Dec 13

THE ADELAIDE CHUTZPAH

The word ‘Chutzpah’ is derived from the Yiddish language and denotes the quality of audacity, for good or for bad. India and Australia epitomized this audacity in incredible measure in the nail biting test match concluded today at the Adelaide Oval. Michael Clarke, to the best of my knowledge is bereft of the gift of …

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Dec 12

LINGAA – RAJINI REDUX

Humaniform Robots have served their time well. However the time has come for the mechanical marvels to step aside and for flesh and blood to step up and hold its own. Exit Chitti (till an equally admirable ramped up version is conceived), Enter LINGAA! A legion of loyal and impatient fans have been waiting with …

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Nov 27

Philip Joel Hughes – In Memoriam

  “Do you know what my favourite part of the game is? The opportunity to play” – Mike Singletary Philip Joel Hughes was given an opportunity to play, and play he did! He played the life affirming sport that he not merely loved but lived. He played, insouciant to the inherent perils, inevitable praises and …

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Oct 20

“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki” and Haruki Murakami – When the Atypical becomes Typical

“The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart.” John Grierson Haruki Murakami’s latest and most eagerly anticipated offering “Colorless Tsuruku Tazaki and His Years Of Piligrimage”, is a hollow disappointment, a meek concoction of reluctant whorls and a flawed attempt at replicating expected …

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Aug 15

Rahane the Cure for Kohli’s Woes?

The contrast between the two teams preparing to take the field at the Oval this Friday could not have been starker – buoyant hosts (in spite of a fast bowling spearhead nursing a bruised nose) taking on a battered bunch of visitors boasting performances that would warm the cockles of their opponents’ hearts. What started …

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May 22

Thou Art IPL

Thou Art IPL   Thou art IPL, the very agonizing death of cricket The Faustian fiend who in bargains proceeds to revel; Offering nothing genuine between the wickets Alas! In you every cricketer desires to unabashedly bejewel   2.Thou art IPL, the remorseless butcher of the genuine A throwback to the times of Bacchanalian greed …

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May 17

An Open Letter To Lou Vincent

Mr.Lou Vincent, When you made your sparkling Test debut against Australia on the 30th of November 2001, I happened to see the match live on television. I thought that your stroke play was dazzling. Since I am entirely bereft of the gift of prescience, I had no knowledge that in due course the dazzle would …

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May 16

Gentleman’s Game or a Middleman’s Playground?

“XXX”; “Murky”; “Sleazy”; “Sexual Favours”……No this is not a concise review of an online pornographic release. Yet these are not words that one usually attaches to a game of cricket either – normally. But we are not living in placid or normal times. The former New Zealand international Lou Vincent’s damning confessions before the Anti …

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Apr 25

The Atonality of Virender Sehwag

Watching Virender Sehwag bat is more akin to getting to grips with the atonality of a rebellious Igor Stravinsky, than being soothed by the mellifluous temperateness of a sedate Chopin. Yet there are few batsmen in the world who can bestow upon their audience Proustean bursts of ‘moments bienheureux’. Possessing a style of batting that …

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Mar 04

Shahid Afridi – Unpredictability Made Beautiful

To paraphrase a beautiful quote by the late Henri Nouwen “The real enemies of our life are the ‘oughts’ and the ‘ifs.’ They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future. But real life takes place in the here and now” While this ordained Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of …

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