or not, we often do things in CCP mode a.k.a. cut, copy & paste. Most people buy houses because their dear and near did, of course we always have our own justifications, adding more hippocracy. We buy cars like OTHERS, and its a CCP. We buy electronic like others, another CCP. And interestingly, phones have joined this bandwagon, more so, the famous iPhone. A single known human gadget exorbitant in all aspects and widely considered a must have. Of late, there were so called iPhone killers, destroyers, masters and what not and technology websites have forgot what to publish and just concentrate on this feast. Droid’s entry was more dramatic and looks like a REPLY to iPhone (REPLY is to satisfy again the egology).

Like any other fool, I spent time in analyzing what is best and what is not, even indulged in heated conversations during our post-cricket marathons. Experts had excerpts and technological buffs and iPhone lovers had their defenses and offenses. It all came to one final point, usability.

Now they are quite a peers with respect to everything, but somehow iPhone is adjudged the WINNER, always (way to go iPhone geeks). However, one point that all ignore at the end of the day is they all knew that the iPhone’s call quality is so poor that you better go to the person whom you want to talk to than call him/her over. Anyway, I leave that to the geeks and lovers.

But, isn’t a phone created to call? OR AM I STUPPID ?@#*!?!

So all the CCPs out their, I congratulate you on getting a new or old iPhone to have fall in love with those apps out there. There are close to 1200 calculator apps and you NEED all of them, right?

Last but not least, I saw an iPhone app, which is a cigarette lighter and gets lit when you shake your iPhone. Now that’s more CCP for you.

Ooops! Last but least, I am an AT&T customer.

The curry and the kangaroo – Conclusion

November 9th, 2009

Wondering why there is no Part 6 and 7 as we have one more one dayer to go? The reason is simple, India have lost the mantle in Hyderabad, let alone the Guwahauti match.

In any sport there are two ways to win, one by out-playing the opponent and the other being rewarded by a bad play from the opponent. For materialistic geeks and number buffs, this might sound crazy, leaving aside that they always draw the same conclusion in their personal lives.

India lost the Hyderabad game not because we gave too much runs to Australia or they have batted better than us, it is because of the fact that with 6 wickets in hand and a power-play left and to get to 40 odd runs was a small task for a team like India. Sachin was hardly supported from the other end as getting to the target was always at hands reach when he was in the crease. The wicket had played beautifully during the course of the innings and you don’t have excuses for committing mistakes. Few of my friends think that we lost because Sachin palyed a wrong shot and got out, reiterating their ignorance towards the sport as well as understanding the game. I tried to explain the sport in vain but their brains were pre-occupied. There is a saying that you can take an horse to water, but drinking is always in its hands.

Guwahauti match is more of retrofitting cricket than actual one-dayer, a most unfortunate event that India had to face. Dhoni concluded that the pitch did not behave badly and he is more than right in giving that statement. However, if he thought that the first 30 minutes were such crucial he should have opted for bowling rather than batting. If Johnson can induce swing on that pitch, Praveen Kumar would have been virtually unplayable. I do not blame him for choosing batting as he had to assert his confidence in that formidable batting lineup. But for Sachin all other batsmen got out for choosing wrong play. The ball that Sehwag and Gambhir got out was hit for a boundary by Sachin crying out loud that there is a way to negate the swing. Unfortunately for Sachin, the ball that he got out had stopped on him and there is little or no-credit given to bowler (sorry Bollinger!).

Giving no disrespect to Australia for putting up such a brave display of Cricket, the biggest reason for loosing the series is not because they played better Cricket but we played bad one. Agree or not, this is the fact and more than often you will agree with me when YOU face that in your lives.

I thought of writing a special article for Sachin on completing 17k runs and producing one of the finest knocks in the history of one-day Cricket, but refrained from doing so. The reason is simple, neither he would celebrate nor do I. His passion is to play for India and not for himself and the team let him down, more so than any player in the history of the game. For Cricket lovers (who know the game of course), his batting was more than a privilege and when the ball strikes the bat, you will know why?

I conclude this series of articles with this one by wishing my team India best of luck for all the future matches and tours and hope that they always loose a match FIGHTING HARD and always win a match by FIGHTING HARD.

The curry and the kangaroo – Part 5

November 5th, 2009

“Commit all the crimes you can, God is busy watching Sachin Tendulkar bat”. It is not unusual to see comments like that when a great man is at crease. Brilliant knocks from Watson, Marsh and White has seen Australia post a mammoth 350 on the board and chasing that score is a near impossible task. One man on the brink of making 17000 runs in his ODI career stood alone in what has world witnessed a spectacular display of sublime cricket and a splendid display of how its played. If passion can take human form, nothing better than Sachin would justify it. His disappointment was more than visible in his tear filled eyes not being able to take his team home, ALONE.

A depleted Australian team has pulled more than a win today, they will take confidence and momentum further into the series and coming back is India’s gargantuan task. The scoreboard was reduced to mere numbers today, but the cricket that was played today was in volume and spectrum. Australia won the match well before India started their innings, as too much was given away and too much was at stake.

The loss of Indian team doesn’t speak of what the spectators go to witness today and being an avid Sachin follower, I cannot fall short of writing for him. Its an innings that was ‘privileged’.

