Friday, December 26, 2008

2008: Indian Cricket team at its very best

2008: Indian Cricket team at its very best

2008, the year which was the most happening year is finally going to come a standstill. The Indian Cricket team definitely had many a reason to smile in the end for the way they have shaped as a team and for the way they showcased the best cricket to the world.

This successful ride started from the controversial Sydney test and is still progressing in a very successful note. I have jotted down the 10 most defining moments of the Indian Cricket Team in the year 2008.

1.The best moment was the Perth test win at the WACA on January 19, 2008 simply for the reason as how things were after the Sydney test. To tame the lion in its own den and that too Down Under should definitely record this victory as the sweetest and the most significant one.

2.At 2.31pm on a hot Mohali Friday, October 17,2008 was the day when The Master Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar went past the tally of runs of Brian Charles Lara to become India’s highest test run getter. "If stones are thrown at you, you convert them into milestones." became the slogan of the season.
3.The tri series triumph in Australia at Brisbane in March 4, 2008 should come in next which showed the cricketing world that we are to force to reckon in the ODI format. The Final frontier was finally conquered.

4.Ganguly and Kumble were given the most fitting farewell by both the cricketing fraternity and the public. Both would be missed very badly as both were stalwarts in their own way, born leaders and fighters.Ganguly,India’s best left handed batsman and Kumble,India’s best spinner should definitely hard to be replaced.Ganguly,is a selector for the future for the way he spots talent.We salute you guys for the service you rendered to Indian Cricket.

5.The Chennai test win against England is a tribute to what happened on 26/11 in Mumbai. After being down and out, to chase a record score on the final day track that too in style showed how well the team has turned out into a world-beater. The 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series shows how dominant we were in the whole series.

6.Border –Gavaskar Trophy was finally ours with a thumping win over the Aussies.The Mother of all series gave great value for money and time for the exhibition of cricket that was showcased. The Aussies got a taste of their own medicine at home.

7.The ODI series win in the island nation Sri Lanka deserves a mention especially after the Test series debacle where the cricketing world wrote us off and the way the youngsters handled the nemesis mystery Mendis was overwhelming to watch.

8.The glamorous and star-studded Indian Premier League was like a rock song…. The whole atmosphere was electrifying; women shut down their daily sops and came to the stadiums. The IPL just became a part of our lives during the season. All small town lads got a platform to exhibit their skills and to rub shoulders with the world’s best cricketers. Hats Off to Lalit Modi for such an event.

9.The Under-19 world Cup triumph finds a special mention in this list. Last time we were favorites and let go the cup from our hands in a low scoring final against Pakistan. But this time, we had our moments and grasped it with two hands in a nail biting rain interrupted final.

10.Ishanth Sharma, a fast bowler who has the brightest future was a treat to watch this whole year. He almost gave nightmares to Ponting and always troubled him with the best exhibition of fast bowling I have ever seen by an Indian fast bowler. It should always remain the best fought battle on the cricketing pitch this year.

We are ranked second and third in the ICC rankings in the test format and ODI format respectively. We are just a step away from the pinnacles of glory, by becoming the best cricketing team in the world.
To the Cricketing world, the message is loud and clear from the Indian Cricket Team…”We are team to watch out next year as well”

Thursday, December 25, 2008

M stands for My Magnificient,Mighty and Martyr Mother…….

M stands for My Magnificient,Mighty and Martyr Mother…….

Mom, the three letter word the whole English literature should have immense pride
Amply for this reason, the way you handled your turbulent life and the treacherous tide.

All those 10 months you bore the deadly pain ,to give birth to an ambiguous soul
Which should obviously justify why mother personifies an exquisite role.

The moments when I diversed through a traversed path you solely stood by my side
The pain you confronted and the struggle you underwent presents us a new life guide

A dad can just fund a character,but a mom builds and shapes an character
Just like a butterfly swiftly exploring and embodying a flora’s nectar

Queen of this whole universe, no gift or praises shall match your dearly nature
You truly exemplified as to why you are each individual’s costliest treasure

Almighty, you filled your omnipresence by creating such lovely mothers
Who always lent a helping hand, when our lives were in shambles and tatters?

