Thursday, November 18, 2010

10 wishes to fulfill before I knock on Heaven's door

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

1. Knock on heaven's door only after 130 years. Yes, you read it right. I intend to live 130 years. 20 survived, 110 to come.
2. Own a Hummer. Good things come in small packages but better things come in bigger ones. Owning a Hummer is right up there on my wish list.
3. Go skydiving. A list of things to do is never complete without skydiving. That 2 minutes of adrenaline rush is something definitely on the list.
4. Have a python for a pet. I find the thrill of having this huge cold blooded slithery reptile as a pet at home very intoxicating.
5. Play cricket with SRT on the terrace. Even better get him out caught one bounce, one hand
6. Become a millionaire in a casino in Las Vegas. Who wouldn’t?
7. Trek up the Himalayas. Climbing mountains is not a task for the faint hearted. I have a dream of standing atop one.
8. Learn to do a back flip. Just for the sake of it.
9. Get involved in an adventure which includes a huge treasure chest, deadly smugglers, ferocious cops and also a ghost. Blame the books I read as I grew up.
10. Complete all of the above said things. DUH!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

25 Random Things!

1. 25 is such a huge number for a lazy person like me. There, #1.. I am lazy
2. I go to sleep when everyone else wakes up. I'm the watchdog of my house.
3. My favourite pastime is staring at the ceiling. I make it a point to stare at the ceiling for atleast 5 minutes in a day
4. I supposedly have Barbie eyelashes.
5. I always wonder why people swear. To remove their frustration, to express joy, to show despair and anguish, to shower praises??!!!???... Whoa!!
6. I'm an eternal optimist.
7. I like people who talk, be it sense or nonsense. Probably because i don't talk a lot. I'm more of a listener.
8. I am starting to realise that 25 is a huge number after all.
9. I'm not religious. I don't believe in going to temples. I'm not an atheist either. I believe in God. Or probably the fear of him made me say that :P
10. I'm 20 years, 4 months and 1 day old on the day of writing this.i.e., I have survived 7426 days on this planet.
11. I love numbers. Mathematics has always been my favourite subject. #10 should say something about it.
12. I enjoy contradicting people. I like arguing and i win most of the arguments i get into even if I don't support the point I'm arguing for.
14. I'm not photogenic. I don't like being clicked.
15. I'm a complete sport-a-holic. I can watch ESPN and Star Sports all year long.
16. Bizarre, Weird, Ridiculous and Pandemonium are a few of my favourite words.
17. Apart from numbers, I love spellings and grammar. I have a good/bad/irritating habit of correcting grammatical errors, whoever the person, however grave the situation may be. (Good, Bad or Irritating decide)
18. I have received more compliments for my handwriting than for anything else. I'd never trade it for a million bucks. Anything more you offer, I might consider.
19. 13 is an unlucky number. Check #13.
20. I am petrified of tablets. --TOP SECRET--
21. My ultimate goal in life is to buy a Hummer.
22. I like sudoku and puzzles of any kind. I try solving crosswords in the newspaper despite failing every single day. Proves #6.
23. I had a weird collection of things as i grew up. While people collected stamps and coins, I collected different species of bugs, tattoos and names of pens.
24. I know nothing about cooking, not even Maggi.
25. I had never flunked in a test and that was something i was proud of. And then i flunked my learner’s license test.

P.S. So badly hope that there are no grammatical or spelling errors in this whole thing.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

US Open 2010 - 'Rafa'slam

We didn’t quite get to see the Roger-Rafa final we were hoping for, but as the US open finally came to an end, for the third consecutive year, after a rain delay, there were a pair of well deserved champions.

Nadal beat the super Serb Novak Djokovic in 4 sets to win his 9th Grand Slam. With this he joined the likes of Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer in achieving the Career Grand Slam. Meanwhile the sparkling mum, Kim Clijsters beat Vera Zvonavera in the women’s final to win her second consecutive and the third title overall at the Flushing Meadows.

Among the other stars, Roger Federer was upset by Djokovic in the semis, although a world No 3 beating the No 2 shouldn’t be considered much of an upset. Andy Murray failed to live up to the hype surrounding him as he succumbed to Wawrinka in the third round. The Andy from the other side of the Atlantic, Roddick, flattered to deceive yet again as he crashed out in the second round. Among the women, Zvonavera, who had earlier reached the finals at Wimbledon, played some unbelievable tennis to get to the final. Venus Williams, in the absence of her sister, had a golden chance to win the title in front of her home crowd, lost to Clijsters in a disappointing semifinal. The Russians, Kuznetsova and Dementieva, and the Serbians, Jankovic and Ivanovic failed to create any waves.

