Monday, December 26, 2005

One year on...

One year ago, on this day, a killer tsunami struck the coast of Southern India causingmassive loss to both life and property. I was watching NDTV just now, and they carried a special episode from Karaikal, on the eastern coast of India. Actually, all through the day, NDTV has been airing specials on the aftermath of the tsunami and taking a look at how life moves on for the people affected by this terrible terrible disaster.

Even though I wasn't in any way affected by the wave, I know a classmate of mine, originally from Cuddalore, whose family business was ruined by this wave and its taken them quite a while to rebuild it from scratch again. Another friend of mine had a narrow escape on ECR on Dec 26th 2004. There have been numerous people who were affected both directly and indirectly by the tsunami. As I was watching NDTV, A.R.Rahman and his troupe of singers including Sivamani, the percussionist were performing in Karaikal free of cost, just to bring some joy among the locals living there. It was really nice to see the children smiling again, the people thoroughly enjoying the music and for a few hours atleast, leave their troubles and agonies behind and savouring the moment. Another story that I saw on NDTV Profit was from Nagapattinam and how the government had set up a fixed deposit of Rs.5 Lac for children who had lost both parents in the disaster and Rs.3 Lac for all those who had lost one parent. Also, many offers have poured in from generous minded folks willing to sponsor a child's higher education. I believe that adoption is also an option, but the government is playing safe and letting NGO's, and reputed ones at that, handle the entire situation.

In Cuddalore, there was a story of a 9 year old boy, who had lost his entire family except his little sibling,all of 3 years old. The problem here was they had been separated on the fateful day and the baby was handed over to the first person who was willing to take her. Now, Tanveer, is on a mission to find his sibling.

On one side, we have families trying to rebuild their lives, and moving on with things, living in government provided shelters and waiting to move into permanent houses, and on the other side, the darker side, we have stories like Tanveer's, for whom the bitter and painful memories of Dec 26th 2004 haven't diminished. Such stories do tend to move you and I can only hope that no further hardships occur and that these people will also be able to lead a normal life and most of all, enjoy living! Sometimes, I wonder, at how fortunate we are.

Today has been a day of mixed emotions, some good, some painful, a day of remembrance, a day spent in saying thank you to the Almighty for having helped these people tide over the last one year, a day of hope, a hope that the souls of those unfortunate people rest in peace, a day of sorrow and grief for some, a day of happiness for some, happiness in the sense that one year has passed and that things can only get better from now on!!! Its a sad memory indeed!

One year on....

Thursday, December 22, 2005


IBN has been launched and is officially on air from last friday (16th of December). I don't get it in Chennai and I am calling the cable operator to find out why!

For the uninformed, IBN is the 24 hour english news channel started by CNBC and at the helm is Rajdeep Sardesai, the journo who quit NDTV last April. His wife, who is also a journalist is helping him with the channel and the website is pretty well designed as well! Slight touches of NDTV, but then, some of NDTV's men are working here as well! Bhupendra Choubey, who used to cover the BJP in NDTV is chief political corrspondent (or some thing like that), Anubha Bhosle is another familiar face, Prabhakar Kumar is another. Also, ex headlines today man H.R.Venkatesh is with NDTV and works the parliament beat.

One interesting section on the web page is the blogs section where some of the people at IBN blog about their job. Incidentally, Rajdeep also has one and his first post is on the launch and the behind the scenes work involved in starting a news channel!! And it gets updated everyday! So, give it a read when time permits!! There is also a section named your voice in which blogs are quoted! So, yeah, seems a nice initiative from IBN.


Monday, December 19, 2005


Its something that I found online.
Googlism is a site using which you can find out what thinks of you, your friends or anything!

Try this! Its fun!

Yeah, also, my exam has been deferred again! What else is new??

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Fanoos - What a name to give to a cyclone/storm. Wonder which language and what it means??
Fanoos has advanced and is likely to hit the Tamil Nadu Coast soon. I just hope everyone is geared up and no loss of life or property occurs. But seriously, I don't think this state can take another bout of rains! Its already cloudy as I type this!

Click here to view the cyclone three days ago!


Sunday, December 04, 2005

Another One??

Reports are saying that one more low pressure region is forming in SE Asia and may move in the direction of India and strike the coast of TN and Andhra (don't know where).

Keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't happen and the weather men are wrong like they always are. Seriously, this city can't take another bout of rain! Its already overflowing!

But, the satellite picture doesn't look too good, does it. :-(

P.S - I have circled the areas which look scary!!

Friday, December 02, 2005


I have been tagged by Archana and here I go!!

7 things that I plan to do:

Study for my exam on monday
Back pack through Europe
Climb Mt.Everest
Start playing tennis once again
Understand the significance of the number 7 in tags
Watch a football game at Old Trafford
Complete this tag

7 things that I can do:

Talk non stop on any topic
Prepare for monday's exam
Watch the Lok Sabha proceedings without getting bored.
Solve the hindu crossword
Spend hours online playing scrabble
Tag atleast one more person
Finish this tag

7 things that I can't do:

Understand the significance of the number 7 in tags
Play Quake
Dance well :P
Stand next to a bird ( The flying kind!!!!)
Drink plain milk
Understand the purpose of the GRE
Understand how the US university admission system works

7 Words I use most Often:


7 blogs(untagged ones) that I wish to tag:


and anyone else who is willing.


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Cricket in the Rains!!

The last three matches in Chennai have been disrupted due to wet weather and its high time the BCCI took note of this fact. Matches should not be scheduled in Chennai during this time of the year.

Sharad Pawar is the new president and I hope that it makes a difference. There is another test match beginning in about 7 hours time. I sincerely hope that Cyclone Baaz either finds an alternate route or stays put in the Indian Ocean for a few days.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Goodbye Laloo, Welcome Nitish!

The Bihar verdict is out!! The voters have spoken!! Its been a vote for change this time in Bihar with the Rashtriya Janata Dal( RJD) alliance virtually wiped out of power in the state. Out of the 243 seats in the Bihar assembly, the National Democratic Alliance comprising the Janata Dal United and the Bharatiya Janata Party bagged a whopping 145 seats, well clear of the magic number of 122. The blame game has started but it was refreshing to see Laloo accept defeat gracefully and welcoming the new government in Bihar.

As far as the media coverage goes, it was extensive with every news channel wanting a chunk of the limelight. I even noticed that the different news channels were jostling over who gets to talk to the winner first and it ended with Barkha Dutt of NDTV dragging a NDA MP and filming an interview with him. It was also surprising to see Rajdeep Sardesai on CNBC. He has joined the channel and is currently involved in launching a 24 hour English news channel called IBN. Lots of ex NDTV journos are now involved in it and are helping Rajdeep as well. Hoping that it launches soon, because for Indian Politics, Rajedeep Sardesai is the man to watch.

On to other happenings and the India V South Africa match was abandoned in Chennai today due to persistent rain. Sad, considering that I had gone to the stadium and had to return disappointed.

The biggest challenge that the NDA has is to improve Bihar. The big question to be asked here is whether anyone can ever improve Bihar to a large extent and put Bihar on the path to recovery. Its a question, which will be answered, perhaps as time passes.

Cheers from a very wet Chennai!!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Heights of desperation??

I was orkutting in general and found some scraps in girls' scrap books that really speak of these guys' very low self esteem. Call it weird/funny/desperate, I think it speaks volumes about the heights of desperation that these guys are going through.
Some excerpts from random scrap books:
hi..thought of scrapping becoz im badly n need of freindz...n ur profile 2 is impressive..just check out mine n decide...but whtever it b plz do scrap waiting.......

know me no na i know how can u know me if u wanna then add me up.
one compliment u looking graet a typical indian girl

Hi xxx... yyy from zzz. Came across ur profile. Nice 2 c u. Like 2 be in ur buddies list. Will u add me to it? Scrap me n we'll know 'bout each other

And this one takes the cake!!!
Hi ,

I am xxx here from yyy.

Tell me abt ur self!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you knw tamil language!!!!!!!!!

eppadi iruuka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DDDDiiiiiiii

I have just picked up some random quotes and have no intention of offending anyone.


