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  • Narendra 10:19 pm on March 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Border–Gavaskar Trophy, India, , ,   

    How India nailed the Aussies, 4-0 

    Before the Border-Gavaskar series began, I was quite weary as a fan. Recent defeat against England didn’t go down well with the Indian Cricket fan in me. Against Oz, though I knew it was one of their weakest teams in decades but, I wasn’t too sure about the Indian line-up.

    However, MSD’s mind blowing innings in the 1st Test wiped out my early doubts of the usual Batting catastrophe. It was the kind of knock which seriously dents the oppositions psyche. A double hundred in 2 sessions is quite an achievement. From that point onwards it seemed like Team India had magically taken complete control over the match and the series.

    Then the 2nd match happened, nothing much to talk about as Aussies were simply blown away to bits, first by Vijay-Pujara’s partnership and then some lethal bowling display. A paltry 131 is all that Aussies could make in the 2nd innings, a shameful performance by the once “Mighty” Aussies. Around that time most Indian fans and I had sensed that this is going to be a piece of cake for the Indians.

    Team India

    Team India

    In the 3rd Test, Aussies had a great start to the innings thanks to the openers and rain gods for taking away Day 1’s play, but then lighting struck and once again they were wrapped up for a modest total. At that point of time no one thought there could be positive result to the match, but then ‘moochad’ Shikhar Dhawan wanted to tell the world that he has arrived. A staggering century, fastest by a debutant completely changed the momentum of the match. Such a special innings, this should easily qualify as the best 100 in the recent times. After his blitz, Oz did try its best and set a modest target, which India finally scaled and just to tease the Aussies, they added some drama during the last hour. However, it was still an easy win for Team India.

    By the time the last match commenced it was almost sure that a spinning track was awaiting the Aussies. Well, it just took less than 3 days to destroy them, though I must say they did pretty well, especially the bowlers, having said that at no stage they looked like winning the match, atleast it was a decent fight.

    Team India’s triumph, a 4-0 whitewash, youngsters coming through and MSD the captain back on track. As an India cricket fan, I can’t ask for anything more. History says that Oz has always had difficulty visiting India, even Steve Waugh’s invincibles fell flat but a clean sweep is little too much. However, this story is not about Aussies fall, it’s India’s rise from the ashes, a story of a team propelled by bunch of youngsters, a team which was had lost 10 of its major Test matches. A win of this nature was unexpected, unbelievable. This series sweep has revitalized and renewed the joys of being an Indian Cricket fan. Looking forward to more thrills, more wins.

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    • Arvinth 11:04 pm on March 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yyyyaaayyyy!!! We want the super-man to alwaz fly and destroy baddies 😛

  • Narendra 12:39 pm on January 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Capital punishment, , , , Human rights, India, , ,   

    Fight against Rape – A pitch 

    In a land where every possible crime is committed, having laws, be it strict or lenient is not going to solve anything. The ones who are not going to commit crime are anyways going to stay away and the ones who would are going to work things around it.

    For example, Terrorism, perhaps the most severe punishments are served against such acts but has that stopped or minimized Terrorism ? I guess the answer is NO. So, why hasn’t stringent laws deterred random youth, in few cases educated youth from flirting with such draconian activities ?

    I like to believe that a mind of a criminal is lot more complicated than a regular guy. Especially, the ones who commit one after rapeelaborate planning. And statistics reveal that a mind boggling 97% rapes are committed by people known to the victims. Which means we can safely presume these were planned and executed with clinical precision. Now, that is alarming. So, the next logical question would be how do you stop such planned crime against women ?

    I know many a suggestions and recommendations are doing rounds, each one has an opinion, few strong, few confused and few contradictory. Take for example, a news channel was talking about having more police around Malls, Railway stations, Bus terminus and other crowded areas meanwhile, another TV channel was lobbying for more protection is isolated areas since, they’re the places a lady would be at highest risk ( makes sense to me ).

    Here are my set of recommendations,

    1. Install Surveillance Camera’s in every street. Especially, ones which are isolated or far away from police stations or police chowk.

    2. Permit shops, malls, establishments etc to be open 24X7, 365 days. Let the city never sleep.

    3. Instead of distributing ‘Aakash’, the stupid tablet. Divert those funds to provide combat training & if possible some local variant of pepper spray for the female students.

