Thursday, December 15, 2005

Pawar Play!!!!!

Cricket is a flourishing business and we need a businessman to run it. This is what the logic given when people like Jagmohan Dalmia and IS Bindra, who might have note even held a bat ever, were leading BCCI. It did make business sense as BCCI grew richer and richer at the cost of some non-sensical cricketing decisions. Obviously, for a business man, business takes precedence over cricket. And now politics is taking precedence over cricket because we have a prime ministerial candidate running the organization.

Politics is all about relative power gap between you and your opponent, be it strengthening yourself or weakening him. Chuck out all those who brought in opponent Dalmiya’s candidate dada into the side. Gopal sharma, Yashpal Sharma and Pranab Roy dropped as national selectorsn and Sanjay Jagdale, an old pro along with Bhupinder Singh (Sr.) and Ranjib Biswal form the replacing party. Let’s discount the reason for the change in selection policy; it might well be a thanksgiving act. As per the new team, none of them have even a single test cap under their kitty.

Next step is placating your financers. Zee gets the telecasting right on the very next day. New sponsors are invited and the way rights have been sold, we might never see Bhogle and co. commenting on Indian team.

Next, its time for rectify the mistakes. Dada had a controversial inclusion in the side before the series. But once he was, he deserved his chances. Channai was washed off. He played to respectable and crucial knocks in Kotla and got admiration from Chappel and Dravid. Within hours dada is dropped off. Income the Mumbai kid Jaffer with a 267 against delhi. Jaffer has had his chances in seven matches and was not spectacular. Agreed his recent performances have been good enough to earn a place in the side but do we need a third opener in the side at the cost of a middle order batsman. And does it make sense to give Jaffer’s domestic record precedence over international performances by Kaifs, Rainas.

If you bring him in, let him have his chances. That’s the principle Indian cricket has followed in last 5 years. But with the change at top, principles seem to be taking a walk back to the era of 90s.

Pawar play seems to be all set to bring back the dominance of affluence and politics to the Indian cricket. Don’t be surprised if all these VRV Singhs and RP Singhs turn out to be AW Jaidis of early 90s.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

My First Flight.

If given a choice between getting up late and getting killed, I would pick the former. But you do not get many choices in life. That is what happened to me today morning. I was so used to of getting late around 10:30 in the morning. I had to wake up at 7 today.

First atrocity of changing cities. It all started by a flight journey, the first of my life. I was thrilled, nervous, chirpy and loud as usual. I made some 10 calls to my friend to share my feelings. But bloody hell, all of them become busy as soon as I want them not to be. But I still managed to keep them engaged over the phone. I was so loud that I feared if those guys would throw me out.

Everyone was wishing me a safe journey and a beautiful neighbor. Traditionally I have never been lucky with the fairer sex in my journeys. It’s just twice that I’ve had the privilege of a female co passenger. Once I kept my self busy playing with a little kid, on the other occasion I ran into “Shobhna Fiasco”. Traditions smiled at me and my co passenger turned out to be a 90kg giant.

Anyways, the flight took off. I was wondering how come tall Bangalore buildings were looking like tiny toys, how beautiful were the clouds, the sky was so clear above the clouds. And suddenly all these heavenly feelings disappeared into the fear of heaven or may be hell. The flight had run into some cloud, so the pilot decided to decrease the altitude and the plane fell freely for only a couple of seconds. I thought we were going to crash.

I realized two things in two seconds. First, human mind will always be better than any processor. I could visualize the entire series of “The Lost”. Second, if I really love something, it is my own life. Everyone is scared of death.

But everything was safe and fine. I was back into clouds again. Few moments later, I shifted from the land of “hallis” to the land of “vadis”.

During the flight I realized, for every cloud, there was a cloud higher than it trying to touch the sky. But even the highest cloud could not touch the sky because sky does not exist. But the water on earth is always valued more than the highest cloud trying to touch the sky.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

What's Your Age???

I just turned 27 this month. But if you divide the country’s population based on age, I’ll fall into the senior and less populated segment. Suddenly it all fills me up with nostalgia about my younger days. Shut up!!!!! I am still young and will be so for years to come.

But the size of younger segment and an opening economy has really changed the face and soul of our society. So has been the extent of changed that one of my friend changed his decision of shifting his kids from US of A to India because he found us a bit too modern for his liking. Believe me, I am not exaggerating.

There have been drastic changes in spending patterns. Spurred by the liberalization process, there has been a gradual move away from a supply-constrained economy to a demand-driven one. Moreover, the typical Indian consumer's mindset has changed as well. Austerity is no longer considered a virtue and debt is not a taboo any more in a typical middle-class Indian family.

As per KSA Technopark survey, 12.1% of annual income used to go in savings and investments in 1999. In 2002, the figure dropped to 5%. Spending on home appliances, movies, eating out, health care and so called hang-out activities have been much more than ever before. With so much of youth, we proudly say, “We have a productive future”.

Although I agree, these survey teams never reach the poorest and darkest parts of the country. Such an economy does lift the standard of living of middle class but it does increase the divide between those who badly need and those who already have.

But what is the fate of this demand driven and consumption based economy after 10 years. If the average age of country is around 25-30 currently, it will be touching 35-40 in next 10 years.

Come ‘on, at 40 you cannot go out and booze everyday. You will have kids to worry for. You will have the cut off for retirement of 58 years to watch for. And you will have a whole lot off things to watch for. Suddenly the spendthrift youth will turn a “save for future” matured. The saving bug will catch up with most of us. It might well be a U turn to supply driven and saving based economy. But what about all these pubs, malls, cinema halls?

Its not that whole nation will turn old. But they will definitely draw lesser crowds and hence face a challenging economical misbalance.

This is the problem, if a country has age distribution which is dominated by a particular age group. The fate of the economy becomes highly age driven. It gets into a vicious cycle and takes ages to come out of it.

But vision and economics are the two words non existent in my dictionary. So if even a synonym of one of these two words exists in your dictionary, you have all the rights to disagree with me. But that does not deny me of my right of writing any crap I like.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Let's Just be Friends!!!!

I received a mail titled “of Break-ups & Friendships (written by a gal)”. It started with the lines “Let's just be good friends.”

And I could not help but agreeing with the rest of the content. The most painful words you can ever listen to if you have been in love. It is not my personal experience but I have been tired of writing about cricket. So why not write on something least expected from me.

It has always been the most painful bane of one sided love affairs. “Oh ho, you have been such a nice friend, let it be the way it has been.” “I see you as such a close friend, but I am sorry. You cannot be more than that”. Words feel like molten glass into your ears. You feel like killing the person who is designing and decorating you with adjectives and ending the sentence with a painfully killing six letter word “friend”.