Friday, November 18, 2005


Roy Keane has left Manchester United Football Club!!!!!!!!! This is the latest news and the most shocking piece of news I have heard in a while!

Apparently, the future at the club was untenable and after playing for tweleve years, it was time to move on!!! Getting Michael Ballack to Old Trafford seems to be even more important now!

More on the story later!!
We all will miss you KEANO!!!

*Later edit:The Manchester United website has some more news and quotes from Sir Alex, David Gill and the man himself.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said:
“Roy Keane has been a fantastic servant for Manchester United. The best midfield player in the world of his generation, he is already one of the great figures in our Club’s illustrious history. Roy has been central to the success of the Club in the last 12 ½ years and everyone at Old Trafford wishes him well in the rest of his career and beyond”

Roy Keane said:
“It has been a great honour and privilege for me to play for Manchester United for over 12 years. During my time at the Club I have been fortunate to play alongside some of the best players in the game and in front of the best supporters in the world. At all times I have endeavoured to do my best for the management and the team.

"Whilst it is a sad day for me to leave such a great Club and Manager I believe that the time has now come for me to move on. After so many years, I will miss everyone at the Club.

"I send my best wishes for the future to the management, players, staff and supporters of the Club.”

Chief Executive David Gill said:
“Roy has been a towering figure at the Club for over a decade. His dedication, ta
lent and leadership have been qualities that have marked him out as one of the true greats. On behalf of everyone at the Club, we wish him every success in his future career.”

I am still in a state of shock. It was a common rumour that Roy was leaving at the end of the season and all Man Utd fans were prepared for that. But, so early and suddenly!!! Astounding! He din't even get to play a farewell game at Old Trafford!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Its Exam time.. Again..

Yeah, its that time of the year when one is required to prove to the university that he/she has gained something over the past few months. Its exam time again folks! Its 2 in the morning and my exam about 32 hours away and I am not even close to being prepared.

Shall keep updating as and when time permits
Cheers everyone!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Minister without a portfolio

News came in this evening that Natwar Singh has been stripped of his Foreign Ministry portfolio. Apparently, the official reason was that there would be a conflict of interest since the committee set up to probe the Volcker report would have to contact the United Nations Officials via the External Affairs Ministry. Clearly, Natwar Singh then could not remain boss.

However, he has not been asked to leave the cabinet. Which means, he still gets Union minister treatment like a free bungalow, free telephone calls every month, and other allowances that only union ministers are eligible for. And whats more, he doesn't have to discharge any duties till his name is cleared.

Talk about leading a relaxed life!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Normal Service Resumes!

Manchester United finally put in a performance that was long awaited this evening at Old Trafford. Their opponents -- the premiership champions and seemingly invincible Chelsea. It was over a year ago that Chelsea last suffered a premiership defeat. Incidentally, that was also in Manchester.

It had been a tough 7 days for Sir Alex and his side as Man Utd got comprehensively beaten by Middlesborough 4-1 last weekend and then by Lille in the Champions League in midweek. Captain Roy Keane ( who is injured btw) got into the players and criticized them for their lack of committment and desire on the pitch. But, it seemed a long shot. I for one, did not expect United to beat Chelsea because I thought that Chelsea just had too much quality in the midfield with the likes of Essien, Shaun Wright Philips, Lampard, Joe Cole, Duff, Makelele, and Robben.

We started well, kept up the momentum, scored a goal through a wonderful header from Scottish international Darren Fletcher and soaked up the pressure from Chelsea in the final third of the match.

The victory brings us within 10 points of Chelsea with a game in hand. Thats against Wigan Athletic, who are new comers to the Premiership and currently lie second above United and below Chelsea. I hope that this is the turning point of our season and this win enables us to put together a good string of results and hopefully catch Chelsea


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Another Test, more interesting though!

Global Personality Test Results
Stability (83%) high which suggests you are very relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic..
Orderliness (43%) moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense of reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.
Extraversion (56%) moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.
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trait snapshot:
rarely irritated, positive, tough, non phobic, fearless, likes the unknown, self reliant, high self control, confident, trusting, strong instincts, prudent, optimistic, willful, likes parties, prefers a specialized career, takes charge, altruistic, strong, high self concept, adventurous, practical, thoughtful

Looking at the results, I would say they are reasonably accurate!
Test courtesy Brownie

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Its the festive season, but......

Its that time of the year again! Diwali is coming up in about 24 hours and so is Id/ramzan later this week! So, its celebration time for a lot of people all over the country and to those desis living outside India.

However, this year in itself has been characterized by quite a few calamities resulting in a lot of people losing their lives. It started of with the Tsunami (techincally, it was in 2004 but still.. ), then there were the hurricanes Katrina and Wilma (nice names for hurricanes!!!), the POK quake, the floods in Mumbai (Bombay), rains in Chennai. There have also been other terrorist attacks both in London and in New Delhi. Not to forget the train accident a couple of days ago in Andhra due to the rains!

So, while we celebrate, it is only fitting that we take a moment to remember the poor and innocent souls who lost their lives for no fault of theirs.

If you're planning to celebrate and have fun, please remember that there are so many people out there who have been deprived of their near and dear ones and who can't celebrate!

Happy Diwali and have a wonderful time this festive season!


Monday, October 24, 2005

Egpytian Hieroglyphs

My name in Egyptian!!!

My name using Egyptian Hieroglyphs!


Try your name

Script by

Sunday, October 16, 2005

The brain test

Another one of those online tests!!

Abhi, you are Left-brained

Most left-brained people like you feel at ease in situations requiring verbal ability, attention to detail, and linear, analytical ability. Whether you know it or not, you are a much stronger written communicator than many, able to get your ideas across better than others.

It's also likely that you are methodical and efficient at many things that you do. You could also be good at math, particularly algebra, which is based on very strict rules that make sense to your logical mind.

Taken at around 11 pm. Courtesy Sanjeev.
You can barely see the mechanic in the background.
For details, refer previous post Here.


A Tiring day, I must say!!

Yeah, Saturday was a pretty tiring day and I was totally gone when I came back home. Hence the delay in the post.

I had to go to college inspite of the fact that it was a saturday. To make things worse, I had slept only at 4 am on Fri night, wait, scratch that, make it Saturday morning. Hence woke up feeling all groggy and was still in a somnolent state as I trudged into college. I had two tests, part of the Continuous Assessment Tests (CAT) as the SVCE junta call it. And in between these two, we had a gap of about 2 hours. I had to run around to pick up a few photocopies, get records signed, meet my recommenders and a whole lot of other work. And even though I had 2 hours in the morning before the first exam, yours truly hadn't touched his books and hence had to spend the time sleeping/studying/looking around, not necessarily in that order.

First exam done and I had given a reasonably good paper. Started work on the aforementioned photocopies, records and recommendations et al.. Yeah, I had to have lunch also in the middle since I was starving. I had gotten up late and had hence missed breakfast. Another task at hand was to prepare for the second exam. Anyway, I got around to doing most of these things and gave a good paper much to my surprise.

Boarded the bus and got some much needed shuteye. Sleep is the most refreshing thing! The level by which one's concentration improves after a nap is amazing. Ok, Enough digressing. Back to where I was. Yes, I am back home and eat something and settle down on the couch to watch a football match. A friend of mine calls and says lets go to Landmark. (Btw, for the uninformed, Landmark is a huge bookstore in Chennai). But before that he said, he needed to go to the ATM for withdrawing some cash. Since he didn't have a bike at that moment, it was decided that I pick him up and we first visit the ATM and then make pur way to Landmark. Mind you, the time was 7.35 pm already. I leave asap and reach RK's place (the friend is RK, Btw) and we head towards Pondy Bazaar. This ATM was somewhere close to Maya's plaza and it was on the right hand side of the road. RK suggested that I take a right some 100 metres before and just park and wait while he goes to the ATM. This is beacuse there was no place to turn opposite the ATM. Being the wise guy that I am, I rode along slowly on the bike on the wrong side of the road looking around for a place to park. I had completely forgotten that there was a police station next to the ATM.

