26 September 2007

As Cricket becomes Richer…Hockey becomes Poorer!

While the cash registers continue to ring for the victorious Indian team, our Hockey team cries foul over ‘ STEP - Motherly ‘ treatment.

National Chief Coach, Joaquim Carvalho strongly objected to the announcement of cash awards by the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and the state governments of Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Karnataka to the cricketers while ignoring the victory of his wards in the Asian Continental Championship early this month.

“Why our hockey players are orphaned and why our politicians are biased towards Hockey, the national game”, Carvalho asked.

He declared that one coach and four players have planned to go on hunger strike before the Karnataka Chief Minister’s house for his announcing Rs five lakh each to the members of the cricket team, while “treating the State hockey players like dust”.

Carvalho said, “Karnataka CM has not till date congratulated his State hockey players for the Asia Cup win”.

Though Cricket is by far the number one sport in India, there is no denying the fact that our National Sport, Hockey, has been shabbily treated by the sports officials and the govt. alike.This recent outcry exemplifies the fact how bad these players feel upon being treated the way they our after fighting out of their skins for the country at important tournaments world over.

While the cricketers get crorepatis after winning the cup, our asian cup winning hockey team got a mere Rs50000 (source unconfirmed) as a cash prize.I think its completely within their rights to raise their voice and its better to get heard now before we finally lose our most successful sport.

25 September 2007

Its RAINING CASH for Boys in Blue !!!!

As the whole country comes out of the euphoria over our fantabulous victory in jo’berg over arch rivals Pakistan to clinch the T20 world cup, our beloved cricketers continue to be showered with all the rewards and gifts….here is a small list:) :
  • $4,90,000( about 2 crores) in official prize money for their Twenty20 World Championship
  • USD 2 million ( about 8 crores!!) for the whole team from BCC
  • Rs 1 crore for Yuvraj Singh, also an ultra-expensive Porsche 919 luxury car for hiiting six sixes in an over.( What about Broad??? Atleast give him a Maruti for getting hit!!)
  • Six Indian cricketers, also the employees of Air India, would be promoted out-of-turn in recognition of their achievement. Also free travel in the country’s flagship career Air India for five years for Team India!!
  • Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) has declared 1.16 lakhs each for skipper Dhoni, Pathan and Gautam Gambhir.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh each for Mumbai-based Ajit Agarkar and Rohit Sharma.
  • The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has announced a cash reward of Rs 11 lakh each to brothers Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan.Both lads will also be given 5 Lakh each by the gujarat state govt. as well( Yusuf Patahn ke to maze ho gaye ).
  • The Uttar Pradesh government of Chief Minister Mayawati has decided to confer the first Manyavar Kanshiramji International Sports Award to pacer Rudra Pratap Singh.The prize also carries a cash award of Rs 10 lakh.
  • Medium( Read- Please don’t hit me!!) pacer Joginder Sharma, would get a cash reward of Rs 21 lakh announced by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
  • Kerala government has decided to award Rs three lakh to Robin Uthappa and 5 Lakhs to Sreesanth.
  • Yuvraj and Harbhajan will get 24-Karat gold medals from the Association of Twenty20 Cricket India.
  • Delhi players Sehwag and Gambhir will get 5 Lakhs each from Delhi govt.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni will receive the first ever ‘Jharkhand Ratna’ Award for his side’s spectacular victory against Pakistan, which would carry a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a memento.
  • Himachal Pradesh, who does not have any representative in the team, was also not behind and HP’s CM offered a week’s free stay to all the members of the team in any of the HP Tourism Development Corporation hotels in the state.

This is still not the complete list, as the rewards and the cash have kept on coming ever since the Indian Team step foot back home.

Well done Boys, you have done gr8 and you have got what you deserved(probably a lot lot more than that!!!!!). But we need to remember that ‘…….if reaching the top is difficult , then being there is toughest..’ and who better to teach this lesson than the mighty Australians themselves who come to India next!

23 September 2007

Boys in BLUE do INDIA Proud…..


It is two in the night and I still can’t refrain myself from doing this entry, because I just saw something which is still hard to believe. INDIA beating world champions Australia in the semis!!!

The match from the very outset was a blinder with Yuvraj lusty hitting powering India to a respectable total.Australia, the team they are, were in the hunt for most of the time, until our spirited bowlers pulled it off.Certainly one of the best Cricket matches you’ll see ever, the intensity , the pace and the skill on show from both teams was exhilirating.

I can’t help but remembering those drooping faces of the Indian team that was going down against SriLanka in the WC earlier this year, and how , literally everyone had written them off, (surely I did). I personally had seen nothing of cricket after that since T20 happened.This Indian juggernaut not only has brought life to Indian cricket and cricket as a whole but also brought about an amazing belief in our young brigade,and I think we all need to take a queue from them, that given the situation ,we’ve got what it takes to beat the best and be the Best!!

And now this brings us to the clash of the titans……INDIA v PAKISTAN in the finals.We have seen them fighting in the WCs, but never have I seen both these teams fighting each other in a game as big as this.Both young teams, without their senior players, both have done exceptionally well in the tournament.It would surely be a clash to witness!!

