Dec 27

Driving Ambition by Andrew Strauss – Timed to Perfection

“You must have confused me with myself” – Michael Palmer in The Promises of Glass Writing an autobiography must be an enervating task, as any task which involves holding a mirror to one’s conscience undoubtedly is. However in “Driving Ambition”, as Andrew Strauss successfully demonstrates, an act of voluntarily revealing an original face clothed in …

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Dec 17

STAR WARS – THE FORCE AWAKENS: A GLORIOUS RESURRECTION

The preternatural anxiety surrounding the release of the George Lucas spectacle climaxed last night with the Seventh installment of the iconic Star Wars series being premiered. Only this time the wait has been exacerbated by a thirty year break which for some hard core fans has been just too long to tolerate. Directed by J.J.Abrams, …

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Nov 18

JONAH LOMU – RUGBY’S ORIGINAL MAN OF STEEL

JONAH LOMU – RUGBY’S ORIGINAL MAN OF STEEL In a tumultuous world characterized by unimpeded change, sport remains a perennial constant. An equilibrium that (albeit temporarily) effaces the mundane gloom and misery that is the preserve of every human being. One need not even be a beacon of knowledge for appreciating a particular sport. The …

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Nov 15

KANE WILLIAMSON – BATTING’S PRECISION ENGINEER

Once in a way, there materializes a cricketer who has this unique potential and extraordinary ability, which makes people just sit up and take notice. One such cricketer is the Kiwi batsman, Kane Williamson. The beauty of Williamson’s batting lies in its fundamental simplicity. A style of batting that is in sheer contrast to the rampaging …

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Nov 06

SPECTRE – An Apparition that fails to haunt

Right from the time Sam Smith begins his nerve jarring wailing with “The Writing’s On The Wall” and till such time the dust settles at the end in a crescendo of explosion, Sam Mendes’s latest James Bond flick “Spectre”, grunts, gasps, heaves and barely remains alive as it gets mashed, blended and ultimately lost trying …

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Oct 20

VIRUNOMICS – THE ATONALITY OF A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

The beauty of cricket lies in its simplicity. Nothing lends more credence to this fact than the joyous art of batting. One just needs to look back wistfully at the languid stroke making of Mark Waugh or the lazy elegance of David Gower to grasp the fundamentally simplistic grace that is batting. But no one …

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Sep 05

LESSONS FROM A FATHER AND A TEACHER

LESSONS FROM A FATHER AND A TEACHER India on the 5th of September every year (since 1962) honours one of its most illustrious sons, the former President Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan by celebrating his birthday, designating the day as Teacher’s Day. Dr.Radhakrishnan was a tireless academic, a renowned philosopher and a selfless teacher. Every one of us …

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Jul 22

‘On Pietersen’ – Tribute to a Flawed Genius

Kevin Peter Pietersen’s life both on and off the sacred turf has been a confluence of contradictory ‘Os’. A febrile blend of outrageous talent, outlandish makeovers, outstanding athleticism and an outspoken personality colluded to make this mercurial cricketer one of England’s best ever talent. However the one defining ‘O’ that has continued to hang over …

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May 22

Markonomics – An exercise in exelcis

Mark Waugh was a medley of infinite grace and glorious talent. He was also the purveyor of the image of a preternaturally disinterested cricketer. Whether gently dispatching clueless bowlers to all corners of the ground, or miraculously catching disbelieving batsmen out of the game, he lent a curious impression of having found himself in the …

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Apr 10

RICHIE BENAUD – THE VOICE OF REASON

Minimalist in his eloquence, and magnificent in his stillness, Richard “Richie” Benaud redefined the world of cricketing entertainment. Unassuming and unpretentious, he was to the sporting media what Donald Judd was to art. His demise marks not only the end of the proverbial epochal era, but also the passing of clarity – a clarity that …

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