Monday, September 24, 2007

Highlights of T20 world cup cricket 2007 finals India Vs Pakistan

Twenty20 World Cup 2007 FINAL - India Vs Pakistan

What a match it was! It made my day, week, month and the year. Year started off when I bought an LCD TV just to watch the world cup in March. Got pained seeing the sight of India getting kicked out of world cup then. But, what a turn around it was for the youngsters barring the Tendulkars, Gangulys and Dravids in the fast paced form of the game. Needless to say, I AM DELIGHTED!!

Mostly optimistic, but being a little practical too, I got pissed off watching the IBNlive videos of the cricket discussion with Chris Cairns, Kris Srikanth and others after the marvellous victory over the ever proud Aussies. They were getting too carried away then. I am sure they would also be speechless watching the course of the game during the FINALS of T20 at Johannesburg, SA.

But whatever it be, in the end it was a rollercoaster ride. Superman at SIX flags would only come second to this match. India just WON the cricket WORLD CUP!!!! Yeah, it is CRICKET

India celebrate victory at the end of the ICC World Twenty20 final, Johannesburg, September 24, 2007

India 157/5 (20/20 ov)
Pakistan 152 (19.3/20 ov)

Man of the Match : Irfan Pathan (16/3 4.0 Overs, Malik, Afridi, Arafat)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Climax (Long Weekend - An Anti Climax?)

This is in continuation to the previous blog. Those who didn't read it earlier, do check it out first.
Leaving us no choice, we took the bus shuttle back to the dock. There were just three of us in the bus and an other old lady who probably is a resident of the island. For a second, it beckoned on to me that we were the same guys who cracked the JEE and there should be something that we could do. While Raghav was busy making fun of me and Jumpy was busy looking into no man's land, I was having a bemused face. My cellphone's battery died right then and hurriedly took Raghav's phone thinking of calling the insurance company. I never was in such a situation and I thought there could be something that they could help with. An experienced Jumpy turned it down quoting rather logical reasons.

Jumpy's phone rang and my idea bulb glew. It was the moment of truth. Optimistic people we were, Jumpy and I were excited :) I was surprised to see Raghav in the same usual inebriated state making fun of me yet.

It was 905PM. Upon reaching the dock, we hurriedly went into the ticket office. This guy at the counter, after listening to our story, suddenly pose a funny expression, looking behind us. For a moment, we were utterly confused.. not sure if he was being sarcastic, but when turned around, we realized that the bus driver was standing right infront, holding both of our (Raghav and I) cellphones in his hands. Can it get any worse, we thought! "Thank you thank you thank you so much" were the words.

It was the time for us to implement our plan. We informed the guy at the counter where our keys were. It was just across the street from the place where the island's docking place was. Asked him if he could arrange somebody at the other end to get it for us by the next ferry! He right away agreed to help us. Somebody actually went there at our bikes in the island and was on the phone with me but guess what, he kept telling me that he cannot find the keys. I was like... 'look right there .. just right there.. oh please... I am sure... ' etc., and bingo .. comes a reply "This must be your lucky day. You will get your keys in the next and last ferry".

There goes our Hi-Fis again. Nothing else would have brought us so much happiness. Walked into a restaurant and had a filling dinner and few beers (not me) while we waited for the next ferry to arrive. The ferry finally reached at 10:30PM. One after another, everybody disembarked from the dock and very soon, there was none around. Tension mounted in me, but finally this ticket office guy came out and had a word with the captain and there he gets my keys!! Hurray.... we got the keys!!

Now, where is the anti-climax?

We turn back smiling ......... and all of a sudden, Raghav yells at us saying his Canon High Res Camera is missing! He forgot his camera 'somewhere' in the island :)

Friday, September 07, 2007

Long Weekend - An Anti Climax?

It was a trip with great anti-climax. It started when I overheard Jumpy planning to go to Boston on Sunday, all alone after our previous day's night-out at a certain club in NYC. I had nothing great planned for the remaining part of the long weekend and so jumped in to travel along with Jumpy. With our sleepless heads yet active torsos, we started off in my Bimmer at around 5PM from Princeton to Boston and managed to reach our destination in less than 5 hours. Hurray! We did manage to cross George Washington bridge pretty fast.

A sumptuous dinner made with lamb, some crazy stuff and we were off to the next day. After a lot of planning, Jumpy, Raghav and I still managed to start late (by 3hrs) at 11:00AM from Westborough, MA to Cape Cod, MA. Didn't need a jet to defy the google maps estimated time of 150 minutes but the BMW did it for us in less than two hours. It was nothing like usual : a fully booked parking lot, a huge multi-storeyed ferry overlooking the perfect scenery that holds the Martha's Vineyard and not so unusual desi visitors.