    4. Of course, the laws need to be terrifying, I mean just chemical castration or 30 years imprisonment won’t do, it has to be something more torturous & lethal that would send shivers down the spine. ( I understand human rights violation and all, but do these criminals really deserve such rights ? )

    5. Movies & other mass media platforms need to reinvent themselves, when was the last time you saw “women” portrayed as a women in the Cinema,, my guess is ‘Mother India’ way back in 1957. After that it’s either bullshit or regressive. We need stricter guidelines for mass media, female folk deserve better representation.

    6. Women need to lift their game. If you want an equal standing, rise to it. Do not expect some man to respect you if women folk themselves are looking down on you. It’s not done at all. I don’t like the campaign which says ‘ Don’t ask your girls not to go out, teach your sons not to rape’ . Well you’re a mom or a sister to someone, why don’t you go and teach your folks. I mean stop blaming men for everything, look into your own world & fix the issues.  I recommend a massive overhaul, a steady and sustained educative campaign to empower women.

    7. As SRK put it ‘ I am so sorry that I am a man ‘. The biggest losers in this shameful process are the Gents. Raping or molesting a girl is an act of insanity, just terrible. We really need to revolutionize the way we treat our women. I know this is not going to happen in a month or a year or even in decades but it’s time to push for change. 50% of India’s population is under the age of 30, which means we have a sizable population which can be taught the right stuff at the right age. It’s in the governments hands to impart sufficient knowledge & sense of empathy to the budding minds. Again a humongous task, difficult but not Impossible.

     
    • Arvinth 1:52 pm on January 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Nice post.. I believe women should get more licensed guns so that they can protect themselves better..

      • Narendra 3:22 pm on January 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hahahahahaa…Come on, guns & killing is never a solution. Yes! I agree doing so would create a sense of fear among men when they plan an attack on a lady but shooting is bit radical for my taste.

        We don’t want a scenario where some crazy lady goes berserk and guns down men for fun or some pending grudge…this is India Bhai 🙂

    • sufiaz 7:07 pm on January 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Im sorry to hear about that girl, forgetting her name. It is tragic to see how women are not respected in our society and a girl is not safe when she steps out on the street or goes about her daily business. Also unfortunately, even guys who stand up to protect women dont seem to be safe either. Only last week, a guy was shot dead in Karachi simply because he told someone off for harassing his sister. sad state of affairs.

      • Narendra 10:35 pm on January 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        You’re so right, even men who stand up for their women folks are under pressure too. So many such cases in India as well.

    • Ramya 2:27 pm on January 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Superb yaar. Really a worth reading. Look into your own world and stop issues. Cent percent right.. But only some of the girls are very bold to face the issues and others are not i think…

      • Narendra 10:05 am on January 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes! that’s the point, if safety is at stake, it’s imperative to rise & stand up for it.

  • Narendra 1:02 pm on December 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amanat, , , gangrape, , India,   

    Fight against Rape 

    The recent gangrape and subsequent death of ‘Amanat’ has led to widespread outrage in India, and rightly so. Crime of this nature has been rampant in India especially in Delhi, NCR. Naturally, the heat is on the government and in a certain manner on Gents.Rape_Illustration

    I don’t want to trivialize the crime, the criminals deserve extreme punishment but at the same time I take a cautious look at the other side of the crime.

    The question I would ask is if my house got robbed, whose fault is it? Is it the robber’s because he derives cheap thrills by looting others? or Is it police’s because they didn’t provide enough security in my locality? or Is it mine for not doing enough for keeping my house safe and out of bounds against theft ?

    The point I’m trying to make is if I’m cognizant of the fact that I live in a crime prone area and still leave my house unprotected, then how can I blame a robber for targeting my house ?

    However, in the case of a rape, the situation is lot different. But, my point is the onus is also on the women to protect themselves, for it is impossible to police & offer protection to every lady in the country. Even if the force were doubled or tripled such crimes are in every likelihood going to continue.

    So along with trying to teach manners to an entire generation of men, equal effort must be put in to educate women folk to fight and in way predict potential scenarios. Some random stat says that 97% of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. And it baffles me that the victim in most cases might have never figured it out that she is targeted by that person.

