it is 18 days n yet, it seems a decade. things hav kept me busy. they came, they left, my keyboard had caught a flu (no, we don't hav mexicans or pigs around), n wen it finally bcame hale n hearty(on its own) i had other 'more' important things to attend to. i hav started studying 10 hours or sumtymes mor a day( n sleeping lyk a dead man too), but i did manage to squeeze in sumtym to paint my wardrobe. hav a look.
unfortunately, the vibrant orange is nt reflected very well in the image.
well, the most eventful thing to hav happened in the last last fortnight ud definitely b the fairytale run of the BRCs in the just concluded ipl. n these r the same guys who finished 7th last year (n the winners had finished 8th!). forget bout the new additions, Ryder n Pietersen, who did nt play much of a role. if there was nething different, it was the inspirational captaincy of Kumble, not to 4get the optimism Ray Jennings brought into the side. wid due respect to DRavid, he may b a very gud player, a gr8 player infact, but nt a very gud captain. n yes, i ud hav loved to see him scoring a few mor. it was so close, yet so far 4 them. n my! this Manish Pandey (uh-huh he's soooooo cuuuuuuuute), y did nt they play him earlier? the way he paced his innings the day he scored the ton, ne1 ll admit dis guy has got a very gud head on his shoulders. i must say here dat it is raining handsome men 4 this bangalore team. i mean, Dravid, Taylor, Boucher, Virat, Du Preez n now dis Manish -together!!!
ok, nough on the issue. i finally completed Pride n Prejudice, made 2nd attempt 2wards watching Slumdog Millionaire but no 1 ud leave me alone for those 3 hours, completed most of my holiday h.w., talked wid my best frnd after almost a month, made papa a regular viewer of choti bahu( now he does nt even move frm his chair frm 11:30 to 12 (mmmm a.m. or p.m. .....????) n gave a gud piece of my mind to my cousin simani, wen she proudly flaunted the trendy, white nailpolish on her fingers( which was actly my correction fluid or wat we call whitener).
huh! remarkable 18 days.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Our life is a goody bag, of candies, cookies, toys and souvenirs as well as of explosives and shrapnels. We constantly draw one or the other thing from it, good or bad. And the most heartening aspect of it all is that the number of candies, cookies et al in our goody bag is the same as that of the explosives.
Love n friendship r the candies n fun, humor the toys which make our stay on earth enjoyable. n our gud memories r the souvenirs dat keep us going even wen the going gets tough.
so, wen does the going get tough?
wen we pick up the ammunition from our goody bag, which is, after all, inevitable. it happens wen we hav picked up too amny toys or we r lost in the false pride of having only toys in our share. tho most of the tymes we r responsible for wat we pick up, still, in the former case, it is sheer gud luck that for a certain period of our lyf we hav got only wat we wanted. but it does nt take away frm the fact that we SHALL hav to draw watever is there in store for us. good has to follow bad n vice-versa. similarly happiness has to follow sorrow n sorrow happiness. so, don't intimidate others if u hav had only cookies so far. gunpowder will soon follow. wiser r those who prepare themselves for tempests even in the calmest of seas. n wiser still r those who remain unaffected( lyk the gr8 mountains, as our geeta says ) in the thick, thin n in-between.
if u believe in afterlife, there is mor.
tho we get the same number of cookies n explosives in our goodybag, whose composition is the same for all, it is not just for a single birth. we hav to live with wat we hav draw n wat we hav still not drawn, for the entire period we r here. that's why sum1 is born a king, n sum1 a pauper. in simpler terms, u ll reap for ur actions in the next birth if not in the same birth. this is where the term KARMA peeps in. in mathematical terms our actions determine the probability of drawing a toy or a shrapnel. yep, lady luck interferes sumtymes. but it is not always luck BY-CHANCE, rather LUCK by CHANCE.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
true, the matches r being played this tym on pitches dat r tired n with bowlers who r prepared. but T20 is T20: a gr8 mechanism to get or shud i say suck mor out of players.
and i was nt taken off-guard on hearing dat the Rajasthan royals had painted dis masterpiece. deep down my herat i ve always had a special place 4 underdogs. i supported the Jaipur team(alongwith BRC, of course) wen very few others did, n i guess i'll b doing the same dis year too, as the supposedly underdogs - the DECcan CHArgers, r sitting pretty in the top 4, this tym. i knew the champions hav been wounded n that wounded tigers r all the mor ruthless.
poor YUVraj and Co. it had to come against them.
the earth has swallowed up those who wer saying this year's IPL will prove to b too big in its boots.
just see, mor n mor matches r going down the wire, there is s fine balance between batting and bowling offered by the pitches, a hat trick has been taken( n the guy who took the hattrick alongwith a fine score of 50, ended up on the losing side!!!!!!!!), the spectators hav witnessed a super over already( n they relished it, getting a li'l bit xtra 4 der money) and most importantly 7 out of the 8 teams r in real contention 4 the 4 semi-final berths.
looking at the 20-day transplant the tournament underwent, cud we ask mor?