Boarded the ferry and we were all set to the island - Martha's Vineyard along with some unique and beautiful visitors - the pigeons that followed our ferry. It was a 45 minute ride but, the time flew off like I was on a call with someone special. Oh yeah, I am pretty much addicted to my cellphone but hmm... haven't found that someone special though. The Vineyard welcomed us with gusts of wind that flew Northeast. We had just two more hours for the next ferry back to Cape Cod and then we could head back to Boston/NJ. But we decided otherwise and planned to board one ferry later, at 7:15PM.

Car-borne, Ferry-borne and then we chose to be Bike-borne. It had been 8 years since I last rode a bike, aka the Indian bicycle. Arms tightened, legs stiffened, bellies protuded and thus began our bike journey down south to two far ends of the island. Though there wasn't any sweat that was shed, believe me, it was stressful driving against the severe wind. Our first destination Oak Bluffs was reached in less than an hour but the journey that followed latter to Edgartown was the toughest. It was never ending and so we took a pit-stop into a supposedly no man's land (beach) but we kinda intruded the privacy of many couples. Facing strict adversities, we had to leave the stop and headed to Edgartown again.

Cutting the long story short, we headed back to our boarding place (Wood's Hole) after Edgartown. Time was ticking and so we had to let go our plan to visit the South Beach. And, there went three desperate souls trying to reach Wood's Hole by 715PM to catch the second last ferry (The last ferry leaves at 945PM). Jumpy kinda led the way but it was a marathon trail back home and so he eventually followed us. Signs of despair was evident when there was just 10 minutes left and the bike gear wouldn't exceed two. I almost wrote it off and Jumpy, it seems lost enthusiasm much in advance. Raghav, the hyper energetic hare made it to a wrong destination and had to come back to the real bike rental shop which is when he saw the tortoise (myself) making it at 718PM.

Where were the bike keys?? The ferry was still right at the dock and it was 5 minutes past the scheduled time. I hurriedly looked all my pockets that were full of crap, my car keys, camera and some maps. The curse of the vineyard gave in and I found my keys; they were with Raghav. We had no stamina left in us but we just couldn't let go the ferry. A cinematic end it was .. to the journey in the vineyard, we yelled, jumped our way towards the ferry and the security at the dock signaled to the captain. There we go, we jumped in glory, pounced on the opportunity in no time and boarded the ferry and there we sailed back home. Oh wait, this isn't the climax.

Though we were tired and had sore bums, stiff muscles, we had a great time gossiping while going back to the shore. We didnt really board the return ferry by showing the tickets and so we saved our tickets. Returned them for a full refund of $21*3 after cooking up some story to the lady at the ticket office. We basically told her that our girl friends decided found some other guys at the island and so we had three unused tickets...not really :) Later, we boarded the bus shuttle and head back to the parking lot letching at some desis. It was 840PM. All was well until the hell broke lose as we walked towards our car in the parking lot which is when I realized that my car key was missing!!!! Fast recap.. remember the junk I encountered when I was trying to find my bike key? I removed the junk and placed it on the bike while I searched for the key!! Gosh oh Gosh.... F*** oh F*** ... and there goes an endless tirade.

What to do? The next ferry to the island leaves at 915PM. The bus shuttle takes 10 minutes to reach the dock. What did we do?? Clueless minds, we were. The looks on the faces of Raghav and Jumpy were priceless.

To be continued...

Friday, August 03, 2007

A 9 year old gets hired by ManU!

Manchester United has recruited a 9-year-old soccer prodigy based on video footage featuring his skills.

Davis has moved to England and is training with a United youth squad.Davis was born in England and has a British passport.

Monday, June 11, 2007

When Lions, Buffaloes and Crocodiles Attack - At the Same Time

Every now and then, a viral video comes along that is truly remarkable -- not because Uncle Cletus was that drunk, not because the little kitty was that cute -- but because the events depicted are among the likes of which humans rarely have the privilege to see. Enter "Battle at Kruger," filmed by a an incredibly lucky safari group in South Africa.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