    Women need to be sensitized about various means to tackle such scenarios and be well equipped. It’s not about carrying pepper spray or wearing modest clothing, it’s more of attitudinal change which would allow them to judge people & scenarios which can lead to disaster.

    This is just an opinion, as long as women feel safe and such crimes end, I’m in support of ANYTHING & EVERYTHING which can get us to that juncture. Let me know your thoughts.

     
  • Narendra 9:56 pm on October 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ICC World Twenty20, India, , , MSD, , Virender Sehwag   

    Team India: Failure, yet again 

    Four good wins and one terrible defeat meant Team India failed to qualify for the Semi’s third time in a row at the T20 world cup. This time the performance was average but output was a failure. Which reflects on the teams preparation and MSD’s fading midas touch ( or has he lost it long ago ).

    Team India was among the pre-tournament favorites but their poor show against Oz has left them in the cold, yet again. Blame game

    India cricket crest

    India cricket crest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    has already begun and it looks like after series of disastrous overseas tours and losses at  various high profile tournaments, MSD’s reign at the top could be over ( atleast in one format of the game ). Last week BCCI announced a new selection committee which means men who favored MSD have left and a new team is place. And the new chief, Sandip Patil is known for his tough approach. Only saving grace for MSD might be the lack of potential leaders in the current team. Virat ( Vice-captain ) who has been a top performer for a while may not be elevated as yet. Besides him no other player is performing to full capacity or they aren’t permanent members of the all 3 formats. So MSD might just escape for a while.

    Personally, I believe MSD must be relieved from captaincy ( atleast in Test matches ) and Gautam, despite his dodgy performances must be made Captain. And if Virat has to tried out, he should be first allowed to lead a T20 side and slowly moved to other formats. My radical choice for captaincy would be Zaheer. He has played for over a decade now, though his fitness is a major concern he’s still India’s best bowler. Zaheer could probably do a ‘Kumble’ before he retires.

    It’s not just the captain, lot of other players also should be dropped, atleast till they are back to their best. Likes of Sehwag, Rohit should be immediately sidelined. Manoj, Ajinkya, Cheteswar, Vijay and rest deserve to be included. I’m mighty pleased with Cheteswar, he blasted back-to-back 100’s at a domestic tournament and led the side to victory ( He might be a Captain in the making ).

    For now, Team India has to get it right in the upcoming series against England, as of the early exit from T20 WC….Well, we’re used to it 🙂

     

     
    • sufia 1:15 am on October 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      can i gloat can i gloat can i gloat? hehe

      seriously tho, retain dhoni. no other players seem up to it yet. however, he NEEDS to stop making excuses and sit down and assess what went wrong and what they need to do about it. his remarks about losing the aussie match b/c of rain? it only rained for THREE minutes and it barely got wet, what was dhoni talking about?? and then he said that indias performance was satisfactory??? and the press conference he gave, in which he said that it had to come to them depending on other teams? it was very simple for them to achieve pakistans target in 16 overs but they took their time over it. dhoni and company really need to analyze things objectively and try harder next time.

      read this: http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/content/current/story/585276.html

      • sufia 1:16 am on October 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        and what i dont get is – the amount of t20 cricket indians play in the form of the ipl and clt20. yet barring the first t20 cup, india has never reached the semis even. why is their performance so poor?

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      • Narendra 4:04 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Thanq for connecting. What sort of help are you talking about? Please elaborate.

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    • Narendra 4:03 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      To answer the last part, most of us in India do not see T20 as “real” Cricket…Due to IPl & CL..T20 is seen as an extension of fun..almost like gully Cricket. Be it the players or the viewers there’s no seriousness. I guess due that casual approach, we haven’t really done well in T20’s. Public too doesn’t care much.

      As of Dhoni, he might get away..coz he won 4/5 matches and with 3 big series coming up, management may not want to bring in a new captain. Personally, I’m a huge supporter of Dhoni, I would want to see him continue as the captain ( not in tests though, simply because he doesn’t qualify as a test player ).

    • sufia 5:54 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      ah. thats the difference then. our school level cricket and our street cricket tournaments are all t20, and we still claim that t20 cricket was invented on the streets of karachi (dont know how much truth there is in that tho), so thats prob the reason why thats the only cricket we know how to play 😀

      we didnt make the semi final, but i hope the cup stays in the subcontinent. go lanka.

