• Tuesday, November 29, 2005 

    Ganguly Vs Chapell

    Now for the hot topic, I know I’m treading into dangerous territories but cant help it. I thought that the whole controversy did not concern me and even though I had a soft spot for Ganguly and I wanted him to be given a last chance but as long as India was winning I was happy. So what has changed since then? Well for starters, I’ve started to dislike Chapell. Especially since the finger episode.
    To be the coach of Team India (lately instead of the Indian National Team or Simply Indian Team, this suave, commercially more attractive name has been more in use) was never a cakewalk. An outsider can never understand the god like status of our cricketers enjoy, the politics, the emotions… attached with the game in India, so the best thing to do is shut your mouth up. John Wright had lots of issues with the players, but that never came up in the open and yet he was a part of the resurgent Indian team which he helped take to new heights including a World-cup final berth. Chapell should take a feather out of his predecessor’s cap, and things might be better turn out to be even better just like he promises. All his preparations are focussed on the World-cup 2007, and he is being given quite a free hand to run his show. The selectors at least are supporting him fully lets hope he can keep up to all our expectations.
    But is that all to his responsibility? Is a coach not accountable to the people? Just because the National has been dropped and the words ‘Indian Team’ rearranged to Team India does not change the fact that he is still coach of the national team, the pride of millions of Indians is attached with each win and the sorrow of millions others with its defeat. But for Bengal, with Ganguly at the helm of affairs for so long and being the most successful one at that, there is personal pride as well. The Eden garden crowd has always been known to be emotionally more attached to the game, be it the World cup 96, Asia cup 1999(I don’t remember the exact year, but I do remember the commotion after Tendulkars runout in that match), 1983 Test against west Indies (where the world cup winning Indian team had collapsed inside of 3 days), they worship there heroes and hate their villains, and a person who they see as the main cause of their hero (who incidentally has scored 3 hundreds in his last 4 1st class matches, and taken wickets too, including a 5 wicket haul) not making it into the team shld have been ready to be greeted the way he was. Not that I’m supporting their behaviour, but my point is that two wrongs never make a right. Being the coach of the team u have to maintain the dignity of the post, the mob/crowd is called so because they have that mentality, but when a public figure makes a remark or does something which is not ethically or morally correct he should be ready to face the brunt and not hide behind an improbable excuse.
    In a press conference in Mumbai after the Eden match a laughable excuse was given by the team manager "All the team members and coach Greg Chappell have enormous respect for the Indian fans and I am repeating what I said to the media in Calcutta that there was no such incident or any attempt by the coach." "He had injured his finger while giving fielding practice to the team members and was only attending to it in the team bus."
    That is a judgement people who have seen the clip can make on their own — whether an injury to the middle finger is tended by sticking it out of the window of a bus.
    My simple point is that, it was not only Chapell who had to face the angered crowd, the players fielding near the boundary were treated with many more niceties, but they did not deem it necessary or correct to react, then by making such a gesture what the hell does this descendant of rouges wants to prove.

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 

    TV Star

    Believe it or not I beat most of u to it, I made my debut on a national channel (technically speaking two channels), well I’m not sure if it was telecast or not but I gave the interview alright.
    Even thou I had seen the STAR TV crew near the examination center even before the test began but I had to wait till for the afternoon for the fateful moment. Date 20th November, time 1.15 P.M, the moment will not be easily forgotten. Me, Mayank, Anil and Harish were all there but no one else seemed to be interested, but this was my 1st opportunity and I was not letting it go widout a fight. I went near the STAR reporters but seeing the crowd that had already built over there I knew it might be difficult to get a chance to speak out, and even thou there must have been a shot or two of my peeping face (1st appearance) I was determined not to compromise wid only dis.
    God did not let me go disappointed dis time, there suddenly out of thin air CNBC crew also came over, and while they were still fixing the camera and stuff I knew dis was my chance, so before others had a chance to think abt it I pounced on the opportunity(2nd appearance).
    TV debut question, how was CAT?
    Ans (something to the effect of) – Well one of my tutors used to say, a CAT paper widout surprise is the biggest surprise of all, so I wasn’t shocked by the 90 question format. The only real problem was the excessive emphasis on logical reasoning in the DI section, ususally there is at least a 50-50 distribution, but this time there hardly was any question from DI, besides that it was fine.
    Now if u ever see a boy(?)… man (whatever) in a blue half shirt, on CNBC TV 18 (the best business news channel of India) giving such critical analysis of the CAT, u can feel proud that u know the genius who spoke such words of wisdom. BTW I have three witnesses and a pic (which is now on display) to certify that "maine jo bhi kaha hai sach kaha hai, aur sach ke siwa kuch nahi kaha"

