Thursday, September 27, 2007

And we won!!

There could not have been a better end to it.
India's first match with Scotland is washed out and India plays Pakistan in league match in a battle to survive. India Survives after the bowl out.
Next India meets New Zealand and not to surprise of many, India lost to NZ.
India meets England, again a battle of survival. India persists.
Still struggling to survive, India meets hosts South Africa. Brings out a surprise for all sending Proteans packing bags.

India meets its second order arch-rivals, Australia in Semifinals. People doubtful over India's chances but as it has been a tradition, players come up with exceptional performance to see India through to Finals.

So India to meet its first order arch-rival Pakistan in finals!!

On the other hand..
Pakistan stumbled against minnow Scotland but eventually got past them.
Meeting India next where they could bring match to competitive situation after having lost almost all the extablished batsmen but could not score the last run in 4 deliveries.and eventually lost to India in Bowlout.
This probably provoked Pakis and they scored impressive wins over likes of Sri Lanka and Australia.
Bangladesh could not stand the Paki passion and New Zealand also had to go back packing their bags in Semifinals.
And now they meet India again!!

Impressive performance by both the teams, especially after dismal show at ODI Cricket WC in WI. (Note that both the teams were ousted in the Group stages itself, where India had to pay price of losing to Bangladesh while Pakistan and Coach Woolmer had to pay heavily for losing to Scotland)
Final match, obviously, had to be exciting/nail biting/thrilling/.... (non-ending list of adjectives) and it was like that.
The closing moments of match say it aloud:
Pakistan needs 13 runs from 6 balls.
India needs 1 wicket or restrict Pak to at max 11 runs in 6 balls.
Masbiah Ul Haq-most successful Pakistani batsman in series on strike
Mohd. Asif on non-strikers end. A single would mean that he comes on strike.
India has already used up all the senior bowlers till now.
Dhoni has 2 options: Harbhajan Singh and Joginder Sharma.
Spinner in last over against a settled batsman could be a risky business so Dhoni calls Jogi.
Jogi gets the ball. One of the most unexperienced bowler in the team gets to bowl the last over!!
First ball: Huge Wide. 12 off 6 required.
Dhoni goes and talks to the bowler.
19.1 Masbiah misses it completely. 12 off 5.
19.2 Jogi tries to hit the deck hard but wasted. A mistimed shot goes over the fence for max. 6 off 4.
Pakistan celebrated. Similar to what they did during first league match against India.
Jogi feels the pressure.
19.4 Jogi bowls a normal ball. Masbiah is desparately looking for boundary as he does not want to expose Asif at this time. He moves across towards Off and collects the ball from outside off stump to play it around Leg Gully area. He mistimes. Sreesanth is standing there and it is a CATCH!! Masbiah walks back and India has won the first World Twenty20 championship!!

After 1983, India again gets to be called World Champions!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Losing and Gaining motivation

Another session on entrepreneurship and another time I lose motivation to do the 'zombie thing' (as Sunil Handa puts it). I started hating "the zombie" jobs as soon as I came to the campus but the hate grew stronger when I attended Mahesh Murthy's talk. Today it just grew more stronger.

With the declining motivation to these, the motivation to set out on my own strengthens a lot.
Lets see what future has in store for me.

A detailed analysis from Sunil Handa's talk to follow soon.

India faces Australia after a long time..

The Second Semifinal of International Twenty20 World Cup, India v/s Australia, has all the ingredients to be an exciting match. India has put up an interesting show at World Cup so far. The team that arrived as underdogs has now become one of the favourites, and the fact that they sent one of the favourites in the tournament back packing their bags. On the other hand, the world champions started on a lower note losing to minnows but came back strongly to reach the Semis.

Importantly, it must be noted that India would be facing Australia after a long period of around 11 months (328 days). (FYI: Last time the two teams played was on 29 October 2006 when Australia chased a target of 250 with 26 balls remaining and 6 wickets in hand at Mohali.) Also, it has been observed that in each match they play against each other, one of the two teams substantially outperform their normal performances whether it be India stopping successful wins record of Australia or Australia thrashed India in the ODI World Cup 2003 finals.

Lets see what is in store for today!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

My 22nd Birthday

I had planned to write this long back but due to academic and other rigours, could not find any time to do so. Anyways, it is not that late as well.