“To hell with friendship, I am person good enough to have loads of friends.” “Bloody hell. I did not need to speak my heart out, just to find out if I was a good friend of yours or not. ” Come’ on. You cannot speak it out.

“You are a gem of a person, but not of my kind.” Or “I cannot help it if I like someone else”. Or “I am not the right person for you. I’ll only spoil your life”. These are the standard replies you get.

And you reply, “hmmmm….okay. That’s fine”. Not to forget, with a cute and crying smile on your face. But deep down you heart you are like “Wish I could kill you bitch/bastard”.

Slowly you start telling your self, “Life is much more than just valuing a person more than you should. Get on with it”. Alcohol and few friends come as a savior for you.

It is the decision time. If you have been intelligent enough to realize that life is bigger than a four letter word, it starts becoming better for you. But if you have been foolish enough to fall for the adjectives about your friendship, only God can help you. Its like a cancer, infection just multiplies. Chemotherapy is not the answer, only a surgery can heal it. As the time passes by, even a surgery may not save you. You spend nights and nights just to wait if a no will turn yes. But that does not happen. Because the other person knows, he/she has a perfect backup to fall upon. It becomes like smoking, you know it kills but just cannot live without your cigarette.

While your counterpart simply enjoys the attention you give to him/her. But you cannot help but let him/her enjoy. May be you become a bit too wary of loosing out on the sunk cost. The wait for the pain to end continues.

Meanwhile, if you have been suffering by the trauma explained above, simply avoid me. In true sadist spirits, I’ll make you feel the pain even more than it actually is.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Earning 175k USD does take some doing!!!!

There is one thing I like about software industry. You are never short of any information. Greg Chappel wrote an email to BCCI few days back. It does take sometime to leak out such confidential documents, but just take few seconds to spread the word. I have received three copies of the mail from three different sources and in three different formats. And EOD still seems pretty far.

When BCCI started the most high profile quest in the history of world cricket, search for India’s coach, it was a fortune on offer. Contacts and brand image took precedence over the past proven records. BCCI managed to miss Dave Whatmore and hired the man with great aura and a huge mouth, Greg Chappel. It followed by loads interviews, news about his magical methods and magnanimous promises that he will change the fate of Indian cricket.

Within the first few months of his stint got started, we are facing the biggest controversy in last 5 years. To be fair, there has not been any controversy in Wright era. I do not want to get into the discussion of who should captain India or what should be the composition of final eleven. That is a different matter all together.

But if such is the chaos created, God help Indian cricket. If Ganguly was wrong in leaking out the talk between him and Chappel, who is responsible for the email leak out?

I agree that on batting performance, Ganguly does not deserve a place in the side. In Australia, they pick the best 11 first, and one of them captains the side. And if anyone performs below par, chuck him out. You chuck out one Mark Waugh, you get Katich. Michael Clarke forces out Darren Lehman. But this is India. We have not been able to find out a specialist opener ever since Gavaskar retired. Wicket keepers enter with loads of promise and disappear into oblivion with in no time. That’s what dada said when he was made captain, “We lack serious talent”. We do not have readymade talent as in Australia. We need to mushroom and groom talent and tolerate their failure. If dada is blamed to spoil Kaif’s and Yuvraj’s test career today, it’s his policies of being patient with them that they have groomed to become a threat. I do not want to comment on Ganguly’s inclusion in the side in the current squad. But what message you send across the team by saying that if you do not perform, just move out. No chances given, no questions asked.

Young brigade was the biggest gun in Ganguly-Wright era because it was given the confidence that the will to perform will get precedence over failures on the field. If you have will and talent, it does take command of the situation sooner or later.

Chappel missed the whole point here. He tried to be a bit too fast in his methods. It ended as a bit too furious. It was “Lets drop off the garbage ASAP” attitude. But we mostly have garbage. So you have to find out the best from the same lot again and again. We do not have many and ‘worth trying’ replacements. And such a step hampers the confidence of our over hyped (not their fault, mind you) cricketers badly. We are so used to of protected economy. A sudden free trade is seen as a murderer for us. But protection does bring in ‘must avoid’ complacency. To keep it away is a Himalayan task. But then, you do not get a suit in Taj Residency and 175 thousand USD for writing blogs.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Let's give the Devil it's Due.

As expected, India wrapped up the series with ultimate ease. There was no resistance from Zimbabwe. And where is their future heading, no one knows.

But spare a few thoughts for Heath Streak and Tadenda Taib, probably the only world class players Zimbabwe has.

Cricket is not the number one game in Zimbabwe. Even in mid and late 90s, when Zimbabwe cricket was seeing its best days, they were selecting their player from a limited bunch of cricketers. Fending a sponsor was a problem even them. Playing for Zimbabwe not being a lucrative career option forced many key players like Neil Johnson to move out of the country. To make the matters worse, Mugabe appeared with his political theories. Whether they were right or wrong, they did hit their cricket badly. With in next few years, they lost most of their stars of 1999 world cup. Age, fitness reasons and politics deprived them off the talents like Flower brothers, Whittel, Johnson, Olonga and many more. These names may not be world record holders, but they are good enough to make any side a competent one.

All black policy brought Taibu as the captain of Zimbabwe. And he has been a real star for them. No team can expect anything extra from a player. Zimbabwe’s attack has been kind enough in allowing opposition to pile on runs and runs. Taibu keeps wickets for all that time. Only help he gets from his talented (???) bowlers is the rate at which opposition is allowed to score. So if with a normal team he would have kept for 100 overs for a certain score, his bowlers don’t let him keep more than 80 overs for same score. Then he has to bat as a pseudo opener. He is generally in within a few overs. If that is not enough, he has to roll his arm over to break partnerships.

Now Heath Streak. The guy is a good enough all-rounder to get a chance in any of the English counties or in Australian or South African domestic cricket. But he refuses to do so. I do not know about his bank balance, but he is definitely missing on some extremely good opportunities abroad. He is their best bowler by far, best fielder and apart from Taibu, only BATSMAN in the side. Just imagine the amount of hard work he needs to put in to keep him fit. Without Heath Streak, Zimbabwe’s attack is not even club level.

I salute to the grit and determination of these two cricketers. Wonder where they get the motivation to get them going. Especially if they do not get the respect and recognition they deserve.

