Thursday, August 26, 2010

Remembering Mother Teresa...

Today, August 26, 2010, we step into the birth centenary of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta - a simple nun who came from the Ottoman Empire to Calcutta and showered love and care to the poor, orphaned, sick and dying for 45 years. Let's all remember her and work for love and peace as she did...
Works of Love are Works of Peace

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Check to the Stalemate

Most of us might have been familiar with the Indian Crab story. It is the story about how a fisherman kept a basket with crabs  uncovered, and when asked about not closing with lid, he replied "They are Indian Crabs; If one tries to climb up, the other will not let it go and they will pull it back in, hence there is no need for a lid". All right, It is a old story, probably used to teach kids about unity and it is outdated now as India and Indians have improved a far better level. But this story came to my mind when I heard about Vishy's Doctorate Controversy. Asking nationality about a man who made his country proud and an upstanding level in International Chess arena is totally out of sanity.

He appeared to be little hurt when the nationality crisis started and his wife Aruna Anand had immediately faxed his passport and it was sent to the HRD ministry immediately. Treating persons like Anand in this manner will surely disappoint them and their career. Though he had controversies around his neck he tackled 40 mathematicians  beat 39 of them, drawn a match to Srikar Varadaraj - a 14 year old teen from Bangalore. Anand looked cool all around the play and said "I always played under Indian flag and held Indian passport right from the time I took my first overseas trip. I came here to play chess and to enjoy the conference. So let us leave it at that". Aruna later said "Every time he plays a match, the tricolor is placed beside his table, and when he won the world championship, the National Anthem was played. He never bothered about these awards. But asking to prove his nationality is disappointing."
HRD minister Kapil Cibal apologised  to  Anand and  said "I told him that we are sorry for what has transpired. It should not take time [to implement such decisions], but sometime it happens. He has done India proud like Arjun Atwal [who won a top professional golf championship in the U.S. on Monday]. We should be proud of those who climb the heights of global excellence and keep the Indian flag flying.” Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad Seyed E. Hasnain met Mr Sibal on Tuesday to sort out the issue. He said "There was a system failure, but things have been sorted out and he [Mr. Anand] will be given the degree,”, as clearing the deadlock.

Thanks for Cibal to end the controversy in a smooth manner. Most of the Indian sportsmen prefer to stay in Europe as most of the world tournaments takes place around the continent. By means of just staying there, doesn't mean they are not Indian citizen. They work from outside the country to make the country proud and up on the stage. We have excellent individual sportspersons and they should not be constrained within the sub continent. Only few Indians take sports as their career. It would be better if we let them have some freedom and help to get expertised with International arena. It is every Indian's responsibility to upgrade other Indians. Let an Indian be an Indian....

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy b'day India...

Mother India has completed her 63rd year and today stepped into 64th. She has been giving us everything needed for survival - food, shelter, peace and so on. It is our duty to remember the martyrs who shed blood for Free India. Here are some pictures of the First Independence day celebrations. 

The Union Jack is replaced by Indian Tricolour flag on Aug 15,1947
Jawaharlal Nehru, Lord Mountbatten, Lady Edwina during independence celebrations
Jawaharlal Nehru's 'Tryst with destinies' speech on Midnight of Aug14,1947
Nehru sworning in as PM of India
Mountbatten and Lady Edwina on their way to celebrations
Troops presenting arms to Lord Mountbatten
People around Raisina hills, New Delhi
People along Red Fort
People gathered near Red Fort
Photos: Chathriyan

"FREE INDIA IS BORN" these were the Hindu headlines on August 15, 1947. It is good to see them again in today's newspaper. Hats off to The Hindu.
Happy Independence Day, I love my India, Jai Hind....:)

Sunday, August 8, 2010


It was the date I was transformed from a school boy to a college student. Two years had gone as a wind, making me feel the breeze. Wonderful friends, colorful environment, funny moments, tricky thoughts, sleepless nights, late wake-ups, flunked up GPAs,... It is all awesome being here. Thank You Friends.... Thank You CEG

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Route to Square...

Favourite Cover Drive...
Suresh Raina lofted Welegedera's delivery above the fence to end up with squaring the series. It was once again a LBW series for India. Not Leg Before Wicket but Lose Before Win. They lost their first match defying Murali's spin and Malinga's yorkers, drawn the second with an excellent debut century from Raina and masterful double centry from the Master himself, and won the third by nicely guided team performance and a saviourship century from Laxman. This series has digged out some batsmenship from Indian bowlers. Ishant, Ojha's kill time strokes, Mithun, Mishra's value adding runs are top hills for Indian batting though they have done underexpected contributions with the ball. Mithun seems to have some all rounding abilities. It would be nice if the board turnn its gaze on to him and bring him up.

What a victory Mahe!!!
But here once again Mahela Jayawardene gave some "Arnold's" kind of comment on India's aggression in the second test. He had written in Cricinfo that "I was disappointed. I thought they might go for an early declaration and make a game out of it, which they didn't. I think they are not as aggressive as a No.1 team should be...". He talked like he wanted a result with India declaring earlier. If Sri Lanka needed result they should have declared when they crossed 450, which they didn't. It seemed like they played the second test for centuries and records which was evened by our Master Sachin. He had also mentioned that they put a lot pressure on India forgetting how Sangakkara and Mahela's faces turned pale with Ishant and Ojha on crease trying to extend the defeat into draw. All I say is let India bat first and think they scored 500 up, then you will know who in the world is best at pressure building. At the end of the article he added " long as we know we have beaten a No.1 team in a test series. It would be a feather in our cap". What a contradictory mind. Beauty is that he paid well for his brainy thoughts in the third test. He couldn't do what a bowler Mendis had done in 2nd Innings. It was as if no Srilankan batsmen know how to bat in a Test Cricket. They scored more runs and made big partnerships in a dead pitch and were cut root down by new born spinners in a sub-continental pitch. What a pity......!!
Thats where I always hit...!!
On a whole the series ended up with 1-1 with India safely retaining its 
position and Sehwag getting both Man of the Match and Player of the Match. Hope for the best in the tri-series.