Harsha`s mighty pen..

24 10 2005

Came across this from one of my favorite cricket writers, or favorite writer even , and this definitely has to go down as a classic for one of the most politely worded dressing downs ever coined .. hats off Harsha πŸ™‚

The Editor
The Afternoon Despatch and Courier

Oct 01,2005

Sometimes the truth is boring, sometimes fantasy is alluring. Sadly you succumbed to fantasy for the truth in your lead story today is boring; very boring.
On the third day of the test match we were to do a normal post match interview with Sourav Ganguly who had scored a century that day. While we were getting ready for it, our reporter Gautam Bhimani was in the press conference, his role being to bring Ganguly to where our camera was. And so, purely by accident, he heard Ganguly being asked at the press conference about whether he had been asked to step down.
On hearing Ganguly’s answer, Gautam told the producer and me about it and so when Ganguly came along to our interview I merely asked him a question that had already been asked and which he had already answered. I knew nothing about what had transpired between him and Greg Chappell at the time.
Sadly, that is all there is to it. I am sorry to disappoint you and the writer but that is it. There is no plot, no subterfuge. I can see why fantasy was the more interesting option.
β€œPawn” therefore was an unfortunate word to use for it suggests moral weakness. And the headline, given all this is untrue and a bit rude.
So can we all be decent people, learn to differentiate between truth and fantasy, ignore those that cannot and apologise if we have made a mistake? On the very page on which the suggestion was made? Suitably bold so that people can see?

Sd/-Harsha Bhogle


Of ears and pierces..

20 10 2005

What is it with gals and peircings ?? (ok, so i do know a coupla guys with their ears peirced, but hey , me`s a guy and this is MY blog so i`m entitled to the prejudice πŸ˜€ ) ..Now , why would any1 in their right mind actually want to punch a hole thru their body, or any part of it thereof ?? and actually pay for it , for crying out loud ! hell, i know people who`ve been to jail for punching holes thru bodies ..

Ok, so tradition decrees u got to have 2 piercing for ur ear-rings, that much is fine..what better way to attract a predatory male than send out light signals by the sun reflecting off your dangling dongles ( note: i talking abt ear rings, nothing else).. But why in gods name, wud u want any more??I actually know a gal with 6 holes on each ear, and the assortment of ornaments adorning each one makes it look like she has barbed wire running over them..mabye its her idea of symbolically saying “keep out , u words ! i`m not letting u in my ear” :D..
But i digress, getting back to holes in heads, now what could possibly drive this strange species called females to it ? Something tells me it couldnt possibly be in the interests of comfort .. hmm, let me ponder.. I wud have said these things were a means for the catty bi- , um, girls, to show off ( dont get it ? more holes => more sockets for gold trinkets => “ha ha, i got more jewels than u do” syndrome) , but considering the fad these days seems to be revoltingly colored bits of plastic rather than expensive gold ( parents would be heaving sighs of relief at that no doubt), thats one theory down, and i can think of any other, so my guy magnet theory holds ( until the unlikely event of any specimen of the feminine breed perchance happening upon this blog and deigning to let me in on one of their trade secrets)..so until then, let me smirk and amuse myself observing how far these demure desperate females go to attract us desirable males .. πŸ˜‰

Super Dad and Super ME..

21 06 2005

Personally, don`t belive much in any of the ‘days’ other than Birthdays ( though guess can make an exception for Valentines day πŸ™‚ )..
As far as i`m concerned most days are just greeting-company intitalised propoganda..I mean , saw a banner at Archies proclaimin ‘doctors day’ sometime last month.. humph, next thing we know we`ll be havin politicians day and world beggars day for Petes sake !.. provided we dont already have them that is :D..

Anyway, didn`t expect others to share my point of view, and i owed dad a lot anyway so worked out this as a Fathers Day gift..pretty good, if i do say so myself πŸ™‚

And of course, could`nt resist doing the same onto meself.. Been one of my childhood fantasies actualy, dress up and pretend to be batman r super man :)..whee… to infinity and beyond !!!,.

4 Adults, 1 Child Killed in Wis. Bus Crash – Yahoo! News

17 06 2005

4 Adults, 1 Child Killed in Wis. Bus Crash – Yahoo! News

this news item, the lead story from yahoo headlines, and in many other tv new channels around this yankee land i bet.. To someone accostomed to making monthly sojourns thru ECR, all this headline does is make u pause a sec, and wait for the next line.. ok,4 people died..so ? And whats funny, for want of a more appropriate term , is that there IS no next line.. An accident with 4 casualities is deemed worthy of a news item in itself..

Another part of the same story says “The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating ” ..All for a van crash, the driver of which, incidentally ,was 78 years old !

Now, i dont want to sound like one of those uppity nit picking nris turning up their noses and picking up nits at India, but i do wonder, whats so drastically different between ECR and and the US higways? The ECRS in great comdition, as far as indian roads go, so nuthing much different on that front..could it be the cars? more second hand cars ply on the roads here than first hand ones, so i dont think thats it either..so is it the drivers? blame it on the corrupt license officials , as is the norm ? the greater traffic on the roads? or a sheer disregard for traffic sense ? Or on a wackier note, is it just mother natures way of maintaining balance in the ecosystem , ie offsetting the ever growing indian population :D?

Of Glass and Lace..

15 05 2005

When u look a map of Venice , it looks pretty huge.. the railway station , when we looked at it on the map seemed miles away from the hotel where we stayed..but turns out it was just a 10 min walk !.. so, if u take a long walk, u might just end up going from one of the map to another πŸ™‚

Venice also has 3 main islands, murano, burano and isle of Maggiore..murano and burano house 2 of Italy`s speciality industries glass and lace respectively..Makes sense to have the pollutng industries away from the city.. Now we get to the interesting part..Turns out Maggiore`s the graveyard for all of Venice !! as in no matter who dies where , they`re taken ( yup, hearses are boats too ) and buried in Maggiore..Talk abt ghost towns ! :)..Wonder y horror movie directors haven`t gotten wind of that fact yet?..

Venice is Famous for two things, glass and lace..But if u think at least those two items would be cheaper there, nope think again..the glass pieces on display in the shop windows are absolutely esquisite..but also totally expensive 😦 ..but still that doesnt stop shoppers from just standing at shop windows gawking..believe it or not , the picture on the right is an actual photo of an glass article on display.. and belive it or not, i costs 15,000 !!.. but its a nice pic, so credit to the photographer, me πŸ™‚