Monday, November 17, 2008

LOSING MY RELIGION...

got this forwarded mail and i thought it echoed my thoughts...and m sure not only me but many of us r gonna relate to it....very nicely penned down...good work mr siddhartha vaidyanathan

Losing my religion!
- Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
The events of the last few weeks are freaking me out. Anil Kumble has gone, Sourav Ganguly will go, and the other three may not be far behind. I assume there is a large group of cricket fans in their mid-to-late 20s, like me, who are grappling with the implications. This transition is messing with our minds.
Let me explain. For many of us cricket began in November 1989. Pictures of what went before are too hazy. I remember Allan Border lifting the World Cup but don't recall what I was doing then. So I can't connect Australia's World Cup win to my own life.
Sachin Tendulkar spoilt us. He commanded that we sit in front of the television sets. He ensured we got late with homework, he took care of our lunch-break discussions. He was not all that much older than us, and some of us naïve schoolboys thought we would achieve similar feats when we were 16. We got to 16 and continued to struggle with homework.
Then came Kumble and the two undertook a teenager-pampering mission not seen in India before. Tendlya walked on water, Jumbo parted seas. Our mothers were happy that we had nice heroes - down-to-earth prodigy and studious, brilliant bespectacled engineer. They were honest, industrious sportsmen, embodying the middle class.
When we thought we had seen everything, they reversed roles - Tendlya bowled a nerve-wracking last over in a semi-final, Jumbo played a match-winning hand with the bat. We were such spoilt brats that we pined for openers and fast bowlers. We cursed the side for not winning abroad. Such greed.
Economists would probably have predicted the bursting of the bubble. We had a deluge instead. One fine day at Lord's we got a glimpse of two new saviours: Delicate Timing and Immaculate Technique. Suddenly my group of eight friends was split into two camps. You were either with Ganguly or Dravid. In that period we even took Kumble and Tendulkar for granted. It was adolescent indulgence taken to the extreme.
When we played cricket on the streets, we had a number of choices. Left-handers were thrilled, defensive batsmen were happy, extravagant stroke-makers were delighted, the short boys didn't need to feel left out anymore, spectacles became cool, and freaky bowling actions were no more laughed at.
In such a state of bliss did we live our lives. We flunked important exams, shed tears over girls, crashed bikes, had drunken parties, choked on our first cigarettes, and felt utterly confused about our futures. But every time we felt low, we had an escape route. One glimpse of Dada stepping out of the crease, or Jam leaving a sharp bouncer alone, or Kumble firing in a yorker, was an uplifting experience. So what if India lost? Could any of those Pakistani batsmen even dream of batting like Sachin or VVS?
My generation needs to brace itself for this exodus. Some of my friends have been talking of needing to revaluate their own careers
I remember Ganguly and Dravid soaring in Taunton, mainly because it was the day I got my board-exam results. And boy, did that provide some much-needed relief. I remember Tendulkar's blitz against Australia in Bombay because my dad, who thought cricket was a waste of time, sat through every ball. So connected were these cricketers to my growing up.
Now, after close to 20 years, my generation needs to brace itself for this exodus. Some of my friends, crazy as this sounds, have been talking of needing to revaluate their own careers. Others are realising they need to recalibrate their childhood definitions of cricket. "Part of me just died," said a college friend who was the kind of extreme cricket buff who memorised scorecards. "No Dada, no Jumbo. I'm positive I'll stop watching after Sachin and Rahul retire."
These players were not only outstanding cricketers but also great statesmen. However hard they competed, they were always exceptional role models. Now we dread the next wave of brashness and impetuosity. Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth are talented cricketers, but there's no way anyone would want a young kid to emulate either. The younger crop seems worse - a visit to some of their Orkut and Facebook pages tells you enough - and things may only get cruder in a cricket world when you can make a million dollars in a little over three hours.
"Our childhood is ending," said a friend from school, and in some way he was probably spot on. Tendulkar's retirement may mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but for a generation of 25- to 30-year-olds it will mark the end of the first part of their lives. Switching on the television the day after will be a serious challenge.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

wud love to write abt....

