Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Tour of Oz

You can skip this post if:
1) You are not a cricket fan
2) You don't like test cricket
3) You like to read only extremely small posts

There is something I love about winter. I dunno what it is. I just feel good in winter. Of course there is the
occasional cough n cold, but my spirits are definitely high. Also, the last three India's tours of Australia have started in Winter.

The first India's tour of Australia I actually remember watching was the 2003-04 tour. That was one Legendary tour, especially if you are big test fan. Ahhh Nostalgia. I remember waking up early to watch. Bunking college. Sometimes, rushing to the bakery next to college to catch the action. Then sit in the park for hours analysing the match with fellow cricket freaks.

Ganguly started with an awesome century. Laxman, Sehwag, Sachin came in with big knocks. But the highlight of it all was Dravid's double century. Taking on the giants and leading India to its first test victory down under in over 22 years.

Ever since, whenever Ind toured Aus, I have woken up early and followed the game.

I remember being very tense earlier this year when India was set to play Pakistan in the World cup. I kept shouting at everyone in office. I had the same feeling a couple of days before the boxing day test.

All my hopes of watching India win a tour in Australia are pinned on the current tour. Not because its the best Indian team to go there. But because its the worst Australian team to be fielded in quite a while. In fact, their current team is nothing in comparison with the current Indian Team. All said and done, the Indian team itself is highly in experienced. Out of the playing 11, Dravid, Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer and Laxman can be said to have experience. That's just 45% of the team. IMHO it should be 7/8 members of the team with 4-3 fresh blood at most.

The first test culminated a few minutes ago as I write this and India who looked on top earlier on, have been crushed by an awesome performance from the ozzies. Full credit to the Australians. They deserve the win. But it got me thinking, how can a side with a handful of seniors beat a side with a couple more of them?

The answer lies in the pitch that was prepared. It was an even pitch. A light green top with something in it for the bowlers but a lot in it for the batsmen as well. The bounce ensured it came onto the bat, but the grass gave some opportunity to the seamers.

Umesh Yadav was a good find. I'm sure Pattinson was the same for them. Both have good futures for their respective teams if groomed well. Something tells me Mallya has his eyes on Pattinson.

Yet all the batsmen crumbled and only the best of the best managed any knocks: Dravid, Sachin, Ricky, Hussey. The Indian batsmen have been spoon fed with batting pitches in India. They put up a great show in India and look like clowns on alien soil.

This is a wake up call for curators in India to make some green tops in the future. Of course, there is always the theory that a pitch must be made in favour of the home side. But with that mentality we will go back to being bad tourists as we were famously known for in the 70s and the 80s. At least at the end of a home series or when we are in a commanding position in the series, green tops should be made so that the batsmen are groomed for even pitches.

In a nutshell:
I still think the current team has what it takes to win this series. Probably 2-1. All they gotta do is play it session by session, patiently.

This fan has no nails left to bite! WE HAVE TO WIN THIS. Damn I'm so tense.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Run boy run..

This a true (silly, pointless, facepalm) story:

Once upon a time, me and a couple of friends had to get back home from somwhere. The "home" was a kilometer away and there was only one bike, a Royal Enfield Bullet. The person who had dropped and gone to his home.

It was decided that my two friends would go back on the bullet while I walked back. Because I liked to. Personal choice.

And so they went. As soon as they started, I had an idea, they were taking the longer route because the roads were wider, I could take the SLIGHTLY shorter gullies. So I ran and ran and ran, with the sound of the bullet engine within ear shot.

It was a about a 7 minute run. Guess who got home first?


Morale of the story: What does that make me?

Come on...its silly, but its cryptic. Im sure you can crack this one!!

It shows I am...

One of these days, I'll get back in shape and show you!

Saturday, 17 December 2011


I recently got "The timeline" (you have to say that like you would say "The death star" or "The Millennium Falcon").

The moment I realised I could get it before they decided to activate on their own will, I jumped at it and got it. Not that I was eagerly waiting for it, but because its one of the most irksome, 'destroy-your-private-life' kind of feature, especially for people like me, that facebook has released yet.

It's a feature where all your past posts, activites etc etc, can be easily surfed through in a brand new interface. Its basically a quicker archive.

