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Catch our Cricketers doing this…

29 Jan

The BBC Website carries the main reason why Adam Gilchrist decided to retire.

Australia wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist says a dropped catch in the fourth and final Test against India convinced him to retire from international cricket.

Gilchrist, whose error meant VVS Laxman survived, said it dawned on him he should quit “somewhere between the ball hitting my gloves and the ground”.

Do you think any of our guys will do this? No way… they need to be prised out…

Kumble “turns” 600

18 Jan

Fellow “Banashankrite” Anil Kumble became only the 3rd bowler after Warne and Murali to take 600 Wickets. Of course our TV Channels are vying with each other to congratulate Captain Kumble and singing paeans about how he has never been given the accolades he deserves.

One thing he can be proud of is that he carries himself with the dignity of a King. I think thats enough.

700 next? The odds are stacked against him in terms of age, but then you can never count him out. When he took 500 wickets, people said the same thing.

UPDATE: Nishanth Arora in his blog on IBN Live writes an open letter to the BCCI lamenting the fact that no one from the BCCI has seen it fit to congratulate Kumble on his achievement.

Cushy Job = Contentment?

26 Sep

Treading on thin ice here…

One of the characters that I talked about in my Vijaya High Chronicles is Shetty of the Churumuri Gaadi fame (see Vijaya High Chronicles – Lunch Breaks). Now he has been bringing his cart in front of the school during lunchtime for over 30 years. Probably More. Come evenings he is in front of R.V Teachers College (2nd Block Jayanagar) selling idlis. Needless to say he is very popular and has a loyal customer base.

Which begged the question from Mukund (my senior at VHS).

“how they are able to do the same job for last 30 to 40 years-but still smiling -contradictory to many professionals”

So what is the reason? Contentment and Satisfaction? Lack of Ambition? (not saying this is bad), Lack of Opportunities?

On the other hand we have our new age professionals making money hand over fist. Yet they always keep looking for the next big thing.

So Why????

Success for Vinay !!

17 Aug

Sometime ago Aditya had written this post about Vinay who was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) and looking for a transplant.

Good News !!!

After a long hard struggle, Vinay has found a donor and is getting ready for a transplant.

His ordeal has also provided a foundation for a registry of South Asian Donors in the USA (incidentally a South Asian has a 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a donor in the USA).

All the best to Vinay. Heres wishing him a speedy recovery.

Amazing Video

21 Jun

A link to this was posted on Porcupyn’s (can you guess who this is?) Blog. An Amazing video of teamwork and what happens when the “weak and oppressed” get pissed off.

Hey SET Max !!! Are you watching ESPN?

7 Jun

I hope the powers that be at SET Max are watching ESPN’s coverage of the Afro-Asia cup.

Totally Professional. Especially the way they carry Advertisements. Unlike SET Max.

Frankly speaking, the difference in timing (when they start adverts after an over) is just a few seconds. That makes ALL the difference. They actually wait for the commentator to finish what he is saying before cutting away for an Ad.

Plus they dont have the Dancing Tiger doing the “bhalle bhalle”.. thank God !!

Meeting One’s Hero

1 Jun

I still remember meeting G.R Vishwanath when I was in 9th grade at a party. What struck me was his humility. He was at the peak of his career then. Yet he took time off and talked to me for a long long time. I will never forget that evening.

The wheel came a full circle last week when Nikhil (incidentally in 9th grade) got to meet HIS hero Javagal Srinath. He had missed out on a couple of earlier opportunities to meet with Srinath. The look of joy on his face when he finally came face to face was a sight to behold.

As Vishy was, Srinath is someone who wears fame easily. Down to earth despite his achievements. That makes him even more special.

Heres a picture… Nikhil’s face says it all 🙂


A Source of Inspiration

16 May

He was known to us as Chayanna. For those of us who were in Engineering during the 80’s, he was a legend. His free classes in 9th Block Jayanagar was the only one of its kind and that too during a time when people made more money teaching private lessons than their regular jobs.

I first met him as my Physics teacher at RVCE. His first comment to me: “Yenappa National College huduga naa? Yella Tarale hudugru kanro neevu”.

He was gentle but firm and knew his subject in and out. He would go on to become an inspiration to a lot of us. Ask anyone who lived in Jayanagar 9th Block or 4th T Block about Chayanna in the 80’s and 90’s and you are liable to get an answer bordering on reverence.

The story behind his free classes is legendary. College teaching in several of the engineering subjects was not great those days. Taking to Chayanna one day, a group of us mentioned it. He immediately said, he’d teach us. So he would read the engineering books at night and teach us the next day. His clarity of teaching of Engineering subjects was phenomenal (even though he was a Physics teacher). All for free. We would use someones shed and a few benches for classrooms.

As we moved on in Engineering college he became more of a friend and advisor. Always willing to buy us a Dose and Kaapi. Helping us with our goals and even helping a lot of guys with jobs, encouraging people to study further.

As I came to my third year, he helped me pick out the Colleges in the US to attend. In fact he wanted to go to the USA to pursue his PhD as well. So, we’d do the searches together. But somehow he decided not to. I think that was because he had a higher calling.

Where is Chayanna today? He is one of the top people at the Art of Living Foundation . From what I hear he handles their education programmes. I haven’t seen him in years (my fault entirely), but looking back at what he did for hundreds of students, I think he’s happiest doing what he is now.

VHS Chronicles Updates

6 May

Check out the latest saga “Wheres your paper?” on the Vijaya High Chronicle page.

The Lady and the Bully

6 May

Interesting things keep happening during my walks and Sunday was no exception. I was standing at a junction trying to decide on which way to walk (yes yes, I have no set route). A lady driving a car arrived at the junction and was waiting for traffic on the main road to clear up before turning.

The car behind hers is being driven by a young stud accompanied by 3 friends and loud thumping music. They start honking at her as if she is stalling all traffic. This is something that REALLY REALLY ticks me off. When a car is at a junction, its up to the driver of the car to make a decision WHEN he or she makes a move. I hate it when people behind me honk in an effort to make decisions for me.

So these kids keep honking and start gesturing. Then the lady does something that made her a hero in my eyes. She switched off the car, got down, and approached the car behind her. Our heroes who were so aggressive a minute ago suddenly fell silent. Music went off. She approached the driver and asked a simple question “Can you see the road?” to which the guy mumbled something like “No..but.. but…”.. then she said “I can see the road and I WILL DECIDE WHEN I WANT TO GO… If you want to go, climb over me”… by now the guy was suitably humbled and was simply nodding and had this silly grin. As with all bullies he crumbled when confronted.

So next time you honk at a car in front of you… remember, its THEIR decision.. not yours.