Monday, March 26, 2007

A bit of advice for the Indian and Pakistani Cricket Teams

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

-- Rudyard Kipling

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Saturday, March 24, 2007


Its over.

At least now we can look forward to seeing some good cricket without the stupid media hype on how great and fantastic Indian Cricket is.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

RIP Bob Woolmer

The Beeb has the shocking story.

It will not be for Pakistan's losses in this world cup that he will be remembered, but for his successes with South Africa. His novel methods and use of technology were path breaking. Most coaches have embraced them today and those innovations will be his greatest contribution to cricket. He more than anyone else brought the role of the coach from the shadows to the forefront of a team's success.

May he Rest In Peace. Condolences to his family in this stressful and very challenging time.

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Australia 2007 GP Winners Losers


  1. KR. Awesome pace from start to finish. If the Ferraris can be reliable and fast, it will be difficult for Alonso to retain his title. In 2003, KR finished 2nd in the WDC with a reliable but slower car and in 2005, he finished 2nd with a fast but fragile car. Combine the impressive pace seen today with Ferrari's history of reliability, it looks very scary for FA and co.
  2. LH. Impressive would be an understatement. Stunning, superb, exciting are all words that come to mind. Considering that he was ahead of FA for most of the race and except for a rookie's mistake in not passing backmarkers, he might have finished 2nd. That would have been a fairy tale, and its unlikely that FA would have let it happen.
  3. FA. It was interesting to see the way he drove. He was quite content to stay behind LH for most of the race, and then make it stick when it really mattered. Nothing flashy but very clean
  4. Rosberg. Got his Williams home ahead of the factory Toyotas and the "crap" factory Hondas.

  5. Sato. Similar performance to Rosberg as he nearly managed to get his Super Aguri ahead of the both the factory Hondas. JB was going backwards and RB was incapable of overtaking. Sato on the other hand did his job well to finish ahead of JB and just behind RB.

  1. DC. Well.. Atleast he owned up to his mistake, but that's not why he heads this list. Webber was far ahead of him both in Qualifying and in the race. DC moment did come, but that was with all 4 wheels off the ground.
  2. JB, RB and the Hondas. When BAR moved from Bridgestone to Michellin a few years back, they showed a remarkable improvement in pace. The forced move back to Bridgestone was never going to be easy, but they are really in bad shape.
  3. Heikki K. Entertaining yes, but fast no. Especially when you compare him with the other rookie - LH. Renault had a close relationship with Michellin, (similar to Bridgestone and Ferrari) and their lack of pace is showing. He probably had an off day, but his boss wasn't quite as forgiving after the race. Welcome to the big bad world of F1.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

First Look

We went for an ultra sound scan yesterday. Its pretty amazing to see the baby for the first time! The moment the doctor placed the scanner (for the lack of a better word), it happened. The magic moment. Its an amazing rush!

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Sunday, March 04, 2007


The keys to my apt. MY APARTMENT. My Home! My own... All mine. Well... half of it. The other half is owned by Eva :-) The only thing left is to pay the government the damn taxes and register it in our names.

Its time to furnish it and wait for the dust to settle. Then its time to find an auspicious time to ward of evil by inviting a cow and calf into the house, perform the appropriate poojas to placate the gods, invoke their blessings, treat relatives and close friends to a sumptious lunch, boil the milk, give to charity and only then move it.

Time to call the interior designer, astrologer, priest, caterer. No party planner for this one.

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