NO EXHIBITION OF INTENT – SUSPICIOUS SCORING PATTERNS IN ODI CRICKET

  When Nayan Mongia and Manoj Prabhakar showed their middle fingers  to the cricket establishment  by playing much too slowly in the final overs of the Kanpur ODI in 1994, the match referee Subba Rao penalized India by subtracting two points from their tri-series tally (decision later reversed by ICC on technical grounds). Unhappy BCCI…

26/11 : राष्ट्रीय शर्म की बरसी आपको बहुत, बहुत मुबारक (कविता)

चोरकट मार गया तमाचा, बेवजह, सरेआम, जिहाद, दंगा, चिल्ल-पौं, फैलाते रहने का काम, आदतन आततायी, वह हिंसक पंथ का अनुयायी, था ताड़ना का अधिकारी, पर वोट पड़ गए आत्मसम्मान पर भारी ।4। बन हिमालय सह गए हम पैशाचिक आघात, चर्चाओं के चक्रव्युह में फस गया प्रतिघात, अपने दुश्मनों की बनाई हमने एक फेहरिस्त, इस नपुंसकता…

The Right Age to Go is Now

The lad died too young. They exclaimed about SSR. He was thirty-four. (3) Fifty-three is not yet ripe. Not quite an age to go. They shed tears for Irrfan. (6) He was just seventy-one. Healthy, hearty and fine. Should have served longer, Ahmedbhai. (9) Diego has called it quits. Maradona is dead at sixty. Now…

SREE IYER’s WHO PAINTED MY MONEY WHITE? – Subramanian Swamy Unplugged!

Sree Iyer might be a gossipmonger-cum-conspiracy theorist but not everything that he hints at or alleges in “Who Painted My Money White?” is a result of the flight of his fancy. His revelations and innuendos regarding ISI’s three-pronged strategy of weakening India through  fake currency racket, drug trade and love jihad are rooted in reality….

Hansal Mehta’s SCAM 1992: The Finest Indian Web-series Thus Far

If the opening theme (created by Achint Thakkar) does not haunt you enough, Harshad’s stroke and the lonesome death at the climax definitely shall.  With Neeraj Arya of Kabir Café singing ‘Mat Kar Maya Ko Ahnkar’, Harshad Mehta fades into time, leaving behind his family, infamy, ruined small investors and a trail of unanswered questions….

वोक अफसरों को गुस्सा आता है तो ज्वालामुखी फटता है

जीवन में कभी मानस नहीं बाँची, हाथ में वाल्मीकि रामायण नहीं उठाई, अट्ठारह पुराणों के नाम नहीं गिना सकते, उपनिषद लिखा जाता है या उपनिशद नहीं जानते, षडदर्शन को सिविल सेवा परीक्षा का प्रोबेबल टू मार्कर जानकर रटा, तीर्थयात्रा जाना पड़ा तो उसे ट्रेकिंग बताया, महीनों से मंदिर में नहीं घुसे हैं, हवन का ह…

फुदकती, चहकती ज़िंदगी (कविता)

फुदकती ज़िंदगी, चहकती ज़िंदगी, मुट्ठी बंद भी कर लूँ, तो रेत सी रिसती ज़िंदगी ।4। कहाँ टहलने को आतुर, क्या बताने को बेचैन, जितनी डोर खींचूँ, उतनी ढील लेती ज़िंदगी ।8। दोपहर को रंगीन शाम की आस, काली रात को उजली सुबह का सहारा, जितना घड़ी टालूँ, वक्त का एहसास कराती ज़िंदगी ।12। जब लिखना…

एक्ज़िट पोल का खुल गवा पोल (एक कविता)

भीड़ तो जुटी थी पर भोट नहीं दिया, कहीं ऐसा तो नहीं कोई झोल कर दिया? इतनी हवा भर दी   (पॉलिटिकल फूटबाल में ) कि सेल्फ-गोल हुई गवा, नहीं कोई ई.भी.एम का चक्कर, एक्ज़िट पोल का पोल खुल गवा ! (8) अब कौन समझाई बुतरु को, कौन बताई सच, बिना नतीजे टीभी चैनल कर…

THE FALL AT BARBADOS – TENDULKAR LEFT HEARTBROKEN

Although the target set was a paltry 120, the signs from previous day were ominous. West Indies had skittled out for 140 in their second innings- their lowest ever score versus India. The bowl was flying thick and fast. There was noticeable movement in the air, on and off the pitch. There were still patches…

Women & Men in Khushwant Singh’s Life

The words of good authors speak to their readers, and keep doing so for ages. Khushwant Singh was not merely a good writer. He was the Chronicler of Indian Nonsense, which he embedded into the Indian essence while recording his thoughts, drawing his caricatures and pen-portraits, writing his stories and columns. The secret of his…

November 3-10: Organizized Trump V. Joe ‘Chinese’ Biden

Travis Bickle: One of these days I gotta get myself organizized.Betsy: Organizized? Dont you mean organized?Travis: No, organizized.Betsy: Oh, like that sign that says “Thimk.”                                                                                  (TAXI DRIVER,1976) This could well be an excerpt from one of the Presidential debates, with Trump for Travis, and Betsy playing Biden. Although it is not, it does throw…

NO GERMINATION

Time is a river flowing from the past; Colours are but reflections of our thoughts; Sounds ring in our ears to keep us aware of life passing by, and approaching death. (4) News is what happens to people we know not; What runs in our minds is undocumented; Vague dissatisfaction is fairly rampant; They call…