But the US Open 2010 will be remembered for Nadal’s perfect run in the tournament. The win will draw more comparisons and open up more debates as to who’s the better player among him and Federer. Both Federer and Nadal are top notch players in their own style. While Federer has the charm and aura around him while he goes around his task at ease, Nadal relies more on his speed and strength to get him through. It can be argued that Nadal has still a long way to go to reach Federer’s record of 16 Grand Slams, but it’s easy to forget that Rafa is a good three and a half years younger than Federer. Questions will also be asked whether Nadal can maintain his fitness for so long as his knee is known to break down. But then questions were also asked earlier on his ability to play on hard courts, and he answered his critics by winning the Australian Open in 09 and now the US Open. The debates will continue but there is no denying the fact that Nadal has put himself in the pantheon of all time greats with this victory.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In a 'fix' yet again

Pakistan vs. England,
4th test,

Day 2
England were reeling at 102/7. Mohammad Amir was running riot having taken 6 wickets. Pakistan seemed to have made a comeback in the series and looked all set to level the series 2-2.

Day 5
Mohammad Asif offers a simple catch to Paul Collingwood and Pakistan crumbled yet again for another lowly total of 147. Moments later Andrew Strauss lifts the Natwest Trophy, but the series definitely hadn’t ended the way England would have imagined, amidst fixing allegations made against the Pakistani players.
Over the past 6 months, I have just been awed watching Amir and Asif swing the ball the way they have been doing and trouble the best of batsmen. The allegations made against the Amir, Asif and Butt took the cricketing fraternity and the fans world over by shock. It is just heart wrenching to see an eighteen year old kid, when the world was beginning to sit and take notice of his talent chose to tread the wrong path and put his career at stake.
Pakistan cricket seem to run from one controversy to another. They have seen it all: right from ball tampering incidents to forfeiting matches to public spats to doping scandals to terrorists interrupting matches. The root cause for the continuous turmoil in Pakistan cricket can be attributed to the lack of a strong governing body. The PCB (Pakistan Confused Board) is as much in the news as the Prime Minister of the country. They make huge, harsh, illogical decisions and distribute life bans to players and a while later they retract back their decision and the same players are back in the team (probably in the center of another controversy). Even after the fixing allegations came up, the PCB refused to drop the players for the ODI series. It is this leniency that makes the players take advantage of the system. Fortunately the ICC stepped in and suspended the players. It’s about time the ICC steps in and makes some harsh decisions and impose life bans and some heavy fines on the guilty players.
Somehow the cricketing maniac in me believes that Pakistan cricket will rise amidst the crisis and be a superpower once again .

But is it just me hoping against hope?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Post-Mortem report

India add yet another chapter to their first test disasters losing to Sri Lanka by 10 wickets, which, in spite of a whole day’s play being washed off.
So what went wrong?
Though there were many other reasons for the humbling defeat, it eventually comes down to the bowling that made the difference. When you play a test with four bowlers, you really cannot afford one of them to have a bad day and it doesn’t get any better when two of them do, and the third one is only making his debut. It clearly looked like Harbhajan and Murali were bowling on two different surfaces. Not so motivating for the one Murali named his successor, is it?
Harbhajan is way past his prime and Ishant looks the shadow of the bowler who troubled Ricky Ponting in Australia a couple of years ago. Watching Malinga and Herath score runs at will, the Indian batsmen would have thought to themselves which attack they would have rather fancied playing.
The batting performance was nothing to boast about either. The middle order having played no cricket since the IPL would have liked more than a single practice match ahead of the test series. Gautam Gambhir had a match to forget and Dravid looked patchy throughout his innings. Sehwag, having played brilliantly in the first innings, played one shot too many in the second. Yuvraj never loses an opportunity to set tongues wagging about his place in the test line up. Sachin was exceptional, but you can’t expect to save a match (forget winning) by scoring eighty odd. Laxman played a good knock, but it was too little too late.
India can still stage a comeback in the series. Sri Lanka will be weakened by Murali’s presence but test matches are still all about picking 20 wickets, which looks a bit farfetched for this Indian bowling attack. For India to put up a fight, the batsman will have to pile a mountain of runs. Not something the world No.1 ranked team would like saying!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Walkin down the memory lane

And this was something i wrote after i finished my final year exams.....

