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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Nov 5, 2009

A Volcano Called Sachin ...

A volcano called Sachin Tendulkar errupted today at Hyderabad. Oh boy what a match it was, an unforgettable run chase ever by INDIA, and who else can anchor this great run chase other than the master blaster, the GOD of INDIAN cricket Sachin Tendulkar. It was more like we seeing Sachin a decade back, what an arrogance, what variety of shots, look at his wagon wheel, lines were around every nook and corner of the ground, that is the caliber of a genius, he has the ability to play the ball to any direction at will. I would admit the fact that I was not at all hoping for INDIA to put up such a brave fight against the aussies after seeing such a huge total on the board, but the way master blaster orchestrated his innings, it was a treat to watch...

I twitted saying, Sachin's body language looks very positive and he is going to produce a cracker of an inning and that is what happened today and also the mysterious myth of INDIA losing every game when Sachin has shined also continued to haunt us. Sachin was at one stage went ballistic and was smashing only boundaries, and ponting was visibly upset and worried at that stage, on the other hand no one could give a helping hand to sachin by even staying at the crease, Ghambir, Yuvraj, Dhoni fell in quick successions and Raina's almost handed his wicket in his second ball and fortunately the catch was dropped, and then on Raina and Sachin pulled a blinder of an innings and steered the sinking INDIAN ship to safety, still the scorecard read that we are in troubled waters, slowly and steadily both of them matched the required run rate and brought the run rate down under 7 and maintained it.

Raina's wicket when INDIA needed 48 runs to win was the first nail on INDIA's coffin, Dhoni tried his luck by sending Harbajan who has proved threatening to the aussie bowlers went without disturbing the scorecard, Ravindu Jadeja showed some initial brilliance and at that time the inevitable happened and the entire nation went into pin drop silence, yes Sachin scooped a shot delivery towards deep mid wicket and that ball did not hit the right angle of the bat hence gathered height instead of distance and gave a sitter of a catch to the fielder who was standing there, that was the time we all saw Ponting bringing back his smiles and he knew that we can clip the Indian tail. Nehra as usually proved he is not worth to be touching the bat, and Praveen kumar showed some guts towards the end, but on the whole we lost by just 3 runs. I don't want to say that Australia won this match; I would want to say INDIA lost it.

Note to Sachin - GOD, We always know that you will have something special for us when it comes against Australia, but today you provided us an unlimited meal and that too in a 5 star hotel, I don't know what else to say other than "I am lucky enough to have born when you were playing cricket". The variety of shots that you played today was something unforgettable in my life, and I would want to say that, I rate this innings of yours much higher than the one you played in Sharjah during that sand storm match, oh yaa, that time also it was against the mighty Aussies. I was admiring you for the fact that, you not only played that stunning innings, but also you mentored Raina and Jadeja every now and then, you are certainly a true leader and our team should feel lucky that you are still playing cricket with such great intensity. I know you have always had this habit of creating records and that is something which we INDIANs are tired of speaking about. The entire world envy's you and we are fortunate to be the pride owners. I know your heart would have been hurt when you saw INDIA losing at such a close margin (once again), but don’t worry GOD, I am sure you would be waiting to take revenge on those aussies and I am sure you will win this series for us, even if INDIA is going to lose the series, this one knock of yours is enough for us. You always answer the critics by action and not by words and once again you have proved them wrong. Every critic of yours were searching for covers to hide their a**. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving such an entertaining evening, oh yaa, you have given us numerous entertainments like this, but this one is very special. Thanks once again GOD. May you live longer.

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Nov 4, 2009

Spineless People ...

I just got to get this out of my system and I cannot keep it with myself, though I am not a person who gets irritated or frustrated that easily, but today I think I was not in control and was going ballistic on one such incident that happened when I took my car out. I would not guarantee that there would not be any bad words in this post, so kindly excuse me as I want every nasty thing to get out of the system and I don’t think that can be done without telling BAD words ;) So here we go ...

