Ouch, that hurt

March 5, 2009

While we were all mourning the Lahore attack, a great cricekting camaradrie was at display down-under, during the rain-hit 1st ODI between India and New Zealand at Napier. This is what we saw – Sehwag tumbles down face-first onto the mat after being tripped by Iain O’Brien, the NZ medium pacer: 

Sehwag hits the ground

And as Indians, we were all troubled when we saw Iain aim at the stumps- what if the ball had hit the stumps and he appealed? The friendly pat left us fuming too. But then I come across Iain writing on his blog thus: 

Soon after we came back out I bowled to Sachin, he dropped to about silly mid-on and I ran through to effect a run-out. This is where things get interesting. I clipped Sehwag’s leg on the way though and tripped him up – face first into the deck. I picked up the ball and threw it at the stumps not knowing he had ended up in a crumpled mess on the floor; I thought I had just clipped him and he had kept on running. If my throw had hit I know for certain that we would have not pursued the appeal. The next ball got smashed back over my head very hard indeed. At the end of the over I went to Sehwag and gave him a pat on the back, no hard feeling pal!

This is amazing sportsmanship spirit from a Kiwi bowler. He had the balls (notice: plural) to write about this the way he did. Imagine an English player- oh wait, why imagine, when you do have such an instance at hand.

Mr Iain O’Brien, as an Indian, and (hence, I guess) a fan of good cricket, I salute your doing and your thoughts. Your actions have made all cricket lovers proud.


March 3, 2009

6 Sri Lanka cricketers hurt, 7 others killed in Lahore shooting.

President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. The President asked the authorities concerned to immediately investigate the incident so that the perpetrators are identified and their motives exposed.

But Mr President, you see, it’s not me, it’s not my family. In your head, in your head they are fighting, With their tanks and their bombs, And their bombs and their guns. In your head, in your head, they are crying… 

Let the ‘real’ games begin…

Hey (N) Ram!

February 27, 2009

How an Indian journal(marx)ist goes out of his way to perform relaity checks in remote areas of SW China, can, in one sentence be described thus: “There were plenty of signs of prosperity on my long drive from Lhasa to Nyingchi, and “. #

Perhaps we must provide Arunachal Pradesh and let them enjoy such ‘prosperity’.  We already have given them the a part of Kashmir for this sake. I guess NR couldnt drive there as the region is heavily laden with snow for most parts of the year and come to think of it – chained tyres on snow? Indians are perhaps not too good at using it.

According to N Ram, Tibet is remote for ordinary Chinese. You must be a fool to believe that Tibetans are being made a minority

So, if 98% of the population in Tibet was in fact Tibetan and they want a Govt of their own, AND if the land is too remtoe for an ordinary Chinese citizen, why the hell are Chinese so bent on rulign that land? For a valiant Human Rights (and Lefts) champion (sic) like NR, why is this so endearing a fact, going by the values/ the lack of them, he pretends to stand for?

Incidentally, He added that there was no sign of strain or suppression there as people were filled with excitement and the atmosphere was festive (as it was a new year)

Is it me or is even the general good feeling that he experienced becuase of a festival and not exactly becuase of the oh-so-efficient Chinese rule? 

I honestly feel that people are entitled to opinions. But journalists must keep themselves to reporting facts and not opinions based on the feel-good factor of  their escapades in mountainous regions.  

‘Achieving’ India

February 24, 2009

Citing the Oscar wins of A R Rahman and Resul Pookutty, the Congress today sought to claim credit for creating a “conducive environment” that has led to the emergence of ‘Achieving India’ during the UPA rule.  #

Rahman and that other guy were so massively denigrated by the earlier Governments and the condition was so horrible that they could not make any songs! Poor them! But with the current set of punters at the helm, everything turned green (much like Pakistan). There were also the unclear deal (sorry nuclear deal), the rabid killings of a few thousands, illogical and pointless murmurings thereafter, the …… sigh. What an achievement! 

Reminds me of this quote: It is better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you‘re ignorant, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

This is not ‘Achieving India’. As the colonists may put it: this is ‘Achieving’ India.

An(other) introspection

February 3, 2009

I’m worse at what, I do best; And for this gift, I feel blessed

I was watching this [Youtube Video] video on youtube. It is one of my favourites. And then I stumbled across this [Youtube Video] one. Same song, different singer, I think a contralto at best. Now, people who know me will relaize that I am a rock-addcit and still the same song, in pop mode by Tori Amos, seemed just as good, today. 

Makes me wonder if that applies to other things in life as well. Maybe and just maybe this once, everything, in itself is beautiful. It is only but our perspective that makes something what we percieve it as. And perhaps, what we think of something / someone else is at least as much a reflection of ourselves, than the thing/ person under consideration.

And perhaps, Life doesnt suck after all. In the words of someone who made me realize this earlier: its me, I suck!!

hmmm, what a Tuesday night!

PS: Sorry if the above seemed a little too obvious. I think I can safely say I always knew but never ever relaized it before tonight.

And of course, I cant be held responsible for what I write on Tuesdays.

Stars… redux

January 19, 2009

I was in this class 10 cleanroom, not too long ago. There was this chart which showed how contamination was the highest near the floor and how much it decreased away from the floor. 