My take

Australia – 5 stars
India – 3 stars

Kangaroo stars: Watson, Marsh, White and McKay
Indian stars: Sachin, Bhajji and Raina

The curry and the kangaroo – Part 4

November 2nd, 2009

I guess I won’t be able to present a clear picture as I am unfortunate to have missed the proceedings having buried myself deep into work-meetings. However, based on the commentary and have watched India’s batting till Tendulkar was departed rather hastily, I would bet that Australia had bowled wonderfully and suffocated Indian batting line up.

Some events are rather strange and hard to believe and they do work as domino affect. I guess Tendulkar’s dismissal is one such thing. With Sehwag looking as dangerous as he is, Australia would have guessed that the match would be finished before the second drinks break. Sachin was cool, calm, respecting good balls, punishing bad balls, driving confidence over the partners and his presence would be immensely needed at the time of the hour.

I was totally surprised by the fact of how he was given lbw by the same umpire who almost denied closed to 8 lbw decisions when India was bowling. Anyway, there is no point in hanging around one single point, things happen.

Full marks to Australia as they have pulled up a game that had India written all over it. The wicket was playing nicely and opportunities were in plenty. Not every day we should expect Yuvi and Dhoni to pull the plugs and fill the gaps, its simply not fair. Having said that,  Australia on the other hand were simply more disciplined although at times plans may not work the way they are laid out; they did today for Australia (much for the explanation of why Siddle was not given a second spell).

My take (again, is totally unfortunate to have missed the main part of the game)

Australia – 3.5 stars
India – 2.5 stars

Kangaroo stars: Watson, Ponting, Siddle, Bollinger, White and Hauritz
Indian stars: PK, Nehra, Bhajji and Sachin

5th ODI Preview: With the series pretty much in re-start mode, anything can happen moving forward. Australia will have lot of momentum taken from this game but they will be cautious as they knew that the more than their game plan it was the way things have fallen into place by themselves, not denying any credit to the team however. India on the other hand I would think will not be too worried as they know what exactly went wrong. Dhoni had the courage to take on the field winning the toss keeping due condition in mind, but the matter of fact has suggested otherwise.

This will turn out more fiercer as it proceeds but I would still bet on India as they are simply the better team at this time. Keeping my fingers crossed.

The curry and the kangaroo – Part 3

November 1st, 2009

Predictions are always predictions and the good part is they are always backed up by a guarantee, the 50-50 rule. Seldom it happens that they come true and man thinks that he got it right. The beauty of Cricket is that it is a complete game, played by brain and body equally. Loosing the toss to Australia in a third trot was not easy for Dhoni and neither winning in succession. There is a good reason for the team rankings more than ever, two most complete teams with respect to playing capabilities and application of wit.

There are take-aways for both the teams from 3rd ODI, more so for Australia. What went wrong with their innings in my personal point of view is lack of trust. Their start was ideal for the conditions that they have batted on. With 3 debutantes, decision making was not an easy one for Punter. However for the first time, Australia had a mis-trust with the new players for which they had payed the price. When Hussey and Ponting were placing their innings candidly, they should have taken calculated risks and used power-play to its potential. I am not taking the credit away from India for the way they have bowled to Australia, but he fact of the point is that they were restricted more because of how they placed the innings. Why do you have 11 players in a team? A basic question. 229/5 is much worse a number than 240 all out in 48 or 49 overs. This thin thinking played against Australia.

Indian team is a ‘mature’ team. They play cricket and keep the rest of the stuff aside, completely away from the boundary ropes. Dhoni’s captaincy or players ability, the paraphernalia places itself meticulously in perfect harmony and piece by piece the puzzle is solved, if not always but most of the times.  Most of the hot-headed might ask then why would we even loose a match? For me playing the match with a spirit to win is more important than to actually win the match. The fans and the team would be happy for a win-win result, but more than happiness the team has to adapt that winning. Yesterday, the outside of off-stump like to Sachin has failed miserably for more than obvious reasons. He do not commit mistakes often and if he does, only he puts the next question as well as the answer. His run out was unfortunate as he would have easily anchored his innings and people would have watched flamboyance and cricket shots played at best. Nevertheless, Yuvraj and Dhoni were simply too much for Australia. Rome was not built in a day and both knew that better than most. Wickets in hand and power-play are two most potential weapons. Dhoni would not mind winning the game by 1 wicket; this is the very reason that separated the teams from winning and loosing.

Boundaries from Yuvraj were simply priceless, there is no cricketer that can equal his timing. It is simpler to watch and describe than play it so naturally, may be it is a gift from God, but to use it at right time for right deliveries is what makes him a great player. Dhoni was as usual a mason as he is. He places his innings by each ball and each run.

For the first part of innings, Punter’s boundaries were a treat to watch and  Hussey is and would always be a man of the moment for Australia and his takes that responsibility with gratitude and shoulder.

My take

India – 5 stars
Australia – 3 stars

Curry Stars: Yuvi, Dhoni and all the bowlers
Kangaroo Stars: Punter, Hussey and Siddle

4th ODI preview:
With confidence and so called momentum raiding on India’s shoulders and Mohali being such a wonderful track for cricket and cricket lovers, the game is on for sure. I would place my bets on India not because I am a supporter but for being advantageous of knowing the conditions better. If Dhoni wins the toss, the chances creep up more. The ground is a treat to eyes and the pitch will play its part swinging towards bastmen. India will mostly play with an unchanged side while Australia well, they do not have much choice. The due factor will come into play for sure in this part of the country and the wicket might just slow down during the second half. Advantage toss.