Thursday, May 22, 2008

Truth - As you like it.

Yesterday, my dear wife brought home an R.K. Narayan short story compilation from the library. While I was through the index, I happened to notice a familiar title - 'Like the sun'. It's a very short story but a very meaningful one.

It is about a man who, one fine sunny morning, decides to test out what it would be like if he did not lie. His wife brings him breakfast. His wife notices that he is eating very slowly. So she asks him what is wrong. He tells her the TRUTH!

Some other day, he would have answered that his stomach was full or something like that.
He notices her wince, but he reminds himself that TRUTH is like the sun. He goes to work with a resolution to tell the truth because he believes it is the right thing to do.

Nothing, not even his dear wife's wince, can possibly break his resolve.

He has some work at office which has been on his back from quite a few days. Our hero is too lazy to complete it soon. His boss, knowing that he has a keen ear for music, asks him to attend a performance of his. He bargains for 10 additional days to complete his work, which the boss is only too happy to comply with.

After the performance, the boss asks our hero his true opinion. He tries to evade the question but the boss is adamant. Our hero says that the performance was not any good and that it is useless carrying on the efforts.

The next day, the boss thanks our hero for his true remarks and tells him that it has helped him save his money going waste.
Then he adds that our hero cannot hand in the papers 10 days later but on time.

The moral of the story - Telling the truth is not always the best thing to do.

Always speaking the TRUTH is a very daunting challenge; more so when it's your wife at the other end.

Common questions that you should be very careful answering.
  • Do you like the food that I prepared today?
  • Do I look pretty?
  • Does this dress look good on me?

But like me if you are lucky enough to have a beautiful wife who cooks nice food, you have nothing to worry. Or do you? ;-)


Monday, May 19, 2008


Hello friends.

You must be thinking that I am nuts for equating/comparing IPL to WWE. But let me answer this with a question.

What do you think IPL, as it has demonstrated in recent past, can showcase that WWE cannot?

And don't you shy away from this question by answering - Cricket.

You have

1. Thunderous slaps (Sreesanth-Harbhajan slapgate case) and the later banned for 5 matches and the entire IPL series. In wrestling terms this can be classified as 'Win by disqualification' for Sreesanth as Harbhajan was caught giving a 'Low Blow' to Sreeshant. This happens so oft in Wrestling that now it has become boring.

2. Shoaib - The Undertaker's return after being buried to prove his detractors wrong and then choke-slamming the opposition for a slam-bam victory.

3. Shahrukh - The Manager being banned from ring-side. Oh this one is too common. Referee smells something foul and bars the wrestler's manager/accomplice from ring-side.

4. Further you have Khali(Chennai Superstars/Jaipur Royal/Kings Punjab) taking on 'some unknown wrestler' (Bangalore Royal Challengers) and destroying him with one blow.

This and so much more....

Extreme dramtization... extreme action... extreme cheerleading... and sadly for all old school cricket fans extreme cricket.



Friday, May 16, 2008

Where the mind is without fear....

What has this world come to?? Darwin says we have evolved... common sense says that we have become civilized... Civilized! My foot!

Chaos still reigns. Terrorism still triumphs. Whether we agree to it or not is a different matter altogether.

Couple of days back, tragedy struck the innocent residents of Jaipur. 7 bombs exploding within matter of minutes ... dead bodies strewn everywhere... survivors without limbs... and a letter - A letter that declares that the terrorists have triumphed once again! And that they will continue their terror activities till Indian economy is destroyed.

This letter was all about arrogance. It also hinted that the attack was so meticulously planned and executed. But, why? I don't know.

All I know for fact, as I am an Indian, is that India will never bow down to terrorism. The fact that Mumbai, after the blasts that took place in 2006, didn't even need couple of days to recuperate and springboard back to its normal routine speaks for itself.
This is what a friend had to say after the blasts in Mumbai

"What happened yesterday was horrific… The death toll is sure to reach 200 (unofficial more than 500 dead and 800 injured)... It could have been one of us.. We are back to our own offices hoping everyone around us is safe.... We carry on with our regular lives just a day after our “nervous system” the Mumbai metros are bombed.. We carried on with our regular lives just a day after our houses are flooded with water... We carried on with our lives just a day after some SENA people burnt buses and other thing just to prove a point... And we still carry on as though nothing happened. "

Mr. Terrorist! If you are reading this, I confirm you that our faith cannot be shaken by such despicable acts of terrorism. What you term a religious war is nothing but acts of cowardice.
I do not know your religion or your nationality. But, one thing I know for sure is that terrorism has no nationality. It has no faith, religion or caste. It is not a religious war that you are waging. It is a farce! Just like any other scam to make money or build power.
Mr. Terrorist! India is a very big country and a very sound economy. If we close down all ties to Pakistan/Bangladesh (whichever country you belong to)? Just imagine that we (India) stop importing stuff from your country, helping your local talents (singers, actors, musicians, comedians alike) to serve Bollywood and earn moolah...

And in case, Mr. Terrorist, if you are from Pakistan; Just remember that one half of your cricket team is participating in the Indian Cricket League, the other half in the Indian Premier League. And your hockey players have already been a part of the Indian Hockey League!
How will you thrive, Mr. Terrorist?
Does the thought send shivers down your spine? I know it will. Because, Mr. Terrorist! You know you cannot survive?
You will die. Not as an individual, but as a nation.

As Tagore once wrote:

"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;

Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action---
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. "

I pray that God opens your mind and thoughts and that you will realize the way to true faith and victory.

Cheers to us Indians. Cheers to Life!


Friday, May 9, 2008

Back in business!!!

Hello friends!
Your Truly, after a long break of silence, is back in business.
Alas! The same can't be said about the ICON players in IPL. Players of the likes of Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, VVS Lakshman, Anil Kumble being reduced to mere carricatures of themselves.

I pray that Tendulkar doesn't get fit in time, so that he is spared the shame.

20-20 cricket is being hailed as the next big thing after - Norbit. Agreed, that the Test matches are becoming monotonous, and do need some sort of change. But changing the meaning of cricket itself is not an answer.

20-20 in small portions is ok. With England and Carribean following the IPL way, I guess, the new lot of cricketing faces will never be able to comprehend the true meaning of cricket. Cricket will lose it charm and will become synonymous to a beach party or a Bollywood extravaganza.

In 10 years time, Test cricket as we know it would be completely taken over.(I pray not!) We might have a curtailed version of 20-20, with innings of 5 overs a side. Rotten idea! But from the state of things, quite possible.

I am sure that the new generation - NextGen will have a lot of fun watching and playing the so called game of cricket.
Amidst all this, there will still be a certain few who would claim to have lived the game!
Cheers to Sachin!

P.S> My wife, if she reads this, will surely ask - "If you are so against this form of cricket, why do you still follow it?". The truth is; hate howmuchever i may, I would still follow any match where I can see my favourite cricketing legends play. Warney bowling against Lakshman/Sachin, McGrath irritating the batsmen with is machine-like bowling, Jayasurya hitting the ball all around the part... WOW!

Cheers to us all.