My apartment is located at the far end of the layout and beyond my apartment there is actually no way to get out of our layout and we have a very crooked turning that everyone has to take to go out of our layout, and there are not much of space to be very honest, if one car has to turn from one side and the other vehicle has to stop and there is no other way out. There is a bunch of arrogant and ruthless auto drivers who have kept stand there, and they generally are folks who wud volunteer to invite trouble, they will park one of their autos in the corner and will make the space even more cramped and will not move their autos even an inch, it is up to the skill of the driver to make sure that he does not scrap that auto and also make sure that you do not plunge your front wheels into the big open drainage which runs on both sides. I am sure you folks wud have got the point on what this post is all about and yes, be ready to listen more and will be shocked to hear the next sequence of events which unfolded. Oh yaa, there is a tolerance level for any human being.

It was around 9:30 AM where Bangalore goes mad and every road will be choked to the level which cannot be explained, I took my car and went to that steep turning, there were 4 autos parked 2 each on both side, there is absolutely no way any driver can go in between that gap, all 4 auto wala's were sitting cool on their seats and were ordering me to come forward, I told myself that I am NOT gonna go as I am 100% sure that I will leave few paint of my car on to their auto, I just switched off my engine, switched on my set and kept high volume and started listening to music, I wanted them to take their autos out of that turning, and those arrogant auto wala's also did not mind, they all walked off to have tea in the nearby tea shop, there were cars piling up in the back and Satish was pissed off and to make myself cool, I was listening to songs. One driver who was next to me came out and then directed the auto drivers to take their autos away and no one even bothered to respond to him, he came to me and said, if I can go forward, I said, I will get down and give you the keys, if you think you can drive my car thru this small gap without no marks, I don’t mind and then gave him the key :) He did not get that and he said that inevitable "FCUK" and went inside his car.

It was 9:45 and my BP was not in control, I go out of the car and asked those auto "rowdies" if they can take their autos, they said, "If you don’t know how to drive, it is not our problem, we will not move out". They all belong to a particular community in that area and they are in majority in my area, but that does not matter to me, coz I am an INDIAN and I still live in INDIA. I know that I am losing my senses here, so I started to count from 1 to 10 to see if I am getting back to normal and then go by a subdued tone to them and request them to move their autos away, but unfortunately after counting 10, my BP has actually gone beyond the permissible limits of a human being. I just locked my car and got out and walked off, rest of the other car drivers were also going impatient, I went to the same tea shop, ordered a cup of coffee and started sipping it, while sipping I told them that I am not going anywhere till they take their autos, one of the auto wala came to me as if he is a very nasty villain and threatened me, I know I am not a HERO, but I am fearless, and that instinct prevailed, I said to that so called rowdy that, he cannot even touch my "BAL**".

I am telling you folks, I feel ashamed to say that we are all educated, when I was confronting those "a*** h****" not even one single educated fool came out of their car, they were all like - "Why should I interfere, tomorrow they may attack me and my family, so let me play safe". I am asking WHY ??? Fear is the first enemy, if we start to fear for these chota "auto walas" how can we stand against terror and fight terrorism ?? Why the hell we should be afraid in the first place ? If he can hit you hard, you can hit him even more hard, once the opponent senses that you are having fear, then you are gone, why can't we at least act as if we are not afraid ?? I am not saying that we should fight like what our heroes do in films, at least we can put a bold face to people who cause nuisance right ?? 4 auto wala's became 12 and I still did not move or take my car out, then after few heated arguments, there was one sensible idiot in their gang, he shouted at them and forced them to take their autos back and then I took my car out. I told them that if autos would be parked the same was as like today, I am going to repeat the same incident again and again.

One request I have for all my readers is, never ever have fear in your life, we are all born to achieve something in life, just don’t succumb to FEAR, mark that guy as your first enemy and kill him. If you see incidents which are not good for the society, please go and question the person who is doing that, just because no one has the guts to question a person who is doing illegal activities, he will continue to do that and we are the ones who motivate him to do that. If you see a girl being harassed or teased, just have the guts to go and question those dogs even if they would be in bunch, if that girl would have been your wife or sister or mother wont we roll on the floor with those dogs ?? Don’t digest things in you saying "What can we do, ONE person cannot change this country", that is a wrong attitude, let’s be the change this society wanted to see. I am up for it and I will never tolerate anything that is causing nuisance to our society.

