“At times, it seemed that more direct hits were missed than there were people in the stands, more balls were fumbled than there are people in Karachi, throws were backed up in much the manner Brutus backed up Julius and as a collective, fielders became India’s 12th, 13th and 14th men on the field. Indian batsmen gleefully took the piss, tapping straight to fielders and blindly, sans calls, running because even in the unlikely event of the ball being picked up clean, stumps weren’t going to be struck. Mohammad Sami was particularly special, bizarrely pulling out of a catch at square leg and throwing regularly at an imaginary set of stumps on another ground. Many others made sure he didn’t feel left out, with Shoaib Malik dropping Yuvraj Singh at extra-cover when 94 were needed at nearly eight per over. The only positive might be that it really can’t get any worse.” – Osman Samiuddin
“I’ll go on record to say it that I am glad this defeat happened now rather than later in this year” – Bob Woolmer
“There is certain energy in the group” – Rahul Dravid
“And boy, can they chase.” – Dileep Premachandran
“The scorecard might suggest otherwise – after all 288 can be a pretty imposing score. It was an impressive revival, once the top order faltered against Sreesanth and Co. for the fourth successive game, with Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan providing the boost. But considering the nature of the surface, the insipid nature of Pakistan’s bowling effort, and their atrocious fielding display, no total might have been enough. Add Yuvraj Singh’s near-invincible touch and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s golden hand, India’s 13th successful run-chase on the trot was almost written in stone” – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
The second topic sounds more interesting to me right now .. especially since I am all blank right now after watching the movie. I normally get terrible hangovers after watching Aamir Khan movies ( not true with Mangal Pandey though .. ), but this one promises to be the Baap of all my hangovers .. I am tempted to go ahead and start with VD TIPS first ..
Anyway, in interests of continuity, I shall not change the order. I do know that I can shift + tab .. but as I say about ten times a day .. Too much Work .. 🙂
Rang De Basanti
RDB completes a trilogy of films on similar themes, though this one is lot more dramatic and hence , appealing. Similar themes have been used with great success in Yuva and Swades. The trick which the film-makers have used is to appeal to the youth. Of course, the mushy romances and the stupid skin flicks still steal the show when it comes to the box office collections. Still, once in a while comes a movie, which would attract the attention of each and every Indian, not for it’s song and dance sequences or for it’s skin show or for it’s sex related jokes, but for the fact that it reminds him that he is an INDIAN, and the country belongs to him, as much as he belongs to the country. Movies like these make you question yourself, make you wonder what have you been wasting your life with so far .. with absolutely no remorse or guilt whatsoever.
Not everything in life has to have; as dramatic a solution as shown in RDB, but still the bottomline is, we should not be just blaming others for what’s wrong in the country. It’s our country too. The movie is not anti politics. The movie ends with the lesson – The politicians are not to be blamed for everything that’s wrong in the country .. We chose them .. either by voting for them .. or by not voting for a better candidate .. if they are corrupt .. then so are we .. they have come from amongst us .. So, next time you see something wrong with the country, with the city, with the society that you live in, with the things around you .. just go up and change it yourself rather than waiting for someone to come and save you. You are your own messiah.
On a much, much, much lighter note .. Here are a few things that trouble guys in the age group 13-28 (extensible limits) during the dates 9th Feb to 14th Feb. Some Googling and Wiki-ing gave me this ..
9 -chocolate day
10 – Gift Day
11 – kiss Day
12 – Slap Day
13 – Hug Day
14 – Valentines Day 😉
Of course, I did’nt remember the days .. I have trouble remembering her birthday .. forget remembering the six days by name .. If left to me .. all days would be chocolate day .. but you can’t get everything in Life .. Sniff Sniff ..
anyway .. back to the list ..
1> The GIFT – You need to get her a gift .. the problem with this is .. the art of choosing a perfect gift. that’s not as easy as it Sounds .. Here is what your GF thinks when you buy her
– a card ( chhe .. too cheap .. can’t even spend some extra bucks for me)
– a Pen (cheap by all standards .. could’nt he just buy me a stuffed toy)
– a stuffed toy ( does this guy lack imagination or what .. all my friends get the same toy .. could’nt he buy me something that required something more than just going to archie’s and picking the nearest item )
– a choclate ( just a choclate ?? what does he think I am .. EIGHT ?? )
– a mug ( I already see enough coffee mugs during the breaks at office . what do I need another one for .. )
– a Ring ( VOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO .. not ready for commitment yet dude .. letz just be friends .. can I still get to keep the ring ?? )
Of course , she would always be nice enough to never say these things to yor face .. girls are gentler (thatz what we like them to think), plus they can always use an extra pen / card / stuffed toy / mug to add to their collection.
As far as I understand, the trick is to get her something which she needs ( not just wants ) but yet, is unexpected. Of course this would require knowing a lot about her needs and wants and expectations .. but thatz what the day is about .. give some serious thought to the gift.
2> You see the long list of days at the start of this section .. well .. memorize them .. carve them on your chest, or to be less dramatic/romantic, put reminder on your cell phones, put post it sticks at your desk, but NEVER EVER forget them. Because, If you do, rest assured she will make sure that you don’t have to worry about the first point. This is true in most cases, but I shall not generalize it. Girls can be forgiving too .. but in most cases that means that even she forgot the day.
3> The Perfect Date .. Where is the big question. You have been with her all over the town .. and so you can’t take her to these places … because this is the BIG day .. this is the BIG date .. you can’t just treat her in any restraunt that you anyway frequent twice a week. this one has to be special. Do not panic, dear friend .. The best thing to do shall be to cook food yourself .. ofcourse .. it shall taste crap .. and would require lots of work .. but it’s still worth it. 🙂
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It’s been a really long time that I have posted anything here. One of the reasons for that has been that my life has changed drastically. Took me some time to cope with the flood of new things in life. But, now I guess .. things are getting back to normal for me.
Funny things happen when you are in your early twenties and have lost your first job (read .. unceremoniously kicked out of office ). You start looking at things differently. You start hating corporate culture. You download “office space” and watch it a zillion times over. You see the construction workers and wonder if they recruit. Most questions asked to you are with the sympathetic tilt of the head. You repent the fact that you would be ashamed of working as a waiter, who .. by the way .. is presently earning more than you. New schemes pop in your head .. what if I could open a restraunt .. people have to eat .. right ?? .. or may be .. I should start giving tutions to high school students .. ahh .. forget it .. why spoil the country’s future .. or may be I can open a software company and recruit friends ( who will actually work ) and in a few years buy the company that fired me.
And then out of nowhere, one interview call and it all changes. You study so hard that if you studied half of that much in college, you would have probably got the gold medal from YSR Reddy. More calls .. calls calls calls all day .. there are days when all you do is attend calls and answer to “Tell me about yourself” about a hundred times. It’s all like a flashback .. it’s all similar to what happened during placements .. and yet .. so different.
One mistake and you regret it for your life .. thats what corporates do to you.
Anyway .. things are not still at their best ( atleast on the job front ) .. but good thing is atleast I have offers now ..
The good thing abut the past one and a half month has been it has brought me closer to Life. It’s good to hear from people that “I believe in you” .. and “Take it easy .. it will all be over .. you are too good for Verizon anyway ” .. and top of all .. from my mom .. “It’s ok beta .. don’t worry about it .. you anyway hated the work they were giving you .. so just lay back for a while .. go out.. watch a few movies .. bike hai na .. ladki ghumao .. khana khao .. so jao “.
I could not stop laughing for about half an hour about that remark 🙂