It is easy to call Shane Warne the best leg spinner so far and spend rims of papers writing about him or about Shachin Tendulkar or Brian Lara or any other cricketing legend. No denying their talents, but they always got enough rewards and claps to keep them going. And there is no better motivation than your hard work being recognized.

But as per two Zimbabwe players, there is no external motivation. They have to generate it from within.

And why should there be any external motivation? Bottom line is, there team is a failure, and so are their efforts.

It’s so typical of human nature. Success has many fathers, failure dies as an orphan.

Be it cricket or life, success is always a result of an equation which contains four letter word called luck. If Taibu was born in the poverty of Zimbabwe and not India, it is not his fault. There is nothing he could have done about it. And if Shane Warne was born in the affluence of Australia and not in Zimbabwe, there is nothing he has done in it. Luck ends there, it’s your hard work, grit, determination, mental toughness and achievements what make or break a person. All these are purely in his/her hands. And if the person has been honest enough to acquire all these, give the bloody respect he/she deserves.

On these parameters, Streak and Taibu are no smaller players than any of the big names. But a four letter word has handicapped their efforts forever.We never do it, even though we all fall prey to this trait.

Sometimes human nature becomes the most fetid creature on this planet. It skinks only when the pain is in our own hearts.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Stop "Ganguly Bashing!!!!"

“I have always been the whipping boy.” That’s what Suarav Ganguly said when he failed to earn a berth in Asian XI playing against African XI. Forget it, there are some very good in-form batsmen in Asia. You cannot completely disagree with the selectors even if you stay in Behala. Even I did not disagree with the selectors.

Today, Dada scored a hundred against Zimbabwe. It was a slow one. Although I have not seen the match, but I am sure it must have been a patchy one. But an international hundred is a hundred. And it did help India in scoring a match winning score. No matter how many balls Ganguly faced how many lives he got and even he managed to run out Laxamn by his notorious running between the wickets, he does deserve a pat on his back. Instead, all my colleagues were praying for him to get out ASAP. “Ganguly should be thrown out”. But tell me why? And tell me who will replace him as a captain.

Let’s get this straight. Ganguly is not in the side for his batting prowess, he is in the side for his leadership qualities. Leave aside his record, he has been instrumental in grooming talents like Sehwag, Yuvraj, Kaif, Pathan and many others. A good captain is not just about winning; it’s also about designing future.

Ganguly has been more successful than other captains in the recent past.

Forget it all. If you remove Ganguly, someone will have to captain the side. Tell me who? We have very few options,

1. Dravid, but do you put your backbone over your head? He goes out to bat within the first few overs because more often then not, Sehwag’s madness gets precedence over his madness. Agreed, let him captain the side. But remember, with Sachin never fully fit, you risk of loosing your best batsman. And then Ganguly and Dravid are of same age. It does take some time to mature as a captain. By the time Dravid matures as a captain, time for him to say goodbye will not be far away.

2. Sachin, but we have seen him in the past. He is a great cricketer but a poor motivator. And his injuries are so fond of creating epic tales. For his name in the squad, rarity has taken precedence over regularity.

3. Sehwag, a remote possibility. But looking at the current side, only he has the certainty of a place among the youth brigade. But its way too early to let him lead the side.

Mike Brearly played 39 tests for England with a batting average of 22.88. He captained England in 31 tests, won 18. Brearly is regarded as the best cricket captain ever played for England. Looking at his record, it is crystal clear that he could hold on to his English cap only because of his captaincy skills.

Compared with him, Ganguly averages 38 as a captain. Why cannot we do the same with Ganguly? Just that England had a very good option as Brearly (Botthom played under him); we do not have any choice.. His last year has been a total disaster. But name one player who has performed consistently since then. Even Dravid was clueless in the series against Australia. Just give Ganguly one more chance as a captain. I agree if he is not captaining the side, he does not deserve a place in the side.

But I admire Ganguly for his grit, mental toughness and determination. When the entire country is against him, he is standing tall and scoring runs. Does not matter to me if its against Zims, a test hundred is a test hundred.

To hell with Behala if it does not support Ganguly, I support out Indian captain.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Let's Laugh.

Are you sick of Ekta Kapoor’s painful soap operas which are all about family problems, extramarital affairs and loads of tears? Where no one is a legitimate child of his/her parents? Watching one single episode means you cannot have the courage of watching the entire serial for next few months. And if you are stupid enough to watch it again after few months, you wonder as if time stood still for last few months.

Ever since cable TV entered our lives, lot has changed. As far as I remember, it all started in early 90s. Before that, it was all Doordarshan. And DD always ensured that entertainment through television was a luxury. Consider yourself lucky if you get 2 movies a week, forget asking what movies. You get to few some songs every week in Chitrahar or Rangoli. Although they were so repetitive that sometimes radio sounded better than your television set. As far as sports, you were at complete mercy of DD.

But things started changing in 90s. It’s changed so much that I wonder if people, especially in cities and town, remember that there is a channel called DD.

But excess of everything is bad. If DD provided entertainment like a trickle, cable TV is pouring it in abundance. But excess kills quality. And you do not only know it, you feel it when you reach home everyday. We just swap channels instead of watching anyone of them.

But after so many years I have liked a TV serial so much that I actually watch commercials in each episode as well, just to make sure I do not miss anything. And it is true with most of the people I know. “India’s Greatest Laughter Challenge” is like a new product in the world of TV serials. It falls in the category of “Meri Aawaz suno”, or “Fame Gurukul”. But skills tested deserve much more respect than they have been credited with.

To be a singer, you must be blessed with an audible voice. And then you can learn singing. But to be a comedian, its all about your wits and timing, you do not need any god gift. To make it more difficult, no one can teach how to make others laugh. Plus, you need to be an excellent observant.

Comedy is such an ironical art. A below average singing performance can easily avoid crowd’s rage. But a slightly below average comedian, forget it. Crowd will teach you the meaning of the word “nightmare”.

But this serial makes sure that you have few tickles it not a loud laughter. At least their top three performers always force you to smile. Be it “Buddha Gabbar” by Raju Srivastava or “ Bhavnaon ko samjho” by Sunil Pal or hilarious style of Ehsan Quraishi.

Keep going guys. I have paid in five figures for my television set. I want a payback.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Raining Ashes!!!