And then later that night, from my balcony, I looked up at the sky with its myriad stars. And I looked down below and I relaized how much we indulge ourselves in the imperfect and how perfect it looks up there. And I think, Somewhere I belong.

Everyone must look at stars, sometime. They teach you so much- only if you are willing to learn, though.


PS: An old post you may be interested in.

Gujarat blasts report

August 16, 2008

Sheela Bhatt reports:
There is an inter-state network functioning capable of motivating 20-25-year boys to turn against the nation. The worst fears have come true.

Fears? The cat can shut its eyes all it wants….

Besides the use of weapons, they were also taught how to escape on motor cycle, how to use human rights institutions if and when they are arrested and how to face police investigations.

All of them were given fake names so that even if they get arrested, police could not trace their accomplices.

And right above it they had this: Surat Muslims say: ‘It’s a political conspiracy’

The inference is yours to make.

A peice of information…

August 5, 2008

Thanks to Tanu:

The government has issued instructions that all Indian passports with serial numbers Z-000001 to Z-045925 are to be recalled and new passports issued in their place [ToI]

I just had my passport redone (not in Dubai though) – luckily missed out on having to go through the paperwork again. Anyways, FYI.

An interesting thing happened just now. I was linking to Tanvi’s blog (rmtkdotblogspotdotcom) and mistyped it as rmtkdotblogpsot.com. Check out the latter site.

And just when you thought you had seen it all…

August 5, 2008

Delhi High Court lifts ban on SIMI [Rediff]

What an amazing sense of timing. This one was betetr than Tendulkars’.

Even God cannot save this country

August 5, 2008

I didnt say so. Justices Aggrawal and G S Singhvi of the Apex Court did.

“Even God will not be able to save this country,” a fuming Supreme Court on Tuesday said while slamming the government for its refusal to amend the law for launching criminal prosecution against those who illegally occupy official houses. [Rediff]

Not really off-mark, if you are not an atheist, that is. In India, sab kuch chalta hai. For the uninitiated, these are the same Mi Lords who lambasted Reverend CM-de-tamizhnaad Karunanidhi (wohi re, whose son is Stalin with a Anna touch) for contempt of our Supreme Court by delaying show-cause notices by a few months. In India, we are like that only.

At least two accused in the 2002 Godhra train burning case, who have been evading arrest, are now in Pakistan.The Indian Express managed to speak to Salim Ibrahim Badam alias Paanwala, against whom there is an Interpol alert, and Ibrahim Dhantiya alias Kachuka in Karachi. [IE]

Journalists call them up and publish interviews while our Intelligence wing is blissfully ignorant. Some influence, that. And also, I dont understand why neither of them called Arundhati Roy, the Godess of minority things. Or Ms Setalvad? We have the state of West Bengal too. What is really amusing is that Police made futile bid to arrest Paanwala from Fatema mosque in Godhra on February 18, 2004. They had shoes on as they tried to enter the mosque. This led to a clash with people there. Paanwala escaped, not seen since then.

This [KH] is funny too: Indian movie star Aamir Khan promised that he “will” speak on behalf of Kashmiri Hindus who have been ethnically cleansed from their homeland in Kashmir.And people are so jobless, they keep a tracker on that one. Guys, Aamir Khan is a good actor. ‘Nuff said.

If you were astonished by that, check this [HT] out:

She also apologised in a personal capacity to Pakistanis for the death of four Pakistani nationals in Indian jails. “I deeply apologise for the pain caused by India. You got back (the bodies of four Pakistani prisoners) and I apologise for that,” she told reporters in Lahore.

Was she apologizing that we sent the bodies back? So would it be alright if we… She has made the right choice of coming back to Mumbai and settle here, now that “I have stopped planning for the future. I had left that to (her late husband) Khalid and he is no more,”. Thanks a lot for blessing our land. We hope you dont die in any bomb blast. And, what that also proves is that Saans bhi kabhi bahu thi has Pakistani audience.

A quick poll: Tell me how many of you expected the outcome to be any different:

The Lok Sabha panel probing the cash-for-vote scam is finding it difficult to nab culprits behind the scene as none of them figure in the tapes of the sting operation it examined on Monday. All indications so far are that Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh – accused of buying the MPs – may go scot-free. Circumstantial evidences based on the statements of the three BJP lawmakers were felt insufficient to summon Amar Singh and Congress President’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, sources privy to the panel’s sittings disclosed.

Here is an icing on the cake. One particular blogger (I will not mention who…. umm google doesnt help either) mentions this in response to a question on why he always chooses to focus on the darker side of the coin (Author claiming to (re?)present India to the world):

When the Sun shines, people see each other in its light but not their shadows………. The truth must be TOLD. My LOVE for my country is not blind.

Per me, the take on shadows is a perfectly misplaced analogy. But should the next two sentences NOT be: The TRUTH must be told. My love for my country is NOT blind. Or is it a case where misplaced emphasis tells more about how much less emphasis is given to what really must be stressed? bah! and I call others jobless?

PS: India’s independence day is on 15th of August, for people who did not know. Look out for amazing show of ‘patriotic’ fervor on that day.