1969 Car with the latest bid for $2.3 Million on eBay, kidding me??

No kidding, it's the "General Lee" Dodge Charger R/T that Duke, aka John Schneider, aka Jonathan Kent, is auctioning off, what appears to be the lone remaining original General Lee. The bidding has reached $2.3 million on eBay.
While one might stop just short of calling it "The most famous model of the most famous car in the world!" as the seller does, but this is supposedly one of the most iconic cars in cinematic history. And when the seller happens to be one of the stars of the show that made the car famous, well, this is one of the most valuable star cars in recent memory. According to John, this particular car was one of the cars featured in the last REAL Dukes of Hazzard movie, "Dukes Go To Hollywood". The underside of the the hood is autographed by all of the surviving orginal cast members and crew from the TV show, as well. It was also the prototype for all of the General Lees used in the most recent Jessica Simpson Dukes of Hazzard movie.
And lest you think this General is all show and no go, it sports a Hemi, and not just the stock 426 Hemi, either. The car actually has a 511 crate motor that pumps out 725 hp . It also has an upgraded Hotchkis suspension, auxiliary transmission by Gear Vendor, Viper brakes, and a racing steering box. As of this morning, the high bid on eBay item number 250108256198 is $2.3 million with 2 days left. Follow the read link to bid and check out the full gallery by clicking here.
Source: AutoBlog
You still have a chance to buy this :) 2 more days to go!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Male vs Female: Who's more proactive?

Below are the ratings of Spiderman 3 @ IMDB. So far considered pretty good. Well, they might be the votes of all those ardent fans out there so far. In a week, we could get the whollistic view.

Anyway, for business enthusiasts, here's an interesting find.
 Percentage  Rating
1541      73.3% 10
146    6.9% 9
84      4.0% 8
70      3.3% 7
52       2.5% 6
33       1.6% 5
21       1.0% 4
20       1.0% 3
18       0.9% 2
117    5.6% 1

Arithmetic mean = 8.9.  Median = 10

See user ratings report for:

Votes                         Average
Males  1756  8.3
Females  180  7.6
Aged under 18  420  9.1
Males under 18  366  9.1
Females under 18  54  9.0
Aged 18-29  1285  8.3
Males aged 18-29  1179  8.3
Females aged 18-29  101  6.9
Aged 30-44  183  7.1
Males aged 30-44  163  7.1
Females aged 30-44  19  6.9
Aged 45+  40  8.0
Males aged 45+  35  8.0
Females aged 45+  5  9.5
Top 1000 voters  5  6.0
US users  739  8.7
Non-US users  1194  8.0
All votes  2102  8.2

Did you check out the number of people in the female category (18-29) who voted as opposed to the male category? Well, in general too.. there seems to be not many proactive females out there. I am just talking about business marketing here and not really about who's great kinda silly arguments.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Can't the bollywood music industry get any better?

One of my friends Dam posted our group with the following clip appreciating the beauty in the song (pun intended :)) Tak Bisakah by Peter Pan, a Malaysian band. Enjoy for yourself.

Albeit, I was taken aback when I saw this clip, created by one of the controversial directors of all time, Mukesh Bhatt and yeah the music director Pritam. Can they get any better? Indians definitely have very good business skills viz., getting silk from Turkey and making garments out of it into a Gurukant Desai industry (ref: Guru movie (2007)) alright, but its pathetic to see more and more such famous rich arses minting money by plagiarizing foreign stuff and showing them off as original.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Light at the end of the tunnel

I dont care about the captions listed in the pictures below and other pictures it came along with in a FWD. But I found this particular picture to be impressive. Photoshop or whatever it is, it in itself is a darn interesting, meaningful pic. Light at the end of the tunnel.. now, that makes me think.. what if somebody actually takes a pic from inside a god forbidden tunnel that discovers the bright exit of the tunnel.

Whatever it is, the future is pretty bright out there.


Top 10: USB thumb drive tricks

Is that a gigabyte in your pocket? And are you putting it to good use? Developers and road warriors have come up with all sorts of innovative techniques for putting these tiny roomy disks to good use. Step into my office for a list of our top 10 favorite thumb drive tricks.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Expansion of Social Networks

A handful of social networks sucessfully have a large audience of frequent users. But is a large audience enough? Should the startup perfect what they have or should they leap into another vertical? In this post we will take a closer look at growing social networks and consider how they are looking at vertical expansion.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

New 'Bourne 3' Trailer Hits Web

If its May 4th the world is waiting for the spidey to strike on, I shall wait for the damon to hit on Aug 3rd.

" Joan Allen is still tough and cool as Pamela Landy: "Trying to kill him [Bourne] and failing -- just pisses him off." Damon is still beating down whoever comes across his path, with wildly driving cars or sailing through the air as he jumps from one building to the next.

The Bourne Ultimatum trailer is out. Hope I see a comparable soundtrack to the Identity. That still has a resounding effect.

Microsoft's 'Live Anywhere' Patent Reveals Multi-Component & Zune Gaming

"It looks like Microsoft has more than just games on Zune in store for the future, with a recent patent filing revealing the company's plans for a 'multi-component gaming system' that would incorporate of an array of devices, including game consoles and handhelds."

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