      • sufia 5:55 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        we didnt make the final…sorry.

        • Narendra 8:53 pm on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          Yes! I’m betting on Lanka to pull it off this time. This is their best chance 🙂

          BTW, what’s on newschannels there, are they calling for Afridi’s retirement 😛

    • sufia 1:43 am on October 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      yes they are. his performance was rubbish this time, and the slump has been going on for a very long time. the media, the public, everyones at his throat now. hes had a very good run, maybe he should go while he still holds ppls hearts.

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  • Narendra 7:59 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ambati Rayudu, Cheteshwar Pujara, , India, ,   

    Is he the new “Wall” of Indian Cricket ? 

    Ever since the retirement of Rahul Dravid, Cricket pundits, media and public were asking the same question ” Who will replace the WALL? “. Many names cropped up, Virat Kohli looked like the most probable replacement, he was already doing great stuff in ODIs at that position. However, good number of people were convinced that the team needed someone more on the lines of “WALL” and that was the big reason why selectors called upon Cheteshwar Pujara. He has been in news for all the good reasons, his recent match winning performance in WI for the India ‘A’ team made sure he booked a berth to play in the national team.

    I had first seen Cheteswar Pujara during the 2008 domestic season, an innings where he scored 70 something and he flayed the bowlers all over the ground with astounding grace. For a long time I hadn’t seen anyone of that class ( the last one who really caught my attention was Ambati Rayudu ).

    Few years later he made an audacious debut against Australia and helped India win. But then he was gone for a while, mostly due to

    pujarainjuries. However, from the time Rahul Dravid announced his retirement Cheteswar was back in the reckoning. He found support from Cricketing legends and media rallied for him to take the No.3 position.

     

    After all the hype over the last 5-6 months today was the day. After a brief suspense he came into bat at the coveted No.3 position and by the end of the day he had eased into his first Test 100 in style. A patient knock, where he displayed every possible shot in the book ( more on the defense department ). First half of his innings was sedate and cautious and then just as if to show us that he can play at a completely different gear he clobbered the bowlers and raced away to a richly deserved century. He for sure looks like someone who can carry the team and the hopes of Billion plus fans. Have we found the new wall? that’s what everyone is asking after his debut century but I guess wall isn’t built in day 🙂

     

    For now fans, experts, media would rejoice the making of a new Cricketing hero however, only time will tell how big a hero he would turn out to be.

     

     

     

     
    • Arvinth 8:58 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Pujara is the man.. I wanna see badrinath is the team too.. namba paiyan 😛

      • Narendra 2:33 pm on September 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Localnath will never make it..younger men are fast catching up..so sad

  • Narendra 6:49 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CWC2011, , India, Midas, , , Sri Lankan   

    This Day…Last Year 

    About this time 6:14pm exactly an year ago, Team India was all set for a tricky chase of 274 against Sri Lanka, stage was CWC 2011 and the World Cup was at stake. Few hours ago on the same afternoon, Sri Lanka won the toss an elected to set a target, this was SL’s second consecutive CWC final appearance and they looked desperate to take home the Cup.

    Like all Indian Cricket fansI  was full of smiles when SL made a slow start and lost both their openers early. However, the joy was cut short as Sri Lankan batting legends Sangakara and Jayawardena took center stage and played  responsibly to steady their team, runs kept flowing, odd wickets fell and the last Ten overs went for plenty as Jayawardena brought up an excellent ODI hundred. Sri Lankan fans  went delirious as the last ball of the innings went flying over the square leg boundary, my heart rankled. Is this going to end the 2003 way? Are we going to throw away one more brilliant opportunity to win the Cup? were one of the many demons which cropped up in my head ( I guess most fans would have felt the same ).

    Congratulations Team India on winning the Cric...

    Congratulations Team India on winning the Cricket World Cup 2011 (Photo credit: Eustaquio Santimano)

    Indian Innings started and less than 20 minutes into it, SL was on top, Both Sachin and Viru fell cheaply, my fears were coming true. But, thankfully the team of 2011 was far different from the team of 1996 & 2003. Gambhir in good company of Virat steadied the ship. By the time Virat fell India had gone past the 100 mark and we looked very much in command. And then something happened, something none had expected, Dhoni India’s least successful Batsmen in the WC walked ahead of the most successful player of the WC – Yuvraj. But, during that phase Dhoni was the man with ‘Midas touch’ whatever he did turned into gold. His promotion ahead of Yuraj set stone to one of the finest ODI innings in a CWC final. Gambhir after a patient knock went back attempting a maniacal shot However, by then the target was pretty close.

