Dec 31, 2009

My Picks of 2009 ...

I Loved Reading

Yaaro Oruthiyin Diary Kuripugal - By Nilaa Raseegan. Its collection of short stories by my buddy Nilaa Raseegan and the way he has penned some of the stories are simply too good. If you folks wanted to read that book, you can purchase that online HERE. It costs just 70 bucks and I am telling you, it’s all worth every penny. Congrats my buddy!!! You rock and you continue to rock forever.

Song that went in Loop

Mazhaiye Mazhaiye from Eeram movie, music directed by Thaman and sung by Ranjit. I wud have heard this song umpteen number of times.

Movie which made me say "Wow"

Again, it goes to Eeram, wonderful screenplay and they never used the conventional formula for a ghost movie.

Deaths which shook me

Michael Jackson - He is a great human being than a pop singer. Excellent dancer, a great entertainer
Y S R - Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh who died in a helicopter crash. He is a great leader and a humble personality

Happiest Sporting Moments

The day Sachin Tendulkar completed 20 years in international cricket
The day INDIA became the number 1 side in world cricket
Saina Nehwal coming all the way till semis in the World Badminton C'ship
Pathan Brothers winning the T20 match against Srilanka
Ghamir and Kholi showing terrific grit to win the 4th one-dayer against Srilankans

Funniest Political Tamasha

Chiranjeevi making a U turn on the Telengana issue and finally resigning his post.
Tiwari denying all the sex allegations and finally resigning from his post.
Center showing a sugar coated lolly-pop to folks of Telengana and finally pulling the lolly-pop out.

My "Hats Off" Award of 2009 goes to

The girl from Bangalore who had the guts to walk into the marriage hall and then stop the marriage of the guy who betrayed her.

My "Ass Piece" Award of 2009 goes to

Shared by Tiwari and SPS Rathore for their sexual act.

Best News Reader of 2009

Avantika Singh of Headlines Today - She is gorgeous, smart, and has got a beautiful voice
Baani Singh Chadda of NDTV - She too is so cute, and I am a big fan of her dimple smile.

Best Joke of 2009 - In Tamil

Doctor: Cha, patienta oru 1 hour ku munaadi kootikitu vandhurundhaa, kandippa kaapaathirukalaam ....
Person who admitted: Kootikittu vandhurukalaam, but accident nadandhe 10 nimisham thaan aachu

Program I glued myself to

Man Vs Wild by Bear Gryls - Discovery Channel
Re-Inventing Da Vinci - on Discovery Channel
Man Unseen - on Nat Geo

Actress who stole my heart

Anushka Shetty, Oh man, she is drop dead gorgeous.

Worst Airline I have travelled

Lufthansa, I will never ever step into that airline again in my life

Exciting Sporting Moment

When French captain Henry, ball handled against Ireland and then converted that as a goal, which eventually shutdown the doors for Ireland to qualify for the WC and France scraped thru.

Unexpected Shot

Tiger Woods swinging himself to get stuck in a whirlpool of sex scandals and spoiling his name and image in the sporting arena.

Hottest Topic

Of course, no guesses in this category, our great Swine Flu or H1 N1 virus

Well, these are just my random picks of 2009 and with this, I conclude my last post for this year and see you all tomorrow. Happy New Year Folks.

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Recap 2009 ...

Well, this year too completed on a peaceful note and GOD has blessed be with a routine life with no major detour. This year belonged to few "firsts" in my life which I will be sharing in this post. Both personally and professionally I would say there is not much of a change in 2009 and that is good. Folks at home are blessed with maintaining their good health and my financial status too seem to be fine with no slump whatsoever. I have added few good friends to my kitty and on that lot, two folks became really very close to me and this indicates that my "Friends for Life" count increased by two. B and S thanks a lot for coming in to my life and I am truly blessed to have known you folks this year and hope our friendship continues forever. Also I came to know few good friends via Twitter and my Blog and I welcome those buddies into my friends circle as well...

Few abroad trips in 2009 took care of all the purchase I wanted to do and I have become rich by few additional electronic gadgets which I was thronging for a long time to own. Professionally I have been made to learn a few interesting things on the performance tuning side and technically that has given me the edge and I am very happy about learning them. This year I moved my family from Chennai to Bangalore and hence I got rid of those tiring weekend trips. I should admit the fact that I was not that active in blogging this year as compared to 2008, and the reduction of my total number of posts in 2009 will be a good evidence for that. I hope to write more in 2010 or at least maintain the same number of posts like 2009.

One thing which I badly wanted to do in 2009 and did not even attempt doing that is, getting back to my cricketing basics by joining a coaching center, enquired all details and even got the form, but variety of factors did not allow me to do that, and every time I take GM bat in my hand, the ligament tear on the right knee haunts me, first I have to get rid of the mind-set. I know I am still fit enough to play that game, I have the energy and fire in me to play that sport, a little bit of exercise to maintain my stamina would do a world of good for me to come back. Whenever my college friends ask me, "You should have taken cricket as your career" my heart pains, why the hell I chose IT / Software, anyways, I don’t want to go back to history, I know I cannot become a cricketer anymore, at least I want to be a decent player in my local club :). I may take bigger moves to join a coaching center in 2010.

To cover up few highlights of this year as well as the few "firsts" in my life, here we go ...

1. My best buddy was blessed with a baby boy "H" and he is the new apple of my eye. He is one cute little fella who will make you fly.
2. First time in 32 years I happened to officially see a girl "in person" for a probable alliance, but unfortunately, my instincts did not drive me to a positive result out of that.
3. First time ever I gave an interview in my life and that got published on a website, for those who have not read that, read it here.
4. First time my story got published in a printed magazine and also it got some stunning reviews by other famous writers.
5. My other good friend got married to her long time boy friend and it was an arranged - love marriage which happened without any fuzz or hassles.
6. I signed up for donating every organ (not the brain) in my body that can be used to be taken out after my death and fix it for the people who need that or use it for research.

Though most of my friends have expressed their displeasure in me not changing my marital status in 2009, I would want to thank them from the bottom of my heart and tell them that I am more than blessed to have such affectionate and caring friends. I cannot promise or commit anything on that front, as that is not in my hands, if things have to happen, it will happen and as we all know "destiny cannot be changed", I strongly believe in that and I am sure you folks would be there to support me in whatever decision I take. Once again I thank GOD for blessing me with a peaceful 2009 and I pray that 2010 too goes the same way, my principle for life is simple, be good, do good and things around you will always be good. Be strong and bold and fearless, I would want to leave a mark for my society before I die and I will do anything it takes to achieve that.

TO MY BLOG FOLLOWERS AND READERS - THANKS A ZILLION FOLKS, YOU GUYS ARE MY CONSTANT SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO WRITE MORE AND DO BETTER. I HOPE TO RETAIN YOU FOLKS BY DELIVERING SOME QUALITY WRITING WHICH WOULD MAKE YOU LAUGH. I WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2010, MAY GOOD HEALTH AND PEACE OF MIND IS THERE ALL THE TIME AND MAY SUCCESS FOLLOW YOU IN ALL WALKS OF YOUR LIFE. KEEP ROCKING GUYS!!!

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Dec 29, 2009

Spineless Society ...

Ok guys, let’s get this straight. We are all human beings and every human being thinks that he or she has the rights to be selfish and I totally agree, but make sure you take a firm stand and do not try to jump guns. If you chose to be selfish, be selfish all thru your life, if you chose to be a person who would fight for injustice, fight for it all thru your life. It is highly disgusting to see the way our society is screaming over this "Ruchika's Molestation" case, what were we doing for 19 long years ?? Scratching our balls (Oh yaa, I am pissed off and kindly bear with my language). What was Ruchika's dad doing all these years ?? What was Ruchika's so called friend doing all these years ?? Covering their ass behind the bush ?? When you care so much for your daughter or friend, bloody your folks should have made this noise 19 years back. Everyone knows that our judicial system is a non-sense, but it has not changed now, so what kind of justice you are expecting today from the same old system which has not changed even a bit ??

