On days when there’s zilch to do at office (quite often nowadays and I ponder why), football websites have been a real life saver. But, with the transfer market coming to a sudden stand still and the start of the season still a couple of weeks away, I have been forced to read what Kanimozhi eats for breakfast, then an update at lunch, her conversations with fellow inmates, etc.. Being on the outside, reading this material drives me real crazy; I can’t really blame Kalmadi when he says he’s suffering from Dementia.
Hats off to A.Raja and Karunanidhi. They were on a free fall and suddenly (in the split second that Kanimozhi did nothing of interest for the media) realized, politics is all about pulling people with you in which ever direction you go. PC and PM got pulled in. Bravo. How someone can steal so many thousand crores without anybody knowing can only be explained by dementia.
I have heard (true) Indian cricket fans say “Dravid is not appreciated enough” as much as I have heard people praising Sachin. It is the media which is hung up more the on the “Sachin-is-god” banner. Well, how can you blame them? Sachin and Dhoni sell t-shirts for them, not Dravid. Here’s something for you to ponder: As there is a possibility of Sachin scoring his hundredth hundred in the current series, the revenues through sponsorship (alone) for ESPN-STARSPORTS is to the tune of 180-200 crores. Think of the revenue BCCI would garner? Beware; this is a considerable amount of money. As a nation, we have this newly acquired habit of comparing everything to the so-called money stolen by A. Raja. All said and done, why anybody wants to compare is beyond me. We have one of the best middle orders ever. They do things differently and it works on certain days and on certain days it doesn’t. Get on with your life. We have bigger problems sitting in the couch next to you.
Prior the new Gilchrist, amazing KP, the world’s best bowlers and poor away form of team India. So, naturally, England are the best team in the world. Well, the logic is slightly screwed because none of them take into consideration the away form of England into account. Beating the worst Australian side in a decade at their home with Mitchell Johnson bowling a wide outside legstump line consistently for three days can be called “amazing away form”? I don’t think so. Actually, England calling Australia an away fixture is like India calling Srilanka an away fixture. The conditions are similar, very similar indeed. A proper away fixture for England would be playing in the subcontinent against a top side and winning. Top side would mean a team in form. Not a team which has lost its bearings or finding its way back. And subcontinent doesn’t include Dubai even if it is “home” to Pakistan. But of course, when you can’t do it, you cry foul of the conditions. Of course, Geoffrey Boycott thinks the pitches in India are dead. But, why they never make runs in a dead wicket beats me to be honest. The difference between India and England is the fact that no matter what Team India does, the media here will berate them and expect them to lose the next match and the series while no matter what team England does, the media immediately calls them the next World champions and more. Strauss could be the best ever batsman the world has ever seen, very soon. To move away from the topic: As a relatively new Indian cricket fan, what Strauss and Greame Smith offer to their teams as batsmen, I will never understand. Everytime I have checked their scores, they get out before their partners and they barely look like having a sound technique to look solid through their ultra-short innings. Potential? Class? Technique? Statistically superb?
I read an article about the latest plans the Bangalore municipality has devised to spoil the very reason (cosmopolitan feel) people from all over the country want to live in the city. They want everyone to clear eighth standard Kannada by the next year end as a mandatory requirement to live/work in the city. I, for one, struggled to pass my eight standard Tamil exams a decade back. The very thought of writing an exam in Malayalam makes me go nuts. Now, if both these states followed suit, I would have nowhere to go but become a NRI. Did they really think this through?
Here’s a topic you will find in any random newspaper on any random day. Quota system. For some reason, the creatively challenged politicians of today (across the globe) think of quota as their primary weapon to win vote banks. Damn you fools. It was this divide and rule system of yesterday that made the society the mess it is today. Don’t make tomorrow worse just because you want to believe you are doing social justice. Quota for women in corporate offices, for students in higher education, for jobs in private sectors, etc.. They do absolutely nothing to solve issues at the primary school level but want an undercooked chicken leg to do a post graduation degree all thanks to a quota. To finish, I want to raise a toast and say “fuck you” to Arjun Singh and the likes.
I am not an expert on any of the topics discussed above but everyone’s entitled to an opinion.