    Yuraj walked in and we all knew nothing can go wrong, from that point onwards every stroke confirmed India’s supremacy in the ODI format, Dhoni’s finished the game in his trademark manner, the moment the ball hit his bat we knew where it was going. India had won the CWC after 28 years and that by far is the biggest sporting tournament India had won in its History.

    Truly a great day for sports in India simply because it brought great joy for people of India and sport took center stage. It meant many a kids in future will take to sports ( not just Cricket ) because they now have started to believe we can win at the Biggest stage and this day, last year sealed the deal for us.

     
    • sufia 7:01 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      chirko jale pe namak 🙂

      seriously tho, the CWC is also memorable for a sad reason. it was not long after this that star yuvraj singh was diagnosed with cancer, and i dont think he was able to play major cricket after that much.

    • Narendra 8:38 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hahahahhaa..jale pe namak…3 more years to go 🙂

      Oh Yes, Yuraj was struck by tragedy..Guess you must have read reports…He was ill during the world cup but he continued to play..he made a big difference in almost all the games 😀

  • Narendra 7:49 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bill Gates, billionaires, , India, Microsoft, schools, students, universities, Zuckerberg   

    Why India is not able to produce a Mark Zuckerberg ? 

    Ever wondered why India with the access to the finest engineering talent hasn’t produced a Mark Zucerberg ( Founder, Facebook ) or Segery Bin ( Co-Founder, Google ) or a Bill Gates  ( Co-Founder, Microsoft )? Why is that India is not able to churn out young dot com multi-millionaire’s?

    Here’re few burning reasons behind this unfortunate status.

    Environment: Starts right from home. Parents often encourage their kids to look for a “Job”. The seed is sown very early. Creativity is appreciated however, end of the day, parents are grooming their juniors to become employees not innovators.  We live in an environment which condemns innovation and rewards conventional approach. Schools focus on marks, Teachers focus on Subjects, Parents on jobs & social security hence, any scope of entrepreneurship is culled at an early age .

    Syllabus driven Education: Schools and Universities in India are blindly driven by syllabus. It is war out there, war to score more  marks, I have nothing against this system one has to be competitive and marks work as a reference point. But running after numbers isn’t helping anyone. Many a top colleges in India punish kids who for skipping exams for sports or a seminar. Naturally, kids with creative streaks curb their instincts and fall in line to score marks.

    Untrained Faculty: In my country the best kids study hard and fly abroad, the average ones take plush corporate jobs, below average fellows take sarkari jobs and the leftovers become Teachers. Such is the plight of our education industry. Now, how can dumb faculty inspire a kid to be an entrepreneur? World wouldn’t have had Zuckerberg or bin if their faculty hadn’t inspired and supported them during their early stages of development. The sheer brilliance of their faculties helped those young  kids turn into super successful entrepreneurs. In India, faculty would rubbish kids efforts to try something different.

    Lack of Infrastructure: Most institutions in India haven’t invested in IT infrastructure, for that matter any sort of Infrastructure. Very few institutions have the funds to build a network on the lines of a Harvard or Stanford. These stupid institutions do not realize that by grooming young entrepreneurs and faulty driven research would attract huge industry investments, they don’t have to wait for government funds or loot poor parents of their hard earned money. But no one is going to do that because we love to ransack people.

    Peer Pressure: There were atleast a dozen kids with whom I studied who possessed brilliant minds, they could have easily gone on to become successful technocrats or entrepreneurs but thanks to morons in the  class they were ridiculed and laughed at, nuts would be like ‘Oh…you think you can be a Bill Gates ‘. Most gave up for they feared rejection and bullying. All of them are doing good in their careers but they had it in them to be much better.

    Unless and until these freaking issues are going to addressed, India is never going to produce a Billionaire straight out of a college. We will keep producing brilliant kids who would work for those Billionaires and continue to believe that we did awesome because we got paid few tens of thousands of dollars.