Hello Ruchika's dad, admit the fact that your were fearing for your life when that DSP Rathore was on power, if you are a true father, you should have made this huge noise 19 years back and not today. When you were forced to sign on empty papers, you signed 19 years back without thinking anything and fearing your balls, and now you come out to public and begging for justice, shame on you old man, If I were Ruchika's father, I would have made every possible attempt to get justice to my daughter even if I have to risk my life, already I would be half dead on hearing my daughter's death, so there is nothing much to lose. Why was the media so quiet for such a long time ? The same media is now coming out and screaming for justice. Media is a "parasite" it breeds on other organisms, today they wanted to increase the TRP ratings and they run behind Ruchika's case, yesterday it was Aarushi and tomorrow it will be some Sumithra, who cares ?? As long as the advertisers agree for such hot news topics and as long as the news channel is getting money, they are happy folks, all these hue and cry to get justice for Ruchika is just a gimmick. For example, if tomorrow a girl is being raped and murdered in a broad day light by a gang of criminals, I bet, Ruchika's justice program will take a back seat.

DSP Rathore, that guy is evil, he mis-used his powers and tampered every possible document he can and cleverly escaped from the case, If I am the lawyer of that DSP, I have all proof to say that my client is innocent, because our judiciary system believes in proof and I have all the proof to say that Rathore is innocent, then ?? What’s the big deal ? Why we did not investigate this matter 16 years back ?? Why all these so called truth are coming out now ?? Why every old politician and police officer who anyways is going to die in two years time is being roped in ? The answer is simple "FEAR", those spineless people feared for their life and hence murdered the truth and emphasized on the lie again and again and made the world believe that it is truth, and we all happily accepted it 16 years back and all of a sudden when the verdict came out, we all woke up and then start digging the DRY DUNG and inhaling the stench it is spewing in the air and trying to cry foul over it, so, we are SHAMELESS creatures. These guts should have been there 16 years back and by this time something fruitful would have happened. The society and this judicial system are responsible for this death and not DSP Rathore. If we continue to be quite like this, this society will be a breeding ground for more Rathore's and tomorrow your daughter or my sister or our mother will be molested and we will be crying like a wounded dog inside 4 walls.

Lets us not cheat ourselves here, there are 10000s of Ruchika's molested every day in our country and the more we cover and try to hide such incidents from public or from our judicial system, we can expect more suicides of such innocent lives. We are becoming more selfish in this mechanical world, as long as the fire is not disturbing my ass, I am happy, all I can do is to feel sorry or pity for my neighbor, first this attitude should change, we being the young generation of this country, join hands and create a force which would pave way for a bolder nation. The more we keep silent, the more dangerous would be to live in this society. I am not saying that we should fight for everything, but at least let us have the guts to question the person who is doing the mistake. You go to a ration shop, you see a tin of kerosene hiding inside the godown, when your turn comes, you are told that there is no kerosene, and what we do ?? Do we question that fellow ?? NOOOO, we give a pity stare at that tin, and kindly accept what the guy at the counter says and come back and tell that to our friends and relatives, but why did we not question then and there ? First cultivate the habit of questioning, which would be the first step to fight against injustice. "Yen endra kelvi ondru ketkaamal vaazhaki illai ..."

My heart goes for Ruchika, a young bud destroyed at a very early stage, who knows she would have been the first Sania Mirsa for our country, but it is bloody our mistake in covering that wound for so long and now we are at the stage where nothing can be done with that wound other than amputation. Did you guys saw the way that DSP walked out of the court ?? He was well dressed and he was smiling and posing for the cameras, who gave him that guts ?? It’s we the spineless people who do not have the guts to question him, gave him that confidence, come on guys, it is your baby and you should have slapped it long time back. Ruchika's friend is now giving interviews in every news channel and I am not against the publicity she is getting, when useless politicians can get publicity why can't she, but what hurts me more is, where was she hiding for such a long time ?? I think friendship is much more than life, at least to me. Let's not corrupt the term friendship by doing such stunts in front of camera. Ruchika's soul too would be laughing today after seeing all these jokes. Let's build a fearless nation, today we fear for a DSP or a Minister or a MLA, tomorrow our kids would fear for a Rickshaw wala, Auto wala, or a toilet cleaner, so our next generation will be ruled by goonda's and corrupt officers. Do we all want to see such a country ?? Think guys, think ....and wake up early before it’s too late.

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Dec 26, 2009

Prairie Dogs - Learn from them ...

I would say this is one of the best episodes of "Wild Discovery" I have watched so far. This time they were covering one of the most endangered species of this planet the "Prairie Dogs", so what made me to write a blob on that ? No, it’s not the scenic beauty they showed or the lovely chases they usually show, it is purely because of the magic these "Prairie Dogs" weaved in my life. This was the first time I am seeing those "rat" like creatures and I should admit the fact that I fell in love the moment I saw them. I always love rats and squirrel type of mammals, and this one would now top the list from here on. These cute little creatures are doing a world of good to our nature and planet earth of course they convey a very strong message to humans like us and that message is nothing but "Love is Life ...". I am gonna narrate what I saw in that program and all the information that is being shared here is proprietary to "Discovery" channel and I am just converting the information into text ...

These lovely creatures live in the open farm lands of the US starting from the California belt to the great cost of Texas. Prairie dogs live as one family and they live in burrows. They are total veggies and hate meat. This program followed a particular Prairie dog family and the narrator has named them for convenience. They eat grass, grass and more grass for their survival. Carrots, Radish and Beetroot are feast as far as they are concerned. They have a very great sense of recognizing the objects and they form a "Yes" and a "No" to the objects they see. For example "Deer", "Bison", "Reindeer", "Squirrel" are in their "YES" list, where as "Hyena", "Fox", "Bear", "Wolf" and "Humans" are in their "NO" list. Every Prairie dog family has a leader and no one in that family will dis-obey the leader and that is the rule, the entire family obeys to every order of the leader and that leader is not like our Project Leader or Team Leader in IT companies, he or she is a true leader and a real leader.

The leader's main job is to alert his community of any upcoming danger, danger in their terms are none other than the things mentioned in their "NO" list, if they sight any of the object mentioned in the "NO" list, the leader starts giving alarm signals "keek ... keek ... keek ..." and you know the beauty of that signal ?? That signal has got a particular rhythm and every different rhythm means a different signal. If the "keek ... keek ... keek" is continuous and non-stop, then it means the enemy is very near the vicinity and the gang has to rush into the burrow without a second thought, if the same "keek ... keek ... keek" is for few minutes, then it means the leader has spotted an enemy and as of now no danger. If the "keek ... keek ... keek" is like our telephone bell, then it means the enemy is in the direct path of their burrows and the gang has to split in various directions to distract the enemy.

Hyena, Fox and Wolf treat on these poor, innocent creatures, they mercilessly kill them and feast of those small wonders. The Prairie dogs adapt a wonderful strategy to save themselves from these enemies. For example if a Prairie dog is being chased by a fox or a wolf, the leader will be the first one to jump into action, he will chase the fox or the wolf by risking his life, he will run very close to that enemy and try distracting him, if that enemy is smart and he is not getting distracted, the leader will have to take the next step of bouncing on the enemy and bite his tail, in the mean time the other members in the gang will run in all different directions and confuse the enemy. The lesson here is, when a Prairie dog is being chased for life, he has all rights to go and settle in any available burrow, it can be even his enemy's burrow, but for that time, the enemy will be more than happy to take custody of that fella and will protect him from their common enemy. How sweet naa ?. The food they get is being shared not only with fellow Prairie dogs, but also with few birds, deer’s and bison’s. Never live for yourself is the next lesson they teach us.

During rainy season snakes would find themselves a very cozy place inside the burrows dug by these poor Prairie dogs, these little creatures will dig a wonderful burrow for their entire family all thru the summer and when rain comes, this evil snake will happily go there and rest, what will those poor Prairie dogs do then for a house ?? Ah, these folks have a heart made of gold, they will be more than happy to let their house to the snake and the Prairie dogs will now seek the help of their expert builders who can finish the job of 4 months in just two days, they are called the "Dynamite Dogs". They come as a gang of 20, get the requirement from the leader and finish the job in just two day and go back, of course all for FREE. So the lesson we should learn here is, always help others and do not expect anything back from them. These dogs have got long sharp nails and cute nose which are their weapons, they constantly dig the ground for burrows and that kindles the vegetation and hence the grass is always greener and fresh in the areas where they live. Deer and Bison always thank these cute little fellas for their great job.