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Nov 1, 2009

Made For Each Other ...

It all happened in a flash and Vasanthi could not recollect one instance where she can choose to say "Oh yaa that’s where things went wrong". Life could have been better for Vasanthi and Raghav and she still has the pride in her when all her friends told her that she is very lucky to have Raghav as her husband and yes, she too felt the same. Raghav and Vasanthi were happily married for 5 years now and if this statement has to be rephrased now, it would read as "Raghav and Vasanthi have been married for 5 years now" that quotient of "happiness" does not exist. Life does not give us reasons for most of its tantrums, and it is our stupidity to search for one and lose our peace of mind. Vasanthi still decided to search on for one reason which turned this relationship sour, "sour" is a lighter term to be used here, it is much worse than sour...

Raghav is a very soft spoken person, he first met Vasanthi in her college where he had been there for promoting one of his new designer clothing, when most of the girls in the college fell for that design, Vasanthi fell for that "designer". Raghav is a pretty handsome young man and he is also a man of few words, he hardly speaks, but when he speaks he makes complete sense. Vasanthi was waiting for an opportunity to meet Raghav, and luckily she met him by accident at a restaurant when he was having dinner with another girl, just because she saw him with another girl, she refused to approach him that day and say a "hi", yes, Vasanthi was possessive on Raghav even before she knowing him. Who does listen to their mind? Everyone listens to their heart, Vasanthi is no exception to that, he heart was searching for Raghav 24X7, she badly wanted to meet him and get introduced herself to him.

Opportunity knocks once and Vasanthi was aware of that, one fine day when she opened the paper, more than the headlines of a air plane crash, the news of "Wanted to be a trained fashion designer" ad, caught her eyes, and that was from the agency run by Raghav, before even the paper wala would have gone out of sight, Vasanthi called up that agency and enquired the details, of course she is not interested in getting to know the details of the course, she just want to spend time with her "crush". Vasanthi was called in for an interview at 10 AM and she was there by 9:30 AM, her heart's lub dub was audible for her ears and she was visibly tensed, while she was busy chewing one of her finger nails, her name was called and the voice which called her name was so appealing, oh yaa, when you are truly, deeply and madly in love, even a fart from that person would sound wonderful and smell aromatic.

Vasanthi was gazing at Raghav and it was like Raghav talking something and she could not hear anything, this is what we call "dumbstruck". Whatever Raghav explained Vasanthi just accepted and in no time she was selected for that course and Vasanthi's joy knew no bounds and to add sugar and cream on top, Raghav would be her teacher. Vasanthi excelled in that course and she became Raghav's favorite student and probably that is the time when Raghav started to think that it would be good to have Vasanthi as his life partner. On a chosen auspicious day, both of them exchanged their love and Raghav getting married to Vasanthi, did break the hearts of so many girls in the institute. There is a saying which says, it is always good to marry the person you love, than the person loving you, but in this case it is more than a perfect match, as both of them love each other.

The first crack on that porcelain jar happened when Raghav insisted on having a medical examination before marriage, of course not to test the virginity, but to test the potential to become a dad or mom. Vasanthi though agreed to that half-heartedly and also got a confirmation from Raghav that the outcome of the result will not alter the marriage decision. The tests were taken and then results were out, and as of now let it be a secret to the readers. Both of them got married a year later and life was running fine as well greased machinery. Vasanthi helped him in Raghav's new business and she understood the fact that this business of Raghav would demand working closely with good looking girls and she took that as part and parcel of his profession, but we cannot cheat our heart for long, though she pacified herself that all these were part of his profession, internally she just could not stand Raghav moving with girls and that irritation has put a comfortable chair inside her heart and sat there.