Mother I am a part of you and your body, breath and elixir blood
Shall ever serve you at your feet for the tears and sweat you shed

I owe you, treasure you and love you what all that you have given me
For you shall always stand tall and strong amidst the mighty sea.

Generations after generations, I pray that I am born to this same mother.
Who almost made me forget there’s a character in this world called father….

>>>>>>>> Love you Mom…….

Thursday, November 6, 2008

7 ½ Saturnz -The Best there was,The Best there is and The Best there will be.....

Different individuals from various parts flocked together on July the sixteenth
To awaken a modern generation 7 ½ Saturnz beneath the zenith

Each one had his own identity, persona and role to enact
Which was perfomed with utmost ease and great impact

Its immense pleasure to jot down about this whole lot
Let me portray you guys from whatever I thought

Numero Uno belonged to the mother of our class
All assigments the class completed was because of yours

Next to her was a man of crooked brains and wild ideas
All his witty thoughts had everyone in total chaos

On the numeral four, was always someone who was a guy next door
To make him speak one needed to pest him with a lion’s roar

Badhri had to accommodate himself in the next integer five
It’s a treat to watch when he is high and performs live.

The man born with a pencil was next on the chart
Who was always sincere in his works no matter what?

Born Valentine was assigned to the Bond’s seven
With a physique that was always uneven

On eight was someone known only for his Bent height
Who always showed off to whatever he spoke was always right.

Nine had a character and charisma of an astute politician
Who went about writing competitive exams on a mission

Eleven made way for the fiery Dubai Sheik
With a bottle in hand whenever he was awake

Grandpa Gunas accommodated himself in the first dozen
Many doubted his age for hair being the main reason

Hari Topper got himself the unlucky thirteen.
On mechatronics and science you cant find a guy so keen.

Designer Jack,the hockey man was next on the attendance shortage list.
The man who designed magic even with junk and was great at playing whist.

The heavily built Jithin landed from Muscat came in next.
Bullying people and even teachers he was at his very best.

Mr.IQ with his commanding English accompanied his state mate.
All DVDs,news and novels he had with him up to date.

Saint Jothi cemented his place at the seventh prime.
Lived his whole life with a sense of sublime divine.

Our own big brother and Godfather was the second multiple of nine.
Wildlife,underworld stories,drinks and trips were all his favourite pasttime.

The Blunt Mani was next among the class.
A good athelete of his own elite stature with no flaws.

Mummy manoj was last in the Twenty twenty pack.
Who truly was an ambassador for the colour pitch black.

Database of databases installed himself first in the next twenty.
Grandmaster blinking his eyes resembled to the bird Tweety.

Tiny tot of the class Mughundan was next in the race.
What he does and what he is upto is an intrigued maze.

Another brain god and down to earth was a total asset to this gang
His nonstop talk and service to the class will be remembered for long.

Fair and a silent smile was the next individual’s identity.
Was perfect in whatever he did as a whole entity.

Captain Prabhu with his rules book walked into the pitch.
An excellent rep who never went against the students wish.

Dhirubai made a rampwalk with a new mobile every day.
How he got his degree God only has the explanation to say.

Trendy,the silent killer fitted into the nine’s third multiple
A moody guy, who always kept things plain and simple.

Ramprasad, another club mate rose to the occasion.
His final results spoke for all his dedication.

Next guy was always in news here and there.
God bless you Ramachandran wherever you are.

Ramesh wings Babu arrived straight from the gym
Why he got this name you gotta ask only him.

Alto Rakhi Ram sped into the Saturnz lane
All the girls he proposed all went in vain.

Vijayakanth Sabari posed himself for the next photograph.
The food he ate at hostel almost made people run for his autograph.

The second female got herself the number thirty three.
On the first bench she sat,so lets leave her free.

Ladies specialist made his way into the operation theatre
His snakish voice could not be heard to the nearest millimeter.

Sex specialist joined the list of specialists right behind
Its highly difficult to find people of such a kind.