Summer is the time where there Prairie dogs work and slog all the day, no, they don’t have the habit of saving anything for future, they live life to the fullest, they live that moment. They eat as much as they can during summer and when the winter sets in and snow covers the entire farm land, these little fella's go inside their burrows and will not come out for 3 to 4 months till winter is over, so what do they do for 4 months inside the burrow ?? Well, the guess is rite, they mate and concentrate on developing their family and of course they sleep 18 hours a day. They can survive for 4 months without food and water and that is GOD's beauty, because he has given them the quality of secreting a fat under their skin and that would also serve as energy / protein for them to keep them alive and all these are possible only if they eat well during summer. So the lesson we have to learn here is, live life as if there is no tomorrow and be happy with the present day, don’t worry about future.

One day, a member of the Prairie dog was attacked by a wolf that too in front of his mother, brothers and sisters, the leader was not present at that time and hence this mishap occurred. The mother dog stood still and was seeing his little son being ripped by a pack of wolfs, you guys know what ?? the camera focused and zoomed on the mother Prairie dog and yes, they cried with tears flowing out of their little eyes, GOD has maintained one thing in common across all the life he has created in this world, that is the love of a mother towards its kid, anyone who watched this program would have had his eyes wet and I am no exception to that. Here comes the next part, moment the family noticed that their mom is crying, they all rushed towards their mom and started kissing her all over her body, this is to make the mother happy and to let her know that they are there to help her out. Wowwwww, do we humans do that all the time ?? They do mourn death, and they avoid eating for 10 days to mourn the death of their family member.

Here comes the real beauty, Prairie dogs cannot marry or mate whoever they wanted to, it is exactly similar to a typical tamil brahmin marriage, both the leaders of the two families should meet first and not sure what they talk, then they will send the boy to the girls burrow for a day and then the girl will come to the boy's burrow the next day, then they both would venture out and find themselves a burrow and they have to stay there all night, and finally if the alliance is successful, they both would stay on their own in their new apartment, or else they both depart to their respective burrows, fascinating rite ? Yes, every living thing has set few principles of life and they stick to that, and we humans who are considered to be the most intelligent creation of GOD, forget all these principles and change the rules for our needs. These creatures are living as an example to our mankind and let’s not destroy them. Hunters catch them for their skin and flesh to make medicines and wallets out of that, remember one thing, even after death they are proving to be useful for others, but we are proving to be useless for anyone even when we are living. Save Prairie dogs and learn those lovely lessons they teach us.

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Dec 23, 2009

Flashback Time ...

This post has been inspired by reading one of my fellow bloggers post and hence I first thank "Chutney Post" for kindling my childhood and then inspiring me to write this. I am going to take you all to 1984 and this incident happened in my school at Mylapore (P S Senior Secondary School) when I was doing my 2nd std. Satish being a very average student got only B section and not A section. In my school A section guys are a bit intelligent than the B section and C section guys and that is what the management thought and it may be true as well. Me being a typical Leo always had a gang around me to laugh and obey to my commands (appave naanga Bhaashaa thaan) and as expected I used to occupy the last bench and the bench before mine was girl’s bench, well, let’s not think anything dirty here, as we are still in 2nd standard ... :)

There used to be four groups in my school Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Topaz and I belonged to the Emerald team and I was the team leader for that, yaa all in 2nd std. I am always notorious in my school and for all bad reasons and I had a cold war between my class leader "Maithreyi" for some unknown reason, I always used to tease her with my gang and would be happy to see her cry :) (such a sadist I was ...). She always brings "Thair Saadham" to school and without any side dish, poor girl will eat that for hours together and most of the time she will not finish her lunch. My gang will make sure that we sit next to her and keep pulling her legs (not literally) and yes all in 2nd std. She is very obedient and a sincere sigaamani of the class and my dumb teacher always trust her and never trust me or my gang. One day she went to the teacher and whispered something to her ears and the next moment my class teacher called "Satish ... come here" ....

I was pissing in my pants and went near my teacher as if you cannot see such a nice and a paavam kid ever in this universe, my class teacher name was "Seetha Ganesan", without asking me a reason, she asked me to stretch my arms and there came a powerful blow on my palm, and instant tears, and this poor Leo did not have the guts to even ask why his teacher beat him. I was looking fierce fully at Maithreyi and she was giggling and making fun of me in front of the teacher, the cold war turned out to be a real war and I was working on ideas to take revenge on her, as a wounded cheetah, I went back to my seat and to add salt to my wound, my entire gang was enjoying my tears and loved the way I got beating. Humiliation, frustration, irritation, anger, every possible emotion got mixed in my mind and tears refused to stay inside, and the same teacher came once again to my seat and gave one nice bang on my back with her bare hands and then asked me to shut up with her loud voice, and there Satish stopped crying, like someone pressed MUTE button in my remote.

The next day morning, I went to school and Maithreyi called me near the "Black mark Chart" and then showed me that I have got 3 additional black marks and she has got two stars from my class teacher. Right from my childhood I never hit anyone, instead I bite my own hands and express that anger and for almost 15 years that bit marks were there on my hand and slowly I left that habit and those scars went away, so as usually bit my hand and this time a bit too hard that blood popped up and said "Hii" to me. On seeing that Maithreyi got scared and she rushed towards the "first-aid" kit box and brought me some ointments, I pushed it off her hands and every object that was there in that first-aid box was thrown all over the class room and poor class leader had to bend and then pick each one of them and put it back into that box and once again, when my class teacher came, she whispered something to her ears and the same sequence of events unfolded, and today it was my left hand, as I have already injured my right hand by biting.

My hate towards Maithreyi sky rocketed and the evil in me worked out a plan and that was the first and last plan I did to injure someone. I my school there used to be a lot of alpine trees and they shed a type of fruit which bears lots of thorns on their skin, and during those days most of the benches will have one to many holes in the bench where students sit and to my luck, the place where Maithreyi sits too had a hole which would hold a thorny alpine fruit. Satish and his team collected every possible size of those alpine fruits and we were waiting for the right moment to place it on her chair and what could be the best time other than the recession for "choo choo" break, as expected Maithreyi went to do the inevitable and Satish carefully bent down and placed an alpine thorny fruit from under the bottom of the bench, so that Maithreyi cannot notice. I was a bit intelligent as well, as soon as I placed the thorny fruit, I moved to a different bench which is not near her seat. Recession bell went off and Maithreyi entered the class

I don’t know what to say, whether it is my fate or her luck, Maithreyi was called by the teacher to the front row and she was asked to read something by seeing the textbook to the entire class, but I was hopeful that some time she will have to come to her seat and my plan would work out. That was an English class and she was reading some story, and my gang is also nervous at this point in time as they were curious to know the ending (ellaam koottu kalavaaninga thaan). The teacher suddenly noticed that one complete row at the back is empty and the last two rows are full, so she asked the last row bench guys to come and sit in the empty row where I have placed the alpine fruit, that's all, the first thing my then friend and current enemy stood up and said "Miss, Satish Maithreyi seat la mullu vechurukaan miss", and I was like WTF ?? and instantly teacher came down from the front and then investigated the bench and noticed that I have indeed placed a very sharp and a lengthy thorn, then what, there started this "MGR - Nambiyaar" fight in the class room, I was chasing Maithreyi in anger and teacher was chasing me in anger, and finally all the drama unfolded in front of my dad and my principal and I was made to Neil down a whole day in front of my principal's room and the then principal was "Alamelu" and she never liked me since then.

Years rolled on, and I moved from B section to C section and my connection with Maithreyi got disconnected and when I was doing my 10th standard in the same school, I stood in election for the post of "School Pupil Leader" out of the total strength of 1400, Satish got 2 votes :) :) :), I know I am the one and I don’t know who the other one was. Life has to move on rite, I moved out of PSSSS and then joined some other school, but I could never forget Maithreyi in my life, because I did not complete taking my vengeance naa. I did my college and then I joined Oracle and Maithreyi as a name did not erase from my memory. One fine day at Redwood Shores, California, my manager called me on my desk to take an interview and gave me the CV, wowww, what a surprise the name of the candidate was Maithreyi, the devil inside me said, "What’s there in person, the name matters here and it is the right time to take revenge, just go and ask tuff questions and reject that candidate" (how stupid ahn ??).

I walked into the conference room and stood frozen for a minute and I could see the same reaction on the candidates face as well. I shook hands and then my first question was "Are you from Mylapore, Chennai ??" and the answer was "Yes" and she asked me the second question in Tamil "Hey, nee Satish thaane ?? PSSSS la padichiyaa?", and my joy knew no bounds and that interview went on for 5 hours and in that 4 hrs and 30 minutes we were talking about our school days and 30 mins I was asking her "What did she said to Seetha Ganesan miss to get me that slap", poor girl said, she forgot and again as a typical Leo, I forgive all the bad things she did for me and then said, "You are selected". I am still in touch with her and I am sure she would love reading this post. She admitted the fact that she was the one who voted me for that SPL post as well.