     

     
    • RAKESH KUMAR 10:01 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi i have a plan with that anyone can become dot com millionare . i am doing working on that. will be launch in jan 2013

      • Narendra 10:55 am on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Rakesh, Congrats on Developing such an Idea. However, I’m sorry if my post gave an impression that it was about making multi-millionaires. I intended to cover the spirit of entrepreneurship at a young age. 🙂

    • Mani 11:11 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Very true narendra. Also, please do add rge difficulty to obtain sme funding regardless of which stage u r in.

      • Narendra 10:56 am on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Of course, that would only arise if kids are allowed to pursue..unfortunately very few make it to that stage. 🙂

    • sufia 8:55 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      you also didnt mention the fact that in our cultures failure is considered inexcusable. you dont get good grades, schools throw you out, you dont get a lakh-rupee job at an MNC, your parents dont let you forget it easily. if you decide to take a risk and it doesnt work out, no one will be there to encourage you to try again..it will all be like, see i told you.

      • Narendra 10:34 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Of course, there are many many factors..Lack of support from family & friends..you’re so right when you said ‘parents dont let you forget it easily’. Lack of inspiration at home seriously affects the childs risk taking appetite 😦

    • ankit 11:15 am on April 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      It’s all true but in every society some good and some bad things present.It’s over responsibility to foster good thing and accept new idea rather than old one.
      You are forget one reason “corruption in society and educational system”
      I met one student one year before who studying for engineering and has ambition to be a IAS.When i ask why are you want to be IAS? then his answer was to get more money above and below table. Our student are go to engineering field for getting job and not for innovation.For that they pay 6-16 lak rupees to college along with good rank in 12 exam and CET. off course any one think that rather then stick to one subject and pass whole life in research and social work;it’s more better to take job in MNC or be a government servant by hook and crook.
      Institute is also need money to stay on university or government defined standard or norm;It hard to get that norm.

    • Prasanna Raghavan 1:33 pm on August 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi what you said is very true. In addition to that, Indian family system generally is the most oppressive social institutions you can think of. Tradition is the hero there, the rotten failed tradition. AS as result the new generation can be the best slaves and that is what they are in the majority.

  • Narendra 10:54 am on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , India, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Petronas Towers   

    East Bound – Travel update 

    Petronas Towers

    Image by meu336 via Flickr

    Thinking hard on where to begin. It has been over a week since I got back from my maiden overseas trip, unlike most of my friends who flew west, I went east to the most marketed nation in Asia, Malaysia.

    Before I flew, like any first time traveler I was anxious and excited. Going by the amount of marketing material Malaysian government has invested in their tourism campaigns ( though I wasn’t their for a holiday ) I expected nothing short of a visual delight. I was all geared up to be awed and blown away.

    Off I went in the wee hours of August 30th, my first night flight and it was fabulous, I must say Chennai city looks stunning from the sky. In flight entertainment kept me occupied through the 3hr 30min flight however, the last 15 minutes was rough, I guess we were flying at a higher altitude and the descent was terribly steep, felt like we were on a free fall. We touched down safely at an sprawling, ultra modern ariport, never before had I seen anything of that magnitude, was left gazing all over like a child at a theme park. Must say it was an exciting moment.

    I hit the road with my friend and her lovely little nieces, the landscape was beautiful, it was refreshing to see trees everywhere. My first stop was the sleepy town of ‘Melaka’, which is apparently heavily hyped up by the travel & lifestyle channels. Personally, I found the place boring, so much so that I refused to visit the famous fort there. I chose to spend time with the kids there instead of loitering around ruins. There were quite a few kids but little Melissa stole my heart, extremely endearing kid with a million dollar smile. Me ❤ Melissa.

    Day later we moved to my actual destination, Johor Bahru City. It’s right next to Singapore. Over the next few weeks whatever I experienced isn’t worth a mention, the food was uninspiring, people looked sedate and sleepy, there’s is no concept of LOL there, people seldom smile. For me it looked like everyone was in a hurry or too very self centered. People sit in groups at restaurants but each one is doing their own stuff, there is hardly any interaction. Coming from India, where we’re used to over the top, loud and animated conversations, I found the Malaysians disinterested and deficient in enthusiasm.

