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March 8, 2015

India 2015 – Political Map

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October 31, 2011

The day Indira Gandhi died

I still have the fresh memories of today, 27 years back. These memories were regularly brought back every now and then by my mom.

I was still a toddler then and my brother was in his LKG. As usual he went to school but to mom’s surprise he came back within an hour at 10AM. He then gave the sad news about Indira Gandhi being assassinated.

All over India, all the schools and offices were given holiday. Doordarshan was mourning for the next 7 days. The same day, the match between India and Pakistan was abandoned due to Indira’s assassination.

Even though she was the most controversial Prime Minister of India, she has left a legacy which is still in power after almost 3 decades. May her soul Rest in Peace for ever.

August 28, 2011

Are we supporting Anna

There has been a huge wave of support for Anna in the recent past. Not only in India but people across the world are supporting his movement and cause. Similarly we friends in Singapore also were trying to do our part by supporting the movement by taking part in the rally which would soon happen in Singapore.

Yesterday it was just another weekend for us where we all went to friends place and had a nice time watching movies, playing poker and chit chatting. In midst of this fun time a sudden argument started about supporting Anna. Our idealist Amar gave a statement which sparked the debate which went on for almost an hour. The question was are we really supporting Anna? Are the thousands of people out there showing their support are really supporting Anna?

The main question in discussion was, do we understand what do we need to do by supporting a movement or a cause or is it just a fashion statement to join such movements along with our friends and family?

During Gandhi era when he started the Khadi Movement, the whole India stood behind him to support. They all burned their foreign clothing and foreign goods and started wearing Khadi clothes improving rural self-employment and self-reliance. People have started comparing Anna with Gandhi and his Movement against Corruption next only to Freedom fight. So how many of us are doing what our freedom fighters have done?

Today when we are saying that we support Anna, how many of us can really keep them in practice. Will you wait until the things get done at government offices? Will you always carry your license and not pay the 100 rupees to traffic constable? Will NRIs pay the exact customs duty when they bring in goods at the airport? How many of us would actually pay the exact taxes from our salaries without manipulating any bills? We have hundreds of such scenarios and questions that crop up.

My final question to all the Anna Supporters, Will you start the change from yourself by abiding to the law and all the big wigs paying all the taxes correctly and following the process correctly by providing all the required documentation at government offices and wait until your work is done. The change should come right from the grass root level which is the common man and his way of life.

IF NOT NOW WHEN – IF NOT US WHO

April 6, 2011

After effects of India winning World Cup

April 4, 2011

Quotable Quotes

Gambhir: “All credit goes to Sachin Tendulkar. We played for him. Beating Australia and Pakistan and now this, its a dream come true.”

Harbhajan singh: ” It means the world to me. I have been part of the three world-cups. This is for the nation. Thank you very much, we love you. This cup is for the people. Love you India!”

Virat Kohli: “This goes out to all the people of India. THis is my first world cup; I can’t ask for more. Tendulkar has carried the burden of nation for 21 years; It was time we carried him. Chak de India!”

Tendulkar: “Couldn’t have asked for anything more than this. Winning the world cup is the proudest moment of my life. Thanks to my team-mates. Without them, nothing would have happened. I couldn’t control my tears of joy. Thanks to the support staff. Thanks to Mike Horn, who has helped with the expectations and pressure. The team stuck together in the rough phases and proved people wrong who doubted our ability. Self belief has been always there but in the last two years, we have been very consistent. It’s been great honour to be part of this team. Thanks to Gary and Paddy Upton.

Zaheer: “I can’t explain this feeling. It’s for this special man (tendulkar).”

Sangakkara: “Very proud of everyone, especially Mahela who rose up to the occasion and put up a great hundred. When you look at this Indian team anything less than 350 looks less! They deserved this title, the way they played in front of a great crowd. Both Sri Lanka and India will be proud with the way they have played. Thanks to Sri Lankan fans. Congrats India, you were the better side today. The only way to stop India is to get atleast 7 wickets. Gautam was outstanding and Dhoni stepped up and performed.”