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Dec 14, 2009

Long Distance Call ...

Ranga would always be waiting for his annual holidays to come because that is the only time he gets to see his grandparents who are living in a very beautiful village near "tenkasi" a very scenic place in Tamil Nadu. He would not want to miss even one annual leave and before even the exams start he used to tell his dad and mom that they should take him there the very next day after the exam gets over. Though Ranga used to live in a very posh bungalow in the city, his heart always liked that village house of his grandparents. He was too young to understand the family politics and he has no clue of why his dad and mom are living away from his grandparents or why his grandparents are not coming and living with them, but he did not give more attention to figure out the reasons and all he wants is to go to that village. Taking bath in the river which flows right at the back door of the house, drinking the fresh milk which was taken just out of cow's bowl, climbing those chikku trees, drinking unlimited tender coconut, walking in the middle of a farm land by inhaling that greenish scent those paddy crops would mix in the air, watching a white crane doing his fishing amidst of those green lands, jumping inside the pond where a pump set would be pumping out heavy gush of water are some of his "to do" list of things when he goes to his grandparents village, oh yaa and not to forget those lovely bed time stories his grandpa would narrate ...

His grandparents house is quite a big one and his grand dad being the zamindar of that village, he gets the first priority in whatever happens in that village, he is well respected and admired by many people in that village for the kind of "heart" he has, no one ever has been turned out empty handed if they step into his house. That house is very big in size which would span several streets in length and breadth, Ranga would have lots of places to hide and he would give a very tough time to his grandma who would be constantly searching for him and that is one of his favorite games. The best time in a day for Ranga is when the sun sets, there is no electricity in that village and all they would be having is that "chimney" lamp which runs on kerosene. Ranga's favorite pass time is to catch those flies that fly around and put them inside that chimney and watch them burning to death. His grandma would always make dishes which are his favorite and before preparing the menu she would ask Ranga of what he wants to eat, unlike his mom giving him those "bread toasts" three times a day, so Ranga would think every possible dish that he want to eat and would demand his grandma to do it for him, knowing the fact that he has to settle with those breads once he goes back to the city....

Early mornings would always give Ranga a very different experience, for a boy who is always used to get by with the sound of "beep beep beep beep" alarm clock, getting up after the cock announcing the arrival of dawn is something he loved and he used to ask his grandpa of who will wake up the cock first so that he can wake all of us up ?. Early mornings in the village would always be a pleasant sight to watch. If he peeps out of his house, all he could see is green paddy fields and dark mountains. There is a big banyan tree right opposite to his house which is actually a resting place for 1000s of birds, he used to see lots of birds in that tree and he does not know most of its names and he used to get to know from his grandpa, and that is how he got to know about "rettai vaal kuruvi", "mann kotthi maravan", "kondai mudi naadaan" kinds of birds. He always used to compare this sight with the sight he used to see from the 18th floor of his city house where he could only see smoke, dust and a huge concrete jungle with no signs of any greenery in sight. He loves brushing his teeth out of a freshly broken "neem" tree branch, though he hates that taste, he enjoys brushing his teeth in that because his grandpa had told him that no paste in this world can give that strength to his teeth.

After a pretty long walk with his grandpa amidst of those paddy fields, Ranga would want to go back to his house before the milk man comes to collect the milk from their cow. Ranga would sit next to that man who comes with a small barrel and he would admire the technique that guy would use to get the milk. He would first spray some cold water on the breasts of the cow to make the nipples go strong and erect and he has a knack to catch hold of the nipple and would apply gentle pressure to get the milk out, while all these actions are happening, the cow would be happily munching his breakfast of "parutthi kottai and punnaakku" mixture which would be placed in front of her. Ranga never understood the concept of why the milk man is keeping a "straw stuffed" calf like doll in front of the cow before milking it, one day he asked the milk man the reason and that actually shook Ranga and he felt so bad for that cow. The milk man said that he is cheating the cow as if her calf is still alive so that she will give him more milk, if the cow comes to know that her calf is no more, she may not give him the milk. Ranga had a special liking for that cow from that day onwards.

He has his own set of friends in that village who would be equally eager to see him every holiday. That is the place where Ranga learnt the meaning of "empathy" and those friends taught him the secret of being happy even if they don’t have anything to eat. Ranga used to invite all his friends to his house and then give them food and toys and he would be happy by seeing them happy. This would remind him of his sickening city life where his mom would not allow any of his friends to even come in and giving something to someone is defined as "being cheated". Ranga who has played only with those electronic games and dumb play stations, love to play with those kids in a open land, they used to play hide and seek, top, marble dashing, gilli and paandi, he would play until it gets dark, more he plays, the more he gets hungry, more he gets hungry the more he can eat, Ranga used to think it would be nice if his life freezes right now and he hate growing old. After a game of "burning the insects" without the notice of his grandparents Ranga would be waiting for bedtime so that he can listen to some interesting "king" stories. His grandpa injected a liking in him towards history and culture. He learnt many stories of some great kings who ruled our country, the Chera's, Chola's and the Paandiyaa's. His favorite historical character is "Abhimanyu" and he used to tell his grandpa to change his name from Ranga to Abhimanyu.

Every time the holidays come to an end, Ranga would hate that day when he would be taken back to his den by his dad. One year, his dad told Ranga that they are going to his grandparents village, and that came as a sweet surprise to Ranga as he knew, there are 8 more months for the annual leave to come, on hearing this, his joys knew no bounds and he was literally flying, but that poor kid did not know that he is going there to attend his grandpa's funeral. That's when Ranga got to know about "death" for the first time and though he did not understand any meaning of it, he realized that, his grandpa would not talk to him again. He was confused to see his grandpa lying motionless, because he has always seen him as a very energetic person who is always active, he has no clue of why everyone are crying, and he just could not see his grandma crying, he went near her, took her by her cheeks and said "nee azhaadha paati, naa iruken unakku", and that dialogue increased the "crying" decibel in the room and that confused him more. This time he did not like to stay in that house for long and he wanted to go back, and also he did not understand why his dad and mom are fighting with his grandma by showing some paper and his dad threw that paper in anger on his grandma's face and walked out of the house and that was the last time he saw his grandma alive and the next time he went back to that village was to attend her funeral.

Ranga's world came to an end, he was so angry on himself that he don’t understand what is happening and whenever he pesters to his dad and mom to take him to that village, all he got was beatings and slaps on his face. Time is the best healer and Ranga too learnt that, as he grew old, he sensed that he will never go back to that village and that remained inside his heart as a scar even now. By the time he understood the meaning of his dad and mom living away from his grandparents, the fight they had over a will, the mis-understanding between his mom and his grandparents, it was too late for him to take a corrective action, he told himself that he will not let this happen to his grand children when he grows old, all of a sudden he heard "Hey grandpa, what the hell ?? Are you still on line ? for god sake just don’t waste my long distance call, it’s not my fault in you not knowing the internet, bloody old man, you are wasting my dollars here. Ok then, my pre-paid card is getting over, will call you next month, take care dude", that's the voice of his un-seen grandson who was talking to him from the United States. Ranganathan was laughing to himself and goes back to his good old memories ...

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Dec 11, 2009

Divide and Rule ...

Before getting independence the britishers were adapting this "Divide and Rule" technique to rule INDIA and every Indian opposed that and our ancestors fought hard to get us this so called independence just to hand out INDIA to a set of rotten politicians who are ruling this precious country just by mafia power. We are the fuckers to be blamed for all these mess INDIA is facing now, we are not sensible enough in choosing the right leaders and we are all becoming so selfish and we are more than happy that the mess is not entering our houses, and we care a damn for anything that can happen to our neighbor. Saving money in the bank and giving it for our next generation is next to useless, we should give our next generation a very peaceful and a happy place to live, clean air to breath and sufficient water for them to survive, money cannot buy any of the above said things ...

What the politicians are now doing is the same what the British people did for us, but again let’s not forget the so many good things that the britishers have given INDIA, right from the railway lines that run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to some wonderful buildings and marvelous structures that still stands tall without even a single crack and acting as major tourist attractions in many cities. If we have to touch our heart and say what we have gained new after independence, all we will have would be a handful of reasons, that’s it. We INDIANs have lost the battle not to anyone but to the very own people we chose and asked them to lead us. Look at the educational status of our current politicians, how many graduates would be there in today's parliament ? 20 in total ?? I would be surprised if it is more than that. During the days of Rajaji or Kamaraj or Nehru or Indira Gandhi, citizens used to have respect amongst the politicians and today we have aversion and fear.