7th September 2007:
It was just 3 days to the first end term examinations, 1 day to the Statistics Terminal Quiz and 2 days to another Statistics quiz. It happened to be just a few hours after Financial Accounting Quiz, a few hours after the Master CV Verification deadline. Add to it the excitement of 'about-to-complete-Term-I' feeling.

I never knew the potential of this combination.

Junta frustrated and excited at the same point of time and adding to the excitement was chance to hit the butts of a batchmate. The poor guy dint realise how hard it was going to be. People from other hostels were the first ones to reach the B-Top/ Mess Top. Thankfully, Statistics tutors had arranged for a tutorial at the same time, which reduced the number of people substantially. The number still was not that small and more importantly, it was some serious hard hitting by the frustrated Junta.

Check out these pics and I dont need to say anything else:

Sidey getting a feel of the same!!
The game had just begun!!
Oooh..Someone Help!!
So Brutal of them!! :(

CHECK this Video: Cake Wasted!!

Come on!! It would have been better if we ate it!!
After the celebration- Me with Sideys
After the celebration- Me with Wingey (Anand)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

And they say Cricket is dead!!

After a dismal show at WC, people said the cricket fever in India has died down. Various agencies etc. confirmed the same with their reports on advertisements during matches and disappearing Indian Cricketers from the advertisements. They accused coach Greg Chappell. They accused Rahul Dravid. They accused Sachin Tendulkar. They accused Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and who not.
And now, the same people seem to be worshipping these players again!!

India and Records!! Ain't it synonymous??

Did you know:
India holds the record of having maximum number of records in Cricket!!

With legendary players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Saurav Ganguly ... belonging to India, it is no surprise that India holds maximum number of records in International Cricket. In fact, Sachin Tendulkar has always been envied of holding so many records in the International Cricket. Asking someone Maximum number of runs in any form of International Cricket(excluding Twenty20 coz he opted out of the format) is a no-brainer. Even players like Ajit Agarkar who find it difficult to get a permanent berth in the Indian Cricket Team have had taste of International Records. For those who are unaware, he holds the record for fastest 50 wickets in ODI.

And now today, Yuvraj Singh managed to raise the count further by two. He scored 50 off just 12 balls and hit six 6s in an over. In his innings of 58 runs, he faced just 16 deliveries of which 10(3x4,7x6) went out of the boundary(even out of the ground for that matter), which included six consecutive sixes of Broad's 4th over(19th over if Indian innings). With this he not only surpassed Mascranahes's record of 5 consecutive sixes, he has also equalled the record of 6 sixes in an over in any form of International Cricket, with Herschelle Gibbs.

Watch the exciting over yourself..

India Pakistan Twenty20 match

Needless to say the level of excitements when there is an India-Pakistan Cricket match. Although people compare it with Aus-Eng rivalry but I believe that doesnt stand anywhere closer.

Both the teams put in their best to win the match and actually they put in significantly more than that. It doesnt matter much if India loses in a final, what matters more is winning over Pakistan. Same holds true for Pakistan as well.

India Pakistan Twenty20 World Cup League match of Group D was no different. India, after a poor start(losing quick wickets in initial overs to Mohd. Asif), came back strongly to score a competitive score of 141/9 in the 20 overs. The score, if not a very high score was comfortably a competitve score, given the humid climate but obviously Pakistan was not to give up easily. Despite of losing some quick wickets and an ever rising Required Run Rate, Pakistan maintained a decent chance of winning till around 17th over of the innings. When it looked like that Pakistan has almost lost the match(after their last recognised batsmen, Shahid Afridi, got out), one of the least known names in the International cricket, Masbeih Ul Haq, came to their rescue. He made Pakistan reach a situation where they needed just 11 of the last over.
Having already hit about 30 in 8 odd balls, this looked like an easy target.
The last over:
The second ball of the over goes for a 4. 7 required in 4
19.3 2Runs
19.4 It goes for a 4 and the scores are level. Just 1 run required of 2 balls.
19.5 Sreesanth bowls a bouncer. Masbiah is unable to connect. Dhoni collects the ball and charges to the batsman.
Last Ball: 1 run required. MS Dhoni brings fielders inside the circle. S. Sreesanth hits a bouncing delivery. The batsman mistimes it and the ball goes to the fielder at Point. Batsmen run. Fielder is alert. He fields it quickly and Sreesanth is ready at the Bowlers end for a throw. Fielder throws it towards the bowlers end and the batsman is found short of his crease. It is a TIE!!

