Archive for January, 2011

January 25, 2011

Happy Republic Day

Tera Desh, Mera Desh, Apna Desh, Hum Ek Hain … Happy Republic Day Fellow Countrymen

Today is the day when India replaced its own constitution replacing the old colonial government act of 1935. On 26th January 1950 the Constitution of India came into force thus making it a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state. On this day India finally enjoyed the freedom of spirit, rule of law and fundamental principle of governance.

Just like Independence day, today the whole country comes together and show unity and brotherhood. We the common man of India cherish this day the most, as The Indian constitution basically stands for the our aspirations. The democracy that it brought into the country makes the common man supreme.

As its the most important day, it is celebrated majestically in all states of India and especially in the capital, New Delhi. Today we show our military might and show how we are culturally rich. It marks the display of the world’s most impressive parade. Republic day is celebrated with much zeal and pride all across the nation. President gives away the gallantry awards to the brave armed forces and the winners pass the president in their open jeep to salute the chief.

Republic Day is a national holiday when everyone rejoice of being an Indian. The Indian Flag is hoisted on every government office and schools in the whole country.

One Nation, One Vision, One Identity
“No Nation is Perfect, it needs to be made perfect.”
Meri Pehchaan Mera India
Happy Republic Day.

January 20, 2011

Drink Down the Beer Memory Lane

It was day before the Christmas of 2010, I and my friends went to Orchard road to see the lighting and how the roads and buildngs were decorated. After getting tired of walking along the road, we decided to hit a bar and sit for some time. While we were having the food and the drinks, I got an idea to list down the Beers that I have tasted till date. I asked my friends if they can name some and I can recollect if I have already tasted that. I hope I have got all the names possible and if I have missed any or will taste new ones I shall add to the list.

Tiger, Erdinger, Guiness, Heineken, Sol, Foster, Hoegaarden, Asahi, Stella Artois, Singha, Corona, Carlsberg, Budweiser, Kingfisher, Royal Challenge, Chang, Anchor, Franziskaner, Haywards, Kirin, Zingaro, Sanmiguel, Sandpiper, Pure Blonde, Harrys

To my surprise the count came to 25 beers. 3 and half years back when I first came to Singapore, I just tried King Fisher beer and in last 3 and half years here in Singapore I have reach the 25 and going good for 50.

My First Beer – King Fisher

My Latest Beer – Kirin Beer

My Most regular beer – Heineken

My Favorite Beer – Erdinger till date

January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Swetha

I have been trying to make occasions more surprising and interesting for Swetha. The same attempt was again successful for her birthday today. Swetha was working in the night shift today and the plan was that I and my friends would go to her office, call her downstairs and cut the cake.

As you know nothing goes as planned. Swetha wanted to stay at home until after 12 and then leave for office. I then made a fake call and then called my friends to come over to my place. As the time approached Swetha was eager that I would do something but she wasn’t sure what it could be. She waited until 11:50 and nothing happened. I asked her to get ready for office as it was almost 12.

She was now sure that nothing was planned. She got ready and at 12 the door bell rang. I went and opened the door and my friends rushed in and wished Swetha. She was surprised and was happy to see the way it was planned. Now before you guys start thinking about the gift, I haven’t given anything :).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWETHA

January 17, 2011

World Cup 2011 Team announced

Kris Srikanth led team has finally selected the 15 member squad who will be playing the 2011 world cup to be played in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Below is the squad:

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin

After looking at this squad and their performances in the last one or two years, this seems to be one of the best teams that would be representing India and also this would be our best chance ever to win the cup. Looking at Australia’s form and Hussey being doubtful for the world cup, its just England and South Africa who are tough contenders for India. But we also have the home advantage over England and South Africa.

Even though we are in a tougher group with both England and SA being in our group, we have to hope that all the players perform well.

If we talk about the team then who else can we start with other than Sachin. Even though he have played just 4 one day internationals in last 14 months and there is just one mammoth innings to talk about, I do not have any doubts on him or his capabilities with respect to World cup performances. I am sure he would be giving his best as this is his 6th and final chance to be in the winning squad of world cup.

Coming to the top 4 batsmen, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli and Raina have performed well in the recent years and I am sure they are in great form. Even though they are not performing well in the ongoing series with SA, they will definitely have the home ground and crowd advantage. If these 4 batsmen can deliver their goods as expected then I am pretty sure that World Cup will be won by India.

Dhoni has always looked fit, confident and cool. That made selectors think that there is no necessary for a reserve keeper. He is a good middle order batsmen and sure is one of the best captains in the cricketing world in recent years. He has always inspired the team and the team under him has pulled off some improbable wins all around the world. We cannot depend on Yousuf Pathan, but when he plays he is very explosive.