Yesterday I wrote my last ever exam and today realization dawns upon me that I have completed 15 years of……writing exams. PHEW!! What a transformation! From getting those golden stars in primary to getting 90% in Intermediate to hoping to pass in Income Tax
But above all this, there is a bigger thought eating up my head – no more bunking, no more standing outside the gate for coming late, no more fests and no more attendance issues – NO MORE COLLEGE
There is no way one will get over the fun times we had at college. Life spent at college was one big party lasting for 3 years.
Clearing the B Com (Honours) entrance was my first milestone at college (sounds fancy? Only we know how fancy it is). I was late for the first day of college – a tradition followed for the next three years. The rest of the first year was a matter of two Venu’s – entertainment in Venugopal Sir’s class and getting thrown out of Venumadhav Sir’s. Canteen Manchuria became the staple food and cricket at the end of a long day was the routine (Now wondering if those days were all that long)
Fast forward to the second year and there was fierce competition among the lecturers as to who was more irritating – shudh Hindi wali BFS or the lunch break stealing brinjal head or the ever irritating pig mouth or the yawn inducing HOD (can’t believe I let out a yawn while writing this too). Cricket was replaced by football and fun outside class was replaced by fun in FIT class (awww…I so miss her). We won Prerana but that didn’t address our attendance issues and we visited the staff room more often than we visited class.
The third year passed in the blink of an eye. More than half of the year was spent at home and the remaining half was spent in preparing a project and dressing up in formals to attend campus placements. Cricket and football was replaced by shouts of “Jai Telengana”. Exams always seemed far away and when they came, they threatened to never finish, thus making the past fifteen days longer than the whole of my fifteen years.
There was a time that I hoped that college would finish faster than it should but now I wish it lasted a few more years.

The Noughties - The Decade gone by!

I vividly remember how I started off the first decade of the second millennium…By watching Titanic on Star Movies. Although the ship hit an iceberg and sunk, my voyage continued and reached 2010.
Looking back at the decade gone by, we can say terrorism won, guns down! This decade took terrorism to a new level altogether. It all started when two metallic birds crashed into the twin towers of New York killing almost three thousand and instilled fear in the lives of millions. The attack on the Parliament, the London bomb blasts, the Mumbai attacks etc, made terrorism more seasonal than monsoons in our country. Suicide bombers killing dozens and crippling hundreds in the terror infested countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan no longer make headline news.
Along with the cold blooded human acts, we also suffered from nature’s wrath. Leaving aside the tsunami in 04, the earthquakes in Gujarat, the floods in Thailand and the forest fires in Australia, we also got to hear about a hurricane called ‘Katrina!’ It even managed to snow in Dubai!!
This decade brought people closer than ever before. Cell phones from went the phase of being a luxury product to a comfort good and then an absolute necessity. We made Google a verb and networking sites helped finding the long lost friend.
While there was faster technology, faster cars and faster humans (Usain Bolt ran 100mts in a whopping 9.58 seconds!), this recommended pace does not apply to Global Warming. If we do not go into an overdrive on underdriving etc., we will have left our carbon footprints in the sands of desertification before this decade is done and dusted!!!
This decade also saw the boomers making millions and then the fabled incomes dried down and dementors and vampires chased us as we went into two years of brutal recession. This will also be remembered as the decade where homosexuality came out of the closet, live-in relationships were no longer taboo and surrogate mothers became a reality while reality shows redefined the term ‘reality.’
In the sports arena, the Americans and the Europeans dominated the Olympics. But we will remember it as the decade where we lifted bronze in Sydney, shot silver at Athens and converted it into gold at Beijing. While we were creating so much hype and hoopla about winning a few medals, Michael Phelps swam his way to eight golds shattering every record in the book. The noughties, as the decade is being called, also witnessed Asia hosting a football World Cup for the first time, Lance Armstrong battling cancer to winning the Tour de France for seven consecutive years, Roger Federer winning fifteen Grand Slam titles and the birth of fast food like cricket!!!!
With all that, I set sail for the next phase of my voyage and as they would say in France, “Bon Voyage!”


College Life

Leaving school is heart breaking, to say the least, especially when we can’t be sure where life will take us after all. You can’t easily get over the fun times you had in school…. scribbling on the desks, stealing water bottles and sticking by each other through the most notorious pranks and punishments - life can never be the same again, I almost concluded.

And I was right, but I never knew that there was something better in store when I joined college. Whether it was bunking boring lectures (that’s almost every lecture), sneaking late into the class and mumbling away some unreasonable excuses for not attending the lectures – college life too is oodles of fun, but of a whole new kind!!!

Whether its getting ragged (something which I escaped) or ragging the stupefied freshers (includes lecturers at times) – college always has something exciting in store for you.

Hanging out with a whole lot of weird people, laughing at a bunch of weirder people and getting laughed at by the weirdest lot, when we should be attending our lectures like “good children” are some of the things that make a typical day in college.

Some things though remain the same – pulling each other’s legs or trying to suppress your laughter over a silly PJ in class….

In college the party never ends… hanging out at Mcd’s or Vacs or having a tough time trying to swallow that panipuri outside college when we should be finishing our homework like in school is like an everyday affair.

Going out for unplanned movies and fighting for that first bencher’s completed notes a week before the exams form an integral part of college life….

In short…. “College Life ROCKS!!!”