Well, a plainclothes cop caught me and demanded to see my license. I demanded to see his Identity Card and he produced one. Likewise, I returned the favor producing the Driver's license. He was drunk and high and was talking as if he was the head of the police force. All I could do was humor him and by this time, RK had also joined in. He demanded 110 bucks and told us to go into the station, get a challan(or whatever he called it.. don't really remember) and pay at a mobile court on monday. We were getting late as it was past 8 already and we din't know when Landmark would close. Our man then launched into a long story about he finishing B.A in 1971 (Congratulations, Mr. Head Constable) and that he had a son who was about our age pursuing Engineering in Jeppiar College. ( Well done, Mr.Son of Mr. Head Constable, you make your papa proud!!). RK found this bit funny , I must say. I wisecracked saying, "We are also like your son, can't you let us go this one," for which both Mr.Head Constable and RK launch into vociferous laughter. Anyway, we humored him and then paid him 50 bucks by which he probably would have gone to the nearest wine shop and gotten himself another "quarter". I know people, its encouraging corruption but then, it was getting late and we din't want to go through a whole bunch of paperwork.

This done, we finally made our way to Landmark and reached there by 8.28. Went in and we were done with our work in 5 mins. Both me and RK were browsing through the books section till the landmark people decided to shut up shop and switched off all the lights. Time for us to leave. By this time, we were both reasonably hungry as well. Made our way to Sweet Chariot, just across the road from Landmark at the Ispahani Center. Had something to eat, and finally I dropped RK off at about 10 pm.

Did i say finally?? Well, that was what I thought as well. Was looking forward to going home and watch the highlights of Man Utd playing Sunderland. But alas! It was not to be. My vehicle developed a flat rear tire near little mount and the time was about 10.15. I had to wheel the bike for about a kilometre and half till a petrol bunk. Unfortunately, the shop there was closed, (why blame the poor shop owner, it was saturday night, he probably would have gone off for a nice booze or a movie with his lovely wife) and I decided to call Sanjeev whose house was quite near. Sanjeev came and we decided to park the bike at his place and then come and take it the next day. As luck would have it, at about a distance of 300 metres from the petrol bunk, there was one puncture shop that was still open, mind you, the time was about 10.45 now. On removing the tube, this chap said that there are 4 punctures, one fresh one and three at places where the stickers from earlier puncture mendings was peeling off! He said that I would be better of buying a new tube. Logical, yes! Except for the fact that I would not be able to buy a tube at that unearthly hour. This man offered to buy me one from a house of some mysterious person who will not talk to customers. The deal was that both me and him go to the guy' place but I stay out of sight. Sounded maha shady to me. I refused telling him to mend the punctures and that I would have the tube changed at my convenience. Sanjeev, thanks for giving me company dude! I owe you one.

Got the bike mended at 11.30 and drove back home all tired and irritated. I wanted to post this yesterday but was just not upto it.
Phew! This has ended up being a long post, though I din't intend to make it one!
If you are still here, thanks for being patient.

Friday, October 14, 2005

I am an easy rider!!??

Got this from some blog when I was randomly blog-hopping. Why don't you guys take the test as well!


Friday, October 07, 2005


I couldn't come up with a title:-D.
Anyways, been pretty busy with a lot of stuff lately, mainly applying stuff. This thing just takes up so much of your time!! Will post soon!!
have a great weekend

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Chappell vs Ganguly : Is the saga over??? - Part 2 of a two part post

To continue from where I left off in Part 1, there were other allegations levelled against Ganguly. One of them was that Ganguly spread tall tales about stuff that Chappell supposedly told him but Chappell denied these things by saying that Sourav only targeted middle order batsmen as they were the people most likely to replace the skipper in the Indian Line-up.

Chappell concludes by saying
"As I said to you during our meeting in Colombo, I have serious reservations about the attitude of some players and about Sourav and his ability to take this team to a new high, and none of the things he has done since his reappointment has caused me to change my view. In
fact, it has only served to confirm that it is time for him to move on and let someone else build their team toward the 2007 World Cup.

This team has been made to be fearful and distrusting by the rumour mongering and deceit that is Sourav's modus operandi of divide and rule. Certain players have been treated with favour, all of them bowlers, while others have been shunted up and down the order or left out of the team to suit Sourav's whims.

Ladies and Gentlemen ( and third sex too!!), the jury is out on this issue. And I guess, time is the best judge on all these matters.


Freddie Flintoff has spoken against Ganguly by calling him arrogant and terming him "Lord Snooty". Read the full story here.

Sunil Gavaskar on the other hand has spoken in favour of Ganguly but as he himslef admits, he has seen very little of Ganguly.

**End Updates**
And I am sure this is not the last we are hearing about this!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Chappell vs Ganguly : Is the saga over??? - Part 1 of a two part post

I would think not!!! Judging by the run of events today, definitely not! Chappell and Ganguly were called upon to present their respective cases in front of the BCCI's special committee. This committee consisted of noted names like Ravi Shastri, Sunny Gavaskar and BCCI (*so called*) administrators like S.K Nair and Ranbir Singh Mahendra, the president. Also present was past BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, though I can't understand why he was called.

A quick flashback as nothing of great significance took place today. All the action took place over the last few days!

It all started with Saurav Ganguly telling the media after the first test match in Zimbabwe that he had been asked to step down by the coach. This was later denied by Greg Chappell in his by-now-famous E-mail to the BCCI president. More on that later.
This was the beginning of what would turn out to be one of the most hostile and much publicized confrontations in Indian Cricket's long history.

This done, soon after the Zimbabwe tour ended, Greg Chappell fired an email to the BCCI defending his position in the entire matter and also voicing his views on the current state of the Indian team and its captain. This was a 6 page email that was leaked to the media (sources unknown :-))

Greg Chappell begins by saying that he had never asked Sourav to step down but to rethink his position after the end of the series. Ganguly had asked him for his opinion on his current batting form to which Chappell replied, "I told him that I thought he was struggling as a player and that it was affecting his ability to lead the team effectively and that the pressure of captaincy was affecting his ability to play to his potential. I also told him that his state of mind was fragile and it showed in the way that he made decisions on and off the field in relation to the team, especially team selection."

He goes on to say that Ganguly used to make frequent changes to the team and that his frame of mind was not proper and this reflected on his decision making skills both on and off the pitch!

He also added and I quote :
"I also told Sourav that his nervous state was affecting the team in other ways as he was prone to panic during pressure situations in games and that his nervous demeanour was putting undue pressure on the rest of the team. His nervous pacing of the rooms during our batting in the final plus his desire to change the batting order during our innings in the final had also contributed to nervousness in the players waiting to go in to bat. His reluctance to bat first in games I suggested was also giving wrong signals to the team and the opposition and his nervousness at the crease facing bowlers like Shane Bond from NZ was also affecting morale in the dressing room".

Chappell further goes on to say that based on all these above mentioned observations and some other comments from fellow team members, he is of the opinion that Sourav should consider stepping down and allow some other member (Rahul) to lead the team and look ahead to the WC 2007!

Coming to the most shocking part according to me! The feigining of injury during the practice match against a weak Zimbabwe 'A' side!! According to Greg Chappell,
"The following day Sourav batted in the match against Zimbabwe 'A' team in the game in Mutare. I am not sure of the exact timing of events because I was in the nets with other players when Sourav went in to bat, but the new ball had either just been taken or was imminent when I saw Sourav walking from the field holding his right arm. I assumed he had been hit and made my way to the players' area where Sourav was receiving treatment from the team physiotherapist, John Gloster.

When I enquired as to what had happened Sourav said he had felt a click in his elbow as he played a ball through the leg side and that he thought he should have it investigated. Sourav had complained of pain to his elbow at various stages of the one-day series, but he had resisted having any comprehensive investigation done and, from my observation, had been spasmodic in his treatment habits, often not using ice-packs for the arm that had been prepared for him by John Gloster. I suggested, as had John Gloster, that we get some further tests done immediately. Sourav rejected these suggestions and said he would be 'fine'. When I queried what he meant by 'fine' he said he would be fit for the Test match. I then queried why then was it necessary to be off the field now. He said that he was just taking 'precautions'.