    So, what’s really good there? I was expecting Malaysia to be closer to a developed nation, with less than 30 million population they should have got there long ago. Anyways talking about the brighter side, People are disciplined, roads are well kept, food and retail businesses are organized and what else? hmmm guess that’s all. ( Actually, there’s lot more but nothing special to write about )

    It’s definitely not an exciting place as it is portrayed in the campaigns. They have smartly developed about a dozen tourist locations and gone ga-ga marketing those centers otherwise it’s an ordinary place. If you leave out the roads, cars and malls Malaysia is clearly behind India and that for me is exasperating. The standard of education is pathetic, ministries obsession with local language has hampered the overall education levels. Standard of living is not all that great as well, any metro in India can give you a better and lavish living than what they got there. And the worst part is it isn’t a free nation, loose comments against the government or anti-government activity can land you in jail for an indefinite period. Well, I can go on bashing them for ages but it isn’t worth it.  😐

    But hey, it wasn’t all that bad afterall. I met few lovely people, they were instrumental in making my life peaceful and entertaining throughout my stay. Other than little Melissa, who clearly caught my attention, Jaya was marvelous, she was a perfect host. Nobbel and his family provided the much needed sanity. Hoshan was a live wire. Nagesh and family were welcoming, her mom made lovely food but it was her beaming face which touched my heart. Last few days were terrific thanks to Nagesh, Meary and her 3 lovely daughters, they provided the best of entertainment and treated me as one of their own. Meary is an unbelievably good cook, she made the most delightful Biriyani I had tasted in ages.

    However the real star was Bhairavi, I was totally charmed by her child like innocence and witty sense of humor, she was full of energy, kept me in good spirits. I can shamelessly confess, me super likes her. Her younger sister Gouri was sweet and caring, she accompanied me to watch the Petronas Towers, the best moment of my trip. The magnificent twin towers made up for all the disappointments, a stunning piece of engineering. The 20 minutes at the menara KL, overlooking the towers and KL skyline was truly special.

    After all the highs and lows, I flew back with loads of memories and guess what I miss all the lovely people I met. Hoping to see them again for without them the trip meant nothing to me.

     
    • sufia 10:21 pm on October 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      not as developed??? wha???? why do ppl make it sound like malaysia is a developed country then??

      • Narendra 10:32 am on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, It’s baffling. Other than few areas in KL city most places I visited were quite ordinary. Public doesn’t seem to be too very evolved as well.

    • Single Malt Monkey 12:52 pm on October 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You’re a real people person, Naren. That makes the trip worthwhile.

  • Narendra 10:03 pm on August 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Culture of India, India, Manish Malhotra, Rakhi Sawant,   

    10 reasons why I DO NOT support Anna Hazare 

    1. He always wears whites, so boring, needs a makeover. Hire Manish Malhotra and give him a touch of leather and khaki.

    2. He quit smoking and drinking. Mera neta, nahi peeta? Yeh kaisa neta hai?

    3. I don’t like his eye glasses. Big B, please lend him the ones you wearing for KBC.

    4. He doesn’t have a six pack. * shaking my head *

    5. He was arrested. My school teacher had told me only bad people get arrested.

    6. He’s a poor public speaker. Mr. Obama, can you fly out your speech writer? someone out here badly needs one.

    7. He didn’t complete his schooling. Bad Kiddie. Put him into an Adult education programme.

    8. He has a big nose. Rakhi Sawant, pass on your Cosmetic Surgeons number to him.

    9. He wears a ‘Nehru’ cap. So, out of fashion. How about CSK cap? maybe Mumbai Indian’s cap.

    10. He never eats, always fasting. Girls might mistake that for a shortcut to slim down. Bad example.

     

    Though I do not support Anna for all the above short comings. I do support his larger vision against corruption.

     
    • Vincent Raja 10:09 pm on August 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      lol 😛 But 5th point now a days opposite.. only good ppl get arrested 😦

      • Narendra 10:13 pm on August 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hhaahahahha..it’s perfectly alright. Getting arrested is mandatory to get into the parliament 😛
        whhhaaddddddddaaaaaaaaaaaa nation…Hey Ram!

    • sufia 1:02 am on August 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      interesting analysis 😛

      see the movie i gave u?

