Review: Playing It My Way

Like the high expectations I had, every time he came to out to bat, I also had high expectations when Sachin announced that he would come out with his autobiography.  But unlike with his batting, where he lived up to the expectations of millions like me, he definitely fails to do the same with his book.  For me a good autobiography should give me insights on the person’s character and life.  And, if it is a sportsman’s autobiography, a bit of inspiration too.  Also, I expect to have improved level of understanding of the sport after reading a sportsman’s autobiography.  And for me, Playing it My Way fails on all these accounts.   Continue reading

Indian Platter – The Big Boss

Principle 1: Being the boss anywhere is lonely.  –Robert Frost

Principle 2: They will pity you, then they will laugh at you and then they will vent out anger.  Enlightened Sid 🙂 🙂 🙂

Who better than our PM exemplifies both the principles!! From being hailed as a brilliant economist to being derided as Manmohan Singha weak PM, the supposed Big Boss has seen and felt the transition, equianimously, silently and lonely.  What has his equanimity and silence led to? Another transition. Public sympathy transited to public rage.  And finally he has broken the silence. But the break, though welcome, was a disappointment.  In his biennial press conference (Yes it is only the second time he has hold the conference in his second term) when he was expected to focus on the development and corruption issues he talked more about his own self.  The talk – in which he said he still is the same man he was nine years ago & that history would be more kind to him & that Modi will be disaster as PM – seemed like a final cry for vindication from the Boss who has been a mute spectator to the tandaav of his government.  The boss has indicated the aversion to the post of PM after the election.  And his aversion will bring an end to a surely disastrous stint of a Big Boss. Continue reading

The Last Warhorse walks off

Out of all the adjectives used by media to describe Jacques Kallis, I pick indefatigable warhorse as the best fit. The last standingKallis destrier of the modern day cricket retires thus bringing an end to an era which boasted of many greats – Lara, Warne, McGrath, Dravid, Ponting and the God himself.

From the time he announced himself in the 1997’s Boxing Day test by scoring a 4th inning century against the likes Warne and McGrath to the time he announced his departure in the 2013’s Boxing Day test against India by scoring another century, Kallis had innumerable times scripted victory or thwarted defeat for his country. Continue reading

Indian Platter – The Underdogs

Among their many dreams, most have one common – To be appreciated as a hero. But then either the besieging circumstances or underdoglack of will power just keeps it to that- a dream. Hence, no surprise that we always root for the underdog.  And in Arvind Kejriwal (& AAP) – the underdog – besides being spectator to his heroic ascendancy, the aam aadmi (commoner) has also heard its own voice, so much so, that in an unprecedented referendum when AAP asked the people to voice if it should form the government, the majority (at least that is what AAP says) has responded in the favour of the formation.  But then, for any underdog, the real challenge begins when it becomes a winner more so if winning is achieved by compromising on those values which were pivotal in its ascendancy. AAP which till the time was showing the teeth has to actually bite the bullet now after its marriage to congress. A marriage which I believe will not last longer and will also result in benefitting BJP. If not anything, this entire episode of an underdog becoming the CM will teach us something, either to aspire more or to never compromise on values.

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Indian Platter – The Duel

Indian Platter – The Duel

As the song Woh To Hai Albela, 1934158Hazaroon Mein Akela (He is unique, he is one in thousands) plays on in the movie, everybody begins to appreciate a hero inside an otherwise ordinary character. That was a movie. And this is the reality, reality where we perceive a villain inside someone who is bit different, forget about bit unique.  And so what is so unique if Supreme Court in its judgement says that homosexuality is a crime and hence homosexual are criminals. Ask yourself, have you never made fun of a man whose body language is bit feminine, sometimes to the extent of qualifying him to be homosexual? Have you never ever cracked vulgar jokes and passed judgement on the homosexuals, if you know one? And have you not used word Gay as slang? So, hypocrites, why the hoopla on the judgement?? As a society we may have grown more tolerant and we all agree that the judgement is not fair but then when have been fair to the LGBT community? Now, let us take a pledge to give due respect to other’s sexual orientation. Let us win the duel against our hypocrisy first. Continue reading

Indian Platter – Gandi Baat (The Bullshit Talk)

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No Brainer that the song Gandi Baat has had a huge influence on my mind. So much so, that all I can see in the incidents of the week is Gandi Baat. On hearing such songs, firstly, I curse the falling standard of bollywood music, then after hearing a few times (Isn’t that unavoidable) I start to hum them and then before I realise I start liking them. Yes, I like that song now. The little villain inside me eventually came to the fore. But something made me realise that I am not the only one with the villainous attributes.