Vasanthi showed signs of that irritation getting out of her, when she rubbed an up-coming model who walked the ramp with clothing designed by Raghav; she gave her nasty remarks saying that this dress would have suited a DOG much better than her. Raghav came to know about this incident through some of his students and he made a mistake of slamming her for that behavior in front of her class and made her to apologize to that model. This caused a deep cut wound in Vasanthi's heart and she just could not get over it. The evil started sitting inside her head and playing tunes. Once Raghav got a very big order of designing wedding clothes for one of the leading actress and he put his blood heart and soul into that project as he know that it will be his entry into the cine world. Vasanthi though acted as if she is supporting him, decided to take revenge as she did not want Raghav to get any cine field offers, she felt that it will take Raghav away from her forever.

On the day of delivering the new dresses to that actor, Raghav stood frozen in front of his wardrobe to see his two months project was all in tangle and it was torn in every possible place it can, with tears rolling down his cheeks Raghav slide himself against the wall and Vasanthi smiled inside and shed few crocodile tears from her side, and to make the scene not so obvious, so managed to spot a big RAT in the room which was actually led inside by Vasanthi. Raghav stopped designing for a while, his name and reputation did have an impact after this incident. Then it got revived by the model who was once rubbed by Vasanthi, as she took him to a cine producer and got him an offer to design clothes for one of his new projects, Raghav had no words to thank her, instead he hugged her and gave her a kiss. The campfire inside Vasanthi blew like this Jaipur IOC fire and she just could not stand any further.

Vasanthi's way of talking changed, she started to question Raghav on where he is going, who he is meeting, what is his schedule for the day and stuffs like that, Raghav is not used to answer people, and he started telling lies to Vasanthi on those questions and once he felt that enough is enough, he shouted at Vasanthi from not poking her dirty nose in to his matters. Monthly fights became weekly fights and then daily fights. Raghav spent most of his time in the studios and avoided coming home, this irritated Vasanthi the most and she went to his studio one day and created a big scene out of his not coming home quite often. Vasanthi was more like a cook these days and she felt she would have had a kid to take her mind off such worries, but that is not the case now. Every second of her life was sucking and she hated Raghav from the bottom of her heart.

One fine morning she woke up Raghav and gave him a cup of coffee and a smile which Raghav felt was so unusual and Raghav requested her if she can go to his godown which is 100 kms away from the city in his new Honda City car to fetch some clothing materials, which she felt was unusual, before leaving his room she asked him to check the fridge as she has got a surprise for him. Raghav could not believe his ears, but he felt happy. Raghav forgetting to open the fridge set out to work and Vasanthi took the car out and set herself on a highway to the godown, around 12 in the noon, Raghav cell phone vibrated and the number flashing on his screen was showing the code of Andhra Pradesh, Raghav picked up the call and heard the news that Vasanthi met with an accident and died on the spot, they traced Raghav with the help of her cell phone where she has stored his name as "Darling Hubby".

Vasanthi's body was brought back after all the formalities and Raghav stepped into his crowded house to see Vasanthi lying still with two cotton rolls stuffed inside her nose, and head fully shaven and covered. Raghav went near the body and said "Tell me something dear, Ask me where I had gone today and who all I met today, please ask me Vasanthi, please ...." and unable to continue further he broke down. He went into their bedroom and recollected all the happier moments that he had with Vasanthi, he hugged the pillow Vasanthi used to use and slept with it for a while, suddenly he realized that Vasanthi told him that day morning that she has some surprise inside the fridge, he ran towards the fridge and opened it to see a lovely pine-apple pudding, made by Vasanthi for him and it has a cream lettering which read "With Love from V". Raghav broke down once again after seeing his love made his favorite dish, with tears rolling on his cheeks and nose drooling over his lips, he ate that complete pudding.

Both Vasanthi and Raghav's body were cremated the next day morning and the entire neighborhood was saddened by this sudden demise of this "wonderful couple". Two days later the same neighborhood got up to read a shocking news on the news papers which was released by the police after investigating the death of Vasanthi and Raghav, it was such that Raghav has purposely removed the brakes in his Honda City car to kill Vasanthi and Vasanthi has purposely poisoned the pudding to kill Raghav. This is what they call "Made for each other is it?”

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