Wednesday, April 30, 2008
We all face disappointments in life. Some maybe really trivial and some not. What probably is the worst kind is when your hope dashes and you are forcefully faced with the reality, something that does not care what its impact would be on you. But we have learned to stumble, fall and then dust the dirt and walk straight again, even though our hopes are bruises and battered, we move on. And that my dear is life.
What does one do when the thing one so loves is threatened by oblivion? What does one do for the one person he/ she claims to love dearly? The answer to all of this will probably be the same for all, to try and do anything that one possibly can to salvage the situation to prevent something beautiful to fall to its fate and stop the despair and gloom from clouding the loved one’s face.
She wakes up each morning thinking how best to salvage the problems she encountered in her personal life. For she knew until she did that she will be ill equipped to handle the challenges that lay out there for her. She found faults in the one she loved and tried to make him a better person because somewhere she believed that if he didn’t change things would happen to weaken the bonds that they shared. She hopes that someday he will mend his ways but he never does. People tell her, that you should love the person as they are and not to change the person according to you. So she tries to be a bit more tolerant and patient. Probably she realized that the love of her life was not a knight in shining armour at all, he would always be what he was. He probably was just another mortal who was otherwise kind and funny and immature and nothing like what she thought he would be, but nonetheless she happened to love him. So she tried and tried hard to calm herself and over critiquing nature and willed her relationship to reach a new height. Instead of finding a solution she tried to defer dealing with it because she could never discuss the problems she was facing nor could she ever come up with a suitable solution talking to the one person she so loved, who was once her best friend, who refused to believe that there was a problem.
Each time they had a problem the root cause was always the same. And each time she was asked for yet another chance by that person to turn over a new leaf. Each time she relented because she hoped that this time, this time things would work out. When one person who comes so close to loosing the person he claims to love, whom he had won over, after a tough fight; will do whatever it takes to resolve the situation. She raked her mind to come up with newer solutions, they work for sometime and then backfire, every single of it. She then tried to change herself to be less critical of him and try to rectify the mistakes she herself had. She rebuked myself and did whatever she could possibly do to make things work. But nothing ever did. Each time she made up her mind to walk away, she is told to trust him, to give him yet another chance, and each time she relents because she hopes against hope that someday things will work out. But in a day it always goes back to being what it is.
Why should she believe him anymore? In the end she is the one to suffer. Sometimes she wishes she could just walk away, without any guilt, being at peace with herself, thinking that she has put in her best and if things don’t work out maybe that is how it was intended to be. Maybe she deserved a better life. Disappointment of not making the relationship that she gave her heart and soul to work out, hurts much more one can imagine. But what disappointed her even more is that the person she so loved, could never keep up his end of his promise of trying hard to make this work. Maybe she was not worth it. Maybe there are things in life that are way beyond our control. And there are surely things that are not meant to be. So some day she must walk away, even though heart may wrench at the very thought, but she must do it. For ahead will lie a new hope of a better live. Where she will be given another chance to build her life from the ashes, she will get to turn her disappointments and failures into the pillars of her success. The journey ahead will not be easy on her, she will cry and breakdown at every now and then but in her despair she will find hope and putting her disappointments behind she will shrug and move on, not looking back at the wimp who couldn’t save the precious thing he had been given, because he lacked the strength to fight and the “hope” for a better future.
And like Kajol says in the movie- U,Me Aur Hum. “pyaar karney liye ek junoon zaroori hota hai, par usse nibhaney kay liye bhi ek junoon zaroori hota hai“ [ to love you need passion but to make the love last needs passion too] and that holds true for dreams and hope as well. Disappointment greets us in every walk of life but the trick is to have the strength in ourselves to walk away from it to begin afresh. And that is only possible if she have faith and more importantly we dare to hope.
Monday, April 28, 2008
And before you think I’m advocating skin show let me tell you I am not. I just want to portray the duality and hypocrisy of these so called moral police who will do whatever they desire for the sake of publicity before their upcoming elections. When a 12 year old, a minor got raped in the capitol, Delhi CM was unavailable fore comment, so was the commissioner of Delhi, whose own men gang raped the child. Not a word of condemnation came forward. Two days later when a 5 year old got raped, and was admitted in the hospital where she fought for her life none one came forward to protest. Yet there are these politicians who talk tall talks about morality.
Hindi cinema has evolved they say. We are breaking new grounds and exploring unexplored avenues, but there are yet those films that show skin and rake the moolah as the producers and the film stars themselves go smiling all the way to the bank as the audience takes a peculiar thrill in the entire baring act. Take a certain Miss Kapoor for instance; reduced to a size zero, she now has no qualms of shedding not only those few extra pounds but also those clothes to flaunt a bikini. And yet there are no protests. Scenes of love making and smooching clear the censor board with An “A” certificate, scantily clad women are seen dancing in reality TV shows in national television in prime time, viewed by teens and the youth finds acceptability. With reality TV shows like roadies use of abusive language, conspiracies and spitefulness is encouraged and the youth lap it up, the producers smile at the TRP ratings yet these moral police having nothing to do have nothing to do.