I am not an Australian supporter. Neither have I carried any form of animosity against England team. All I wanted was a good cricket series. And what a wonderful series it has been.
But I do believe in destiny and my belief has been strengthened by the way rain god showed his bias towards England. England wrapped up Australia’s 7 wickets with in the span of few overs. But it was a blessing in disguise for Australia. From that point on, only two results were possible.
Either England could bat out for 90 overs or so, score 300 odd runs and try to bowl out Australia in nearly 50 overs. Most likely result was a draw.
Second possibility was that Australia could bowl England out for a small total and then chase it. And if overcast condition could help Hoggard and Flintoff so well, they would have definitely helped Macgrath even more. Plus, there was, more than even desperate to take wickets, Shane Warne to tackle. He claimed England’s highest scorer of the first innings with a hard new ball. God knows what was in store for the future. But unfortunately for Australia, it was just dark and gloomy clouds. If Shane Warne was given a chance to make a wish, he would have wished night vision for English eyes.
I liked the way English and Australia supporter’s reactions. One party was too eager to show off their umbrellas where as the other one was dying to take their shirts off. It really cannot get better then this.
Today Australia has only 98 overs to protect their 16 years old glory. A result is very unlikely. But Warne will believe that “It takes just 10 balls to get a team out.” Yet another engrossing day of cricket is insured. But no matter how small the cloud is, it can always hide the sun.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Man is an animal: A social one.

One of my friends has suggested me to read a book called "How to win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. I’ve just gone through the brief of the book, courtesy google. It suggests not to criticize, condemn or complain, to give honest and sincere appreciation and to arouse in the other person an eager want along with other tons of things. All in all, it teaches us to just be goodie-goodie. The book seems to be talking a lot about friendship and love as well.

But is it not common sense not being very common. All of us want everything to be nice to us. We all like others being polite to us, we all like criticism in its sweetest sugar coated packing. Who does not want to be pampered by others? But like a true fast bowlers, even though we love to receive juicy full-tosses while batting, we try our best to deliver hostility while bowling. When we are down, we want others to show the niceties of an angel, but never miss a chance to pass the harshest of comments. Hypocrisy and humans start with the same alphabet. Politeness and humbleness are rare entities.

Or probably it’s the animal instincts in human blood. Even in this age when modernization belongs to the list of clichés, murdering a human is not completely illegitimate. One just has to have a reason for it, be it war or capital punishment.

Similarly love is not the first word starting from L. Lust is. The greed to satisfy one’s basic needs will always supersede the intellectual richness of humans. And it will never let us learn the meaning of love. To love someone, you may not see him/her at all, leave aside talking or meeting. But human mind starts from meeting and ends at mating. Lust wins over love. It’s your greed for meat like animals. This want for meat is to mate.

Probably man is not destined to be a human. He will remain an animal forever. Just that he calls himself a social animal.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Resuffling the Pecking Order.

Ian Chappel predicted a 3-1 result before the series. And it could well be true. What a great Oracle? Only difference is, it’s exactly opposite to what he predicted. After 16 years, England is all set to bring its glory back. The last test at Oval will reshuffle the pecking order in test cricket.
Picture looks perfect for England but for Simon Jones’ ankle. Their batsmen are in form and more importantly leg byes are not the only options for them against Shane Warne. Flintoff seems to have decided to send Ian Bothom into oblivion.
They just need to find out a hiding place on the field for their “best fielder” Pietersen. He belongs to a different breed all together. Rahul Dravid made us wait for ages to score his first test ton. Agarkar took 6 years to get his first five wicket haul in tests. But why just talk about batsmen and bowlers. Pietersen has decided to earn some respect for fielders also. And whole country is waiting for his first catch.
Picture does not look so rosy for Australia. Macgrath is still fighting injuries. People run away from retirement. Heyden seems to be doing exactly opposite. Gillespi is making all kinds of terrifying faces but still not tasting any success. Looks like as if even lady luck has decided to use her travel Visa.
Australia has ruled the world cricket for so many years. I think it’s high time some other team takes over. This is extremely essential for cricket to sustain as a game. Even a 2-1 lead has made it the numero uno game in England. Just wish, one day, India also realizes its belongingness pecking order.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Money Crunches!!!

It was a typical boring and tiring day. I thought of calling my sister in the evening and suddenly realized that I have been denied this facility. My mobile service provider releases a warning to pay some interim payment on 25th of every month and if I do not pay within two days, they show their supremacy. Whereas my mobile bill always crosses the ever increasing credit limit set for my account. Even after my repeated requests, they have not changed the date for making the payment. Wish they could understand the economic life cycle of my bank account. As a new month unfolds, it starts as a member of middle class society and it drops down below the line of poverty even before the last week has arrived.

Being a gregarious person, I always boast of having loads of friends, so just thought of borrowing some money. After all what are friends for?

First target was my college friends. And I was stunned to see not even a single reply for my loan application. And for two of my most trusted friends, they were almost computer illiterates few months back. Bloody where did they learn sending mailer-demons?

Next target were my room mates. I belong to underprivileged strata of bachelor’s society who share their shelter with same sex. One of my room mates gives stringent competition to my bank accounts poverty. Other one asked me to hold on for a second, and that second lasted for hours. I targeted few others in vain.

Its 31st today, hopefully my account will drastically change its social status.

But sometimes its fun when you are finically squeezed. When you pass by a gas station on your vehicle, you look at the gas station with dreams and your gas tank with worrying fear. You pass by an ATM and your heart fills up with loads of nostalgia. You start respecting your credit card more than your employer. And suddenly the four letter word ‘wait’ starts sounding longer then ever. But it is fun.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Murphy is smiling!!!

I am an optimist. I do not believe in Murphy’s laws. But the ‘Ashes’ is making me believe that when it starts going wrong, almost everything goes wrong. It happens to such an extent that a bad judge of a run tries to find an excuse in the law for substitute fielders. It pulls you to a level where you start defying your definition of Gentleman ness. Even the good balls start finding their way into the crowd, your best fielder starts dropping sitters and even terrible shots start falling yards from the fielders. Perhaps Murphy has chosen Australia as his guinea pig this time.
Too close for comfort. Nail biting. That’s what Ashes has been this year. Apart from the first match, Australia has been in trouble because of some excellent cricket played by their opponents. England has been in trouble because of their stupidity, although they have managed to get out of it almost every time.
Hats off to England for there outstanding performance. But one should not overlook Australian efforts. Their last two wickets were able to reduce the margin of defeat from over a hundred to just two runs. Next time, the last pair was able to deny the defeat by surviving hand-grenades from English pacers. And yesterday, when England was chasing a modest total, they made sure that entire Barmy Army was counting their heartbeats.
There is the difference between greatness and sparks of brilliance. Greatness is achieved by years of hard work, planning and whole lot of things. Sparks of brilliance could be your talent getting synchronized with the lady luck.
India played some very good cricket between years 2002 and 2004. Reasons could be a coach who could make the difference, a captain who could lead the side, young blood with refreshing attitude or many more. In fewer words, it was just another story of all the pieces falling into their places. But it was not greatness. As soon as lady luck alienated the individual talents we are so proud of, we find ourselves tottering against a side like Zimbabwe.
Look at Australia, ever since Alan Border took over, they started building it brick by brick. They achieved greatness. Even with terribly out of form Hayden and Gillespi, even with an injured Macgrath, even with a Gilchrist looking to compete with Parthiv Patel in stupidity, they can come close to squeezing the best English side we have seen in years. That is what expected from a great side. Even in their worst days, they are able to make a heart specialist a bit richer.
A lot goes in making a building, but it lasts for years. Accumulation can only give you a heap, and it cannot even survive the wind.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Who writes Blogs!!!!!

