No Immunity for Tax-Evaders ( A Poem)

They asked me about my incomes and taxes, I began to rail against the ruler’s lapses; When questioned regarding my balance sheets, I scrolled and showed them some of my tweets; They sought details about cash and accounts, I screamed murder at the hands of tax hounds; The Regime’s opponents stood by my side, But…

Daniil Medvedev – The Next Australian Open Champion?

Daniil Medvedev is achieving supreme levels of consistency. The quarter-final win over his good friend Rublev was his 19th straight one on the tour. Incredibly, he is 11-0 against top-10 players since USO 2020. Medvedev had earlier enjoyed such consistency during and after the North American hard-court swing in 2019, when he had reached six…

A Limerick on Kohli

Bowled for a duck but of shame not a trace, Behold the contempt dripping from his face, Cannot be his fault at all, Nor was it a good ball, To concede you’ve been mastered requires some grace. (5) #limerick #viratkohli #arrogance

Mobocracy 1920-21 Reprised in 2020-21: Gandhi is No More, but His Words can Guide

During his 1920 train tours, Gandhi discovered India, and more importantly, understood the Indians. The country was in a state of ferment, people were highly expectant, keen to be led and express themselves socially and politically. During and after his visits, Gandhi recorded his observations- “the Congress is a demonstration for the mob. Though organized…

The Mandela Test: Durban 1950

Australia at one stage were tottering at 4/95 in their second innings, while chasing a target of 336. But Neil Harvey, the usually flamboyant, but that day a picture of patience and doggedness, partnered with two lower order batsmen to take the Ozzies to a memorable victory by 5 wickets, with only half-an hour to…

SPIN DOCTORS AT WORK – How to Steal Some Credit for Shaz & Kohli?

ACT ONE The gang of four is up at one in the night of the Adelaidebacle. The fielding coach, Shridhar, is shocked to receive a message from Kohli at this ungodly hour, because the captain had not touched alcohol in seven years, and goes to bed early after face-chatting with his wife. Shridhar- The skip…

Of Fairy Tales and the Brisbane Breach

Fairies don’t live in bio-bubbles, zombies do.  Fighters get sent to hospitals for sewing and mending, not fairies. Fairies don’t get hit frequently by leather balls while playing with their mates, like Indian batsmen did. Fairies have it easy- their hamstrings don’t get pulled, backs don’t become stiff, wrists don’t get sprained, fingers don’t get…

SYDNEY: A Test of Character

Confirmed modern greatness is mean and self-centred. Since Steve Smith cannot now afford to openly rub sandpaper on the ball, he has taken to rubbing his spikes on the crease. Wiping away a newbie’s guard marks, and creating roughs on the pitch for spinners in full visibility of the TV cameras must also define the…

बीस-इक्कीस (कविता)

जिस वर्ष अवगुंठन अनिवार्य हुआ, जिस वर्ष छुआछूत पुनः स्वीकार्य हुआ, जिस वर्ष काढ़ा-योग शिरोधार्य हुआ, जिस वर्ष सूक्ष्म शत्रु दुर्निवार्य हुआ, जिस वर्ष अभिमानी प्रवासी उपकार्य हुआ, जिस वर्ष हर नीम-हकीम औषधाचार्य हुआ, जिस वर्ष हर मानव उपचार्य हुआ, जिस वर्ष जीवित रहना भी सफल कार्य हुआ ;                        (8) इस क्रुद्ध वर्ष को भी…