In the 21st century where man has gone to the moon and back, has discovered a new planet and possibility of life on the mood, where the power of the youth, the so called Youngisthan is so focused. Why not let the youth decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. We don’t need such politicians who talk about morality but who themselves maintain double standards. The other day a prominent MP’s son was caught on the camera drunk and driving, he is now absconding while his father cried foul play by the oppositions. As long as the politicians keep their business of screwing each others lives and finding innovative ways to amuse us or rather torture us, we have reasons to bitch more but to satisfy the fossils in the parliament I guess the cheerleaders now have to somewhat cover up, groin injury anyone??? :P Yeh hai Youngisthan mere jaan!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
One of my closest friend had once complimented me that I am blessed with a great set of virtual friends who are as good as the real ones if not better. This comment of his had got me thinking and I realized how true it was. It was not as if internet hadn’t already been benevolent with me, my boy friend and one of my closest friends are from the world wide web but my other friends who now seem such a great part of me, that its unthinkable of not having them around.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
|Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Colors:||Black and Golden|
|Home Ground:||Eden Gardens|
|Owner:||Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla & Jai Mehta|
|Official Website:||Kolkata Knight Riders|
Kolkata Knight Riders is the franchise representing Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The team will be led by Sourav Ganguly, also the Icon Player for the team and coached by John Buchanan. The name of the team was revealed on March 10, 2008 with an official team unveiling ceremony on March 11, 2008.  The official theme of the team is Korbo, Lorbo, Jitbo Re (We will do it, Fight for it, Win it) and the official colors are black and gold.
Kolkata Knight Riders is a franchise of the eight team Indian Premier League. It was bought on January 24, 2008 by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with Juhi Chawla and her husband, Jai Mehta.
The logo of the team consists of blazing golden viking helmet against a black background with the name of the team Kolkata Knight Riders written in gold. The main theme of the team Korbo, Lorbo, Jitbo Re (We will do it, Fight for it, Win it) has been created by Vishal-Shekhar duo. A Knight Rider album with several singers and music composers including Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri will also be created. The tag line of the team is All the King's Men. The team's official color is black and gold. Black stands for the courage of Maa Kali and gold stands for the spirit of winning.The jersey was created by Bollywood fashion designer Manish Malhotra. The team also has a mascot named Hoog Lee, who is a lazy Royal Bengal Tiger and loves to eat burgers. The name was chosen after lot of research. The name Knight Riders has been chosen keeping in view of the kids and the youth. and is an obvious reference to the famous television show.
Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of the Indian cricket team is the icon player and will lead the Kolkata franchise. Also in the team is allrounder Chris Gayle and wicket keeper batsman Brendon McCullum. The most successful captain in world cricket Ricky Ponting follows suit with a bowling attack including Shoaib Akhtar, Ishant Sharma, Umar Gul. Others include Ajit Agarkar, Murali Karthik and David Hussey.
|Name||Age||Nationality||Batting Style||Bowling/Fielding||Bidding/Sign-in Price|
|1||David Hussey||30||Australia||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||US$ 625,000|
|2||Ricky Ponting||33||Australia||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||US$ 400,000|
|3||Salman Butt||23||Pakistan||Left-handed||Right-arm off-break||US$ 100,000|
|4||Akash Chopra||30||India||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Delhi - Ranji Trophy Player|
|5||Cheteshwar Pujara||22||India||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Saurashtra - Ranji Trophy Player|
|6||Rohan Banerjee||19||India||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Bengal Under-22 Team Player|
|7||Yashpal Singh||26||India||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Services cricket team Player|
|8||Debabrata Das||21||India||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Bengal Under-22 Team Player|
|No.||Name||Age||Nationality||Batting Style||Bowling/Fielding||Bidding/Sign-in Price|
|1||Sourav Ganguly (Captain) ♠||35||India||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||US$ 1,092,500 (Icon Player) ♠|
|2||Tatenda Taibu||24||Zimbabwe||Right-handed||Wicket keeper||US$ 125,000|
|3||Wriddhiman Saha||23||India||Right-handed||Wicket keeper||Bengal - Ranji Trophy Player|
|4||Brendon McCullum||26||New Zealand||Right-handed||Wicket keeper||US$ 700,000|
|5||Chris Gayle||28||Jamaica||Left-handed||Right-arm off-break||US$ 800,000|