Second time in the history of Twenty20 Internationals and obviously first time in Twenty20 World Cup. For the sake of ignorant ones, a Twenty20 tie match is decided by Bowl-out, in which 5 nominated bowlers from each team are asked to bowl and hit the stumps. The team that hits more number of times wins.

So, The match moves on to a Bowl Out now and guess what, MS Dhoni has surprise for most of the people. Unlike Pakistan, which nominates its 5 main strike bowlers, India decided to chose Sehwag and Uthappa over Ajit Agarkar(the most experienced bowler in Indian team) and RP Singh(strike bowler, known for his line and length). And in fact, nomination of Uthappa came as a big surprise since people have not seen him bowl anytime and nomination of Sehwag was a surprise since he did not have a chance to bowl in the match.

Pakistan won the Bowl-out toss and asks India to bowl first.

Sehwag takes on the first ball. He is smiling. He looks casual as always. When audience is tense with Indian chance to stay in the tournament totally dependent on the bowl out and the bowl out being largely dependent on Sehwag. He bowls a straight slow ball and it hits the stupmps. India scores.
Pakistan tossed the ball towards _____, he came he bowls and he misses by a huge margin. India 1-0.
Harbhajan Singh is the next man..will he or wont he?..And he hits!! India 2.
Umar Gul takes up the ball for Pakistan. He comes with a realtively smaller run up and bowls an almost wide ball!! Surprise all around!! Anyways India is up 2-0.
Pakistanis are tense now..One could notice the pressure Asif was facing.
Without anybody realising that it is India's turn to bowl 3rd time, Robin Uthappa comes and hits the stumps..India gets a huge lead of 3 to 0.
Pakistan needs to hit this time for sure to possibly take it to a draw in bowl-out and Shahid Afridi is the next man!!
And he misses!! INDIA WON THE MATCH

What a match it turned out to be!! Excitements all around.
Watch the videos for the Last over and the Bowl-out.

Last Over

Bowl Out

Sunday, September 16, 2007

RGV made mockery of a classic: Sholay Bhature

Kitne aadmi the?
Sardar ek(RGV)...wo ek aur tum karod.. phir bhi torture sah liye.. kya soche the oscar milega..

Having seen the review of AAG at IBNLive, I thought it was probably an exaggeration when Rajeev(watch CNN-IBN review) called it sholay-bhature. Still curious to verify that, watched it to realise that it was probably an understatement-- the movie is even worse than that. More so coz RGV made a mockery of a timeless classic.

To start with, Lets look at the characters he chose:
Nisha Kothari as Ghunghroo to replace Basanti Hema Malini, with his tanga(Dhanno) to be replaced by an auto-rickshaw(____). Add to it the arbit things like naming as per numerology(U seem to be quite advanced Mr.RGV), too much use of "too much", etc. Overall a poor imitation of the character of Basanti.

Some newbie to play the legendary role of Jay Amitabh Bachchan is a stupid idea, any person who even knows who Amitabh Bachchan is would be able to tell. He could not even generate 1% of the aura of Jay. No fake coin to toss with.

People might have expected Ajay Devgan to do some justice to the role of 'Veeru' Dharmendar but 'Hero' equally competed with others. This is what happens when you try to imitate some character which does not suit ur personality. Veeru's live personality could have least matched Ajay Devgan's serious part-gangster kinda image. I pity 'Hero' for trying suicide with gun.

Sushmita Sen had a very serious role, similar to her image in Hindi Cinema, but probably she got deeper into the character than it was required. Her character, in turn, turned out to be dull and boring!!

RGV remembered his friendship of Company days with Telugu actor ___ to cast him now for Thakur Baldev Singh. And he came just to give some far from good (and even far from mediocre) performance. Hands to be replaced by fingers this time..another poor imitation!!

Rajpal Yadav as Chhota Don(Soorma Bhopali of Sholay) also set up a poor show for a change and with no substance in his roles and dialogues, he is not the only one to blame for that.

Thank God there was no Jailor(Angrezon ke zamane ka jailor)

Sholay produced a timeless character in Gabbar Singh and Aag produced an easily forgettable character in Babban Singh. With poor script and worse dialogues, there is very little Amitabh Bachchan could have done here. To add to it, Gabbar was a character close to perfect while Babban has no connection with practicalities. More people know Amjad Khan as Gabbar than by his name but for sure Amitabh would not like to keep these haunting memories with him.