India’s bowling has been the weak link in the team. There was one surprising selection (Piyush Chawla), other than that the rest of the bowlers were the same as expected. Sreesanth who has performed well in the ongoing series and seems to be in form would definitely be missed in the 15 but he would be waiting for his chance to play in case of any injury. Munaf has shown that he is back in the form with his recent performance. Ashish Nehra who has been unpredictable with his form is also in the squad. I am hoping that he bowls to his strength. Harbhajan will be key in the home ground where pitches favor spinners. Praveen Kumar has been performing well in the limited overs matches and hope he will continue his form. Ashwin has always captivated his chances and proved his mettle. He should be in the playing 11.

Finally I would like to say that this is the best ever chance that we have and we won’t get a better chance for a long time now to win the world cup.

January 16, 2011

No One Killed Jessica

I was never too keen in any news or current affairs. Since childhood other than the news about sports, I never cared what happened in India and around the world. But definitely there were some news which get such a hype and visibility that even if you want to avoid you cannot and one such news was Jessica Lal’s murder. I have heard the name Jessica Lal for years on the television. Even then I didn’t really had an idea as what has really happened.

When I saw the promos of NOKJ, I thought before I see the movie, I should know the facts. I relied on my favorite site yet again for the information. While I reading through the story I heart was touched and I came know how and why people around India have reacted so much about the incident. I was totally shocked to see how the political system won over the judicial system when the case was a clear open and shut case. At the same time I am also happy that the media came for the rescue in this case whom we blame of exploiting the situations for sensationalize the news items.

Today I and my friends saw the movie NOKJ and were totally impressed with the director’s sincere attempt to show the truth. He has done a great job in bringing the most sensational and controversial case in India on to screen keeping all the facts intact. The film starts with the song Dilli which was really nice and it has set the pace for the movie. Director and the actors were successful in showing how unity can bring about a change. I have heard some negative remarks about the movie’s coarse language, but I guess thats quite common in the current society and I am sure no offense was intended.

I would rate this 3.5 out of 5 and is definitely a one time watch.

January 14, 2011

Sankranthi Shubhakankshalu

Today is one of those most auspicious days when people from different parts of India together celebrate. Its called in different names. South Indians celebrate it as Makara Sankranthi or Pongal, North Indians Celebrate it as Lohri and people from Eastern part of India celebrate it as Bhogali Bihu.

Today farmers in India start their harvesting for the season and offer prayers to the Sun God. Today is the day for which kids wait all the year so that they can fly colorful kites. In some rural places in South India people have cock fights as part of the celebration. One of the popular game as part of this festival is Bull fight in many places of Tamil Nadu.

For all my friends and family .. Wish you all happy Pongal.

January 13, 2011

Bad day at Work

Have you ever felt that everything is going wrong. Nothing is working out as planned. Everything is out of our control. Yes this happened to me in the last two days. I was stuck in the office late nights and nothing went as planned. Hope next week would bring in some good luck for me.

January 8, 2011

IPL 2011 Auction: No takers for Sourav Ganguly

Today was a busy day for many Indians checking the websites and watching news to check who is worth what and who is bought by whom and who is hit and who is miss .. Everyone was eager to know what’s happening in IPL auction 2011. I was no different and was following closely the same on Cricinfo.

I have seen players like Gambhir, Pathan, Rohit and Robin going for some exorbitant figures which common man cannot even understand. At the same time I have seen some one like Saurabh Tiwary going for more than one and half million which was a surprise for me and made me think if he was really worth it. I have also seen players like Lara, Gayle, Gibbs, Boucher etc going unsold in the auction.

Out of all this extravaganza, one thing that caught my eye was, there were no takers for Ganguly. I felt really bad for the guy who undoubtedly has been best captain for India. He was the one who has shown the world that Indian team can be aggressive, intuitive and would never compromise. When compared to his predecessors he was unconventional and unusual. The bare-chested Ganguly stunt on the Lord’s balcony showed his guts to the world. Ganguly has always been known for his fighting spirit on and off the field.

Ganguly has reigned the rankings and stats all through his career. But his final showdown was a bit forgettable. He would have definitely deserved a better farewell from the international cricket. Something similar seems to be happening for him here at the IPL. There are no takers for him and he seems to be loosing his self esteem because of the same.

In my view he should call quits to the game and get into cricket administration like coaching or commentary. Kumble has taken wise decision for this IPL season once he was not retained by Bangalore Royal Challengers. I guess Ganguly should also do something similar.