Rather than make a scene with other players and officials in the vicinity I decided to leave the matter and observe what Sourav would do from that point on. After the loss of Kaif, Yuvraj and Karthik to the new ball, Sourav returned to the crease with the ball now around 20 overs old. He struggled for runs against a modest attack and
eventually threw his wicket away trying to hit one of the spinners over the leg side.

The next day I enquired with a number of the players as to what they had thought of Sourav's retirement. The universal response was that it was 'just Sourav' as they recounted a list of times when Sourav had suffered from mystery injuries that usually disappeared as quickly as they had come. This disturbed me because it confirmed for me that he was in a fragile state of mind and it was affecting the mental state
of other members of the squad.

When we arrived in Bulawayo I decided I needed to ask Sourav if he had over-played the injury to avoid the danger period of the new ball as it had appeared to me and others within the touring party that he had protected himself at the expense of others. He denied the suggestion and asked why he would do that against such a modest attack. I said that he was the only one who could answer that question.

Rest in part 2

Monday, September 19, 2005

Dress codes, mobile phone ban, What next???

Anna University has done it again!!!(don't think that it is fit to be called a university anymore, more like a prison) Quite clearly, there is a generation gap between the VC of the univ and the students of today. I don't think anything else would explain the actions taken by him and mentioned in the title!!

Recently, he announced a bizzare set of rules that would apply to all the 230 odd colleges that are affiliated to this Univ. That constitues like most of the engineering colleges in the state barring the IIT, NIT and a few deemed universities. Banning mobile phones during lecture hours is one thing, imposing a blanket ban on them is another. What rights does the university possess to tell me when and where to use my mobile phone?? I agree that its use can be curbed during the lecture hours but not during my free time!! Does the university pay my bill?? Considering the fact that most of the colleges are located outside the city limits, cell phones are essential as many a time, delays can occur on account of traffic jams and students need to inform their loved ones at home in order to reassure them!!

Coming to the dress code part, this is the most ridiculous rule I have ever come across. Fine, I agree that students should dress conservatively but this doesn't mean he tells us what to wear. This move seems to be a sexist one according to the girls because it prohibits them to wear anything other than Salwars. Tell me, does this mean that guys will stop ogling at them and concentrate on academics. Students who study regularly will continue to do so and people who don't won't change their attitude overnight and start concentrating on their books just because such weird rules are imposed!!! It doesn't spare guys as well, we apparently are not allowed to wear jeans!!! What!! Why!!! Reason given is that engineers are professionals and should dress professionally. I mean, its the brains of the engineer that matters and not the appearance in the end!!! Most college goers are teenagers or people just out of their teens, they shouldn't be told what to wear!! At an age where they are allowed to drive, drink leaglly, elect a Prime Minister, use credit cards, the last thing they want is for someone to tell them what to wear!!! I think the univ should stick to imparting education and not moral policing. Parents know best and when they don't object, why should the Univ?? Do you really think that this rule would be followed by students?? I don't think so as the only thing that guys wear is their unwashed faded blue denims.

Instead of wasting its time on such trivial things, the Anna Univ must concentrate on improving the standards of
1. Question Papers

2. Evaluation System ( The less said the better!!)

3. Supporting colleges by providing infrastructure

4.Good quality faculty

I could go on and on!!!!

Quote from the Anna Univ website. Read it here

Its been pasted here for easy reference!!

Taking its penchant for disciplinarian education a step further, Anna University has banned the use of cell phones and prescribed a dress code for students in all engineering colleges across the State from Thursday.

It will also take a serious view of any film-based cultural events being held in such colleges, Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan told The Hindu .

The restrictions will be in force in 227 engineering colleges, apart from the university's four constituent colleges where a ban on camera phones is in force. The varsity has dispatched letters to the effect to the institutions. "There will be no military-like strictness in implementing the rule and institutions have been asked to go about it in a phased manner," Dr. Viswanathan said. Students violating the ban will be warned and then proceeded against according to the code of conduct rules.

The dress code states that students should not wear jeans, t-shirts, skirts or sleeveless and tight-fitting outfits and enjoins them to dress conservatively.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, while certain outfits detract from the seriousness of academic pursuits, cell phones, especially those that come with cameras, cause problems on campus and eat into valuable lecture time.

Saturday, September 17, 2005


this might be on everyone's blog!!! But what the hell!! :-P

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Ashes are back with the English!!!

For all you non-cricket lovers out there, forgive me for posting about the ashes twice in a row. Well, this post is slightly behind time but what the hell!!! Better late than never!!

If you haven't already heard it from someone, hear it now..


Michael Vaughan and his team have totally outplayed Ricky Ponting's men and have beaten them comprehensively to bring the ashes back to the Northern Hemisphere after a gap of 18 years. Ricky Ponting was gracious in defeat though accepting that England were just too good for them. A quick recap:

Lords - England beaten comprehensively by a margin of over 200 runs! I was like, this is going to be another one-sided affair with the Aussies steamroling the Englishmen.

Edgbaston - A thriller which went right down to the wire!! England should have won easily but Brett Lee played a heroic innings but England prevailed winning by the slimmest margin of 2 runs

Manchester - Again a thriller, the Aussies were forced to hang on till the last ball, infact for four overs, McGrath and Lee survived Harmison and Man of the Series Flintoff. Match Ends in a draw

Trent Bridge - This was a superb performance by England and they won this by 3 wickets

The Brit Oval - It was all down to this one test match. England needed to avoid defeat to get the ashes and that is exactly what they did. Another fact which helped was that it rained quite a lot and a lot of time was lost to that.

Never again will umpire Rudi Koertzen remove the bails to such a loud cheer. England had done it!!!!! And the ashes were back!!!!!

Monday, August 29, 2005

What a thriller!!!!

I am yet to recover from the nervy thriller that just ended in a deserved victory for the home side. For all you people who still do not know what I am referring to, I am sorry to say this but you guys have missed some of the finest test match cricket this generation has ever seen. Not yet got the funda??? Its the ashes test series that is presently on between England and Australia with England being the home side!!!

For those who don't follow too much cricket (and I doubt if anyone like that exists), the ashes is a legendary test series that is played between england and australia for the ashes urn!! I am not going into the funda of the legend and how it was named the ashes etc.. Maybe I shall leave that for another day.

This current edition of the ashes is a 5 match series being played at various venues across England. The first match was at the "mecca" of Cricket, ie, Lords. This test match was won in a rather convinving fashion letting us all believe that it was going to be another one sided serious with the Aussie juggernaut rolling ahead and crushing England and regaining the ashes. But, the rest of the series, so far atleast had something else in store for us. The next three test matches at Edgbaston, Manchester and Trent Bridge were real thrillers. They had everything in it, brave batting, superb bowling, bad umpiring decisions, good fielding, some excellent catching, match winning or match saving knocks, you name it!!!! The one at Edgbaston was won by England, the victory margin being two runs.

The next one at Manchester was even better!!!!! It was heartbreaking to see England not being able to clinch this one as a defiant Ricky Ponting played one of his best innings scoring 156 and then Brett Lee defending for all he was worth to keep England from winning the test. All England needed here was 1 more wicket and they would have been home!!!

The fourth test which is the most recent one and just finished an hour back had Australia with their backs to the wall again and this time, the English made sure that it remained that way by winning this one. This time, the margin was three wickets!!!!

Am really looking forward to the finale!!!


Thursday, August 25, 2005

Goooooooogle Talk

Google has come out with their own messenger software and have appropriately named it Google talk . Check it out Here. Apart from its simple and sleek looking interface, it has a free calling facility. Its still in Beta though and emoctions are not yet available. Give it a try and drop me a line at

The Bangalore Trip - Day 1

This is going to be a multi part post and I am posting the first part here.

Its been ages since I have blogged. Its been ten days since I have returned from my short trip and I guess I should have blogged earlier. Its just that life has been moving at an extremely fast pace these last few days that I haven't really had the time to really sit down and organise my thoughts (yes, i can see you people grinning and wondering, "What thoughts???").