Many of you folks would have travelled the length and breadth of the globe, touch your heart and tell me, where INDIA stands today in terms of infrastructure, amenities, education etc etc, we would probably be the best amongst the African countries, but do you guys know that the rich heritage and resources our country has today ? And all those are fading away beyond recognition, just because we don’t have the spine to ask questions against the politician who we elected and asked him or her to take the oath, why this damn fear ? In my area we did not have roads for almost 5 years and no government cared about us, then came a MLA who pretended as if he would do wonders, and me being me, did not even believe his words even a bit, and when our association meeting took place, that MLA visited my apartment, he behaved as if he is next to GOD, and every other educated citizen who was sitting next to me did not have the guts to demand a reason for the roads being bad.

I am not a super hero like Rajinikanth or Kamalhassan to beat all the gundas in one shot, I am a normal average citizen, I just filled a RTI against his administration and demanded for the expense against the fund that has been allocated for road repairs, Oh yaa, today all those Santro's, City's, Passat's and Ford's are running on a tarred road. If we continue these bloody politicians to do whatever they want, I am sure INDIA is heading towards being another Namibia or Zimbabwe. If every cult or group can disrupt normal life by violence and then demand a separate state, I am sure our next generation will be having a very tough time in remembering the capitals of all the 100 states in INDIA. Guys lets be very sensible while casting our votes, don’t get frustrated or irritated that you have to stand in a long queue and don’t ever think of missing your vote, please do vote sensibly for our next generation to have a peaceful country to live.

I am totally against the government agreeing to split Telengana as a separate state, and this practice would follow in other regions as well and INDIA would be looked upon with shame by other countries, already we our politicians are being looked upon like a bunch of jokers in the international arena, and let’s not make it more obvious. Question everything and anything you feel as against the law, say no to bribes. There is no bigger shame in life other than being an outsider in our own country. We are the force and power who can change this country for betterment, all I have is another 30 odd years to live (I am 32 now) and I would want to see a better country in another 10 years at least, and it cannot happen until we all form a group and fight against politicians. It’s our country and let’s save it from these rotten rats.

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Leave the Tiger ...

I don't know why each and every person in this world is so concerned about the private life of an individual, and that too when it comes to celebrities, it is even worse. Before we commenting on someone's personal life, let us put ourselves in their shoes and then say that comment, privacy is something every human being has as his or her birth right. The latest developments on the Tiger Woods case is actually disgusting, why targeting an individual just because he is a celebrity? We all admire and like that genius of a person as a golfer and our boundaries stop there, we have no right to poke our nose to know what Tiger Woods is doing beyond the golf course or what he would be doing after playing golf, it is all up to him and he has all rights to do whatever he wants to do ...

The US television channels are no worse than our INDIAN television channels, every channel is trying to make fun of Tiger Woods and building comedy skits on him and working hard to increase their TRP ratings. Tiger Woods is a legacy in the sport of GOLF, every golfer who is now minting money in millions should be thankful to Tiger Woods for the fact that he has raised that game way beyond anybody's expectations or imagination. The most saddening part is, most of the sponsors of Tiger Woods have now withdrawn his contract just because he has a troubled personal life and I am sure they wouldn't have put the contract based on that, the contract would have been established based on the skill and the popularity he has in the sporting arena. Tiger Woods being a very humble person, he even came out to the public and confessed the fact that he has a troubled personal life, how many of us even have that guts tell me ? Is this the price Tiger Woods have to pay for his transparency ?

Whatever Tiger Woods now does is news and the news channels are preying on that and making his life even more miserable. The most shocking thing is, most of his fellow golfers are now talking non-sense on Tiger Woods, and the beauty is, that fellow golfer would have first touched the rod by seeing the video clipping of Tiger Woods. Let us leave him alone, and lets us not speculate or talk anything about his private life, we all like him for the way he plays GOLF and lets continue doing that, I am sure Tiger Woods would come out of all these shackles and then win this year’s PGA and come out as a true winner. The world still loves Tiger Woods for the spectacular technique he has in his game and let’s not forget the fact that he is more than a genius in that tough sport. This Tiger would not hide behind the Woods for a long time.

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Dec 6, 2009

We are World No.1 ...

What an emphatic win and a tremendous performance by the INDIAN team, they simply outplayed the Lankans in all departments of the game and this unit is so far the best Indian contingent we have ever seen with respect to the percentage of fight backs our team has made after seeing early hemorrhage for the top order line-up. I thought the second test against the Lankans wud be one of the best performance in this series and Shewag proved me wrong by coming out with a fiery, merciless and a ruthless knock of 293, at that stage the Lankans did not lose the match by numbers, they were already losers by their morale, and that is the impact a swashbuckling player like Shewag can do to the opponents ...

The way Shewag insulted the Lankan bowlers, any pacer would feel humiliated, and the icing on the cake was when Shewag demolished Muralidharan with his "Go-Attack-Kill" attitude, and it seriously demoralized Murali and would have had similar nightmares of what Warne had on Sachin Tendulkar. Moment Shewag started his assault on the Lankan bowlers; defeat was on the cards for the Lankans. The pitch was an absolute beauty which did not relent even till the last day. I was so happy to see Muralidharan taking most of the Indian wickets as the pitch offered some support for the spinners, and that was a good indication for Dhoni to deploy Harbajan and Ojha to rip off the Lankan batting order, but the surprise came from Zaheer as he scalped 5 wickets and left the Lankans at bay, and the pitch all of a sudden became a pacer paradise.

On the whole it was a wonderful effort by Dhoni and his men to reach the top spot and come out as the number 1 team in the world in the test cricket arena. It is not an easy joke to maintain a winning streak since 2008 and having the record of not losing even a single game out of the last 14 tests, we are now in the race to beat Australia's record of having 16 consecutive test wins. Also a point to be noted in this series is, this is the first time INDIA has beaten its opponents by two consecutive innings defeat and clinching the series. Well done boys and you guys have really made every INDIAN proud today. Today is a proud day for every cricket fanatic like me.



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Nov 26, 2009

காரணம் ஆயிரம் ...

இந்த "வாரணம் ஆயிரம்" படத்துல "நெஞ்சுக்குள் பெய்திடும் மாமழை" நு ஒரு பாட்டு உண்டு, அதே பாட்ட, இந்த ஐ டி இண்டஸ்ட்ரீ ல கஷ்ட படர ஒரு கடை நிலை ஊழியன் பாடினா எப்படி பாடிருப்பான் நு ஒரு கற்பனை ... தயவு செஞ்சு அதே மெட்டுடன் பாடி பார்க்கவும் ...

ப்ராஜெக்ட்டில் வெடித்திடும் எரிமலை ...
ரிக்குவயர்மென்ட் எதுவுமே புரியலை ...
ப்ராஜெக்ட் மேனேஜர் டார்ச்சர் தாங்கலை ...
எந்த சப்ப பிகருக்கும் நான் ஏங்கலை ...

இந்த வருஷமும் ஹைக்கு குடுக்கலை ...
வேற எங்கயும் எனக்கு ஆபர் கிடைக்கலை ...
ஐ டி தொழில் சுத்தமா எனக்கு புடிக்கலை ...
கொஞ்ச நேரம் கேளுங்க என் பொலம்பலை ...

ஓம் ஷாந்தி ஷாந்தி ஓம் ஷாந்தி ...
காபிடீரியா சாப்பாடு சாப்ட்டு ஒரே வாந்தி ....
ஏன் தின்றாய் தின்றாய் அத போயி
ரெண்டு நாளா வரல எனக்கு ஆயி ...

[ப்ராஜெக்ட்டில் வெடித்திடும் எரிமலை ...]

மீட்டிங் வைத்து கழுத்தை அறுக்க ...
ஸ்டேட்டஸ் அப்டேட் கொடுத்து தொலைக்க ...
மூளை மட்டும் துளியும் இல்லா ....
மேனேஜர் தான் எனது பில்லா ...
அது நின்ற இடம் என்றால் அழுக்கேறி போகாதோ ...
அது செல்லும் வழியெல்லாம் துர்நாற்றம் வீசாதோ ...
நீ எப்போ போவாய் சுடுகாடு வரைக்கும் ....
அன்னிக்கு தான் என் நெஞ்சம் இனிக்கும் ...