For that, my maiden thanks to Karan Johar, the fantasy showman.  Neither am I discussing here the virginity of Salman Khan nor the sexual orientation of Karan Johar, as my good old cultural values prevent me to do so.  But how pleased I am to see that others too enjoy the Gandi Baat done in the KJo’s bullshit Show. In fact since most of us enjoy such talk I can safely disregard it as a Gandi Baat. And since most of us are indulging, though hesitantly, in such talks I can also disqualify myself as a villain. After all, are not ugly and villainous relative and not absolute terms? I read somewhere ‘Sarcasm is like electricity, half the world does not get it ‘. Continue reading

Flair and Lovely

Flair & LovelyAfter Yeh Dil Maange More, it is Flair & Lovely. Do not misunderstand these titles for my fascination towards brands and taglines; actually it is my limitation as an uncreative creature which renders me clueless about the titles before each serving of the Indian Platter.  Why to reinvent the wheel, when people are driving BMWs and Audis. Yes, I am an engineer and I posses the only common talent among the engineers – creative copywriting (Do you know any engineer who possesses any other quality than this?).  Isn’t that a lovely flair!! For choosing the titles I am applying that flair to the fullest.

arushi_talwar_1305_970692567There are other professionals though, who possess flair for more than the lovely acts.  After the spiritual guru and the journalist the latest to join the club of accused molesters is the supposed custodian of the judiciary – Former SC Judge Ashok Ganguly.  In all the three cases, the defendants are the one who were in dominating position and are alleged to take unfair advantage of it.  Either way the judgement goes; one thing is re-substantiated, that human beings could be bestial. If defendant is wrong it is a bestial misuse of power and if the plaintiff is wrong it is a bestial misuse of the brain in framing the case.  However, life is not always black and white and Arushi Talwar’s judgement highlights the greyer facet of life.  So much so, that the basic premise of innocent until proof of guilt is beyond the reasonable doubt seems rebutted and judiciary seems faltered.  Now the question looming is, what does our nation aspires for ‘a quick and fast judiciary at the expense few innocents punished’ or ‘a slow but effective judiciary at the expense of some culprits going unpunished’? I am not trying to answer if Talwar’s are innocent but I am questioning the validity of argument which qualifies them as culprits.  Unfair and Unlovely.

Moving to the sports, the flair was at full play when the mercurial Pakistani team defeated SA in the recently concluded cricket tri-series. Pakistan has always been like that talented but moody kid.  Only they can afford to lose a test match to Zimbabwe and win against SA in span of a month. Now, some Indian cricket pundits are drawing analogy, that if Pakistan can defeat SA, India can also do that in the upcoming series. Did they miss that Pakistan won because they have a very good bowling attack?  And our bowlers play for our batsman. They want to give Rohit, Shikhar and Virat ample opportunities to score runs and the trio has flair not to disappoint us.  Thankfully, India has no Taliban like hardliners; else they would have warned me for praising Pakistan.  Trivia: Taliban says that Pakistani media should not praise SRT no matter how good he is because he is an Indian, On the other hand Misbah –ul –haq should be praised no matter how bad he is because he is a Pakistani.

But we have our own brand of hardliners, and one of them has lot of flair too. Narendra Modi for all his blabber on history & economics (read his comments on Chadragupta Maurya and Alexendar and on P. Chidambaram’s bookish knowledge) still is the hope of corporate.  After Goldman Sachs, another brokerage firm Nomura predicted Namo to be the next prime minister of India.  Another Trivia: The Economic Times published results of a poll of 100 Indian corporate leaders – 74 of them wanted Modi to be the next prime-minister, compared to 7 who preferred Rahul Gandhi (I am sure one of these 7 would be Robert Vadera but who are the other 6 🙂 ) Personally, I too believe that we need a head strong leader like Narendra Modi who can act decisive. And yes, many believe him to be a risk to our secular nature but by that argument the communal fabric should have been washed out after congress came into power after the Sikh Riots of 1984. In fact in that regard our constitution has stood the test of the time. A fair & lovely constitution!! 26th November just passed by and do you know the importance of the date in the history of India? No, it is not limited to that grotesque night of 26/11.

Singh_Sahab_the_Great_Theatrical_posterIn the bollywood ghost of Sunny Pra is back in Singh Saab the Great. I know you have not watched it, neither have I. Sunny’s transition from an adorable angry young man of Arjun (A must watch movie) to a repulsive angry old man is painful, almost excruciating.  But in his transition apart from his anger he has successfully preserved another flair – dancing.  We Indians have inherited flair for Baraati Dance especially that step which calls for jerkier hand, shoulder & pelvic movement. We classify people whose these 3 parts flexibly moves in unison as good dancers and others as energetic dancers. And then there is third category- Sunny Deol !!

When it comes to flair, is there any match to the Mother Nature? Comet Ison, the comet of the century, dies and then recuperates back to life. Astrophysicist are puzzled and so what do you expect from an engineer like me who has the flair for always being a second. Creative Copywriting 🙂 Cheers to this lovely flair.