Well, coming back to where I started from, the Bangalore trip was awesome fun!!! Three other friends made the trip with me and this included RK, NR and Mrigank Sharma. We left on wednesday night and reached Bangalore Cantt Station in the early hours of Thurs Morning at about 5.10. Its been ages since I have been to Bangalore and the first thing that I noticed about Bangalore was the weather. At that time, it was pretty chilly weather. RK and me were wearing shorts and were having a tough time holding bags and also putting our hands in our pockets. We took an auto to CMH road where RK's friends lived. We woke those poor fellows up at an unearthly hour and stacked our bags there and grabbed some shuteye. This keeping in mind that we had to report at WIPRO's HQ located at Electronics City which was about 25Km from where we lived and an hour's commute considering Bangalore's worst traffic situation. (More on the traffic situation later). All of us woke up in an hour and grabbed some breakfast and boarded an auto to Wipro. At first we thought that this auto driver was following a roundabout route considering the time it took. But later we found out that it was the shortest possible route.

We reached the conference venue at about 9 and completed the necessary formalities relating to registration and obtaining food tokens for all the three days ( very very important). I won't get into describing the mundane details of the conference itself but it would suffice to say that we had an enjoyable time and spoke to a few people from our field itself and gained very useful experience which I am sure will help us in the future.

Day 1 was came to a close at around 5.30 in the evening and we left for MG road (For dummies and first timers, there are only three roads in Bangalore that are worth visiting and these are MG road, Brigade road and Commercial street, the first two being perpendicular to each other). I had to meet a couple of friends there and RK had to meet his old classmates. Once we reached MG, RK left to join his friends while the three of us went to meet my friends. We chose Barista as our meeting point because it was the first thing that we set our eyes upon. One of my friends was from the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) and he gladly offered to show us round campus and hence we boarded an auto to IISC. We saw the hostels, ate dinner at the mess ( which I must say was very very good again) and ended up walking a good 8 kms around the campus and managed to see about 30% of it at best. Our day done, the three of us boarded an auto back to CMH and spent about a couple of hours chatting and getting to know the other guys who gladly offered us their apartment for the weekend.

This was Day 1
Will post about the remaining days a.s.a.p

Saturday, August 20, 2005

This is on request

This post is put up on behalf of Sylvester who is in the EEE dept at SVCE.

Will come up with a post myself soon..

[The following piece of text has been pasted directly from Sylvester's blog].

Re-Invigorating SVCE
If it is not asking for too much kindly pass this along to fellow SVCEians. If not SVCEians for SVCE...who else? I will forward further details as and when something concrete is done.

If possible could you put up a link to these URLs on your sites, blogs, groups, sms...everywhere!. Thanks! ( name it SVCE RESEARCH HUB) ( name it SVCE Robotics Club)

please note: the first site will shortly be housed in the SVCE server( where it rightly belongs!!!!)...we would then of couse provide a redirect from the current url but if you could later correct the URL nothing like it! But for now kindly let the rest know of these two sites and please put the links up if possible. Thanks once again!

I will be delighted to hear from you! Please do let me know...suggestions, ideas, constructive criticism....together we can perform miracles.

Counting on your support!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A short break

Am off to bangalore for a few days. Back on monday morning. So won't be able to reply to all your emails etc..Have a great weekend and a great Independence day as well!!!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

There is somethin about this man!!!!

Amitabh Bachchan is back!!! And so is KBC!!! Normally, I am not the kind of person who watches a lot of TV but I watch KBC solely for Amitabh. The man has one hell of a screen presence and if not for him, I don't think KBC would have had even half the success that it has managed to achieve.

On Friday, KBC 2 which is a new series with higher stakes and a slightly modified set of rules started airing. The first participant was an IITM Engg student from Bihar. He won 6.4 Lacs.. But, thats not the main reason why this show has such a huge following. Its becuase of the man who sits opposite to the contestants, and guides them thro' the entire show.

Amitabh calls the show Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwithiya. At 9 pm, the lights dimmed and the familiar KBC tune went on air. The Big B was dressed in a smart leather jacket and a floral shirt underneath. A very casual look and a refreshing change from the formal clothes he used to wear earlier. The usual Fastest Finger First round followed and the IIT guy made it through. Another change that I noticed is that Amitabh casts doubts into the mind of the participants causing them to be slightly more circumspect with their answering.

Bottomline is that even though its a new series and some things have changed, for instance, participants get a fourth lifeline after answering 5 questions and that the stakes have doubled and is now 2 crores, its like KBC had never taken a break and the good old show is back!!!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

An Eventful Day!!!

Yeah, July 25 which was a couple of days back was a very eventful day. It was the day my results were announced for the (not so) recently concluded semester exams and also the day when I gave my GRE.

Starting off, my exam was scheduled for the afternoon and hence I got up at around 8. It was a pretty dull morning and after having a shower and breakfast, I left for the test center, which is about 25 mins from my place. I realised that I had reached early and hence had quite a long wait in store. Luckily, there was this other guy who I knew and hence we whiled away the time chatting.

Exam was done by 4 and I had done reasonably well!! Though it was not my best performance, it was not a bad one by any stretch of imagination. I reach home in half an hour and learn that my exam results were to be announced that very same evening but at 8pm. I said to myself, "Ok, that is still about 2 and half hours away and that I can relax for sometime, maybe even a small nap. But as luck would have it, I got some phone calls and before I knew it, the time was about 6.15. And then, I start getting smses telling me that the results are out. I was like, "Oh My God!!! So soon!!!."

To top it all off, the University page refused to load and it was my friend CK who called telling me that the page was loading for him. He checked his number and had cleared all his subjects. I was like, "dey check mine also da." and was waiting with bated breath. My heart almost stopped beating when he said, wait, ur page is loading and when he said I cleared all, I was like, thank GOD!!!!!! Was a huge relief.

Results done, back to phone and cell and landline kept buzzing regularly to keep me occupied till late into the night!!

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Killing Innocent people!!!

On 7th July, multiple terror attacks rocked the city of London killing around 50 people and injuring several others.

Just a couple of weeks later, just as London was recovering from the earlier attacks, police found 4 undetonated explosives in various public areas, the most notable being the ones on the London Underground System which serves as the backbone of London's public transport system.

Barely 24 hours had passed when bombs went off in a tourist resort in Egypt killing 88 people and injuring around 200 of them.

All of them innocent tourists who were on vacation and just wanted to have a relaxing holiday. But these terrorists, whoever they might be don't spare anyone.
And these kind of headlines just keep appearing all over the newspapers. Just recently, I read that an explosive device had gone off in a shop in Patna and that another one had expolded somewhere in Spain.

I am hoping that these are the last ones and that the terrorists realise that they are killing people who are not at fault at all!!!

My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones in these attacks.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Take the tests

This site has some really cool tests and other stuff that will keep you entertained.
Anyways, I took one of the tests and this is what appeared.
I am nerdier than 86% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Template Change

Yes, it was long overdue.
I have changed the template on my blog and played around with the colors as well.
Also incorporated are weather updates and Google search. Hope all of you like it

Discovery all set to blast off!!!

The NASA space mission DISCOVERY is all set for its launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. This is NASA's first mission since the Colombia disaster which ended in a crash over the state of Texas killing all the seven crew members on board. Among them was our own Kalpana Chawla from Haryana.

And according to NASA, they are taking no chances with regards to safety of astronauts and there are goin to be 112 cameras, YES, 112 cameras filming the lift off to check for possible debris and other related safety issues.


As I am typing this, there is still just over an hour and 35 mins left for the launch.

*end of update*

On a personal note, I would love to see Discovery being a successful mission and people's faith on NASA being reinforced.

*Update 2*

Due to some techincal problem in blogger, I was not able to post this some half hour back. Now, I find that the Launch has been delayed due to a problem in the fuel tank.

From the NASA page,

Today's Return to Flight launch of Space Shuttle Discovery has been postponed due to an issue with a low-level fuel cutoff sensor onboard the vehicle. The sensor protects an orbiter's main engines by triggering them to shut down in the event fuel runs unexpectedly low.