I slept at 4 o’clock in the morning. Within a couple of hours I felt as if I was sitting in a cricket stadium and everyone around me was yelling for Indian bowlers to bowl tight line and length in the slog overs. Pretty soon I realized that the feeling of being in a place, I would love to be was because of Air Deccan. They had opened their counter for the most awaited air ticket in the history of mankind. It charges you almost nothing for taking you from Bangalore to Delhi. Try booking your tickets and if you and your ISP are fast enough, who knows?

Welcome to the world of small airlines. Their target segment is AC-III tier train travellers. And they are getting ample help from their direct competitors. Go check Spice Jet’s ad on Indian railway’s homepage.

It’s a simple business model. We have a fast, trendy and young population, especially in main cities. Everyone hates to take the pain of long train journeys and they do it even more. And in a country like India where displacements have always been lesser then distances, why do you need food, leg space and other avoidable facilities in a flight? The competition is increasing everyday. In fact it has reached such a stage where piece of meat is becoming the main attraction. Not the one you get to eat but the one you get to see. And why not, more then half of our population is below my age. B for business is the first word in the lexicon of Vijay Malaya. No matter if this trend last or not. Starting small airlines was a perfect example of recognizing a business opportunity and capitalizing on it. It’s about seeing through future. To give yet another example, let’s look at the business of matrimonial sites. Considering the average age of our country, sites like shadi.com were launched at the best possible time. They are enjoying the time what banks providing investments opportunities will in few years down the line.

It’s all about visualizing the future and visualizing it correctly. Only few in millions do so while others write blogs.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Mangal Mangal!!!!!

An actor with tremendous potential, an off-beat director and a great music director, all with a backdrop of a great revolution. What do you expect? A good if not a great movie. But Mangal Pandey, the rising fails to fulfill this promise. All we get is extremely intense acting from Amir Kahn, 4-5 sensuous songs, tons of cleavage and a typical BollyWood movie bed scene. Otherwise the movie is much below the expectations built by Amir Khan’s Mangan Pandey appearances in last few years.

I have never been able to understand one thing. Why the hell on earth, every character in our movies must have a love story. He/she must sing songs, shed loads of tears and kiss only chins and cheeks when they are making love.

I hate reading but whatever history I have read, Mangal Pandey is not blessed with many words in history books. He seems to be a very small character in the great revolution. Still if Amir Khan and Ketan Mehta claim that they have done loads of research on the character, they deserve some credit. But what was the result of that research? Love stories?

Movie would have been much better if they would have given more importance to the symbols like “Roti” and “Lal Quila” than a Bengali widow sleeping with a British Officer. Wish they had paid more attention to the story than songs but making a movie in India without songs requires guts. Only Ramgopal Verma has those guts but unfortunately Mangal Pandey was neither an underworld don nor a ghost to interest Ramu.

All in all, it’s been an injustice to wait of four years for an Amir Khan movie. Yet another case of “would have been an epic tale”.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Morality is a heavy word

Bangalore is the most ideal city in India only if one could reduce its population by half, only if one could increase the size of roads by double or only if one could ……and there are so many ifs. Traffic really kills here. Few days back I was driving back home when a traffic policeman caught me. He asked me for my license, I did not have it. Bike-papers, I did not have them. Karnataka number, the bike did not have it. And on top of that I was drunk. I was due a fine for whole lot of things which would have eaten up whatever I had in my account. I used my bargaining skills and the policeman used his. Ultimately we settled down at some amount and the problem was solved. Its not called bribing someone, its giving respect to each other’s needs. I reached home; there was news on TV about some scam. For next two hours I, along with my friends, was discussing corrupt politicians & officials and how they are poisoning our system.
Morality is like a party for a truly unwanted reason. You can enjoy it only if you are not paying. All of us boast about our ethical values and complain about the irregularities & discrepancies in the system. “Wish I had a magic sword to eradicate this” is the most popular saying. But as soon as the sword seeks your own blood, either you will the first to run off or we design the sword so that it will not recognize your blood at all. One must be flexible right?
Australia has been champion side by some distance for quite a lot of years. Suddenly they have realized that greed to win has introduced tons of dishonesty in the game. And it’s their moral responsibility to force it out. So they offered a “walker” policy to England in the current Ashes series which says “Do not wait for umpire’s decision, just walk off”. Sometimes poor decisions do make bowlers toil harder then they should. And with aging bowlers, Australians definitely wanted to avoid it. But Ponting was disappointed to know that their opponents were inferior to them not only on playgrounds but also on moral grounds.
With in the span of few weeks, first conception met the bitter truth. And last evening, this bitter truth taught Ponting that flexibility is a trait one must have.
A Steve Harminson bouncer forced Ponting to play a false shot. Ball just kissed his gloves and Jones accepted the catch gleefully. A loud appeal and something very basic to human nature occurred. Ponting did not walk. The whole event took some 5 seconds, but one could see a 3 hours long BollyWood emotional drama on his face. The edge was clear even without a replay. But what if umpire misses it, what if umpire is bluffed with the honest image Australians have pretended in the series, what if……….? There were still 4 overs left to be played and next batsman due had a record for most number of ducks. Getting out at this stage was allowing an inroad to England to take a 2-1 lead in the series. “Did I promise to walk,….no way”. Why not take a chance? Even a nod from Billy Bowden did not make him walk. “Hey he just nodded his head; I am not out unless he raises his finger”. And he did.
“Tension, being indecisive, confusion, fight with your inner soul, pain are all feelings. One cannot see a feeling.” Is it so? Go watch his dismissal. It was all there on his face. Perhaps this was the only blemish in Ponting’s marathon effort to save the shame. But if you are bold enough to call yourself a gentleman, be brave enough to be one. Else do not pretend.
Morality comes at a heavy price. Be ready to pay for it before you honestly define it.