இந்த ப்ராஜெக்ட் எனக்கு பிடிக்காதே ...
எனக்கு ப்ரமோஷன் குடுக்கறா மாதிரி நடிக்காதே
நீ நாயோ பேயோ தெரியாதே ...
உனக்கு எதுக்குடா தரனும் மறியாதே ...

[ப்ராஜெக்ட்டில் வெடித்திடும் எரிமலை ...]

தூக்கங்களை மாற்றி விட்டாய் ...
ஒரு கூர்க்கா போல சுற்ற விட்டாய் ...
கான்பிரன்ஸ் காலில் நீ பேசும் நேரம் ...
டீமின் மானம் கப்பல் ஏறும் ....
நிறுத்து என்று உனை சொன்னால் ...
உன்னால முடியாதே ...
ஒரு நாளும் உனை நம்பி ...
லீவ் போடா இயலாதே ...
எச் 1 என் 1 உனக்கு வரட்டும் ...
உன் சம்பளத்தை எனக்கு தரட்டும் ...

நீ லூசாவே தான் பிறந்தாயோ ...
என்று தோன்றும் நேரம் இதுதானோ
அப்பரைசல் மட்டும் இல்லாட்டி ...
உனக்கு குடுத்துருப்பேண்டி டக்கால்ட்டி ...

[ப்ராஜெக்ட்டில் வெடித்திடும் எரிமலை ...]

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Nov 14, 2009

Celebrating Sachin's T20 ...

I don’t believe in time machines but this post would act as a time machine for everyone who is reading this, yes we are gonna go back 20 years from today and will come back to the same year at the end of this post. This post is going to be one my lengthiest post I would ever create in my life, yes I can never be short of words when I have to talk about my role model, my unseen mentor, my philosopher, and guide. I may have not spoken to him, but the delight of seeing him injected a chemical reaction inside me which is to be felt and not to be explained, this man, is in me in every flesh and nerve and he can never be separated from my thoughts until my last bone is burnt to ashes. I learnt the art of having a "LIFE" from this genius, everyone in their life will have a person as their yardstick when they grow up and fortunately for me, I have this person as my yardstick and I know I did not make a wrong choice. I don't see this gentlemen as just a cricketer, he is much more than a sports person, above all he is a great human being ... Yes, let’s celebrate Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar who is completing 20 years of international cricket for INDIA ...

A Child Prodigy ...

Just when the Berlin Wall was being broken down 20 years ago, the cricketing world started talking about a boy wonder who would rise to be a cricketing colossus. One a cold November morning of 1989 a young lad who does not seem to have had a hair-cut for months, walks into the ground and does this traditional salute of worshipping the SUN god and walks calm and steady towards the crease to take guard, and the world did not knew that a "willow" genius is being incarnated. While that 16 year old lad walks into the ground to play against the arch rivals Pakistan and to face one of the deadliest attacks during that time, in the likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waquar Younis (also made his debut) and the legendary Abdul Qadir. When he walks past that legendary leg spinner Pakistan has ever produced, he tells Sachin - "Dudh Pita Bhachcha ..ghar jaake dhoodh pee" (hey kid, go home and drink milk), and from that day onwards that little guy was used to sledging on the field and we did not know that his answers to those sledging would never be thru words, it will always be through his bat. Sachin took guard for the first time in his life and fulfilled his dream of playing for the nation, he did not stop there.

Arrival of a Genius ...

Mushtaq Ahmed who was a little elder to Sachin Tendulkar came into bowl and was sent back with a over stats of 0-2-0-4-0-4 and this was the most expensive over of that day and this irritated Abdul Qadir and when Sachin was changing ends to face Abdul Qadir, Abdul said - "Bachchon ko kyon mar rahe ho? Hamein bhi maar dikhao" ("Why are you hitting kids? Try and hit me."). In an interview with a news channel Abdul Qadir accepted that he made that remark and also accepted that he tried all his best skills to get Sachin out that over, but he proved that he is a prodigy, when Abdul Qadir completed his over, the over stats read 6-0-4-6-6-6. This is the over which made the world to come to the edge of their seats and pinch their hands to believe that an "INDIAN" is playing like this to a Pakistan bowler and this is what Abdul Qadir has to say during that interview - "The game was being played in the festive spirit. I had just bowled a maiden to Krishnamachari Srikkanth and I went to Sachin, who was the non-striker, and told him that when I bowled him the next over he shouldn't treat me as Abdul Qadir, but just as any other bowler from his galli or school, and go for his shots, as that would be good for his future. He was just a young boy then and I wanted to give him confidence, he just smiled at me and didn't say anything. Next over when I came on to bowl to him, he stepped out to hit the first ball for six over long-off. He was dropped at midwicket later in that over as he tried for another big one, but he managed three more sixes. It wasn't like I was just feeding him: I was trying my best to get him out, but he was just so talented that he gave me no chance"

Dear Critics ...

That is the day the world started to notice that a child prodigy has entered the world of cricket and every other experienced bowlers started to watch his batting videos and try to work out a strategy to get him out, but the poor guys did not realize that the little "willow" genius is a university for cricket and every shot he plays is unique and he invents new shots as well and there is no way they can adapt a strategy to bowl him out. When the name Sachin Tendulkar spread like wild fire in the cricketing fraternity, it made some big eyebrows to be raised and there were some great cricketing legends who were baffled to see the kind of technique this young prodigy adopted in his game. We all now celebrate Sachin and there are few insane folks who live in this planet who claim to be Sachin "critics" and if I have to be so polite in expressing my anger on them, I would just say "BALLS". Those critics have no rights to even talk about Sachin. Sitting on an easy-chair and having a pack of onion pakoda's and then saying that "Ah shit, he should have played Akram like this, why the hell he went for that cut shot, I seriously don't understand why people call him a genius when he gets out so cheaply", Dear friends, talking cricket is the most easiest thing in the world, but to go out on the field and play for the nation and face some fierce attacks needs some serious balls soaked in brandy, and I am sure you critics does not have that.

The Making ...

The amount of hard work that has gone into Sachin's 20 year journey is something every individual should learn. If you have a dream, and if you want to make that dream a reality, then the person whom you need to look up is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. On and Off the field that "willow" genius has set some standards for himself and he is bettering that every day. As a kid at the age of 12, he cultivated a dream and worked for 12 hours a day to make that dream a reality. You and I would probably be going through those text books and mugging up something about "Einstein’s Law" or working out a not for any use "Calculus or Trigonometry", but the funny thing is, we did that without a passion and liking (at least I did not have any passion towards studies) and hence we could not excel and come out shining. Sachin's father told Sachin that he should take up Cricket as his profession as his heart likes that the most, so the lesson Sachin taught us is, do the things in life which you like the most and do it with 100% dedication, success automatically follows you. Sachin actually had a dream of becoming a fast bowler, but thanks to one of his school mate who blasted Sachin for 5 consecutive 6s in his first over and that’s when Sachin decided that bowling is not his cup of tea. Oh my GOD, what would have happened if he would have taken a wicket in his first ball, the entire world would not have seen a "GENIUS"

The Difference ...

There is always a huge difference between a "Genius" and an "exceptional" performer, this definition holds good for any profession you wanted to substitute with and the reason why the cricketing world is stunned and respecting Sachin is just because he is a "genius" and he thinks much differently from every other player who is carrying a bat and coming to the crease, and that make this "little master" stand apart from the rest of the crowd. Let me tell you guys a very interesting info which I found in one of Harsha Bogle's interview. We all cannot forget the 2003 WC collapse where we succumbed to pressure and gave away the cup to the Aussies. Australian's set a massive 360 runs to win and Ponting was very sure that the cup belongs to his team even before the start of Indian innings. During the innings break, Ganguly called up the team and said "Guys, we all have given the best we can and it is a great feeling to be in the FINAL's, so no hard feelings even if we lose this game, being in the finals matters the most to us, so just go and play your natural game and don't think of a result", and that is the time Sachin the little master, the "willow" genius stepped in and thru a different dimension to the run chase, he just told the players this "If we could take one 4 a over, we would easily make 200 runs in 50 balls, and the balance is just 160 runs in 250 balls, don't you guys think that it is not achievable ?" this statement brought a new lease of blood into the other players and the entire team got charged up. It is just the matter of "genius" thinking differently from. Sachin kept his words by smashing Mcgrath for a boundary in the very first ball of the innings and the very next ball he got out attempting for another boundary and the reason for that is, he wanted to upset the rythm of Mcgrath right from the word go.

