Friday, May 7, 2010

Say it in short!

There are few things you like sharing with the world, and there are others you like keeping up to yourself. When you sit to write, what you actually write depends upon who might be your audience. Blogs work in the same way. But there are kind of people who do express themselves freely irrespective of who's going to read it. I belong to the other kind! ;)

But still, there are always things to share and what I am sharing in other blog is the collection of short sayings. They may come in any form like sms, forwarded mails, status messages, quotes, famous sayings, tweets, sher-o-shayari, jokes, poetry, couplets and what not! :)

Here goes the link ...

Monday, April 26, 2010

IPL’s innings over, ICC World T20 next!

The IPL grand finale presentation is just over and it was the well deserving Chennai Super Kings who emerged as the champions. The losing team today, Mumbai Indians was among my favourites this year, mostly because of Sachin. But today, they were outplayed by Chennai and the most important factor that contributed in their victory according to me was the Captainship of Dhoni. And it makes me feel good because he’s leading the Indian cricket team and ICC T20 world cup is starting from the 30th of this month.

I saw the semi-final between Chennai and Hydrabad almost entirely and the only thing that won Chennai the game was the captainship of Dhoni. He’s the man with brain and most importantly he knows how to apply that intelligence when needed. Things may not go right all the time, but then this time he was provided with a world class team which was the combination of the top players who knows how to deliver at the death stage. I hope the Indian squad in the T20 World Cup responds the same way and something inside of me is telling that India is going to do really well in that world cup.

But you got to feel for Sachin who also led the team so well and is really an inspiration for everyone. I would have been happier to seen his team lifting the IPL trophy. But I’m sure he’s going to be the part of the Indian team lifting the 2011 World Cup trophy. Funny wild imaginations, you might be thinking! But it is his dream, and I hope whole team has that in mind while going for the 2011 world cup which will be played in the Indian subcontinent itself. It would have been a fair return-gift to someone who has played for the country for more than 20 years in a way which makes every Indian proud. While saying that, I don’t mean Sachin should sit idle and watch; his bat speaks for himself. If we talk about his latest, he is the highest run getter of the IPL and the Man of the Series. And I am sure he’ll lead the Indian attack to the victory then also. The whole country will stand by team India as always.

But when it comes to the cheering for an IPL team, I have my questions. When I see Mumbai crowd go silent at a six hit by opposing team or even at a spectacular catch to dismiss a Mumbai Indian batsman, I wonder that whether cheering for a franchise can be similar as cheering for the country? It is dangerously clear that these franchises are for business and entertainment, nothing else. Everything else we are getting from them is the bonus, thanks to the cricket loving nation. So those who find it similar should learn to differentiate between the two feelings. How can you cheer an IPL team with the great enthusiasm and vigour while neglecting the other team entirely? Well, that didn’t happen with every stadium and crowd, but it did happen at times.

Overall, it’s good, it’s fun and it’s entertaining. But now, the eyes will turn towards the equally entertaining ICC World T20, where the players will get to play for their country and its pride and crowds will cheer for the same!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It feels great to cheer for India…!

Back from the finals of Commonwealth Boxing Championship today evening, it was a nice experience. I went there to cheer for Indian Boxers and am really happy that all six of them who made it to the finals have won the Gold Medal.
It feel really special to be there and give your countrymen support when they really need it. I recently went to the Hockey World Cup match between India and England and it was an equally great experience. The extent to which I shouted in those 70 minutes over there, I couldn’t even have collectively shouted in an 7 hour ODI Cricket Match.
All I want to say that its not about a particular sport, rather its about supporting the representatives of the country, which can be in any sport or broadly, can be in any thing. Because sports are a big platform, and when any country does good in any sport at a world stage, then it makes every countrymen proud and plus it sends a positive vibe around the world which reciprocates in a beneficial way, sooner or later.
Today, when we talk about sports in the country, we mainly talk about cricket. But things are changing now, thanks of the efforts of different people who are helping Indian sportspersons to believe that they can do it; assuring them that you try to do it and you’ll find a billion strong country standing behind you in your support. When we won medal in boxing in the last Olympics, I heard that the reason why we were not able to win the medals till then was that our boxers were not even thinking about winning. They were like, go to the Olympics, give your best shot and try to come to 5th-6th position and that would be good enough. The belief that we can win the gold was not there. Once those seeds of this belief was sown in the hearts of the boxers, they came out with results. And this is what is to be done with all the other sports and this is what has started to happen.
I found no reason why can’t a country with such manpower and talent come up with handful of athletes required to play any particular sport, who can not only represent the country strongly at the world stage but can also come out as winners from there. I hope the things will get better and as the country is waking up on this issue, the problems like providing infrastructure, giving training, and finding the right talent will soon be resolved. And we’ll wait for the time – which has to come soon enough – when India will stand at the top of the medal tally of the biggest of the events like the Olympics.
Rahul Gupta

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Here is Sachin... making History again!