Friday, August 12, 2005

A Day Full of Realizations.

It was a day full of realizations. It was a day when Michael Vaughn realized that being captain is not his only responsibility, he has to bat and score runs as well. It was a day when Ian Bell realized that he can play Shane Warne with his bat also. It was a day when Matthew Hayden realized that its not only wicket-keepers but also slip fielders need to crouch down and get up late to take catches. And it was a day when Team Australia realized that it’s not every day your opponent will surrender to you, just because you are Team Australia. And the biggest of the all, all of us realized that medical science has advanced so much that 2 cricketers, one walking on crutches and other in the hospital, could be made at the notice of only few minutes.
The match is beautifully poised. It’s not tilted in favor of England. I say so because this match reminds me of some other match. On Boxing Day, 2003 India was playing against Australia in Melbourne. They had just won the last match and their tail was up. At one stage Sehwag was murdering Australian bowlers and Steve Waugh looked completely clueless. He introduced Simon Katich to bowl his innocuous left arm spinners. Sehwag, at 195, was completely thrilled. He was even more thrilled when he saw a full toss from Katich, heaved it only to find a fielder in deep midwicket. At the end of the day, India was 350 for four and ultimately lost the match.
Yesterday Ricky Ponting was looking clueless against his counter part when he introduced Katich. Katich’s juicy full toss compelled a false stroke from Michael Vaughn who was looking ominous at 166. Vaughn did miss hit it to the same deep mid wicket fielder. At the end of the day, England was 341 for four.
Being so close to Independence Day, I sincerely hope that England learns absolutely nothing from Australian team and loose it in the manner India did an year and few months back.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Ashes: What has changed?


“While the England of old could have easily thrown away this match, today's England showed that they have the stomach to fight.”
Cricket is such a cruel and unfair game. I have simply copy-pasted above lines from one of the web sites where they were trying to suggest that there has been a revolutionary change in the balance between these two sides. The current England side is like never before in years.
But had Geraint Jones dropped that catch and the ball would have raced passed the fine leg boundary or had Michael Kasprowicz not nicked and hit next ball for four or had…………………. After all it was such a close call. Even if an extraordinary fielding effort saving a certain boundary by one tenth of a second would have failed, and even in that case we would have appreciated that effort, result was going to be in favor of Australia.
Same lines would have been writing about how Baggy Green guys never give it up, the “never say die” attitude they wear, they can win in any situation and what not. As for England, they just cannot win against Australians.
Being late by just one tenth of a second would have changed the history. Agreed this England side is better than the sides in recent past. Agreed they outplayed Australians for a considerable period of time in the test match, but still, has anything else changed.
England still seems to believe that Pieterson and Flintoff are enough to score loads of runs against Australians so others can save their form for future. They scored 407 on the very first day, but there was no Glen Macgrath to counter with. And the worst of all their beliefs, Shane Warne is a living legend; Every English batsman should donate his wicket generously.
That is the cruelty of cricket. You can always pull a length delivery. If you succeed, “Wow, the guy is such a good judge of length, can pull even good length balls. If you do not, “Has no one taught him the basics, pull only if the ball is shot of length?”
Difference between success and failure could just be a few millimeters on you bat.
Or taking the biggest example, remember that famous tie match between Australia and South Africa in 1999 world cup? Result was tie, means no team was better than the other. Still Australia got all the accolades because they qualified for the finals thanks to the tournament rules. Every one was either praising Australia for their game or crucifying South Africa for being chokers. But was the difference between the two sides was as big as it was shown? Donald run out was a goof up but were there none from Australia? What about the two simplest of catches dropped in final overs by Paul Reiffel or inability to stop Lance Klusner? Only if Klusner had saved one more of his so many bludgeons for that final over. With a changed result, Gibbs would have taken retirement without any guilt feeling.
But ifs and buts count only for those who write fiction. Reality is much bitter and cruel. And strangely all of accept the existence of luck which is nothing but a synonym for ifs and buts. But in case of failure only person who feels its existence is the victim. Like Australia would have been doing right now. Till then, let’s enjoy reading how this England side is a full of spirited and hungry-to-win cricketers.

Friday, August 05, 2005

The Love-Hate Relationship.

India lost to Sri Lanka in the last match from a position any good team would have won. And next day you can find a link on a popular website, Villains for Indian cricket, and then follows a web presentation featuring Dravid, Sehwag, Ganguly as a villain. It’s a different matter Dravid averages 41, 37 and 57 respectively, in the seasons 2003-2005, Sehwag is proving to be one of the most destructive batsman in the world cup and Ganguly has been the best captain we have had so far.

Agreed. We have lost to Sri Lanka in last two matches and did not win as convincingly as expected against a second grade West Indian side. For that matter we have been doing quite badly in last one year. But that does not mean we need to term our players as villains. If they do not play well, criticize them, don’t crucify them.

But that has been the problem with Indian cricket for years. You win a match and media will go paint the town red as if we have won the world cup. You loose next and we demand our team to be thrown into Indian Ocean.

People complain that Indian team never lives up to what has been expected from it, they always perform below their potential and embarrass the country. But who asks you to have such high expectations. Did Mahendra Singh Dhoni ask TOI to write on its sports page, “We have got another Sehwag”, after his century in very second match against Pakistan. Or Sanajay Bangar asked these news papers to compare him with Tendulkar when he scored a hundred in Indian conditions against not such a strong attack. Articles like these build our expectations. And the very next day, in case of a failure, a derogatory article makes these Media-Made heroes look like good for nothing. Hence our attachment with the game is replaced by the attachment with cricketers, be it good or bad. In India we do not love cricket, we love cricketers. Otherwise why would we take more interest in Ganguly’s temple date with nagma as compared to Debashish Mohanty taking all ten wickets in a Ranji match? Actually how many of us even know that how many competitions we have at first class level in domestic cricket? “Who cares, all I just want Tendulkar to score a hundred in every match and win for us”. If he does not do so, throw him out to retirement. “He just plays for his own records, get some one else.” But get who? Considering the state of domestic cricket, we are not going to get Clarkes and Husseys as replacements. Our options are limited. And if we do get some one new, support him till he exhausts all the chances he deserves. But I did see Raina’s name in the list of villains. Give me a break mann!!! The lad has just played three matches, agreed he needs a lot of improvement, but do not turn him a national villain after just three matches. What about three splendid run outs? Do not forget, Ganguly was thrown out into the oblivion after just 10 balls in international cricket, but what a remarkable come back he has made.