*end of update 2*

On a personal note, I would love to see this mission become a huge success and people 's faith in NASA reinforced

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Sunday, July 10, 2005

99 questions

Thanks to Suderman, I am posting this on my page.. Read on.

1. What is your full name? Abhishek Gopal

2. When is your birthday? May 12, 1985

3. What is your sex? Male

4. Do you have siblings? No, only son!!!!!!!!

5. Who do you live with? Mom and grandmother..

6. Are you single? YES.. Atleast for Now.....!!!!

7. Do you have pets? Na..

8. What is your hometown? Born in mumbai, been brought up in chennai(madras)

9. Where do you live now? Madras

Part 2 - What is your favourite...

10. Colour? Blue

11. Day? Friday.. the weekend is approaching

12. Month? I dunno. None in particular I guess.

13. Season? Hot only. Havent seen any other weather in chennai

14. Animal? Dogs are adorable. Cats are fine as well

15. Flower? Me dont like flowers..

16. TV Show? any sport show, or any reality show on AXN .

17. Movie? The Shawshank Redemption rocked!!!!Mohabbatein was good as well.

18. Commercial on TV? The Hutch Ads. Even if I use AIRTEL

19. Song? Musu Musu by Shaan, Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko

20. Food? Love Pastas........

21. Disney Character? Mickey Mouse

22. Cartoon Character? Scooby Dooby Dooo

23. Non-alcoholic drink? Tender coconut water

24. Alcoholic drink? Don't drink much!! HAve the occasional beer.

25. Kind of dessert? Butter scotch Ice cream

26. Restaurant? Noodle house, New Yorker, Saravanas for the southie foods..

27. Store? Landmark, Odyssey.. Any book store basically

Part 3 - If you could...

28. Go anywhere in the world where would you go? Venice

29. Talk to anybody dead or alive who would you choose? Hmmm.. Osama Bin laden

30. Do anything you wanted to what would you do? Buy a house in Manchester and watch Man Utd play every week at OT

31. Change one thing about the world what would you change? Attitude of Indian Politicians

32. Have one superpower, what would it be? Invisibilty:-D

33. Change one thing about your past what would u change?Nothing, I have no complaints. Nothing specific actually

Part 4 - What is your least favourite...

34. Colour? Pink.

35. Day? Any working day which involves waking up early.

36. Month? Again , nothin in particular

37. Season? Summer

38. Animal? Cant stand Birds, if tht qualifies as animals!!!!!

39. Flower? Everything and anything


41. Movie? Yaadein, The devils advocate

42. Commercial on TV? The ads for underwear.. Disgusting!!!!

43. Song? Anu malik in Har dil jo pyar karega. Cant remember the lyrics now.!!!

44. Food? Lebanese.

45. Disney Character? None. i guess they are all ok..

46. Cartoon Character? Jetsons!!!

47. Non-alcoholic drink? Water Melon Juice

48. Alcoholic drink? Again not much of an alcoholic...So..

49. dessert? Death By chocolate

50. Restaurant? cant seem to think of anything..:-D

51. Store? Foodworld!!!

Part 5 - If you\'re a girl fill this part in (guys skip to part 6)

52. What do you look for in a guy?
53. Long or short hair?
54. Book smart or jock smart?
55. Tall or short?
56. Big or little muscles?
57. Sweet/sensitive or Sweet/tough?

Part 6 - If you\'re a guy fill this part in (girls skip to part 7)

58. Tall or short? Preferably medium!!But then, cant wish for too much can I...!!!

59. Beauty or brains? Both, brains more than beauty though.. Cant stand DUMB WOMEN!!!

60. What do you look for in a girl? Sense of humour, understanding and gentleness. I dont like loud and aggressive women!!

61. Long or short hair? Long hair....

62. Curly or straight? Preferably curly!!! Most of the gurls I fall for seem to gave curly hair.. Straight is fine too..

63. Sweet or butch? Sweet definitely..

Part 7 - The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear....
64. Farm - Chicken
65. Zoo - Vandalur
66. Red - HOT!!!!!
67. Bug - Beetles
68. Punk - wannabes
69. Ralph - Ralph?? Who???
70. Glue - Fevi Stik
71. Mouse - Mickey
72. Fire - my current display pic on MSN messenger
73. Life - Long
74. Phone - Tring Tring!!!!

Part 8 - In the next 10 years do you see yourself...

75. With a job? Yes!

76. Married? Hmmm.. Yeah. I guess so...

77. With kids? Dunno.. One probably

78. In a different town from the one you're in now? probably..depends on the next year of my life..

79. With a pet? No.. Don't think so..!!!

80. With a lot, or a little money? Lot of money.. Surely.. Why would anyone imagine himself with little money!!!!

81. In your own house? Yea..surely..

82. Happy? Dumb question! Of course!

83. Still friends with the friends you have now? yeah.. but I am not very good in keeping in touch with ppl.. But Will try my best!!!

Part 9 - What is your favourite memory of...

84. Elementary school? Was In Ahmedabad and the rest of my primary and middle school in chennai. Loved my chennai school, lotsa greenery around..

85. Highschool? My ex girlfriend!!!!!!!! Again, the IIT Campus and the beauty and serenity1!!!

86. College? Still in college.. Will answer in abt a yrs time..

87. University?Again. Not yet....

88. Prom? Dont think I remember!!!

89. New Years? The usual ones yes!!! But specifically, one new years night, I was driving, about 2 in the morning, was a wild drive, almost hit a cow and on the way back, took a right near tidel park and entered the wrong lane.. there was a lorry coming full speed on the opposite side and a police jeep behind.. Just managed to swerve at the last minute!!! Was a close one!!!!
90. St. Patricks day? None..

91. Christmas? Santa claus is all I can think of!!!!1

92. Halloween? Not applicable

93. Summer? HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!!!and my birthday falls in the month of May too

Part 10 - Would you rather be...

94. Hot or cold? HOT

95. Tired or wired? Wired

96. Hungry or full? Full

97. Tall or small? Tall!

98. A lion or a tiger? Lion!

99. Canadian or American? Indian!

thats it!!!! DOne!!! finally!!!Let me see how many people actually have the patience to do this! He he he!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Dum Dum Deega Deega, Mausam Bheega Bheega

Yes ... Its raining in Namma Chennai. Well, not very heavy rain. But enough to cool the city down and bring a smile on people's faces. And to top it all off, I got drenched all the way from Anna Flyover till home. Awesome feeling.

For a rain starved and water-less(donno if tht is a word) like Chennai, this is a welcome surprise..

Happy getting wet..
A :-)

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Random Thoughts

I am sitting in the library at IITM and this shared LAN connection is dead slow.. To kill time, me bloggin :-P
I came here in the morning at around 11 am and its now half past four. Actually accomplished lot and also did a lot of Vetti stuff like what I am doing now..

Thought 1:-

David Sheperd retires

This is one guy whom I respect in the cricketing arena. Umpire 'Shep' as he is known to people close to him stood in his final test match at Kingston, Jamaica some three days back. A chubby man from England, he was one of the most widely respected cricket umpires in the world. Loved the way in which he used to hop on one leg whenever the score was nelson (111, 222, 333 etc.. ). It was a wonderful gesture by Brian Lara to present him with a bat.
Hope Shep enjoys his retriement.

Thought 2:-

Why do so many people opt for software jobs?

This is one question that I have been trying to answer for quite some time. Recently, a friend of mine got a job at Tata consultancy services (TCS) thro' the college campus recruitment office. Now, this guy is a mechanical engineer. Maybe he has very good programming skilss and all that, but all that aside, I was wondering what made him opt for software when he has so much knowledge in mechanical engineering. This is just one example. There are numerous cases in which this has happened, people from non software backgrounds enter the software industry.

Is this due to the fact that there are lot of jobs in the offing in the software industry??

Is this due to the lack of jobs in core companies. ???

Is it because software companies supposedly offer better pay packets? Better hikes, other perks , etc.. ??