tricolour on the moon...its amazing that india is 4th or 5th (m not sure which) country to successfully send satellite up there....n that too in one go.....great achievement by our scientists

india smashing england.....india wins by 158 runs...amazing...good going men in blue...keep it up

wedding season begins....today is swaleha's wedding...20th is mohini's...and 23 rd is chitra's...30th is pallavi's....happy for them...but sad that they all r gonna be goin out of mumbai.....more later...

wud love to elaborate on these topics....but dont have time now.....n maybe m just too sad abt chitra going to australia....so words not popping in my head....will write in detail my feelings once i get some time...which is going to be after jan i guess.....hopefully i can write before that....

more later...

song of the day :in dino dil mera from life in a metro....love the words

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Auf Wiedersehen Mr Ganguly.....

struck century in debut in may 1996 against england...
receives arjuna award...1998
CEAT player of the year 1999 2000
wins natwest trophy against england 2002
celebrates win over england in Npower trophy 2007
both sachin n saurav with their awards after the win over aussies in second test in mohali 2008
good bye saurav ganguly.....we love you

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

tribute to JUMBO

taking lara's wicket...team celebrates
bowling to lara with a bandaged chin...

everybody congratulating him for his 10 wicket haul

man of the match trophy...after he took all 10 wickets against pakistan on 7 feb 1999
team welcoming him on the ground for the last timeat the end of the last day of the 2nd test....

india wins....goodbye kumble and ganguly


yesterday india triumphed over australia....a historic win in 25 yrs......india beat australia 2-0.....but this series will be known for a lot more than that....it will also be known as the last series played by two of india's great players & captians.....with a heavy heart we all say good bye to ANIL KUMBLE & SAURAV GANGULY.....we all will miss u guys.....you have won our hearts over the last decade, u played for the country not only with the way you play but also the way you were on and off the field....for being wonderful human beings....and for taking indian cricket to a whole new level.....with your courage and aggression and level headedness.....

SAURAV....we will always remember the way you first brought aggression into indian cricket....and of course the way u captianed the side..making you the most successful indian cricket captian.....the following caption in economis times describes you the best " A GREAT PLAYER IS KNOWN BY HIS PLUCK,BY HIS GRIT,BY HIS ABILITY TO FACE DOWN CRISES AND BY HIS NEVER SAY DIE SPIRIT.IN SOURAV GANGULY ,INDIA HAD SUCH A PLAYER.DADA MADE GENIUSES OUT OF ROOKIES & CONVERTED A BUNCH OF TALENTED PLAYERS INTO WORLD BEATERS.HE TAUGHT HIS TEAM TO FIGHT HARD AND TO RIDE OUT EVERY CRISES THAT CAME ITS WAY...IN THESE HARD TIMES WAT INDIA INC CAN LEARN FROM THE GOD OF OFFSIDE IS THAT KNOCKS ARE INEVITABLE BUT A GREAT PLAYER HAS IT IN HJIM TO TAKE THEM ON THE CHIN AND BOUNCE BACK - WITH A SMILE AND A STEELY DETERMINATION"

and of course we will always remember the boy who made a century in his debut match as well the man who made his century in the final series....we will remember the captian who removed his shirt and threw wen the match was won against england at lords.....

KUMBLE....abt him i cant write as much....not coz he any less than dada.....but coz of my limited cricket knowledge i dont know much abt his achievements....but i do remember him as the level headed guy who stood by his side last yr in australia wen all the racial abuse charges were going on against harbhajan singh.....i remember him as the captian who levelled the series 1-1 inspite of series of wrong decisions in the adelaide test.....he was a player who never was daunted by injuries.....he played with a plastered chin in west indies....bowled for the country n won the game if i remember right....remember him taking all 10 wickets against pakistan in delhi.....we love u JUMBO.....and we shall miss you....


also this series will be remembered for the wonderful gesture dhoni did.....he showed us along with being a talented player and a successful captian he is also a great guy with a heart of gold....i loved him for asking ganguly to captian the side for the last few overs once the 9th wicket had fallen....loved him for asking kumble to come up and lift the trophy with him......great going dhoni....am sure the country's cricket is safe in your hands.....

links to some of the articles abt the win & abt ganguly:
a day to remember
last goodbye words from DADA
he woke me up :ganguly
farewell gift
cherished memories
last innings
being a captian
robinhood and his band of mavericks
dada's last hurrah
after the win....wonderful moments of the team...our boys are the best....love men in blue :)