But this is the way it goes in India, you score a 50 against Kenya on a dead track, you see a full page photo of yours in next day’s newspaper which will be painting the town red for you. You fail in next match, and could be rest assured that your house would have been painted black. It’s a perfect love-hate relationship or the same old story, success has thousand fathers but failure was born an orphan.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Need credit cards???


“Good afternoon sir. This is Laxmi from so and so bank. Do you hold any credit cards…..?” Most of us get these calls everyday. They can come anytime no matter if you are in a meeting, driving, facing wrath of your boss or getting cozy with your spouse. And the very natural reaction is, “What the F****?”

These companies hiring these callers make sure that you get a call from opposite sex. Well I do not mind receiving calls in such mellifluous voices as I hardly listen to a female voice in office. There are only three of them in my team, one is of my mother’s age, one is married and the one of my age does not speak Hindi and English has always been a distant dream for me.

Ever since economic boom in the country, products like credit cards and mobile phones are fast becoming omnipotent. And now service and product providers are feeling a desperate need for all Indians to have these, as many as possible. They will try their best to reach you in as many ways as possible, be it telemarketing, direct selling, mails or anything else still in pipeline.

I do not know about other countries, but in India, mobile spams are not a rarity.

If I am not wrong, this strategy comes under target marketing. Target marketing applies concept of identifying groups of people (targets) who are more likely to buy your product or service and then delivering the message directly through direct marketing techniques.

These organizations get your contact numbers from various sources, recognize you as a potential customer and target you. But is the strategy as effective as it should be. I do not have any data with me to support any of my arguments. Perhaps one of ten potential customers turns to be an actual one. In fact the only credit card I hold is because of one of such telephone calls. So probably the strategy is effective, just that extent of effect is debatable. But what about getting calls from same organizations to buy their services or products even after your continuous denial? Accept it or not, these calls are irritating more often then not. And repetition irritates even more. This is one aspect of the strategy which needs lot of attention.

A painful thanks giving.


AAAAAhhhhhhhhhhh…………..waiting desperately for my clock to tick 9:30. I have to because client wants to thank us for our hard work. Now there are two things wrongly placed. Number one, I did not do any hard work so why to hold me. And even if you want to thank me, thank you for your painful thank you. Actually my work is yet to get into production; else the same bugger would be asking my boss to hold me up in the office. I hope there is still sufficient time before this formal thank you turns formal threat.

And this clock is moving so slowly, I’ve absolutely no idea how to pass my time. And then I realize what else I have done since morning apart from clicking mouse here and there. So I’ll keep on doing it……btw the call is over and I m off….

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

News!!!!


Finally life is coming at its normal track in Mumbai. Although on of my friends told me last night that it is still raining there. No one knows extent of loss, be it tangible or intangible.

Although I am miles away from Mumbai, thanks to information media, I feel as if I have seen it all myself. You open any website, play any channel on television, chat with any of your friends or call anyone; there is a continuous flow of information about what is happening in Mumbai. In fact one of my friends was giving us a continuous update mails about the well being of my two other friends who were desperately trying to reach home.

Imagine same scenario few years ago, when access to internet meant that you must studying in one of the IITs, when carrying a mobile phone was a symbol of affluence and when DD was the only choice for most of us. You would have received same news and pictures hours, months later after all this happened. This tells us how the advent of new technologies has changed the meaning of life for us. You open your television and all entire channels will be showing you the same news with same picture, claiming that they were the first to get hold on them, and making sure if you miss it on one channel, you do not on other. This is true with every media. And suddenly you start getting bored, no matter what is the severity of the issue. One cannot watch same news all the time. On the other hand, these news providers try their best to sell it. No matter where you go, they will present you same dishes. If you do not want to watch wrath/pain of a common man, hang on. They will get you sexy Celina Jetley to share her experiences and she will tell you she did not move out that day because her cute, love and god knows what puppy was ill that day and how thankful she is to her puppy for saving her life. Or if you claim to be intellectually rich, they will arrange tons of talk shows for you. One thing is certain, they will make sure that you know that there has been flood in Mumbai, or a WTC has collapsed or Vivek Oberoi and Salman Khan are having a fight over Aishwarya Rai or What colors Lalu Prasad used for this holi or………..and the list goes on and on.

We can’t blame them solely. They show it because we see it. So it’s our fault not theirs. But what we do not realize is that too much of information dilutes the issue. You can listen to your partner’s grievances once, twice or may be thrice but not every time and everyday. More the repetition more is the dilution of emotions we should attach with any event. One of the most basic traits of human nature is, “At the end of the day, it’s not my house on fire. Why should I bother?”. And too much flow and repetition of information/news brings this very much avoidable trait to the surface. You’ll remember an instance for your lifetime it someone died in front of you, but what if you are a butcher yourself?

This consistently increasing pace of information is making life easier for us, but it is also making humanity less important by imprisoning in our self centered world where I takes precedence over we.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Cricket is back!!!

Finally the much awaited season for Indian cricket has started. Much waited because our generation’s most favorite news paper, and you all know why, has bored us enough by informing about the progress of Indian cricket. Sports page has been full of what Mr. foreign coach is doing and how he is going to reform our team. What exercise players are doing, with poster sized-pictures and what meals they are taking? What they have to say about their future and what their distant uncle’s neighbor has to. If you are looking for some sports news not related to this, try your luck. You might find a couple of lines about it somewhere near the corner.

About the matches, no batsman looked in form apart from Dravid. Batsmen are getting bowled because they are not able to judge the line. Sehwag is consistently dropping catches in slip region. Apart from Raina, every one has looked to be below their best in the field. Not sure what kind of tips, Mr. Chappel has given to the team. And so far both the matches have been played in, a welcome surprise, on bowler friendly pitches and against not such potent batting line-up. Bowling is yet to be tested.

About team combination, everyone was furious when India lost to Srilanka and there was no Kumble in the side. Tell me something, how do you get him in? I agree that he is a great bowler and currently enjoying the best time of his cricketing-life. But how to make a place for him? We had to play three pacers because conditions were so. And they did justice to their selection. Kumble would have played in place of Harbhajan but that would have changed only one thing. Harbhajan would have been receiving sympathies what Kumble is receiving now. Last option was to play six batsmen and five bowlers. After all we have such a formidable, though off late it has failed to deliver more often then not, batting line up. And if six batsmen cannot do the job, seven cannot do either. But if one looks at the record, it’s the seventh batsman who has been the savior in many cases.

Actually in conditions conducive to fast bowling, it’s a choice between Kumble and Harbhajan. And in these conditions only one can be included in the team, other will have to satisfy himself with 100 crore+ sympathies.

