Wednesday, April 24, 2013

One of the great reliefs of travelling in a non-southern part of India is that when you give your name, they spell it correctly, i.e. without the extra "h". That's such a relief and saves so many mental winces i end up giving myself, when somebody spells my name in hyderabad. As a result, my phone bill, paper bill, electricity bill, hell even my voter id card has an extra "h" after the "t" in my name.
Was trying to find online why this happens in the south - apparently something to do with the sanskrit-ized spelling of the name. whatever be the cause it's mighty irritating trying to always  tell your name -" it's navneet with no h in the end!"

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Na Jaane

Fruits of sleepless night. Dinner conversation with a friend triggers this. Watching a song from the upcoming the John Abraham flick I,Me aur Main - Na Jaane Kahan se Aaya Hai

1. Shouldn't the girls be using  "deewani" instead of "deewana" in the song - nakal ke liye bhi akal chahiye?
2. Chitrangada Singh is smoking hot, Prachi Desai is trying so hard to keep up with her, but it's as effective as Olonga trying to bounce out Tendulkar
3. The song is a copy, the title is a copy from the Jim Carrey flick. Wonder which Hollywood movie inspired this one?
4. The movie is directed by one Kapil Sharma - who has an illustrious father - Rakesh Sharma -first Indian in space.
5. The song inspite of Chitrangada Singh is no match for the original



Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hockey se MBA

Viren Rasquinha, the star mid fielder for India, Indian Oil, Maratha Warriors is quitting the game at a relatively young age, 27, to pursue a MBA at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
A striking example of how sports in India, except for international cricket players does not provide enough remuneration.
Rasquinha, a ebullient, hard tackling mid-fielder and a cultured, erudite speaker off it, probabaly felt his chances of getting selected in the 2008 Olympic team was minimal due to his recent spate of injuries, and clashes with the IHF. If the team selection was doen on merit he would have been a shoo-in, but the fact that he had not been part of the national team since the last six months, after his severe run-ins with the board, was the writing on the wall for him.
Here's to Viren, thanks for providing so much entertainment on the field, and wishing you the best in your journey to the corporate world.
Tale of two aircraft carriers


Vikramaditya
Liaoning
Launched
1982
1988
Commissioning Date
Unknown (postponed many times)
25 Sep 12
Cost of ship
USD 2300 Million (and growing)
USD 2000 Million
Tonnage
45000 Tons
65000 Tons
Previous History
Was a Carrier between 1987 - 1996
Unfinished Carrier. Project Abandoned 1992
Purchase Date
2004
Hull purchased 1998 by a private company.
Commencement of work
2004
2005
Length / Speed
283 m / 32 knots
305 m / 32 knots
Propulsion
Steam Turbines (Russian)
Steam Turbines (Chinese)
Air Elements
16 fixed wing + 10 helicopters
30 fixed wing  + 24 helicopters
Aircraft
 MIG 29K (Russian)
J15 (Chinese) comparable to Russian SU 33
Helicopters
10 – Various (Russian / British)
24 – Various (Chinese)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gareth Southgate getting ribbed by his mates Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce about his penalty miss in the Euro 96.

Can you id this actress from the 1940s/50s who was featured in Life ?

In the Line of Fire

One of the craziest things I have ever seen in tennis -David Nalbadanian kicking the advertising board

Reminds me of the incident of the linesman Richard Werthiem getting injured by  Stefan Edberg serve, banging his head on the turf and getting a heart attack- leading to his unfortunate demise.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Collecting some of the best pieces written on Rahul Dravid.
Article by Kunal Pradhan on one of Dravid's least know innings - on a green top in Nagpur against the best attack of this generatiion McGrath, Gillespie, Kasprowicz, Warne. He failed but not for lack of trying.
Piece by Tanya Aldred on a Dravid-Warne duel in the english county.

Monday, February 20, 2012

When Shane Warne on his first Ashes tour to England in 1993, asked Big Merv on what he should expect in England, this was his reply - “A beer company sponsors us, the test matches have rest days, the poms are crap and we all get around in a bus and have fun”
Will UIsrael attack Iran? More importantly does Israel have the capability to hit the Iranian sites of  Natanz, Fordo, Arak and Isfahan? As per military assessment, Israel's air force (composed mainly of F15s and F16s)  would have to fly over 1600 km and back, over hostile air space,  refuel in mid flight, fight off anti-air defenses and  which are built in mountains and bomb installations which are built under 30 feet of reinforced concrete. 
Herculean task no doubt, but the Israelis have done it before - in 1981 to Osirak, (Operation Opera) and in 2007, Syria (Operation Orchard).
So it all boils down to whether the US gives the go-ahead to Israel or not.

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