So boys and girls, whatever you do, take your leave from office, college guys would not mind a MASS BUNK, but kindly stay at home. 5:30PM , Monday is when the action begins!!!!!

20 September 2007

Yuvraj’s ‘broad’ bat hits England…

Thank God I returned home just in time to see this live.

Yuvraj Singh tearing apart Mr.Stuart Broad for SIX SIXES in the over.Only Garry Sobers and Ravi Shastri have done this in first-class matches, and Herschelle Gibbs in the World Cup against Holland and now Yuvraj.

First one over long-on, second flicked to square leg, third over extracover, fourth over point, fifth was a skier over square leg and the last one was lofted over long-on for the record maximum!

For those who missed it, and for those who still want to see it one more time….SAVOUR THE MOMENT!!!




19 September 2007

No more LOANS and Credit Cards! NDNC is here…..finally.

Scene 1: Yours’ Truly is in b/w an important conversation when the phone rings up…..Tring..Tring…

Caller(a girls’ voice):Hello….sir,is it Vaneet Aggarwal.
me: Yes(how the hell she knows my name!!, but who cares :) )
Caller:Sir,i’m from ICICI/HDFC/ABN-AMRO/HSBC bank and wanted to tell you about our new Free-for-Lifetime GOLD card and its features…..
me(what the heck!!):Thank you very much mam, but I already have one!

Scene 2: I’m doing some important work and suddenly….TRING…TRING…0120-41******, i pick up the phone suspectingly….

caller(again a girl): Goodmorning sir,is this Vaneet Aggarwal
me: Yes. (she knows me too,I’m famous!!!)
caller: Sir our bank is offering a Personal Loan of 3 lakhs, would you be interested?
me(as much i am interested in the sum): sorry mam, but i have enough money. Take it from me if you require one.(and I hang up)

    We all have received such menacing calls which have now become a very routine affair.As much as you want to talk :), its really frustrating to receive such unsolicited calls and SMSes when you expect them the least.

But no more.As many of you would already know, TRAI has set up an National DO-NOT-CALL (NDNC) to finally save us from the menace.

The NDNC Registry will be a data base having the list of all telephone numbers of the subscribers who do not want to receive Unsolicited Commercial Communication(UCC).After the establishment of NDNC registry, Telephone subscriber (Landline or mobile) who does not wish to receive UCC, can register their telephone number with their telecom service provider for inclusion in the NDNC. Telecom Service Provider shall upload the telephone number to the NDNC within 45 days of receipt. The Telemarketer will have to verify their calling telephone numbers list with the NDNC registry before making a call.An amount of Rs 500/- per call/message has been prescribed to discourage telemarketers who make calls to numbers registered in Do Not Call list. The defaulter telemarketer will face disconnection of telecom service. ‘

You can enter you number in the NDNC through the wesite of your service provider.The requests which are sent through the telecom service providers will be stored in National Do Not Call Registry, meaning that no body(including your service provider) will be allowed to call you for unsolicited commercial purposes.

You can contact them for details here.

OR

Stop Unsolicited Calls from Airtel

Airtel customers can SMS “START DND” to 121. You will receive a Unique Reference Number by SMS, for your records. Airtel Broadband and Telephone Services customer can call Customer Care at 121 from your Airtel landline phone and place your request. Get details here.

Stop Telemarketing Calls from Hutch

If you wish to stop receiving such communication and want to register yourself on the NDNC registry, simply SMS ACT DND to 111 or fill in the following form.

Stop Telemarketing Calls from Idea Cellular

Should you desire to stop receiving such communication from Idea, all you need to do is to fill the form. The fine print say they require 30 working days to remove your number from the telemarketing lists.

Block Unsolicited Calls from MTNL

The MTNL Delhi service takes you to fill a form on the Unified web Portal which asks for your LandLine / CDMA / GSM No. or Customer Account No.

Block Telemarketing Calls from Reliance Mobile

If you do not wish to be informed about deals through telephone calls or by SMS, you can unsubscribe from such communication by filling up the form. They will stop call within 30 days from the date of submission.

Block Telemarketing Calls from Tata Indicom

If you do not wish to be disturbed by unsolicited calls from Tata Indicom, go here

18 September 2007

Unnatural Laws, but amazingly TRUE !!!

Here are some laws which you all will agree have been following ever since you learnt the word ‘LAW’.Some of them are called Murphy’s laws, and beat those of Einstein and Newton any day…!!!

  1. If anything can go wrong, it will.
  2. the first 90 % of the task takes 90 % of the time, and the last 10%
    takes the other 90 %
  3. The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down
    is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
  4. MURPHY’S LAW OF SELECTIVE GRAVITY :An object will fall so as to do the most damage.
  5. When you are standing in a line, the other line always moves faster.
  6. As soon as you switch lanes, your old lane speeds up.
  7. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
  8. After adding two weeks to the schedule for unexpected delays, add two more for the unexpected, unexpected delays.
  9. Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.
  10. To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
  11. If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.
  12. Any instrument when dropped will roll into the least accessible corner.
  13. If you cannot convince people, confuse them.
  14. When all else fails, read the instructions.
……will be back more later

17 September 2007

WINDOWS ERROR!!