These are some of the questions that are in my mind right now..
From what I hear, the software job is pretty demanding and you just have to keep staring at the computer screen and coding . Doesn't that sound really boring??
I am glad I will never know.. Cos' come what may, I wil never ever accept a software job. Thank God for that!!

More thoughts will follow:-D

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Amal, Vimal, Kamal EVAM INDRAJIT

This post derives its title from this play I saw today. It was by this very popular theatre group EVAM . This was one of their serious plays. Atleast that was what I expected.
And yes, it did turn out to be a serious theme with bits of humor injected here and there.

Me in no mood to type out a review. Check out their website for when they are performing. I do know that they are premiering a new out and out comedy play on Aug 15th. Hoping to check tht one out

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Clay Court tennis at its very best

This week is the second and concluding week of the Clay court season with the French Open Championships happening at Roland Garros. Normally, I don't watch too much clay court tennis beacause its unexciting with all unknown and unheard players battling it out from the baseline. I like to watch serve and volley kinda tennis. But, this week changed that.

I watched the Quarters between Mariano Puerta and Canas. Canas is a very good player from Argentina and traditionally, all players from there are great Clay courters. The match lasted five wonderful sets and Puerta hit some amazing forehand winners and literally hit Canas out of the court in the final set. Too good

Just finished watching what was dubbed as the match of the tournament which was between Federer and Nadal. It was a good game but somehow, Federer gave me the impression that he was not at his best. He did not attack Nadal's serve too much and generally was very defensive. Am not taking any credit from Nadal. He did just the opposite, played very aggresively and won.
He truly deserved the win.

Looking forward to the final now

Thursday, May 26, 2005

I am left speechless!!!!!!!

3 goals down in the first half. A comeback by scoring 3 goals in the space of 6 glorious minutes of the second half. A disallowed goal...A double save by the goalie deep deep into extra time. Win it in the penalty shootout. Oh my God!!!! What a game!!!! A better script could never be written. Nobody, absolutely nobody could have thought that Liverpool would stage such a comeback after the first half. I am sure even they did not think such a comeback against a Milan defence that included the likes of Jaap Stam, Nesta, Cafu and Paolo Maldini was possible. In the end, Liverpool FC were crowned Champions of Europe.

I am writing this minutes after the match has finished and I am not one bit sleepy. Its just too much to take in. Maldini scored in the first minute of the game and Crespo added two more to rub salt into Liverpool's wounds. To compound Liverpool's misery, Harry Kewell had to go of with a groin strain midway thro' the first half and Steve Finnan had to be substituted at half time as well. Liverpool were just asleep at the back. Carragher looked very ordinary and so did the two wingers.

After the first half, I thought I'll go sleep since this game was all but over. But, I decided to stick around for the first 15 mins and see if there was any spark left in the game. And man, was I lucky to have made that decision!!! 'Cuz there was some quality football left to be played still. Stevie G started the comeback with a powerful headed goal.

45'----> Scoreline AC Milan 3 - 0 Liverpool

54' ---> GOAL by Steven Gerrard (AC Milan 3 - 1 Liverpool)

56' ---> GOAL by Vladmir Smicer (AC Milan 3 - 2 Liverpool)

60' ---> GOaL by Xabi Alonso (AC Milan 3 - 3 Liverpool)

The comeback was complete!!!! Gerrard was inspirational in the second period and he scored a goal and then won the penalty thro' which Alonso equalised. His penalty was saved by Dida but he scored of the rebound. Call it luck, fate, destiny, whatever, Liverpool just could not do any wrong it seemed. Milan never even realised what had hit them. The Liverpool supporters cheered their team on and the game ended 3-3 after normal time

The match went into extra time and there were some tired legs out there. But who can blame them. AC Milan looked the fresher of the two and had some good chances to win it in extra time. It took Jerzy Dudek's double save to keep Shevchenko's point blank range effort from crossing the goal line and you just knew it then!!! Liverpool were just destined to win this trophy.

Penalties and Milan's Serginho took an awful one which sailed into the crowd and Pirlo's was saved by Dudek. Liverpool found themselves 2 up in the shootout with both Cisse and Smicer converting. Riise missed because of s superb Dida save but it came down to Shevchenko, arguably the world's best striker to miss his penalty and they had done it!!! Liverpool had risen from the dead to win this match.

It was a fantastic night at Istanbul!!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Its a cruel, cruel game

I am yet to recover from the shock defeat that Manchester United suffered at the hand of the Gooners(Arsenal) last evening at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. WE dominated the game throughout, including extra time. WE deserved to win this game easily by atleast 3 goals minimum. It was a combination of bad finishing, Jens Lehmann and the linesman's flag that saved Arsenal from defeat. We had so many clear cut chances that Roy Carroll could have gone off to sleep and still would not have conceded.

This game being a Cup final went into extra time and even during that period, Arsenal struggled for possession against a dominant Man Utd midfield of Keane, Scholes, Ronaldo and Giggs (came on as substitute for Fletecher after 90 mins). The wingers Ronaldo and Rooney teased Lauren and Ashley Cole for the entire game and even they will agree that ManU were the better team.

But, we failed to score and the game went to penalties. Here, Scholesy missed one and that was that. Lehmann looked the better of the two goalies (obviously cos he had more work to do in the entire game and hence more warmed up) whereas our man Carroll looked stupid. And to top it off, the guy I hate most at Arsenal, Vieira slotted home the final penalty for them to win the trophy.

We almost won it.!!!!!! Almost!!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

A couple of Legends...

The title is inspired by the fact that yesterday was a very unique day. Ok.. Not so unique actually. It happens at fairly equally spaced intervals. It was Friday and it was also the thirteenth of the month and hey... Put this together and you get

Friday the thirteenth.

This got me thinking (yes, I was majorly jobless for most of yesterday) as to why this day is unlucky and why it got its name. I actually uncovered some very interesting facts. I believe that this fear of Friday, the thirteenth is called paraskevidekatriaphobia. There is not really any scientific logic behind all this but the funda is otherwise simple.

This fear arsises from two separate fears namely the fear of the number thirteen and the fear of Friday. And if both these occur together, its considered a very unlucky day. Thirteen is because it was the number of people present at the last supper (jesus and his twelve apostles) and Judas, the apostle to betray Jesus Christ was the the thirteenth member to arrive. The fear of Friday is of more common knowledge because it was the day Jesus Christ was crucified. Additionally, many people believe that Friday was also the day the Great Flood started, Adam and Eve had the forbidden fruit etc etc..

Many people also believe that if they commence somethin on a Friday the thirteenth, that project will be doomed right from the start. People who only believe in scientific proofs think its all gibberish and a bunch of nonsense :-D. There are a lot more theories that supplement these facts but as I mentioned earlier, this is the basic funda.

As I was reading this, there was this link that was about another very common legend

April Fools Day

This got me to read about why April 1st is celebrated as April Fools day all over the world. The funda here is something to do with the ancient calendar system.

I believe that this explanation dates back to 16th Century France, the year 1564 to be precise. The new year according to the Julian Calendar that was being followed accepted the beginning of the year in April. Now, there was this king named King Charles IX who declared that France would use the Gregorian Calendar which meant that new year's day was shifted to January. Wonder why he had to do that..??????

Anyways, what resulted was confusion and not everyone accepted the date change at the same time. Some people still celebrated new years in april as they did not like the date change. Some people who lived in far off remote vilages in France did not even hear about the date change for a long time. These people who celebrated new years on april became the butt of jokes and thus were called fools giving rise to the phrase April Fool!!!!!

Also a quick update, Part 2 of the post below will follow soon.

I think thats enough "gyan" for the time being..


Saturday, May 07, 2005

How dumb/stupid can people get?? - Part 1

Ok.. The title speaks for itself I think.. I have been coming across various instances recently that prompted me to write this post... Read on.. (Note :- You are FREE to get the hell outta here...)

Still reading.. Ok.. here goes ...

