Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Change the music....

This was the moment when a billion hearts stopped.
So did the music.

But about one second later, the music resumed.

Please stop playing that awful "Chak de India" song each time an India win is in sight. Please.

The tune of the song reminds me of some of those 'golden oldies' - randomly composed songs with the choicest expletives for lyrics - that served as the anthems to be sung aloud by a bunch of croaking guys, to assert their supremacy and intimidate opponents at inter-school competitions.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I am not the only one who needs reminders!

I signed up for an email reminder from National Geographic Channel which meant i would get an email in my inbox that would remind me to watch an episode about the hijacking of IC 814 and the hostage drama in Kandahar in the NGC series on Combating Terror. The programme was to be aired at 9.00 am and the repeat show was scheduled to be shown at 3.00 pm. The reminder email arrived in my inbox at 4.37 pm.


By the way, I watched the programme.

Friday, September 21, 2007

An Inspirational Professor's Final Lecture

Dr. Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, was about to give a lecture Tuesday afternoon, but before he said a word, he received a standing ovation from 400 students and colleagues.

He motioned to them to sit down. "Make me earn it," he said. They had come to see him give what was billed as his "last lecture." This is a common title for talks on college campuses today. Schools such as Stanford and the University of Alabama have mounted "Last Lecture Series," in which top professors are asked to think deeply about what matters to them and to give hypothetical final talks. For the audience, the question to be mulled is this: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance?

At Carnegie Mellon, however, Dr. Pausch's speech was more than just an academic exercise. The 46-year-old father of three has pancreatic cancer and expects to live for just a few months.

Continue reading here. Get to know Dr Pausch here.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Yuvraj Singh hitting Stuart Broad for 6 sixes in an over

Yuvraj Singh hits 6 sixes in an over off Stuart Broad in the Twenty 20 World Cup match between India and England on 24th Sept 2007 in Durban, South Africa

Previous instances of 6 sixes in an over in cricket
- Gary Sobers of Northamptonshire off left arm pacer Malcolm Nash of Glamorgan in 1968
- Ravi Shastri of Bombay off left arm spinner Tilak Raj of Baroda in 1984
- Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa off leg spinner Daan van Bunge of Netherlands in the 2007 ODI World Cup.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Reality beckons ..

Reality is an eye-opener. It could be gross. Something you don't want to see or hear or read about, but it is there. Somewhere. Beckoning you to take notice. And act.

There are times when i come across instances of grave injustice, stories of despair and horrid tales of misfortune.

Usually, I analyze the issue, jot down the options or solutions to the way out and discuss these with a few whose input and help will be valuable in making things easier for the victim. Sometimes it helps. Sometimes it does not.

The least i can do is blog about the issue. But i do not.

Which is why i loved this post. Please read it. We may have a female President but we have an issue on our hands.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Mandira Bedi and the pioneers of cricket commentary

According to Mandira Bedi,

The likes of Gavaskar, Shastri, Wilkins are all pioneers in cricket commentary
Indeed. They did not ask her about batting. Else we would know who the pioneers of batting are. Tendulkar and Dravid and Ponting, of course.

Link on TellyChakkar via Kartik

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