Friday, March 23, 2007

Talk about bad prediction

I predicted that India might win the world cup; talk about bad prediction. They didn't even qualify for second round. But to be honest, the murder of Woolmer has really took my interest out of cricket. I know betting is high in cricket but to kill for it, thats really something. I really hope that the pakistan players are not involved in this?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Story behind my Mustache

During my college days, I used to go on without a shave for at least a month during my exam times. It was my good luck charm. Until my second year in college, I thought I was the odd one, but apparently there were many who follow the same instinct. I still follow this tradition, but these days it is my mustache. If I am stressed, I grew a mustache, and I vow that I will take it out only when my tough phase pass out. After about three weeks, the reason why I was stressed does not pass but I become tired of my mustache and I shave it off.
Sometimes I do grow a mustache for a better outcome, for example my when my wife and I were having our first kid, I kept my mustache for about 10 months. The day my kid was born I took it out. I still remember the day, my parents were with me, and my father got annoyed that I removed my mustache on such an auspicious day. Well he doesn’t know the reason; does he?Well, I have my mustache on now. It has been around three weeks now, the reason why I have my mustache did not pass and I don’t think it will in the near future, but I hate my mustache though! I will give it couple of days…..

Friday, March 9, 2007

World Cup - Around the Corner

I never missed a world cup. From Reliance Cup, I have been an ever present viewer of all cricket world cup matches. This time, all the signs are pointing towards me missing the world cup. I don’t know whether I would have time to watch world cup matches. Countries in the West Indies have similar time as here in the east coast, and on top of that there is no day/night game, thus the bottom-line would be, I can only follow the games in the weekends. One good thing though is that the price is not that bad this time. I think it is $199.

India is in a great position to win the world cup, dimply because the competition is not that good. South Africa, got lot matches in their home turf and I think that the only reason they got number 1 ranking. I don’t see Smith as a level headed captain; Gibbs fires when ever he wants to; Pollock is good only against India; Kallis is too slow for one day game. Except Nitini South Africa do not have any match winners. They don’t have Klusner this time.

Australia has always been a team of good 11 players. They were a good unit, but this time things don’t look that rosy. McGrath has lost his nip; some team might try to block him, out of respect but teams like New Zealand and Pakistan have negated him perfectly. Mike Hussey for me looks like an odd ball; I cannot put him on par with Bevan; I cannot put him down as a bad player either. He does not look like a special player to me yet. Pointing is great, he might have a good World Cup but like Sachin he has been carrying Australia for too long, but luckily for India, it does seems India is dependent on Sachin anymore. Is Gilchrist a match winner? Yes he is. I don’t think he is coming into the world cup with a perfect mindset though. He might not be as effective as he could be.

Pakistan, I don’t think we need to talk about them. If they come into the semifinal; I would be surprised. They did do that in Australia, but I don’t think it will happen again. Srilanka might be a semifinal team; don’t think they might pass beyond that.

Now New Zealand does look good. Bond is the key; but he is so indifferent. He fires one day and he brakes down the other. We got to wait and see. Fleming might be a good captain; I do not rate him as a good player. Oram is good; they do have a great tail. I might be an India – New Zealand final.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Wings of Fire

Over the weekend, I finished the book by Dr. Kalam. The book covers his days in school and his days as a researcher. I was always curious, how come a scientist, transformed himself into a great president. The common issue which gets lost is the fact that he was leading India’s space program and not working there as a researcher. From the book, it does seem that he completely transformed the way the research organization was functioning. Each and every steps explained in the book are fundamentals for a good leader. No wonder he is a great president. The book does not talk how he became a president and why he accepted the job etc. I was curious to know about his plans for India. It kind of ended abruptly.