I had to get it quickly because I wanted to know what sort of shit I had posted ages ago and what should definitely not be there for my detractors to see and what could land me in trouble with my company or relatives etc.

And I was surprised. There wasn't a single such thing. The most common feedback I ever got was that I was blunt, rude and the blah. And yet, there weren't a lot of posts I would have cared to delete. Though I did hide about 4 posts from my timeline, plainly because they were outright silly. Or maybe all our posts sound silly 2 years later. As a result of this, two years were blown straight out of the timeline.

I was even more surprised to see the scarcity of my posts. I don't think I found over 20 status messages over so many years. Glad to know that I ain't among the feed flooders.

Facebook has been known to make a mess of good things a little too often. After going through this new feature I must say I have to say its a work of art. Lemme explain why.

1) You are less likely to delete your account now, because it seems more like your memories are attached to it. Trust me, some of your own old posts might make you smile. Besides, I know some of you jobless folks. You have spent half your life on the site and your poor employers even paid you for it.

2) It makes it easy for the advertisers to collect info on you and target user specific ads.

3) Even though it will eventually be activated to everyone, some of you can do so right away. Absolutely genius move this. Why?
Facebook has learnt from its past mistakes. Everytime they made a change, they messed up. People hated it, protested and eventually just learnt to live with it than leave. This time, its voluntary. So even though this is by far the biggest privacy concern, nobody will realise it.
 - One person uses it.
 - Realises that his/her friends don't have it.
 - They brag about it. (And my dear cynics, this is not what I am doing.)
 - Their friends activate it.

And so the water trickles. The sheep jump into the pit on their own and facebook doesn't have to lift a finger.

All said and done:
There is one thing I do like in this new change though. And that is the "Cover". I loved it. I Chose something nice for mine and trust me I didn't break my head too long over it.

Lastly, the timeline made me realise one more thing. It has been the longest standing social network ever. According to my observation, the successful ones last for 3 years. People seem to simply migrate to something else after that. Myspace, on. FB has stuck on for 5 years. Wonder what will be the next big thing. I have high hopes on Diaspora. I had very discreetly mentioned in one of my posts --> "Forget IP addresses the world is running outta good names"

In India, ofcourse, the facebook boom happened around 2009 when suddenly people started flooding the network. I think I had 36 friends here till 2009. Now it stands at a little over 500. That's actually less, when compared to some of my "So nice to know you...hey! Are you on facebook?" kinda friends.

I have been considering closing my account for quite a while. The only reason I haven't is not the love of the site but the fact that all my friends are there and is the best way to stay in touch. However, I do love twitter. Its like an addiction. Sadly 95% of my friends don't seem to know about twitter. Its short and sweet, unlike me, yet.

(Disclaimer: This post doesn't endorse any site. Nor trash it.)

BTW, did you know that, if you delete your account, your photos are still retained. Wonder how on earth they could make money from that? Something tells me, I don't want to know the answer to that question.

Social-life-ka-boom warning system: Once you activate the timeline, you have 7 days before its published, so hurry up if you have skeletons in the closet ;)

Dear Santa

Adopt, don't buy
I just had to share this..

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Did I just kill my blog?

Im still wondering when I must or not. My friends say not yet and I agree, but if I were to, do you have any suggestions for the name?

And trust me, this is not the kind of thing people do when they ask for suggestions and you rack your brains to come with an impressive answer and in the end they consider none of it just so that they dont have to credit the name to you. If you idea is good, I will consider it. I was thinking of:
1) Homo Sheepians (Title of the first comic)
2) Asylumos
3) Ding!


In other news,

I royally hate the 3g stick I am using to connect to the internet from my room. It belongs to my roommate and boy is it slow.

In order to get consistent access to the net, I have to keep the door open. But if I keep the door open a friendly neighbourhood grasshoper seems to be adamant as hell to get indoors and lo, 75% of my time with a good connection is spent in keeping the insect out of the house.

By time I get one simply project going on my netbook, I think I would be more equipped with the Class Insecta in the linnaeus classification than any other geeky stuff on the planet.



I keep wondering if I totally killed my blog by taking to comics? Because everytime I see something funny, I think of it as something I could write a comic on.



You know that stage of life? Where you are very confused about the future and...yeah well most of you guys follow me on --> twitter. Well its back!