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Posted: September 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 That’s been sloppy. By the time I shed of f the lethargy and took guard to have a look around, I have lost a lot of action. Champions league twenty20 kicked off in a colorful fashion on 10 of this month. Power-packed Mumbai Indians learnt a thing or two from the first match when they lost to the underdogs Highveld Lions. Despite captain Tendulkar’s heroics, the determined Lions had the luck going in their favor in the tournament opener.

In the second match the charging Wayamba Elevens couldn’t stop warriors to pull off a victory in their home turf.

The third game was important from the Indian point of view as it featured  The Chennai Super Kings, one of the big name teams in CLT20 2010, also the title holders of IPL. True to their distinction and class, they took the centre stage of the match against Central Stags.

At Leeds, Pakistan is trying to ward off all the ignominy and ill fate they have had ever since they landed in English soil. Their batting was polished and determined and scored a decent total. At the moment, England are 27 for no loss chasing 294.

On the other side, in the world of tennis, straight from US open, my fav Roger Federer has made a rare early exit in the semi. In the final, Djokovic would face Nadal who has cemented his spot as always. In women’s world, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters won her second straight US Open women’s title on Saturday after crushing seventh-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva.

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‘Mourn the dead’

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

Mourn the dead

As far as possible we refrain from attending funerals. Some of us can hardly stand the sorrowful sight. It is really heart rendering to look on a group of people crying over the lifeless body of their deceased one. Of course, we all well understand what they are going through for the simple reason that we too have gone through these grief-stricken time once or even more in our life. Up until the lifeless body is rested in its final resting place, we see several sorrowful faces eyes welling up with tears. As the days pass the intensity is reduced, memories fade, frequency of visiting the tomb lessened – if cremated, smiles return and normalcy regained. Depending on your belief system you have different ways and days of mourning the dead, Islam gives such opportunity on the 3rd, 7th, 11th and 40th day, for christens it happens on the 7th and 40th day, while the Hindu beliefs call for these practices on the 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th days. The practices vary from religion to religion and these days don’t indicate that the ceremonies or prayers are reserved only for these particular days.

With all the due respect to the dead and not wanting to hurt the sentiments of any, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give a thought to the way we ‘mourn the dead’. Are we really mourning the dead on these days? Even as I type this up, a Shamiyana is being built to ‘mourn the dead’ right across my home. Tomorrow is the 40th day after the demise of our neighbor. Number of people gathering is slowly swelling up so that they can arrange the home and surroundings and more importantly begin to prepare the food to be served tomorrow. For a new comer to this area, this home in question would give the impression that there is a marriage or feast tomorrow. I wonder if this is the same happening in all such ceremonies. The disposition of the people on such occasions evidently proves that mourning dead need not always mean to be sitting around with a gloomy face. And why should one if we believe in the life after death or life in spiritual world?

an ad can change your life!

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

The best form – or it appears so – reaching the mass with a new product is to advertise it using the modern means of communication. All most every one of us is a victim and is influenced one way or other by an ad or two.  They entice us to fall prey to it. Of course, outwardly we all protest and criticize and say how bad it is to run after every item advertized. But it would be apt to check around in our shelves and cupboards before we speak up again.

On TV, radio, internet, print media, sms, placards … ad agencies have practically utilized every sphere to catch the public attention when they launch a new item. How genuine it is is a thing to debate on. But, how eye catchy is these ads are what matters ultimately. It is almost impossible to spend a day without having to stumble upon an ad on something. Whether a product is good or bad is pronounced by the people. What may be good for you, need not be good for me. It can even cause harm to me. Eventually, it is our diligence that will save our day. At the same, spare no chance to appreciate and enjoy the good and creative ads.

Broad way!

Posted: August 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

Twenty20 viewers will not easily forget the match on Wednesday, September 19, 2007. This match would always be remembered for the gallant display unleashed by Indian southpaw Yuvraj. It is a dream come true for any batsman to hit six sexes in a raw. The one who is at the receiving end is always looked at with pity.  It is the ultimate ignominy any bowler can suffer and would never wanted to be  remembered for.  Stuart broad would have made a point then and there to turn the very people who are jeering at him to give him a standing ovation. And that he did with aplomb and style. The only difference being it was his willow not his ball that did the magic.

Anyone who waited to see, including his mates in the dressing room and Trott at the crease, wouldn’t have imaged what broad plans Broad had on mind when he walked up to face a fiery Pak pacers. The English team had been shattered and more than half of their batsmen returned to the safety of dressing room. At 102/7, there was virtually nothing to hope for other than to think when they would be folded up.

Sooner than later salman Butt and co realized, the battle was not over. Even as he rotated his bowlers and tried different field set, Butt knew nothing would seem to affect the gritty Trot-Broad pair. The thin crowd that gathered to see the sparks of tail-enders in a rain marred test had a superb feast for their eyes. The record braking partnership not only gave the English side a healthy total but showed glimpse of victory. Broad would be a relieved and delighted soul at the end of the match irrespective of the result of the match which is already blemished by match-fixing allegations.

As for Broad he has made his point in broad ways.