With the ever increasing runs in Cricket and after the introduction of T20, no score seems unattainable. Yet the question that who will reach the 200 mark in the ODIs was still unanswered. Many have reached close to that, the closest being 194, but none crossed it yet in the history.

Sachin Tendulkar collared South Africa's attack on his way to a historic unbeaten 200 as India amassed 401 in the second ODI in Gwalior
It came today, finally out of the bat of - none other than the master himself - Sachin Tendulkar! In the second ODI of the three match series with South Africa, it was Sachin who reached the milestone of 200 runs in a one day inning and helped India cross the 400 runs mark.
It was a historical moment. With Sachin reaching first ever double ton in the history of the ODI cricket and India crossing the 400 mark against the strong opposition like South Africa, what else you can ask for? May be India to cross the highest ever total of 443 that was posted by Sri Lanka against Netherlands in 2006; but leave that record for any other day, we have enough reasons to celebrate today!

Hats off to Sachin, it was great to watch him play that way. I hope he plays like that forever!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Big events are not for small... err common people!

If you have come to know about the 2010 Auto Expo recently through newspapers or friends and you get excited about it and want to have a look at the cars over there... then wait! If you take your spouse and kids and head over to Pragati Maidan thinking that you will get down from the metro or your car and you will get a red carpet welcome at Auto Expo then you surely are wandering in the fantasy world. It is far from truth, almost opposite. The probability is when you reach to the ticket booth after much of the struggle, the personnel over there will happily tell you that today is not a day for the regular visitors, it is meant for business people only. You then argue that it is mentioned everywhere that the later half of the day is for regular visitors, to which he politely disagree or plead his ignorance for the same, saying “that is the information we have, sir!”
Ridiculous! I am amazed to see the people who make these events popular(common people) are the ones that are left entirely unattended. I am frustrated because I wasted my whole day in the pursuit of the joy of watching my favourite brands at the Auto Expo and at the end of the day, I was left entirely disappointed.
We, the people with access to medium like internet are considered more informed then others because they can get the information about almost anything that they want, but with our country and society, things are not that straight.
I checked the information about the Auto Expo 2010 well on time on various sites including the official and the sites like It was clearly mentioned that 5th and 6th are the media days (and the media are happy!) while 7th and 8th are half business (from 10am to 3pm) and half regular days (3pm to 7pm). And the tickets are prized at Rs. 500 for business visitors and Rs. 200 for regular visitors. This clearly means that people going on 7th and 8th after 3pm should get the tickets at Rs. 200. But to my great disappointment as to many, the concerned persons at the ticket booths were selling the tickets at Rs.500 only. When asked they said that today is a business day. The most disappointing thing is that there is no one to clarify. There is not contact number on boards, none even on the website. After much surfing, I got a number of one of the organisers (Society of India Automobile Manufacturers) and tried to enquire about it from them but they were unable to help. On one number (011-24647812), I was told that the ticket prices are Rs.1500 for business and 500 for regular! Even I believed her once, then I called other number that she gave when I enquired more (011-23371147) and when I asked on this number to confirm the prices, she put me on hold for a while (no problem at all!) and told me that prices are 500 for business, 200 for regular and 50 for children. Then I asked her why I am unable to get the tickets at Rs.200, to which she said that this is not a ticket counter, I can’t help you on that matter anymore, and she hanged up the phone! Great!
It is quite sure that the organisers do not plan such events keeping the regular visitors in mind. How come, otherwise, there is not a single person appointed to solve the queries of the people? Why there is not a single helpline number given, which I believe should be made compulsory for such events.
The irony is that we are fighting for the Right to Information and the basic information is kept away from us! It is not the matter of money entirely, but the matter of giving importance to the common people. I saw, people were coming from far places and they were not getting the tickets! Even I myself went from Rohini, travelling more than an hour in crowded metro and then standing in the queues to get back into metro at Pragati Maidan station. Ticket counters were closed at 5pm (they were supposed to close at that time, but no such information is given on website or any of the boards!) and the people were still coming as the entry was till 7pm. It may not be a failure for the media and media people, who are given special importance and permissions, but for common people it is utter failure. Things like these prove again and again the condition of common men in the country, and I am talking about its capital, Delhi!
Jai hind!