Yuvraj Singh: “This is unbelievable. Under-19 World cup, then Twenty20 but this is the most special. For Sachin, for everyone else. I want to dedicate this to my guru ji, for my mother and my friends. Last time we were in World-cup final, we made lots of mistakes. Batting second is lot of pressure but Gauti and MS played outstandingly. They played like it was a normal game. We batted like champions. We don;t have a proper left-arm spinner and so it was my job to do it. Narendra Hirwani has been helping me and I have been working hard. Tonight is going to be good night! Thank you India!”

Dhoni: “I took a quite few decisions tonight, if we hadn’t won I would have been asked quite a few questions: Why no Ashwin, Why sreesanth. Why no Yuvraj, Why did I bat ahead?! That pushed me and motivated to do well.The pressure had got to me in the previous games. In this game, I wanted to bat up the order and Gary backed me and by the senior players. I had a point to prove to myself. Virat and Gautam batted brillantly; lots of singles. Then with the help of bit of dew , we put pressure on the spinners. I would have liked Gautam to go on and get that big hundred.”

April 3, 2011

India vs Srilanka–World Cup Finals

April 2nd, 2011 the day which will be remembered forever by all the Indians. It’s the day when the whole nation came together to celebrate the winning moment. It is the day when the only missing glory in Sachin “THE GOD” Tendulkar’s illustrious career of 21 years has been added as yet another star to his achievements. It is the day when India recaptured the crown which was first lifted by Kapil Devils 28 years back.

Pre-Match

This has been the second most hyped match (second only to India vs Pakistan match in Semis) of the whole tournament. So many theories and analysis have come up before the match. Some of them are:

– All the teams whose captains name started with letter “S” have lost and hence Sangakarra would not win the cup.

– The calendar of 1983 has read exactly same as 2011 calendar and hence India has all the chances to win.

– In its last three matches, India defeated the West Indies, Australia, Pakistan in the same order of their world cup victories (1979,1987,1992) and next is Srilanka’s turn(1996).

The match is also important for 2 champions of cricket. Muralidharan who is playing his last ODI and Sachin who is raring to get his 100th ton and maiden World Cup final victory.

Form

Srilanka WWWWTWLW
India      WWWLWWTW

Cup

Both the teams have been in great form in this world cup. There has been 3 batsmen from each from both teams in the top 10 batsmen in this world cup. With respect to the bowling India had slight edge over Sri Lanka in the performances in this world cup. Zaheer & Yuvi have done excellent job for India. Fielding has been strength of Srilanka and India is doing good these days because of the youngsters.

Toss

As I have said previously I am not comfortable with day and night matches in the important games as the result is almost decided and hence I was waiting for the toss to be won by India.

Ravi Shastri came out with the captains and the referee Jeff Crowe for the toss. Jeff Crowe’s presence in World Cup finals as match referee continues to cause unusual incidents. After 2007 debacle, this final also had a false start.

Toss

Mahendra Singh Dhoni tossed the specially minted coin into the air and it was heads. Ravi announced that Dhoni won the toss. Oops wait, there is a confusion. No one heard what Sangakarra called. He claimed he called correctly while Dhoni did not accept. Then in a rather unusual decision, Crowe asked Dhoni to toss the coin again. This time, Sanga called head and got it right and elected to Bat first.

Jeff Goof up

I was shocked with the way toss went. What was he doing? His job was simple. Just listen to the call, see the coin and announce who won the toss. If the crowd is too noisy and couldn’t hear the call, then step in ASAP. If coin is about to hit the ground and couldn’t heard the call yet,  then best thing would be to immediately should out “dead toss.” Pick-up the coin and have the captains do it again.

First Power Play

Zaheer Khan started off with a maiden and went on to bowl three consecutive maidens. Sreesanth who was a surprise pick by Dhoni did a decent job in containing runs while the likes of Dilshan and Tharanga were batting. Zaheer’s fourth over started off in style by picking up his first wicket of the match and 20th wicket of the tournament. It was a Good start for India. Sreesanth was extremely nervous, but was successful in keeping his emotions in control.