Understanding Sachin ...

There has been this common complaint on Sachin saying that he is not a match winner, I am asking the question the other way around, and Why should he be a match winner ? Cricket is a team game, when one single player is expected to do everything for them, then why the hell we have the other 10 in the team ? to scratch their butt ? Why those critics point finger on that one individual ? If you want to take statistics of the games where Sachin has not won the match for INDIA, you would notice that on all the matches Sachin's score will be more than half of the overall chasing total. When one person can score more than 50% of the target, can't the rest of the 10 folks try to play and win the match for our country ?? Why the hell the blame is always put on Sachin's shoulders ? Cricket is not a one man game like Tennis or Racing, where Sachin could be like a Roger Federer or Michel Schumacher, if still the critics say that Sachin is not a finisher, let him be that way, we admire the GOD not for anything except the talent and technique that "willow" genius brings in when he plays a shot. Every shot is education for the youngsters. I am not a great cricketer during my street / college tournament days, but I had the passion to play and I would try to imitate Sachin when I wanted to do a pull or a cut shot, I never succeeded though, it's is a different story, all I am trying to say is, playing cricket is different and talking cricket is different.

Definition of Commitment ...

Another thing, people comment on Sachin's commitment, saying that he plays only for records and he does not play for a win to the nation and stuffs like that. The folks who talk about Sachin's commitment, can you please answer this question. Let's assume that you are a player like Sachin and you have travelled to a foreign nation which is 12 hours flight journey from INDIA and you are there to play one of the most prestigious tournaments like the World Cup and when you reach that foreign land and playing the game, you get a call saying that your friend, mentor, philosopher, guide, supporter, motivator, your FATHER died, how will you react ? Will you ever think of cricket ?? Won't you hate that game from the bottom of your heart that it made you travel away from home and did not allow you to be next to your dad when he died ?? But our little "willow" genius showed the nation what is the definition of "COMMITMENT", he flew to INDIA, did the last rites for his dad, and before even the tears which rolled over his cheeks dried, he took the next flight to England, and played a scintillating knock against the Kenyan's of about 140 runs and when he raised the bat and looked up above, all he saw was his DAD's face and our modern camera's wouldn’t have captured the tear drops which would have flown into this helmet when he looked up and thanked his DAD for blessing him to play such a knock. That is what I call "commitment" folks, playing for the nation and not playing for mere records. Since he played for the nation, he was able to set all those records.

The Human Being ...

We INDIAN's are a greedy lot when it comes to Sachin Tendulkar. We always wanted him to play well, score centuries and win games, did we ever treat Sachin as a human being on the field ? Carrying the pressure of 1.2 billion people is not a joke my dear critics, and that too doing that with your head over the shoulder and feet on the ground is next to impossible. Why do you guys think that Sachin is one of the most respected cricketers in this world ?? Do you guys think that it is just because of his on field performances ? Not at all, it is also because of the way he conducts himself off the field as well. I would like to bring out a very beautiful incident which happened very recently when India took on the England at Chennai after the Mumbai TAJ hotel attack. India needed some 400 odd runs to chase and Shewag setup a wonderful platform for victory and Sachin scripted a marvelous century to see India through. After the test was won, and after the formal hand shaking between the players got over, Sachin walked towards the ground staff and then spoke to them for a while shook hands with them, and even hugged the curator of the ground and while walking back to the pavilion, a physically challenged boy who could not walk, was inside the ground after he got special permission to see Sachin. Tendulkar stopped there, sat next to that boy, tapped him on his shoulders, and gave him the stump he carried with him, you should see the joy on that boy's face, that is the magic Sachin weaves in every INDIAN heart and that is what is making that genius "extra" special.

Standing Ovation ...

Cricketing world have seen lots of great legends in the past, if we have to pick just 5 all time greats of the game, Sachin would be there in that list and the order does not matter there, because you cannot differentiate much between "genius's". My pick of top 5 players of that gentlemen's game would be (in no specific order) - Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Vivian Richards, Garry Sobers, Shane Warne and Muttaiah Muralidharan, the reason why I conveniently left Sir Don Bradman out of this list is, I have not seen the game of Don and I am sure, during his days the game wouldn’t have been this competent nor the pressure wouldn’t have been this much, again no offence meant on that great batsmen's technique or skill, he is a cricketer who is truly respected even by my great Sachin Tendulkar. That being said, no one can be a "genius" and also a "humble" person, it is very difficult to keep your feet on the ground when the entire planet is going "gaa-gaa" over you. After the greats of Don and Sunny Gavaskar, I have not seen a "standing ovation" being given to any cricket player by the Australian or English crowd, but today, Sachin is by default is getting that whenever he walks into the field. I still remember his knock of 241* against the Aussies at Sydney, after batting and tormenting the Australian bowling attack for 10 hours and 42 minutes, when Sachin walked back to the pavilion unbeaten, the Australian crowd stood up for nearly 8 minutes and applauded the "master" and when the man-of-the-match award was given, the entire crowd stood up when Sachin came to the dais to receive that. The world would easily sense a "genius" and I leave all Sachin critics as dead flesh and they don't exist in this world.

World Admiration ...

Entertaining the entire nation for 20 long years and still counting on, is not an easy joke. Everybody would have its wear and tear and let's all be realistic in our expectations when it comes to Sachin Tendulkar, he is also a human being and he is bound to do mistakes. Let’s be proud of the fact that we all are lucky enough to have born in an era where Sachin played cricket and fortunate enough to grow along with Sachin and learning the game from that genius. There were many accolades that have come in Sachin's way, no, I am not talking about the number of awards he has received, I am talking about the compliments, his fellow cricketers have given him and lets touch base on few of the compliments which were given by the great's of the game and let's feel proud to have such a respectable person in our country. Here we go with that list.

It is never a shame to be beaten by such a great player, perhaps he is only next to Don - Steve Waugh after losing the "Coca-cola" cup Finals at Sharjah in 1998. Sachin scored back to back centuries to win that cup for INDIA.

Any day, I would not mind spending 1000 dollars to watch this guy play the game, even if he gets out in the very first ball. It is just the magic he adds into the field that matters a lot - Sir Vivian Richards (W.I)

I used to go to bed by having nightmares as if Sachin steps down the track and hit’s a SIX straight over my head - Shane Warne (Australia)

Don't bowl him bad balls, he puts the good balls for boundaries - Michael Kasprowicz (Australia)

"Sachin always brought with him an amazing sporting presence. It was a captain's nightmare to set a field for him when he was in full flow. It was akin to getting stuck in a tornado -- the noise made it impossible to communicate with the fielders, The bowlers looked demoralized and you could sense that Sachin himself was delighted at the disarray he created in the opposition. Whether in India or elsewhere, there were always enough fans to create a deafening din whenever he was at his best," - Steve Waugh at the ceremony of "Best Cricketer of the Year" award to Sachin Tendulkar.


"Sachin rarely gets into verbal duels and soon we too realized that sledging at him only strengthens his concentration and resolve. No wonder then that some of the most talkative Australians went quiet when Sachin was in the middle." - Mathew Hayden
(Australia) in his blog

Sachin is arguably the best batsmen in the world, the kind of cricketing shots he has invented when he plays, is something we folks wouldn’t have even attempted to play during our times - Barry Richards (Australia)

If I have to bowl to Sachin, I will bowl with my helmets on, he is such a hard hitter of the cricket ball - Jeff Thomson (Australia)

Sachin's Top 5 One Day Innings ...

Every Sachin fan has his rights to rate some of the best innings Sachin has played and I am sure there would be a storm of debates on this list, but I would like to say that these are my favorite chosen innings and this does not mean that these were the ONLY best. So let me first start with his top 5 best one-day innings.

FIVE. 175 at Hyderabad Vs Australia - November 2009 - Arguably this is one of the best innings from Sachin after he was ruled out by the critics saying that he cannot play power shots anymore. This particular innings of Sachin, rejoiced all his die-hard fans like me and we were all taken back to 1998 where Sachin was at his prolific best.

FOUR. 134 at Sharjah Vs Australia - Coca Cola Cup at Shahjah 1998 - Man what a knock it was, just a day before this match, he scripted an epic match where he murdered Kasprowicz and just a day after that, he came back to the crease from where he left and produced another brilliant century and denied the Aussies the cup and that is where Steve Waugh said, Australia did not lose to INDIA, they lost to Tendulkar.