And team selection is going to be more troublesome as Laxman becomes fit, Dada comes back and Tendulkar’s elbow realizes that his game is cricket, not tennis. Then it will start what has been a bane for Indian cricket, a tussle for between current performances and past records as selection parameter. Seems like our problem is abundance of “potential talent”. But we have had that for so many years. It’s just that the potential has not been able in performing in most of the cases. But you never know about Indian cricket. Whenever you expect them to do well, they just don’t. And our expectation levels reach such a nadir that even an average performance after that seems to be excellent. But to their credit, whenever they’ve been considered as underdogs, they have done better than average.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

England...back to square one!!!


They defeated australia even when they were 155/6 and had to nearly hundred runs at almost 8 runs per over. They managed to tie the final even when they needed over a hundred and fifty runs and had just 4 wickets in hand. And australia was even loosing to bangladesh.
They started hoping for return of "ashes" which has been away for 16 years. And they had all the reason to do so. Aussie batting seemd to be completely dependent on Andrew Symonds and Hussey, both not in the test squad. Bowling did not seem to be at its lethal best and always so accurate fielding was looking to be patchy.
But they had discounted the most important factor. Shane warne. Wanre who has been a real terror for england for last 12 years. Warne, who has beaten english batsmen all around their legs.
Warne is a great bowler. But I am not sure if his success in Ashes shouls be credited to his brilliance or stupidity of english batsmen. And if one looks at the way Ian Bell got out, he'll endorse the second reason. How can you not offer a shot to the ball which is pitched in the line of middle stump. If its a googly, its on a bad line. You cant expect warne to do that. Hardly 5% chance of that. If he is going to leg-spin it, he would like to lure you into the drive and will pitch it on or out off off-stump. So chances of being a leg-spin, hardly 20%. 75% of the times its going to be a straighter ball. Well if you think you can pad at that, go play hockey.
Ian bell averages 45 in domestic cricket in 78 matches. Not a bad average at all. But against what attacks. Against the likes of Roni Irani and mark Elham who will get murdered anywhere in the world but in the seeming and swinging conditions in England. Or against the likes of Ashely Giles, whose only skill is to consistently bowl a negative line and bore a batsmen out. Only players who could play warne with some confidence were Flintoff, surprisingly is a real good batsmanof spin, and Pietersen, who is imported from South Africa.
Now the tone is set for the Ashes. England has played very well for last one year or so. But the hsitory is going to repeat it self. Australia will crush their confidence so badly that they will take atleast a year to rebuild it. Year next to that will go strenghtening, rebuilding the team and its image, finding and importing/stealing new talent. But for what purpose. By that time Ashes 2007 would have arrived and I will be copy pasting the same article after changing the date and few names.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Proving a Fact!!

I am not so sure if I m really brilliant and finish off my work earlier than expected or my bosses have been shrewd enough to realize my true potential. Because “being busy” is the state of life I have always wished for and it has always eluded me. Be it my days in IT-BHU or IIM Calcutta, be it TCS or IBM…..I have always had more free time than most my other friends. Some of my friends claim to be so busy that they find it difficult to even reply mails or IMs. What crap……here I am getting sick with boredom and hoping that someone is kind enough to drop a mail to me or a IM will popup……but all in vain. When I started writing blogs, I thought I had found out a very good tool to utilize my time. But I’ve been so much without work that I am even running short of topics.

Well, one cannot be getting intelligent and brilliant bosses so consistently, so it must be my own skill and talent which has blessed me consistently with so much of free time. One day, all my friends who have been or claim that they have been very busy will reach the level my bosses have been. If first sentence is true, they are not that much skilled and talented. And this proves the point that one cannot be getting intelligent and brilliant bosses so consistently. And this proves that I am exceptionally brilliant. And there starts a cycle which will again and again prove that I have been intellectually better than my bosses. But this is a fact and you do not need to prove a fact. After all, do you need to prove that sun gives us heat? Or do you need to prove that color of our blood is red? Answer is simple…No.

It’s not because facts do not need any proof or no proof could be provided for them. It’s because they are too obvious to be proved. And………..forget it….someone has been kind enough to drop me a mail. Now I am going to bug him till he realizes that it was probably the biggest mistake of his life to do so….Haa Haa.

Friday, July 15, 2005

God!!!!!



There is a tradition in my family. Whenever you buy anything, u must visit a temple and pray to god for the continuity of your prosperity. So after buying my new bike, I had to do that. And that was a real tough job.

I took the delivery in my office. I asked the guy who had delivered it if there was enough fuel in it. And there was just one possible answer to it, yes. And as expected, there was not. So I had to push along my 13 kilometer old, 125 kg bike with the help of my barely ten inches thick biceps.
And then quest for god started, went on for an hour when there was rain water all around the roads, no power and completely chaotic traffic.
But why? Just to visit a temple. Just to make sure that I do not annoy god so that I do not loose my bike as my father has done it once.
What and who is god? Who has seen him or has anybody seen him. Last year there was a cover story in “The Week” where they said that the probability of existence of God is 67%. Do not ask me how. But somehow they managed to frame him in term of numbers. And then there were arguments between those who believe in god and those who do not.
I, myself, have a great faith in God. But is it not strange we think of God when mostly, if not only, when we are in deep shit. Is he our crisis man who, we believe, will come and bail us out? He will do the unthinkable wonders for us. He is omnipresent and as the old saying goes, “Whatever happens, happens for our own good”, will only do things which are in our favor.
But is it not true, we do not think of god for achievable targets. We seek his help only for unachievable targets. Have you ever said “God, please help me in breathing”? Obviously I am assuming you are medically fit. Similarly for so many other things which come quite natural for us. We seek his help only when we lack self belief.
If you have a target to achieve, you know what percentage you can achieve and for what part you are not sure off. And there come all your expectations from God. He’ll suddenly appear from somewhere, pull you along to complete your race.

God is nothing but an equation.

God = Distance to your target from your location- distance you think you can travel easily.

I am not disparaging God, but he is simply our lack of self belief, and we have named him so. Probably that is the reason, so many confident, competent and successful men and women do not believe in god. Because they know, no one is going to bail them out of shit, only they can do it.
Whereas someone, at least in
India, who opts for unethical and socially & legally unacceptable, methods to get his means in life, will do everything to placate his form of God.
It’s very true that god resides inside you and every other human being. After all, no one is hundred percent confident in whatever he or she does. And if there is a person like this, it must be Lord Buddha or his re incarnation.