I just got this in my e-mail :

An Indian discovered that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the computer which can be named as “CON”. This is something pretty cool…and unbelievable. .. At Microsoft the whole Team, including Bill Gates, couldn’t answer why this happened? So, inform about this to all your friends. Try it now, it will not create “CON” Folder. Try to rename the New Folder as CON or con, It will not Accept…’

I tried it, and yes, windows was unable to rename the folder as ‘CON’.Trivial but amazing!!

15 September 2007

Twenty20..the future has arrived!!

What we saw yesterday was I think the best cricket can get.INDIA v PAKISTAN….ups and downs throughout the match…single run required of last 2 balls….tie…..BOWL OUT….and finally INDIA winning it.(with pakistan unable to come even close to the stumps :)

This Twenty20 world cup in some sense has shown us the way cricket will evolve in the time to come.Shorter games, more fours and sixes, innovative rules,, dancing girls… in short-more glamor and excitement.And we surely are not complaining.(bowlers might disagree on this

Specially after yesterday, where we had a tie and the game proceeded to a BOWL OUT,something which we had never seen in cricket. It was incredible to see the players, umpires, coaches, even the match referee with the rule books, everybody on the field and figuring out what is to be done next. The actual bowl out was also in no way less exciting than we see in football or hockey.

Full marks to ICC for introducing the concept.It has brought about a breath of freshness and excitement in the air of monotony in the game.But they have to make sure that they maintain its exclusivity and don’t over do it, otherwise it may kill the traditional game.

13 September 2007

VHP antics spoils day…

It was a usual morning as I went out for work when i found the first intersection barricaded and policemen diverting the traffic to the right.Thinking of a ‘netaji’ on a visit, I turned over just to find another barricade telling to go to the left.A Km ahead, another barricade wading traffic to the right.And after 45 min of left-righ, i found myself standing right in front of my house!

The alternate route took me more than three times the time it usually takes to reach my destination. My friends encountered similar traffic snarls all over Delhi.As it turned out to be, it was actually the VHP activists carrying out city wide processions..!!!

The cause: Setu Samudram Project.The multi-crore rupee project proposes to provide a shorter sea route from Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka.So what is VHP’s problem-They beleive that building this canal would destroy the ancient Ram Sethu built during Ramayana.They are also claiming that the Centre had fallen a prey to America’s “conspiracy” to make the Palk Strait, now shared only by India and Sri Lanka, international waters,and that the site had more than 3.60 lakh tonnes of thorium that could be used for making power for another 100 years for the entire country….

Ram Sethu…thorium or not….this surely was not the way to raise the voice. I surely was hugely annoyed to see the state of affairs in Delhi today.

11 September 2007

The Pursuit of Happyness…


‘..It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?..’


Thats’ exactly the line which hit me while watching the movie yesterday night(early morning actually!).That maybe happiness is something we can always pursue…..something me might think we already have….but actually, we can never have it!!

The movie shows Christopher Gardner(played superbly by Will Smith), a man who grew up without a father, and vowed not to let his son grow up without a father. Its’ a story where perseverance of the human spirit wins over the enormity of the difficult situations.Gardner, as a salesman, fails terribly,again and again, is stripped of his money, his house, spends days in asylums, night in toilets, sells blood for 20$, studies day and night , to finally pull it off as a successful broker. He does everything a human can do,or even better,…in pursuit of Happyness.

07 September 2007

Well Done INDIA !!!

What a victory……surely a one to cherish for every Indian fan!

India started off well with Zaheer and the off spin-leg spin duo of Pawar and Chawla, restricting England mid way through the innings, but Shah and wright took it away from there.But the axe fell in the last over, when Dravid handed over the ball to Yuvraj( as if to challege England :show me if you can hit six sixes off him??? :) and he WON….as they could hit only FIVE…man…he slogged him for five straight sixes in five balls….!!!

It had to be a great opening partnership to take India through, and so it was, with sachin and ganguly one again playing the once threatening one-day opening duo to perfection. Sachin was toying with the bowling with his flicks, cuts and paddles, he seemed to enjoy his new found youthfulness in his batting in the series.It was clear that he was there to score runs, not to defend, and you sort of know,(assuming you are an ardent cricket fan) when he is in that sort of a mood…(remember 2003 WC PAK game?)…Ganguly was his normal back too, with his lofted shots straight and over cover.

The 2 fell in succession, gambhir , yuvraj and Dhoni crawled it through to the death…with 10 runs of last 6 balls…it was all upto Utthappa…and first a paddle flick to fine leg and then a straight drive for four sealed one of the most thrilling matches I’ve seen!!!

I hope this victory gives India a lot of momentum before the final game at Lords…It surely will be a cracker.. !

P.S. It would be great if Sachin finishes it off with a century, i think he deserves it