Middle Overs

Dilshan, the most devastating batsman for Srilanka just threw his wicket for a very poor ball down the leg-side. The partnership between Dilshan and Sangakarra looked good and India got the breakthrough at the right moment.

Dilshan

Jayawardene came to the crease determined and started off playing shots very fluently right from ball one. He and Sangakarra started scoring at good rate and the runs were coming easily. If this partnership went on further then it would have been quite hard for India to come back into the game.

Indian team was successful in getting wicket of Sangakarra and a successful review against Samaraweera and a cheap wicket of Kapudegara. India seemed in a good position at the end of 40 where the scorecard read 183/5 which was much less than 5 run rate.

Last 10 overs

We all thought that two quick wickets have kept India on top and Srilanka can be restricted to 230. But Kulasekara who came ahead of Parera joined hands with Jayawardene and hit 63 runs in the batting power play. After Kulasekara did his job sacrificed his wicket Parera pitched in and scored the last useful runs.

Jayawardene

Jayawardene who played very well right from start went on to finish his third century in world cups. Srilanka made a very very competitive score of 274 for the loss of 6 wickets. Zaheer Khan who gave just 17 runs in first 7 overs went ended up as 10-3-60-2.

India Innings

275 is never an easy target in a World Cup final and its  a Huge challenge up for India. With the last 63 runs in the batting power play it was a massive momentum shift Sri Lanka’s way. India should open positively and Sehwag and Sachin in the top order has to fire.

0.2 overs, 0/1

There was lot of talk in commentary box focused mainly on the importance of Sehwag’s cameo up front. Everyone was expecting at least a quick 50 of 30 or 40 balls. The whole stadium fell silent when Malinga sent Sehwag back to dressing room in the second ball of the innings with out any score on the board. That means India has to start fresh with out Sehwag and 9 wickets in hand. A dream start for Sri Lanka.

Sehwag

Sehwag being an important wicket asked for review with no success. He was not sure neither was Sachin that it was not out but just because he was an important player and it was Key for him to fire at the top, he took the liberty and wasted the review without even consulting Sachin who was watching from the other end.

Sachin Finishes 2nd highest runscorer

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Now the whole nation looks at Sachin to score something big and save India. Sachin looked very confident and fans cheered him a lot for each run he has scored. The confidence with which he was playing, I thought he was determined to reach his century. On the other side Gambhir also looked confident. 7th over first ball, Malinga picks up his second and its none other than Sachin.

Village

A nation falls silent. I am pretty sure that not only stadium but people watching the match around the world fell silent at this moment.

Malinga

Young guns

There was a time when Indians used to switch off their TVs once Sachin is out. Today was a bit similar situation as India lost the opening pair cheaply. Infact I and my friends wanted to leave but just had a small faith on the new young guns of India.

It was time for Gambhir and Kohli to play responsible innings and guide India to a decent score and out of the pressure situation that they are in right now. Throughout the series both have not done any extra ordinary job and this was time for them to prove the point.

Gauti

Both played really well taking singles and hitting the loose balls for boundaries. They gave their 100% to the game.They were able to take off the pressure that India had after looking the first two wickets. It was in 22nd over that Dilshan has taken a splendid catch (May be one of the best catches of the world cup) to dismiss Kohli. No complains on Kohli as he was out for a good ball and a great catch. But there was one point to be noted here that Sangakarra might have made a mistake in not bringing Malinga or Murali while this partnership was building.

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Dhoni – The Super Cool

With three batsman still to come, India almost has the game back at level-pegging now as the scorecard showed 115/3 in 22 overs.