I started to write about Dr. Kalam’s childhood and the similarity I have with that. Once I started to type, it went into aspects which were beyond people’s understanding, so I stopped it. The core of the issue is how much Dr. Kalam’s life is transformed by the fact that he was surrounded by Brahmins. I am a Non Brahmin and I grew up in an Agraharam (Go figure). There were lots of influences in my life due to that surrounding. My father was a typical Dravidian and as a rule of thumb he did not liked Brahmins. Most my friends until I went to College were Brahmins though. I have had instance when certain Brahmin family didn’t want me inside their house (They did not say get out, but they were not comfortable) and then there were people who did not want me to do anything with a Brahman. It was weird. But at the end of day it did have a positive effect on me. Books of Periyar does not impress me neither do the speeches by Brahmin fanatics.

People living in Kashmir and people who call themselves dalits (I think this word should be taken out of dictionary. It is derogatory) take the book and read his story. No one, believe me no one can squash your life, if you have work ethics and will you will attain your destiny.

Friday, March 2, 2007

December 21, 2012

Yesterday, I was watching the Discovery channel and there was program about the date “December 21, 2012”. I heard about this date before, but never really put some thought into it but suddenly this date feels so near. December 21, 2012 is described as a dooms day scenario based on the Mayan calendar. Discovery channel linked the significance of the day with Mayan, Chinese and some events from Bible.

May be this is what I am looking for. I am searching for a valid reason to return to India, now I can publish my case based on this date!!! I can go back to India, get a land right in the middle of country. Tsunami could be dangerous, so I don’t want sea shore. I will ask my uncles who are in farming to come and live with me. After all I do not want to starve to death! May be I can build a bunker?

After a good night sleep, the first thing which came to my mind before I even brushed my teeth was the date December 21 2012. Now, I really wanted to put an end to this. I did not want to encourage these crazy thoughts. Came to work and searched the significance of the date in the net. Holy macro, if anyone thinks I am paranoid, I have news for you. How do people find time and money to do analysis like these? Internet has thousands and thousands of website talking about this day.

Even though, I was not surprised by the result on the web, it was a little scary. A sudden brain blast, I am a Hindu; I don’t need to believe all these; let me check what my religion has to say about this day. Well guess what, one of the main prophesy of Lord Krishna was this exact day during Kali Yuga. For love of God, someone please help us.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Soccer Practice

First kid of a family should be given some sort of reservation in everything. These kids are guinea pigs for every parent. As a first time dad, you want prove that you are better than your father, you have vision, you want portray to the world that you have best kid in town. You know what is the bottom line of all these, total chaos!

Yesterday my 5 year old started his soccer program. This was his first time in any kind of group activity, not to mention, mine too. I went there with my digital camera, camcorder, bought him a new soccer shoe (cleats, I was informed that I should call it cleats), shin guard, I was fully prepared. Introduced myself to the coach, and he checked all the gears and I was thinking to myself, Have you ever seen a better dad than me? Then the coach goes, where are the water and the towel? I looked around; every parent there had a water bottle in one and a towel in the other hand. I was standing there with total shame, how could I have missed this. How could this happen to me? After all, I am the greatest dad of all time. Now, my son as if waiting for this moment, called me, “Dad, how could you miss the water?” I looked around the other parents, and said to myself, “Stop judging me people. I am a good dad, believe me”. One parent came by me and said, “First Kid I suppose? Don’t worry, happens to anyone. This is my second kid, that’s why I am completely prepared.”

For me, this is not something unique. For 5 years now, my son is going through the same scenario. I remember getting him a tennis racquet when he was 3. I read that Agassi, started hitting tennis ball when he was 3, if Agassi could do it so could my son. The poor kid didn’t have a clue, what he was supposed to do with the racquet. I wonder where the racquet is now.

My second kid, who is only a year and half seems to be learning quicker with limited help and that too mainly from my first kid,. My wife and I, here in Florida, all by our self with minimal help from the surrounding do our best to do everything for our kids. Most of the time, we make mistake, correct our self, and try to do a better job next time. Now, being the first kid, my son always gets it wrong the first time. Poor kid, I think I should leave more in my will for this guy!!!