|6||Ajit Agarkar||30||India||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||US$ 350,000|
|7||Mohammad Hafeez||27||Pakistan||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||US$ 100,000|
|8||Iqbal Abdulla||18||India||Left-handed||Left-arm orthodox spin||India Under-19 Team|
|9||Laxmi Ratan Shukla||26||India||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Bengal - Ranji Trophy Player|
|No.||Name||Age||Nationality||Batting Style||Bowling/Fielding||Bidding/Sign-in Price|
|1||Ishant Sharma||19||India||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||US$ 950,000|
|2||Shoaib Akhtar||32||Pakistan||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||US$ 450,000|
|3||Murali Kartik||31||India||Left-handed||Left-arm orthodox spin||US$ 425,000|
|4||Umar Gul||24||Pakistan||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||US$ 150,000|
|5||Siddarth Kaul||17||India||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||India Under-19 Team|
|6||Ranadeb Bose||29||India||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Bengal - Ranji Trophy Player|
|7||Sourashish Lahiri||26||India||Right-handed||Left-arm orthodox spin||Bengal - Ranji Trophy Player|
|8||Ashoke Dinda||26||India||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Bengal - Ranji Trophy Player|
Administration and Coaching staff
- Owners - Shah Rukh Khan(Red Chillis Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.), Juhi Chawla & Jai Mehta
- CEO - Joy Bhattacharjee
- President - TBA
- Head Coach - John Buchanan
- Assistant Head Coach - Matthew Mot
- Physiotherapist - Andrew Leipus
- Physical Trainer - Adrian Le Roux, Michael Buchanan
Fixtures and Results
Kolkata Knight Riders 2008 Season
|1||18 April||Bangalore Royal Challengers||Bangalore||Won by 140 runs, MoTM - Brendon McCullum 158*(73)|
|2||20 April||Deccan Chargers||Kolkata|
|3||26 April||Chennai Super Kings||Chennai|
|4||29 April||Mumbai Indians||Kolkata|
|5||1 May||Rajasthan Royals||Jaipur|
|6||3 May||Kings XI Punjab||Mohali|
|7||8 May||Bangalore Royal Challengers||Kolkata|
|8||11 May||Deccan Chargers||Hyderabad|
|9||13 May||Delhi DareDevils||Kolkata|
|10||16 May||Mumbai Indians||Mumbai|
|11||18 May||Chennai Super Kings||Kolkata|
|12||20 May||Rajasthan Royals||Kolkata|
|13||22 May||Delhi DareDevils||Delhi|
|14||25 May||Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata|
just wanted to share some facts which i found interesting.
Finally the wait was over. IPL formally was inaugurated amidst great pomp and show and why wont it, the Royal Challengers of Bangalore were the hosts and the club owner Vijay Mallya was its most flamboyant and more, bikini babes and air trapezing et all.
The day started with Ajay Jadega not al all rust with the extra innings it is here the first formal introduction to which team comprised of which players were announced.Mallya himself was present and seemed quite a pro at heading his team.soon the inaugural match began.the Indians seems a tad bit jaded but then slowly gained momentum and what a match it was. a visual treat for all cricket lovers irrespective of who supported which team.it was really amusing to see Zaheer bowl to his former captain and team mate Saurav Ganguly out. as the skipper of knight riders walk out of the field, out comes the arch rival Australian skipper Ricky Ponting!ho ho ho! both are a part of the same team.though the batting order fumbled a little the star player Brendon McCullum spanked almost ever other ball to the boundary or way over the pavilion. even the Bengalaroo's were cheering for the quality cricket that the Kolkaa knight riders were exhibiting.
king khan the owner, of the Kolkata Knight Riders studded his side of the club house with all his colleagues and close friends, stalwarts of Bollywood.the likes of Karan Johar,Juhi Chawla,Arjun Rampal,his wife gauri khan and son and daughter all came out with strong support of the bahshah of Bollywood. they broke into cheer and the cricket enthusiastic got a treat of a lifetime to see his time being in great form giving a good beating to all the strained efforts of the royal challengers. Shahrukh's enthusiasm was addictive and the match growing intense with every passing minute.
Kolkata Knightriders scored 223- . Brendon McCullum scored a breathtaking 158*-10 fours, 13 sixes in just 73 balls creating history by scoring the highest and probably fastest till day run ever and that too in T20 cricket. it was absolutely sensational innings played by McCullum who contributed in the later innings too by catching a crucial catch that ended the days game.he was announced the man of the match and DLF's hitter of maximum sixes. he is sure to ahve a substantial hold not only in cricket but will reign in the hearts of the kolkattans as the new hero.this kiwi wicket keeper was the former captain on under 19 cricket in New Zealand. Ajit Agarkar,Dada,Ishant sharma,Dinda did their bit and in no time the Royal Challenders Bangalore were all out for 82 runs, a shameful loss at home turf.the Kolkata Knightriders won by 140 runs
|Sourav Ganguly||Shoaib Akhtar||Ricky Ponting|
|Ricky Ponting||Ishant Sharma||David Hussey|
|Chris Gayle||Murali Kartik||Brendon McCullum|
|Akash Chopra||Ajit Agarkar||Tatenda Taibu|
|Bredon McCullum||Umar Gul||Chris Gayle|