THREE. 88 of 42 Balls Vs NZ at Christchurch in 1993- His first one day international match as opener and he got this opportunity as Siddhu was not fully fit to open the innings and the way he played that knock, developed jitters amongst all opening bowlers and there born one of India's most successful opening batsmen.

TWO. 143 Vs Australia - Coca Cola Cup at Sharjah 1998 - This innings of Sachin is famously called as the "Sand Storm Match". What an innings that was. India was in a situation where they should achieve a certain target to etch Newzealand out of the tour on run rate basis and Sachin's first target was to achieve that and then win the match. When India were 143 or 2 there came a "Sand Storm" which covered the entire ground by dust, Sachin was standing inside the pavilion and watching the "sand storm" and biting his nails, no one knew what would have been going thru his mind. D/L method was introduced and India has to now face a revised target to win the game and qualify for the finals. "Sand Storm" got over and then "Sachin Storm" started, this particular innings of Sachin would be etched in the memory of every Indian cricket fan till he dies. What a classical performance, he exhibited sheer ruthlessness, arrogance, grit and determination in that knock, and virtually murdered a bowler by name Kasprowicz. Geffory Boycott was extremely animated in his commentary when Sachin was murdering the Aussie bowlers. Though INDIA would have lost that game by 26 runs, India still qualified for the finals and that night every INDIAN went to bed with a sense of pride and satisfaction. That electrifying knock of Sachin is my all time favorite game.

ONE. 98 - Vs Pakistan at Centurion during 2003 World Cup - Who will forget the way he greeted Shoaib Akthar the first ball he bowled, an effortless cut shot towards the deep third man boundary which reached the stands like a lightening for a SIX and followed by two boundaries to end the over. His quick fire 98 of 75 balls paved the way for INDIAN victory and also it made sure that INDIA holds the record of not losing to Pakistan ever in a World Cup encounter. This knock was so special to me because of the fact that this being a World Cup clash and that too it was against Pakistan who was playing to their full strength in the likes of Waqar, Akram and Shoaib.

Sachin's Top 5 Test Innings ...

FIVE. 119* vs England at Headingly (his first test ton) - This was Sachin's first international test century and it came at the right time where INDIA were tottering at a meager 138 for 5 and Sachin played a match saving innings which eventually made the test draw.

FOUR. 103* vs England 2008 in Chennai - This innings of Sachin is very special to me because he stayed there till the end to see India win, he already had the bad memory of INDIA losing in Chennai to Pakistan 10 years back and he made sure that he is not going to repeat the same again. He played a sensational knock and dedicated that to all the Mumbaikar's who have lost their loved ones during that 26/11 attack.

THREE. 114 Vs Australia at Perth in 2001 - This would be an innings which would be etched in every Sachin fan's memory as he played this unbelievable rescue act where wickets kept falling at the other end and he was playing all the balls in the middle of the bat with ease that too on the seaming tracks of Perth when bowlers like McDermott, Merv Huges and Whitney trying their best to gun him down. With that patient knock, Tendulkar denied a possible Australian victory. I still remember that leg glance of McDermot which went dissecting the fine-leg fielder and the fielder at point. What a classic shot.

TWO. 241* vs Australia at Sydney in 2002 (he played 10hrs & 41 mins) - This one knock from Sachin ensured that Steve Waugh is not going to retire with a smile on his face. That being the last game for Steve Waugh, the Australians wanted to give their captain a winning note exit and they tried their level best by scoring 450 odd runs in their first innings, but Sachin had different plans. He walked into the middle and toyed every Australian bowler and no one has any clue of how to get him out, eventually the match ended in a draw and that is what Steve Waugh should take home.

ONE. 136 Vs Pakistan at Chennai in 1999 where India will lose by 13 runs - Every chennaite will have a pain in his heart when this match is being discussed. What a brave one man show by our little master. In spite of his nagging hip pain, he managed to bring India to the jaws of victory and our famous Indian line-up that is even more famous for slipping a game from a near victory to a pathetic loss, fumbled once again and INDIA lost to Pakistan by 13 runs. That was one bad day in Sachin's career where he wept like a child in the dressing room. Not only Sachin, the entire nation wept along with Sachin and I was one amongst them, I just did not know when I stopped crying that day.

Best of the Best ...

Everyone will have a "Best of the Best" as well and my choice for that will be his innings that he played against the "Kenyan's" after he came back from his dad's funeral. With a swollen eyes and cheek, Sachin took guard and played a cameo knock of 140 and thanked his DAD for blessing him for that century. The entire nation saluted this hero for his commitment and respect to our nation.

Salute ...

I know 20 years have gone by and the images of Sachin taking guard on Nov 15th 1989 is still fresh in my memory and right from that day to today, that person continues to mesmerize me and my respect and affection for that great person has increased leaps and bounds. The one last thing I wanted to see as a fulfillment in Sachin's career is a World Cup, I am sure GOD too will want to see his counterpart on earth to kiss the World Cup. Sachin has said that "If God's willing, he will play the 2011 world cup and I hope the prayers of a billion people will be answered and GOD keep this GOD with good health and fitness as long as he can and the more he delays his retirement, the more I could save all my tears. The day when Sachin hangs his boot, that day, my tear dams will open for sure and I will be lost for words to explain that grief. Indian team without Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar would never be the same again. Thanks a ton Sachin, for all the sweet memories you have given to this nation, I salute you and your achievements on this glorious day and may you live longer, happier, healthy and peaceful all the time.

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Nov 9, 2009

Apple of My Eye ...

A quick trip to Chennai rejuvenated my mind body and soul. I had been there to attend my friend’s wedding, but more than that, I was eager to play with my friend’s new born fella who is just 3 months old. He is the current apple to my eye and my I visibly go bright when I see that little fella. He is so cute and tiny and always attaches that curious look on his face; he was the center of attraction in yday's marriage, as the bride was his "chitti". Everyone squeezed that little thing and he was visibly tired and was sleeping most of the time, or pretending as if he is sleeping. I got my chance to have that cutie on my arms and felt really delighted about that, the reason is simple, this is the first time in my life I am lifting such a young baby, I was extremely nervous about that whole thing, but somehow gathered confidence and took him to my arms ....

He was actually feather light and very clumsy, I felt as if he is gonna squeeze himself down my arms and fall down. I was given enough instructions to keep a hand around his neck as he is too young to keep his head over the shoulders. I took him to the place where a female was playing veenai and this fella was looking at everything with such a curious look, no reaction or expression on his face, just a stand still frozen look, the best quality of that fella for which I was floored is, his ability to sleep within seconds, just within 2 to 3 seconds that little thing goes into deep sleep and he does not seem to bother about the surrounding noise and stuffs like that, he just caught hold of my t-shirt as tight as his little fingers can hold and slept on my shoulders. An occasional jerk and a brief cry is what he did, apart from that he was pretty calm.

When he was sleeping, I was just thinking, he does not know who I am, he is just like that comfortable on my shoulders, he will not know even if I whisk him away from his mom, he is so vulnerable to anything, but the amount of joy that little soul is giving us is something beyond words for me to explain. It actually gives you some kind of mental strength that you have to take care of this little thing, who has no one to take care types and your only aim of life is to take care of him and protect him in every possible way you can, so no wonder a MOTHER is so special and necessary to a kid, she wud be the world for that little thing and he just recognizes her with her warmth and feels very cozy in her arms than in anybody else hands. After a good 15 minutes sleep, that little fella got up and looked at me like a "speck" or a "creature" or an "animal" and just when I said "lulululululululu ...." he opened his tiny mouth which was just 1 inch in dia and screamed to the extent possible with his not so developed vocal cord :)

This is what I said, they sense their mom by their warmth, the moment I transferred that cutie to his mom, the crying stopped as if we press "pause" in tape recorders, gave him a nice fiddle under his tiny red feet and made him force to take out his legs out of my reach and kissed him a good bye and continued my sightseeing, seriously I meant the couple who were standing on the dais and nothing else ;) I am seriously missing that little fella now, and I dedicate this post to that cutie pie. Adding on to the joy, my other friend had brought her 4 yrs old son, saying that "Satish uncle will get him a gift", the moment he came to the marriage hall, he asked me "Where is the present" and you won't believe, he did not stop asking that till I got him few chocolate bars. One thing which struck me hard is the sentence "Satish UNCLE ..." oh yaa, I am getting old ahn ;-))

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