Finally, I did not understand what the KKR think tanks were thinking about not retaining Ganguly. I am sure it will lose its craze in public and would hurt the sentiments of the local crowd. The franchise should see ways to get the home crowd to the ground to watch the matches with out their local hero Ganguly.

January 8, 2011

Budgets left with IPL 2011 Franchises – Day 1 of auction

January 8, 2011

IPL 2011 – Day 1 of auction

Most of the players were worth the amount but at the same time we could also see that there are many other players who are sold at very high price when they were not worth that much and some of them were sold at very less price when compared to their talent. These are players who were sold on Day 1 of the auction @ IPL 2011

Gautam Gambhir sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for a record $2.4 million.

Yusuf Pathan to Kolkata Knight Riders for $2.1 million.

Robin Uthappa to Pune for $2.1 million

Rohit Sharma to Mumbai Indians for $2 million.

Irfan Pathan to Delhi Daredevils for $1.9 million.

Yuvraj Singh to Pune for $1.8 million.

Saurabh Tiwary to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.6 million.

Mahela Jayawardene to Kochi for $1.5 million.

David Hussey to Kings XI Punjab for $1.4 million

Dale Steyn goes to Deccan Chargers for $1.2 million

Muttiah Muralitharan to Kochi for $1.1 million.

AB de Villiers to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.1 million.

Cameron White to Deccan Chargers for $1.1 million.

Jacques Kallis to Kolkata Knight Riders for $1.1 million.

Ross Taylor to Rajasthan Royals for $1 million.

Angelo Mathews to Pune for $950,000

Ravindra Jadeja to Kochi for $950,000

Johan Botha to Rajasthan Royals for $950,000.

Dinesh Karthik to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000

Piyush Chawla to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000.

Sreesanth to Kochi for $900,000

Adam Gilchrist to Kings XI Punjab for $900,000.

Zaheer Khan to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $900,000.

R Ashwin to Chennai Super Kings for $850,000

Ashish Nehra to Pune for $850,000

Andrew Symonds to Mumbai Indians for $850,000

S Badrinath to Chennai Super Kings for $800,000.

Praveen Kumar to Kings XI Punjab for $800,000.

Abhishek Nayar to Kings XI Punjab for $800,000

David Warner to Delhi for $750,000

Cheteswar Pujara to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $700,000.

Doug Bollinger to Chennai Super Kings for $700,000

Kumar Sangakkara to Deccan Chargers for $700,000.

Dirk Nannes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $650,000.

Tillakaratne Dilshan to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $650,000.

Kevin Pietersen to Deccan Chargers for $650,000.

Daniel Vettori to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $550,000

Pragyan Ojha to Deccan Chargers for $500,000

Rahul Dravid to Rajasthan Royals for $500,000.

Graeme Smith to Pune for $500,000.

RP Singh to Kochi for $500,000.

Manoj Tiwary to Kolkata Knight Riders for $475,000.

Morne Morkel to Delhi Daredevils for $475,000

Brendon McCullum to Kochi for $475,000.

Ishant Sharma to Deccan Chargers for $450,000.

Brad Hodge to Kochi for $425,000.

Shakib al Hasan to Kolkata Knight Riders for $425,000

Michael Hussey to Chennai for $425,000.

Brett Lee to Kolkata Knight Riders for $400,000

Stuart Broad to Kings XI Punjab for $400,000

VVS Laxman to Kochi for $400,000.

Eoin Morgan to Kolkata Knight Riders for $350,000.

James Hopes to Delhi Daredevils for $350,000.

Ryan Harris to Kings XI Punjab for $325,000.

Brad Haddin goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for $325,000.

Callum Ferguson to Pune for $300,000.

Aaron Finch to Delhi Daredevils for $300,000

Amit Mishra to Deccan Chargers for $300,000

Shikhar Dhawan to Deccan Chargers for $300,000.

JP Duminy to Deccan Chargers for $300,000

Parthiv Patel to Kochi for $290,000

Naman Ojha to Delhi Daredevils for $270,000

Tim Paine to Pune for $270,000

Paul Collingwood to Rajasthan Royals for $250,000.

Steven Smith to Kochi for $200,000

Dwayne Bravo to Chennai Super Kings at $200,000

Davy Jacobs to Mumbai Indians for $190,000

Ramesh Powar to Kochi for $180,000

Nathan McCullum to Pune for $100,000

James Franklin to Mumbai Indians for $100,000

Wriddhiman Saha to Chennai for $100,000

Unsold: Tamim Iqbal, Chamara Kapugedera, Murali Kartik, Ajantha Mendis, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Dilhara Fernando, Luke Wright, Matt Prior, Mark Boucher, Graeme Manou, Brian Lara, Herschelle Gibbs, Jesse Ryder, Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle.

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