    • Hariharan Valady 10:44 am on August 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very well written! Humorous, but arriving at the conclusion effortlessly.

    • Yash 11:02 pm on August 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious! 😀

      Please read my latest blog post as well…mine is a tech blog. Please promote it on Indivine here, if you like it: http://bit.ly/pnls4G

    • Single Malt Monkey 9:35 pm on August 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good one- I thought you’d lost your head for a minute ! 🙂

      • Narendra 9:46 pm on August 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hhahahaha..it was meant to be silly..just wrote what I felt like.

    • harita 9:38 pm on August 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      not a single person of what “u” like qualities has any strength to stand a chance in front of anna hazare .
      this is just showing you stupidity

      • Narendra 9:48 pm on August 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, it was supposed to be stupid, don’t take it too seriously. I have high regards for the cause he’s fighting for.

    • Forbidden Fruit 9:13 pm on September 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Those who go to school are too tamed to stand up against the high and mighty, that too with a toothless mouth! (Anna wears dentures) 😉 Nice to be here.

    • Kim 1:30 am on September 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like your hilarious reasons XD

    • Anonymous 2:20 pm on February 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Really interesting and Funny about the REasons that you gave about Anna Hazare!!! :):)

    • ramyarajaram2 10:49 pm on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to comment lately. But I laughed like anything when i read. Enjoyed yaar. Good one 🙂

  • Narendra 10:14 pm on August 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: India, , Kapil Dev, , , , ,   

    Is this the beginning of the end for Mahendra Singh Dhoni? 

    When India won the WC in 1983, everyone went ga-ga over the then captain Kapil Dev, however little do people remember, he was fired from captaincy in less than a year times. India was marauded by the West Indies and Kapil was abruptly terminated from the top job.

    Fast forward to 2011, India’ s favorite son M S Dhoni helped India lift the WC after 28 years and months later he’s faced with the biggest crisis of his captaincy career, he has lost his first Test series as a captain, India has be dethroned from the No.1 slot, most of his team mates are out with injuries and a set of legends are on the verge of retirement. M S Dhoni is staring down the barrel.

    However, one has to remember a captain is as good as his team. Prime example is Ricky Ponting, he was a nothing captain once his top men retired. Moreover, in this particular series batsmen has collectively failed and that doesn’t help the cause. No captain can do anything if 4 of his top 5 batsmen aren’t scoring runs.

    Just drifting a little from the main subject, there’s needless talk about IPL, CL and ODI overkill. Just by loosing one serious entire system doesn’t fail. And few nuts have to realize that we were No.1 in Tests for more than an year, plus we won the WC. Public just needs to take a chill pill and accept the fact that Cricket is a sport and there will be times when the team will be miserable.

    Going back to MSD, he’s by the far the best captain India ever had simply because he successfully utilized the potential of many bits n pieces players. Unlike Saurav, MSD has a team of ageing superstars ( who are still the best in the business ) and a mix of unpredictable young talent. Winning and winning continuously has been his hallmark and it’s ridiculous for people to compare him with Dada. What Dada did for team India is sacrosanct, so stop the foolish comparisons.

    Running down MSD is inappropriate, if people are talking about respecting Rahul Dravid for his contribution, don’t you think MSD deserves the same, this guy won you the World Cup.

    Few Cricketing experts have written about his field placings and resource utilization skills. Well, if Steve waugh had taken off 1 slip and placed him in the mid wicket boundary, he would have conquered the final frontier. But, he didn’t because he believed Laxman or Dravid would nick one to the slips whereas they looted scores of runs through the mid wicket. So, there’s no point freaking out on MSD’s field placements.

    Criticism has gone to nonsensical levels, mostly it is unintelligent and plain stupid. Personally, I do not believe it is the end of the road for MSD, he will bounce back. I share Sachin’s sentiment – He’s the best Captain India ever had. Remember Cricket’s favorite One liner ‘ Form is temporary, Class is permanent‘. MSD shall rise again.

     
    • sufia 10:26 pm on August 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      public opinion is fickle….and considering MSD was the only one who seemed to care abt making an effort and salvaging some pride for india, criticism is VERY unfair. hes a human being, not god…and he isnt infallible. this was the first test series hes lost as captain, he really deserves some slack.

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