Danger Rajan Sundar brought in crackers for Diwali
A man interested in fishes and hi-fi astrology.

Tamizh Ayya stormed into the scene in his own style
To have rapport with this guy took all of us some while

Ding Dong Venki strolled into the Saturnz team
Pesting people with repeated questions was his unique theme.

HOD Groundnuts Yoga was also one among us.
A true character who rendered help without much fuss.

Lateral entry science led his team and joined the second year.
His weird questions made people to run away from him with utmost fear.

Jeffrey another stylish automobile freak sped into the track
His attitude, spirit and character was a nutshell to crack.

Chaturvedi came singing chants into the Saturnz ashram
Cool natured guys like you are highly difficult to come.

Dangerous Jayaram with a physique of King Kong
When queried a staff made us very strong.

Karunakaran, the jokemaster came into the group.
Will Never forget his blunt jokes in the very same loop.

S.M.Satheesh with his Short Mokkai Service made our ears bleed.
But never stopped him making some very good friends in need.

Logu was the last but not the least fitting Saturn of all.
Who made sure the Saturnz group always stood strong and tall.

The Saturn years these 44 had was surplus fun and immense pleasure
All these days and seconds all 7 ½ Saturnz shall highly treasure.

The Almighty, If I had atleast one of my wishes come true.
Dearest 7 ½ Saturnz I wished I could still have all of you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Indian Media Heading Towards The Filthy Gutters

India the world’s biggest democratic country with a glamorous and star-studded media has started to lose its sting it had in it to be termed as the strongest media all over the world. Visual media (Television) which is the sought out media by news frenzy fans in India has become more crippled. They have become more addicted to the TRP ratings and have ceased to focus on common-issues of our own aam aadmi.
The presidential elections in the United States has been hyped up and screened on most of leading Indian news channels to such an extent that it makes us feel that we have tuned into American news channels. Day in and day out, you listen to names Barack Obama, John McCain, Sarah Palin and Joe Biden round the clock due to this media. It bewilders me when “Joe the plumber” has to been screened on Indian television than our own local plumbers, software professionals ,airline employees and young citizens who have nothing but a pink slip to take back home. Do the U.S. media at least tell their own people that ‘so’ and ‘so’ Indian leader has been elected as Prime Minister or President when general elections are held out here, I doubt? What is wrong with you guys, when you have enough news left behind in each and every core territory of our own motherland.You guys essayed the US presidential elections to such an extent that a colleague of mine never knew that heavy bomb blasts had rocked the state of Assam.

The Indian media has surplus news in their own soil to address, especially now like MNS agitations, Regionalism in Maharashtra and Bihar, fellow Tamilians suffering in Sri Lanka ,pink slips to employees, crumbling Indian economy, a crippled sensex ,terrorism almost at his threshold and seasoned cricketers retiring in a heap. What else can you ask for? Be a bit pro-active and bail out our own fellow citizens from all these crises than running behind US columnists and press for their comments.

The Indian media has done enough justice to their responsibilities by exposing various cases to the viewers but have lost their sting to expose it completely and almost gone into selective amnesia about a few cases. Cases like the “Cash for Votes”, Jessica Lall,Aarushi,MNS agitations,SIMI,IM,ULFA and Bajrang Dal were brought to the limelight by the media and deteriorated badly when most of the scams were reaching their climaxes. I firmly believe you could have tried harder in these regards.

Being a vivid cricket fan myself, I need to mention the respect you gave to the legends of the game in their bad times. The media wanted a few players to retire, and when the cricketers retire on their own, they go back again to the player asking for him to come back to the game to bring out some controversy. This is scant respect shown to sportsmen who have won laurels for their nation.

India is proud to have charismatic and lucid journalists like Dr. Prannoy L Roy,Rajdeep Sardesai, Barkha Dutt, Zakka Jacob, Sagarika Ghose and many more.All have become prey to the TRP ratings and failed to deliver the news which is in need of the hour. Present news to the public which have an impact on them and the country and the TRP ratings shall take care of itself.