Instance 1

This happened today evening and hence is the freshest in my mind...(Is there a word called freshest.. I wonder!! Leave a comment telling me please!)
There is this shop where I went this evening. Now, as you all know, all shops have doors. This one had the word PULL written very prominently in like 3 places if I remember right..Anyways, this lady (fat woman is what I would call her) and her son (kid abt 5-7 yrs old) were about to leave in front of me. And this female PUSHES the damn door when it clearly says PULL. And obviously, the door refused to move beyond a certain point (as all doors are bound to do if you force them to do something they are not desgined for). Now, please keep in mind that this woman was FAT. So she obviously couldn't squeeze out and she blocked her son from doin so too (you see, that her son was behind her.. poor fella!! And I am behind him.. Poor^2 fellow..)She was this very dignified looking lady , looked educated and al that . So she should have been able to fu****g read the label. Then after about 20 secs of wrestling with the door, she suddenly realised, "hey , I am doing this the wrong way"..Lol..Then She pulled and we all got out.. Phew!! Another 10 secs and i woulda lost it. I swear!!!

Instance 2

I have always hated the way pedestrians cross the road (busy roads especially) as if they are on this moonlight walk without a care for anything in the world.. It is this very quality that makes me want to tear my hair out. Imagine this:-
When you are driving at a considerable speed and suddenly outta nowhere, this @^%$#*( decides that he wants to test brakes of speeding vehicles and its your car that he happens to pick. The exact same situation happened to me. This idiot decides to do this and luckily, I had enough time and space to slow down and swerve to the right (It was about 2 in the afternoon and not much traffic on the road). He sure got an earful of the choicest expletives from me!!!!

More important things are beckoning.. I have an exam for which I know nothing..

To be continued


Friday, May 06, 2005

Phew!!!!!!! Just 3 more to go

Yeah.. Anna University exams are on in full swing!!! And I am so glad that there are only three more exams left.

*Updates on exams*
Exam 1 : 29-04-05

Title : - Digital Communication

This is one of the exams that I will always regret for not doing well. It was such a simple paper. All theory. I had to search for numbers in the paper (of course.. apart from the question no.. !!duh!!!)!!! I am probably not kidding when I am saying that it will be one of my bigger regrets if because of this paper, I lose out later on.. Well.. enough moaning..

Exam 2 : 03-05-05

Title : Electromagnetic Waves and Wave Guides

After writing this exam, I can not so proudly say that i still do not have an inkling as to what a Wave guide is or just how two fields are transverse to each other....That is how much I knew/know about the subject when I went in..And it was a f**king question paper. The problems that were given were either

a) Incorrect (Conceptually)
b) Involved too many calculations
c) Made no sense ( Atleast to me :-P)

Anyway, cutting to the chase, I guess I should clear this paper (Hopefully!!! fingers crossed !!)

Exam 3 : 06-05-05

Title : - Computer Communication Netwroks

Ahhh!! Finally!!! Now this exam went off very well. Even though the paper was VAGUE, I kinda feel good about it.. Now, this gives me some hope and inspiration for this semester.

Very sleepy now..
unitl I blog again..

Monday, May 02, 2005

What a shot!

He turns 36 today..

For all you people wondering what the title is all about.. It refers to the man . no wait.. the legend that is Brian Charles Lara(See pic). Though I haven't blogged in a long time, I am goin to reserve tht for later and today is all about the greatest batsman to have ever played the game of cricket.. yeah.. people much older to me will probably argue Sir Don Bradman's case or maybe even Sir Garfield Sobers, but hey.. I havent seen them play and hence cant comment :-)

On May 2nd , 1969, this fella was born in Cantaro.. Now please dont ask me where this place is..Anyway, he started playing cricket at a very early age and went on to represent WI U-19 test team when he was 15!!! The rest as they say is history.. He is easily the worlds best cricketer and is a match winner in every sense of the word..

I remember those days , when I was about 6 years old (thats as far back as I can remember) , I used to watch every innings of lara that they showed on TV, whether it was day, night etc.. I used to support the West Indies team because of him and will never forget the two superb innings of 375 and 400 tht he played.. But my favorite all time great innings is the one which he played against Australia to win the match batting with the number 11 .. the score was 213 not out.. I could go on and on about this man but I will reserve that for another day



Wednesday, April 13, 2005

traffic traffic everywhere

I am not usually one to complain abt roads and traffic situations in good ol' Chennai but I am forced to... I think that explains my day on the roads today..

It started off well but at the saidapet signal, my vehicle was abt to give way.. (read sputtering).. I somehow dragged on and took a left to CIT nagar.. (btw.. i was headed towards West Mambalam).. Somewhere in the lanes of CIT nagar, my vehicle came to a stop.. Me tried starting for 10 mins. But no luck.. Then I bulbed.. Looked into the fuel tank NOT A DROP OF FUEL.. . Didn't realise tht there was no fuel when I started off... apparently, the fuel indicator was wrong.. (or maybe i did not look).. anyway.. called a frend up. He did not pick up cos he was asleep.. (calls me abt 45 mins later..useless fellow.ghrrr..) So, me pushed (or was it pulled. does it matter) the vehicle to a petrol bunk which was abt a Km away..Burnt a lot of calories (made up for it later as you shall soon find out)..

anyways.. at the fuel station (this was one of those shady bunks .. no pure for sure..or such signs)..ok. I used the concept of "something better than nothing".. this attendant dint mix OIL and petrol (he poured OIL separately and Petrol separately) and hence my vehicle sputtered for a good 5 km thro the crowded streets of T.Nagar and W.Mamb.

Ok. 2 hrs later .. work done.. Time abt 7 30 pm.. I drop a frend off and then make a stupid decision of goin to mount rd via panagal park /duraisamy subway. (for chennaites, these places have the most volume of traffic especially evenings). Another 30 mins gone in negotiaiting a stretch of hardly 2 Km and I am tearing my hair out from under my helmet (guys if u wanna know how tht is done. contact me..) . finaly make it to this frends place near mount road and later we decide to hog at dhaba express.. this explains the calories thingy earlier.. tht finished. i drop him back (time = 9pm)... and still there is traffic at nandanam signal. Had to wait atleast 3 rounds of signalling (or was it four.. I stopped counting)... and had to negotiate traffic all thro mount road/saidapet before arriving safe and sound but pisssed with the whole world in general...

until next time..

(state of mind == irritated)

Monday, April 11, 2005

Jobless on a monday morning!!!

Hmm... Well, its monday afternoon now.. Wrote the title a couple of hrs back and forgot abt it until now..Well, basically I am approaching the highest degree of boredom (if there evr was something defined like tht).. Its not tht I have nothing to do.. Infact i could fill an entire blog with a things to do list. Its just that I aint getting around to even starting to do stuff.. Woke up at approx 10 in the morn (tht gave me abt 7 hrs of sleep).. Needless to say, a power cut was what woke me up.. These things are really gettin on my nerves.

There is this farewell party for the seniors tht is supposed to happen.. So hoping for some good food and some good eye catching fun!!! lolz... Got my GRE on june 6th.. might as well prepare for tht..
until next time..

Sunday, April 10, 2005

dunno why i worry about the future so much

Ok.. I dont know why this thought keeps occuring to me very often (actually everyday) nowadays.. Now does that make sense.. I couldn't care less.. This is the kind of state I am in.. Anywayz. am almost done with three years in SVCE (yeah, thts where i study).. There is just a year left and questions abt the future haunt me.. Am clear i wanna do an MS and a Ph.D (geeky ain't it.. :D) but wanna get into a top univ and the whole thing is scaring me...
Coming to today, it was a pretty ordinary sunday, nothin extraordinary happened.. Was woken up at around 10 am by a phone call and i dont remember wht i said to the other person. and since summer has arrived, so has power cuts. They are driving me crazy. Dint have electricity for loke an hr and a half in the afternoon. So methought that the haircutting saloon (AC) would be a good bet.. Alas, I was wrong!!!! No power there as well.. Just as I was goin crazy, the Electricity board officials showed some mercy and power was restored.. Hair Cutting done, the next was cricket. Played after a long time and it showed.. whole body stiff now as i sit writing this absolutely meaningless blog..
anyways.. until next time..