Monday, May 4, 2009
OK, the Bangaloreans were on a high after two consecutive wins, but not many fancied them against the clinical Mumbai Indians yesterday. even i didn't.(obviously i was not aware Dravid had come back :P).
wen i switched on the tv, finally giving in to my urge( i watch all BRC matches, half or full, hi hi), i was in for a pleasnt surprise. No Sachin, No Jayasuriya, No Duminy and net run rate way below typical of their star studded team. some guy called Du Preez was bowling his 3rd over n had all the 3 wickets fallen dat far in his kitty. he instantly had another fruitcake on his fan list( he looks handsome too :P ). i watched the game from thereon with my fingers crossed. yes, i had a few near-heart-attacks in the last 4 overs of BRC's bowling, but still, they had not given away too many. and then Dravid is back n in ominous form n must b vying to get back HIS orange cap. so, yes, i had faith on them, and on all of them, not just on Dravid.
from the word go, Kallis had a walk in the park. Jaffer's dismissal did arise in me a few aprehensions of yet another dismal show, but that was very soon put to rest with Kallis's clean hitting. yep, teh willow of the man at the other end was not even touching the sweet cherry for quite a few deliveries, n given the kind of aggro he has, u cud expect him to hit a Shahid Afridi (n now our very own Bhajji) shot n get out. but Uthappa must have been feeling the heat of late in the supposedly 10 degree celsius in East London and kept his cool till the end. n my! wat a finish it was, 11 balls were still left which is a good margin in T20.
i hope this winning streak continues, a good movie following this trailer soon and dat Dravid's daughter comes as a sign of Gud luck to him.
btw, gud captaincy Anil bhai :)
Sunday, May 3, 2009
yup, my state comes under the wings of the DEccan CHArgers, but it is not my favourite team. neither is it the RAJasthan ROyals, last year's champs n this year's underperformers(OK, they hav started winning).
my favourite outfit is ...mmm.....the ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE. n i hav no shame in admitting dat. tho m nt so naive so as nt to understand why my frnds giggled wen i told them bout my mindless loyalty, continuing this year too.
this team of under-achievers( i hate to use that word) is nt the strongest on the paper. n clearly not so on the field. but this team has got that something (had got that something..........?) which draws me towards it even wen i don't want to.
RAHUL DRAVID. yep, my all tym favourite player. it is only bcoz of him dat i supported this lacklustre team last year n the hopeless optimistic that i m, i supported them in this edition too, hoping against all odds that they will get thru to the semi-final.n heavens, i was the happiest person in the world the night that coveted orange cap was put on Dravid's head. n was happier still wen he again got dat back after surpassing hayden's heroics a couple of matches later.mother of all trajedies, just wen this team had started showing glimpses of wat it is capable of, Dravid had to go back. but no, i was not sad. i was supporting him after all, not his team. he had done pretty well. why worry 4 teh team?
or so i thought.
i discovered, in their very next match, that i was still supporting this bevdaas' team!!!!!!!!!
i tried hard to express my joy wen Kumble took a wicket in the 19th over. n was over the moon wen the scorecard read '9 required frm 1 ball'. they r playing today again, n guess wat? m supporting them. i really am hopelessly optimistic.
it is 6 required off 4 for KXIP now n how i wish KKR lose it, at least BRC will not finish at the bottom. hi hi. 2 frm 3, hmmmmm......my wish is going to be granted i think.
given the team man Dravid is, he may well come back. but a single batsman can't always turn it up for u. i wonder how Kallis, Pietersen n Ryder can fail at the same tym. Pietersen clearly didn't justify his envious price tag. n it must hav hurt his baatliwaala master. meanwhile, the kings have won, escaping narrowly out of a draw. gotta rush now, ll hav to study for sometym b4 coming back to catch up on the ipl fever.
see ya 2morrow.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
i always knew i was one of the choicest kids of God. m not saying my lyf has always been hunky dory. but God has always been there by my side, picking me up frm the muck n mire of failures, frustrations, b4 they took a toll on me, n instilling in me that piquant confidence, so-very characteristic of me. or was it me, my thought process, my nvr-say-die attitude dat kept my boat stand tall amidst roughest of tempests. watever it was, my own will power or divine intervention, it failed to deliver in dat forgettable period of last year, wen i was on the brink of getting into depression. my will power had crumbled n GOd also failed to inspire me.
this is wen Shawn came into my lyf. he was lyk a breath of fresh air who not only made me get up but also run. yea, my %age fell way below expectations, but if i cud hold on as teh bio n english topper n stand 2nd in my class, it is bcoz of Shawn n Shawn only.
Shawn came into my lyf frm virtually nowhere, but surprisingly nough, we had an instant connect. he bcame, very quickly, my frnd, philosopher n guide. he ud b there waiting 4 me wen i used to enter my study room n ud b there by my side to egg me on at the slightest sight of procrastination. b4 going to sleep, i ud stare at him 4 a long tym n he ud b just sitting back n........er..probably smiling. yes, he was a nice teacher, n a nicer still frnd.
you must have heard of him, have nt u?
why, he is the writer of 1 of my favourite books 'soar to the top'.
u must have realised by now how this Shawn came into my life. yes, thru his book. but he has bcum an indispensible part of my lyf. m reading it (once again) religiously n this wonderful book has carved out a permanent place 4 itself on my study table.
do read it if u think u r swaying away frm ur goals, or if u want mor petrol in ur vehicle for ur journey to success. it is a must read for all students at this stage of their lyf, where they can make or mar their career.costs 175 bucks only, but believe me, it has the potential to change lives.
waise bhee, i m recommending, dude. it has got 2 b good.
Friday, May 1, 2009
1.our city does nt experience an earthquake, cyclone, flood or volcanic eruption, which is very unlikely, of course
2.my brainy box is nt hacked by sum unassuming fellow, who, by no means, is aware of my temper
3.my home sweet home is not invaded, once again, by my cousins).
do come tommorrow
i kno i write crazy, but it is readable yaar.
till then, sayo nara.