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May 26, 2008

The Tale (Plight?) of Four Icons …

Filed under: Cricket — Porcupyn @ 8:09 pm

Rounding off the bottom, at #8 – VVS Laxman (can use injury as an excuse, might or might not resurrect a twenty20 career) and his Deccan Chargers

Managed to stave off the wooden spoon, at #7 – Rahul (not many excuses) Dravid and his Royal Challengers (NOT!)

Won a couple of “man of the match”es, might have a decent twenty20 career, at #6 – Sauravda Gangulyda “The Dada” (this might be a good chance to Ride off into the sunset for this (K)night!), and his Knight Riders

Still on the verge of #4 or the brink of #5 (whichever way you see it) – Sachin Tendulkar (has injury as an excuse, might still make it on the scene) and his Indians (and non-Indians)

May 22, 2008

They are BACK!

Filed under: Cricket — Porcupyn @ 7:47 am

Yup, Bucknor and Hair are both back officiating in Cricket Tests. I request the ICC to ensure that these guys definitely do not officiate in matches involving India (I doubt anyone on the team likes either of these gentlemen), Pakistan (Shoaib Akhtar, if no one else) and Sri Lanka (Muttiah Muralitharan).

Heck, I think the only matches they should officiate in are: a) The Ashes b) Kenya vs. Zimbabwe c) England vs. South Africa d) Trans-Tasman series (those are the only series where I think these fellas might stay impartial, neutral umpiring be damned!). Plus, as needed, a random combination of those teams.

May 9, 2008

On Going Green …

Filed under: Uncategorized — Porcupyn @ 9:00 pm

A few weeks ago, there was big fanfare when cities around the world reduced the electricity consumption – for a night, no more – by turning off non-essential lights for that timeframe; I doubt very much whether street lighting, traffic signals, residential air-conditioning, etc were targeted.

Little do the industrialized nations, who at the drop of the hat remind the world of the pressures the BRIC nations are putting on the global energy supply, know that we “Third-Worlders” are way way ahead of them at this conservation game (though like the proverbial rabbit, we are taking forty winks at the wheel now)! I grew up studying for at least half of my high-school exams under candlelight, and I am pretty sure that the situation is not that much better in most cities in India, but for the four (five?) metros and a few other big cities. Needless to say, the only time I spent in an air-conditioned room was at the computer terminals at my undergraduate college (US: school) and during the TOEFL exams at USEFI, Bombay!

Reminded me of the few years I lived in a North Indian “monasterial” state! Once in a few days I would be sent on an errand to get 200 grams of biscuits (US: cookies) from the store when we had visitors (only 200 gm because I had a propensity to wolf down the leftover biscuits). Anyway, the सेठ would put his (clean or dirty??) hands into this big aluminium box (I would say 30cmx30cmx45cm or so), remove some biscuits, weigh them in a paper bag (ठोंगा) made of either brown paper or recycled old newspapers, weigh them and hand the bag over to me. imagine how much more non-recyclable materials are used for similar transactions now!

I know it is practically impossible to bring back that time, and the simplicity of the trade back then, either in India or in the USA… but does that stop me from dreaming?!!

Gavaskar and the ICC

Filed under: Cricket — Porcupyn @ 9:32 am

So, Gavaskar quits the ICC – good riddance (to the ICC). Here is a man willing to call a spade a spade and take up the cudgels against what he deems to be inappropriate posturing by officials, and he is roundly criticized by the (mostly foreign, but some local/Indian) media for doing so, notwithstanding the fact that the ICC position was an honorary position, and thus an honour that he was accepting and living up to. I think that the man has the right to speak his mind as a correspondent.

On the other hand, I find it much more acceptable for someone in his position to do so, as compared to an active player writing a column and discussing umpiring. Note that I have no issue with players writing about strategy (though it might come back and haunt his team), discussing the highlights and lowlights of the game, etc. but I do have issues if they were to refer to the umpiring in their newspaper columns while the game is in progress.

The first statistic here is galling! How can they forget that Gavaskar has scored three successive Test hundreds not once but twice? First time was in 1978-79: 111 and 137 at Karachi (in a losing cause) followed by 205 at Bombay (against WI in Malcolm Marshall’s debut series). Second time (I cheated and peeked) was actually the first time in 1971 (!): 117 not out at Bridgetown followed by 124 and 220 at Port of Spain (in his debut series)

May 7, 2008

EPCOT – Part 2 (Flower and Garden Festival)

Filed under: Disney — Porcupyn @ 7:56 pm

A colourful e-mail address

Filed under: Family,Humour — Porcupyn @ 7:09 pm

Well now, kiddo has got a new e-mail account for himself, thanks to his mother, and has been e-mailing all grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc. He even replied to his own e-mail when he did not get a response quickly enough (shades of what his father was told – he vehemently denies this – he himself used to do two decades ago!). Anyway, his excitement was infectious, so the little one was excited.

Little One: “I want one! I want one!”
Kiddo: “Wait until you are as old as I am now, and I will create you one.”
Little One: “I want pink! I want pink!”

मेरे पिया गए …

Filed under: Uncategorized — Porcupyn @ 8:14 am

Rangoon? Not today, I think!

I – for one – was surprised to read that Rangoon (or Yangon) is not the capital of Burma (or Myanmar). Which city is? No cheating please!

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