    Saturday, November 12, 2005 

    Mutual Admiration Club

    For those who orkut

    Mutual Admiration Club is now open,
    happy hours all the time
    stag entry allowed
    no cover charges/ no entry fee
    the more the merier
    feel free to pay a visit @-> http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=6430957

    if u r wondering wat it is all abt then here is the intro:
    Based on Articles 312.2 section (b) of MAC (Mutual Admiration Club) this club is meant for all those people who love to be admired.
    Caution: Leg-pulling is allowed under article 312.2 section (c), sub-section fun

    Tuesday, November 08, 2005 

    Mumbai Calling

    Saturday I had gone to my cousins, later we went for dinner in Copper Chimney, Bandra. After Saturday I've decided two things,
    If u have to live in b'bay u need to have ur own mode transportation (am making up my mind on a bike).
    U have to live in the city / the suburbs adjacent to the city to enjoy Mumbai, once I get out of the company accommodation, and if I’m still in Mumabi, I’m in the mood of making sure that both are taken care of.
    Let me xplain a bit,
    Why the City? -> After dining and wining in a hep restaurant, we went to the hepper bandstand (Bandra), where the heppest possible crowd awaited us (some providing an almost unrestricted view of the charms they had to offer). Apparently all their shram haya were on a leave and I was definitely not complaining, I had fun just being there for a couple of hours, njoying the view (sea view strictly). The best part is even at 1 30 in the night u see people around you. Even grls walking down in groups or sometimes alone even that late is not an uncommon site, there is no safety issue at all, no where is India you can get this freedom. Borivali is just like another big town or small cities, U have the pizza huts and the McD's, but the nite life here is not what Mumbai is known for.
    Why ur own transportation? -> Well agreed that every place in Mumbai is very well connected by the local trains and the buses and u always have the option of the auto or taxi, but while roaming abt in the lanes of Bandra, I realised that there is so much to explore that if u want to know Mumbai, taking the buses which ply on a fixed route or the auto occasionally is not enough. They are sufficient for you to take you to ur destination, but that does not usually satisfy me. For me its equally important to know every nook and corner of the city I live in, at least all that is possible of it. Cars don’t make sense yet, scooters are a no no, so u come down to owning a bike.
    Points taken?

    Saturday, November 05, 2005 

    Seven Sevens of life

    Uddu, I hope I got the meaning rgt finally

    I. 7 things i want to do before i die
    1. have my own firm, not to work under anyone
    2. Make a name for my self
    3. world tour
    4. grl frnd
    5. try out all types of adventure sports
    6. Social work
    7. to show the middle finger to all those who think i might not do all these things

    II. 7 things i can do
    1. be a diplomat
    2. show unlimited patience
    3. control my temper
    4. type with my eyes closed (this sentece was written that way)
    5. try my best (seldom)
    6. send countless forwards
    7. be very modest when i'm talking abt myself ;-)

    III. 7 things i say the most
    1-5. since its a public forum i'll not go into the details but just say that the 1st five are all of the type $#%!@# ^$%^%!#
    6. chal raha hai kya? ( from kgp days to today. this ones still going strong)
    7. frust ho raha hun

    IV. 7 things i cant do
    1. study for more than an hour
    2. plan properly, before i start something / plan and not screw up
    3. not miss kgp (spclly my wingies)
    4. live w/o internet for long
    5. get a grl frnd (category: decent to gud)
    6. not feel guilty/bad after i screw up
    7. talk much

    V. 7 things that attract me to the opposite sex
    1. beauty / smartness
    2. smile
    3. glib
    4. creativity
    5. enthusiasm
    6. frankness
    7. sutta in one hand, a glass in the other

    VI. 7 Celebrity crush
    here i can go on and on and on...
    1. Waheeda Rehman
    2. Madhubala
    3. Katrina Kaif
    4. All recent Miss Indias, models, etc... (wont be fair if i name just one, katrina of-course is in a different league)
    5. julia roberts
    6. drew barrymore
    7. alicia silverstone
    I wanted to add so much more...

    VII. 7 people i want to tag
    1. all jinka uddu ne already naam likh rakha hai
    2. Monks
    3. Shradha
    4. Mirage
    5. Sarang
    6. Luke
    7. Kunal