If the selection of characters was not enough, RGV arranged for some pathetic Background score. I dont understand how did he manage to find such a poor background score- more than remake of Sholay it looked like remake of Company.

Before discussing the worst part, I would like to give due credit to Mr. RGV for the only high point in the movie- Item number by Urmila Mantodkar (Mehbooba song). Urmila looked even better than what she looked like in Rangeela. Please to ignore Mr. Amitabh Bachchan's desparate attempts to dance in that and sorry Abhishek Bachchan but just because ur father is in the movie, u dont necessarily have to be in there.

So finally getting to the worst part: Dialogues
Selecting star cast might be called a mistake but selection of script writer was surely a blunder.
None of the charcters in the movie had reasonable dialogues regardless of dialogues being new or adapted from Sholay. Some of the worst lines (adapted or otherwise) are:

  • mujhe lagta hai maine tujhe kahin dekha hai..
    mujhe lagta hai maine tujhe kahin nahin dekha..
    haan to theek hai naa balance sheet barabar ho gayi..

  • ae rajnikant khali hai kya
    nahin peeche khatmalon ki shaadi ho rahi hai..dikhta nahin tere ko
    ae shani driver kidher hai
    tu andha hai ki yeda.. pata nahin kahan kahan se chale aate hain
    tere ko kya lagta hai main yahan pe tere jaise chhokre logon ko entertain karne ke liye baithi hoon..main hi driver hoon
    lekin tum to ladki ho
    ladki auto nahin chala sakti aisa bhagwad gita mein likha hai kya

  • waah ghunghroo kya gadi chalati ho
    tunhari driving ke saamne to yeh mard driver kuchh bhi nahin
    maloom hai kyun?
    kyunki jab se ghar chalane ki zimmedari muhjpe aa gayi hai na tab se auto chala rahi hoon

  • ghunghroo kisi ki madad nahin leti
    lekin ye ghunghroo hai kaun

  • ye to too much ho gaya

  • tu too much nahin tu to 3 much hai

  • maar doonga maar doonga tujhe
    dekh teri dushmani mere saath hai ladki ko jane de
    dam hai to mujhse lad marna hai to mujhe maar

  • kya khati hai ri tu.. sab asli ghee ka
    kahan hai tera wo..tera wo kahan hai

  • tu kya sochta wahan inspector shirt utha ke chhati dikhayega tujhko.. saala thanda na karo to jal hi jata hai
    main wo galti nahin karega jo america iraq ke saath kiya

  • kitne? (for Kitne aadmi the?)

  • tension nahin
    tension nahin lene ka
    ja raha hai

  • choohe billi ke khel mein bada mazaa ata hai
    billi bil mein ja nahin sakti aur chooha andar rehne nahin chahta

Forgot to mention, the dance scene when Gabbar has captured Veeru has been replaced by a rape scene. What a pity!!

As CNN-IBN puts it,RGV makes sholay bhature out of Hindi cinemas most endearing classic. RGV ki Aag is a recipe of disaster.
Unlike Rajeev, I do not have an option of throwing egg on camera so I can only write @#$#%$# RGV.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Consulting - Perceptions Refined

They teach about Selective Perceptions in the classroom and I though what rubbish!! It was all common sense!! forgetting the fact that common sense is not so common as well.

Yesterday, we had another session with a consulting firm(fourth in the season so far) and it totally changed my perception of consultancy. I wrote about Consultancy and Entrepreneurship sometime back but yesterday's session made me think over certain aspects again.

The session was simple, yet powerful. The people were not pseud as one would expect, still they were impressive. They spoke with clarity. Their thinking was structured, or at least looked like. They articulated impressively. One special thing about this session was that they never seemed to have said 'Globe'(Global statements) and got away with it, which apparently was the case in most of the sessions till date. Probably, this is what answers why this firm is arguably the No.1 Consultancy firm.

Some of the impressions from yesterday's session:
1. Consultants not necessarily have to be pseud.
2. It is more about problem solving than to make fool of others.
3. Consulting and travelling may not be synonymous always.
4. Each of the consulting firm appears to have a different working culture.
5. Also, different career paths.
6. Success in consulting career is directly proportional to the passion that drives it.
..Many more

And Last but most important,
They are looking for humans and not Super-humans, as some of the earlier ones indicated, to join them. :)

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