The Chinnaswamy Minefield of 1987- “We have Conquered the Hindus!”

As per the Dawn of Pakistan, Abdul Hafeez Kardar was in the Commentary Box, when Roger Binny was caught behind by Saleem Yousuf on Tauseef Ahmed’s delivery. Pakistan had just won the see-saw fifth test, and with it the series, by 16 runs. This is when the first and very influential captain of Pakistan, later…

बेगानी शादी में अब्दुल्ला दीवाना – एक वोटर से ज्यादा, एक कार्यकर्ता से कम (कविता)

संचार क्रांति के इस युग में मैं महज एक वोटर नहीं रहा; सोशल मीडिया के आगमन के साथ ही मेरी मासूमियत जाती रही; तटस्थ रहना हर काल में अपराध था, पर अब भी विचार न रखना, रख पाना, मेरी जड़ता का द्योतक होगा ।7। बिना कहीं की प्राथमिक सदस्यता गृहण किए भी मैं एक सिपाही…

सर्दी-गर्मी-बरसात से परेशान (कविता)

सर्दी हो, चाहे गर्मी हो या हो रही बरसात, क्यूँ आलस छोड़ूँ, घर से निकलूँ, समझ न आए बात, हर दिन, हर ऋतु, हर माहौल से कुछ-कुछ है शिकायत, बाहर निकलूँ, चैन छिन जाए, बिगड़ी हुई है आदत, नित्यकर्म की निश्चितता में बसता है सुकूँ, क्यूँ शयन-व्यसन और भोजन हेतु बाहर जाकर तरसूँ ?  (6)…

No Immunity for Tax-Evaders ( A Poem)

They asked me about my income and taxes, I began to rail against the rulers’ 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…