Everyone was waiting for Yuvi the consistent performer of the world cup to come and show some heroics to take the game home from here. But to everyone’s surprise Dhoni comes in ahead of Yuvraj. This was unexpected but a brave decision from Dhoni. He has not performed even in a single match in this tournament and hence everyone were skeptic with this move. I thought if he performs well and takes India to victory then he would be a lucky bastard yet again to perform at the right time and get the required attention and applause from everyone.

Important Partnership

Gambhir and Dhoni player very sensibly making no mistakes and building the partnership. They both have hit the half centuries and got a 110 run partnership. Gambhir was about to get his 100 in the world cup final and on 97 he tried a needless shot and threw his wicket. Dhoni did a great job in guiding his team to understand the situation of the game and play accordingly. Now on the pitch Dhoni have been warning Gambhir for his careless and needless shots. But at the end its on the individual to have that control. Gambhir misses his century.

Dhonigauti

Dhoni & Yuvi takes us home

Now India was in a very strong position with needing just 52 runs from 52 balls and having wickets of Dhoni, Yuvi & Raina. The situation for India was very comfortable and everyone were confident that they would win unless if we see some stupidity like Gambhir. But nothing happened like that. Dhoni & Yuvi carried on their innings till the end.

Well maybe fairy-tale endings do happen in real life. Dhoni finishes the tournament in style with his second six of the innings. It’s hard to script it better. A captain’s knock when it was needed most.

dhoni

Indians in the whole world erupt in joy. India has won the World cup after 28 long years and Sachin has been part of it. What else can any Indian cricket fan ask for.

Greatest Captain for India

Dhoni has now become the greatest captain for India by taking the team to pinnacle in all formats of the game. He won the T20 World Cup & ODI World Cup in first attempt. He has taken the side to No. 1 in test and ODI rankings. Not to forget he is currently the holder of both the IPL and the Champions Trophy. Today I have become a big fan of Dhoni.

Emotional Scenes around

As the six came of Dhoni’s bat the whole dressing room started off jumping and running on to the field. The whole team was in tears of joy. Everyone in the team were congratulating & hugging each other. Indians all around the world were congratulating each other. It was the moment which will be written in the history books and remain in the hearts for ever.

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Sachin was then carried for a victory run by the youngsters. It was an emotional scene to watch as the youngsters were fighting to get a chance to carry the GOD on their shoulders. My eyes were moist after seeing this. After the victory it was great to hear that all the players were showing the respect to the GOD by announcing that they have won this cup for him.

Victory lap

Indian teams victory would not have been possible with out Gary. Players know that and hence showed their respect to the coach by taking a victory lap carrying him.

Presentation ceremony

Medals to all the officials.

Medals to the losing team. Nice speech from the loosing captain.

Losing Team

Man of the match award to Dhoni

Man of the series award to Yuvraj Singh.

Medals to all the Indian players.

Champions

BCCI announced 1 crore to each player of Indian team.

News

Indian team everywhere in the news.

Sonia

Celebrations everywhere

President

Lunch with the President and Dhoni with a new super cool look.

Just like the India vs Pakistan match, even this match had the dignitaries from different fields come together to cheer team India. Below are some of them whom I was able to spot.

Actors like
Ranbir Kapoor
Saif Ali Khan
Aamir Khan with his wife Kiron
Kunal Khemu
Soha Ali Khan
Preity Zinta
Shahid Kapoor
Vinod Khanna
Rajnikanth
Aftab Sivadasini
Sangeetha Bijalani
Sridevi
Suneel Shetty
Isha Sharvani
Venkatesh

Ex-Cricketers like
Kumble
Vengsarkar
Gilchrist
Merv Hughes
Jadeja

And India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani

March 18, 2011

This happens not only in India

This was the scene at the Petronas Towers queue where we were waiting for getting the tickets to go up the Twin Towers.

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 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.

December 23, 2010

Gone are those days

I have found this picture while blog hopping. This picture brought a smile on my face. I felt nostalgic thinking about all those past days where we were children and innocent. I would not write much here but leave it here and give you a chance of going into those good olden days. I bet everyone would smile once you see the pic.