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Weekend Video: Cricket World Cup Special


Tomorrow, April 2nd 2011, India will be playing Sri Lanka in the finals of cricket World Cup. In India Cricket is not just a game but a way of life which is played in stadiums, school grounds, beaches and even streets and roads. No proper cricket gear available, not a problem, anything can be worked out as long as there’s a ball, a bat, and some passionate people to play the game of cricket. It’s the passion that drives the craze of cricket in India. I cherish those days when I used to play cricket every evening, every single day of the year. I was not much of a sportsperson, but enjoyed being in the field. Cricket originated in England as a gentleman’s game but it was in India where it became everyman’s game which could be played anywhere and by anyone. India winning the world cup in 1983 was a historic event, the importance of which could be understood by the fact that this year Indian census counting had a “local calendar of specific events and dates” to help people with no idea of their birthdates to estimate their age based on their remembrance of these events; India winning cricket world cup in 1983 was one of the events listed in the calendar along with India’s Independence day, Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and Mother Teresa’s death among others. Now it’s time for another World cup! I will be up all night watching the game tonight and will be hoping that Sachin lifts the World Cup this time.

This weekend’s video edition showcases two cricket related videos: the first one is a historic video commissioned by the British Council in the 1940s to provide an introduction to one of the most traditional British sports, Cricket. The second one is one of the first Nike Cricket commercial which captures passion of cricket in India and the concept of street or gully cricket. If you are wondering what’s the song in the video, it’s a konkani song “Bebdo”.As a bonus there’s a third video just to say “Best of Luck India”.

Leave a Comment April 1, 2011

Cricket World Cup 2011: Chak De India

What an awesome semi-final game! And most importantly, India won the game and are now in the finals of Cricket World cup which will be played in Mumbai against Sri Lanka. I have been a bit delayed in posting about the game as I was sleeping most of yesterday after being awake all night to watch the India Pakistan semi-final game. For people who don’t know much about cricket, World cup is organized every four years, just like FIFA world cup and the 10th edition of cricket world cup is being currently held and co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Cricket World cup is the 3rd most watched sporting event across the globe after FIFA world cup and summer Olympics. So that must give you some idea of how big the event is. Being immensely popular  in the second largest populated country in the world helps in adding to the viewership numbers. In India cricket is religion, Sachin Tendulkar is god and India-Pakistan World cup game brings both the nations to halt. I did not watch most of the games this time, but did not miss the chance to watch the semi-final game between the arch rivals. The game was not best in terms of quality but it had all the thrills, drama and emotions to keep you at the edge of your seat till the last minute. All the best to “Men in Blue” for the finals and hoping India wins World cup 2011 after a gap of 28 years. It’s high time now. So Go India! Chak De India!

Image credit: The Guardian UK |Prakash Singh| AFP| Getty Images| Noah Seelam

Leave a Comment March 31, 2011

India Celebrates 61st Republic Day

Tomorrow, 26th Jan, India will be celebrating 61st Republic Day, the day India adopted it’s constitution. The day also marks 81st anniversary of original declaration of independence from British Rule in 1930. The day is celebrated all across the country with the main function being held at New Delhi which includes a massive parade and colorful display of cultural diversity of the country. It has been a roller coaster ride for the country since Independence and the future lies in the country’s youth and how they tackle various issues including corruption, education system, caste system etc. The above picture shows President’s Residence, Rashtrapti Bhawan, decorated with lights on the eve of the republic Day (picture taken last year). In the picture below, an artist looks at other performers and waits for his chance to perform during the rehearsal for the main event (picture taken last year). Happy Republic Day!

Image credits: Boston.com/BigPicture | AP Photo/ Gurinder Osan

Leave a Comment January 25, 2011

7 Billion And Counting…


Sometime this year in 2011, Earth’s population is going to be 7 billion and by 2045 it’s going to be 9 billion or more. Of these 1/3rd are going to reside in India and China. Can earth, with it’s limited resources, sustain these many people? What’s the best solution to tackle this problem? National Geographic has launched a year long series focusing on the world population issue, you can read the feature article here. It’s a complicated issue with various variables involved, but I guess focusing on education of girl child especially in developing countries can go a long way in solving this problem.

Leave a Comment January 7, 2011

Picture(s) of The Day: The Commonwealth Games



After months of speculations and controversies, Delhi Commonwealth Games concluded on Oct 14th on a relatively successful note. India was also able to win record number of medals, 101 total medals,  and stood in second position in medal tally after Australia. I am glad that the event went on successful but now it’s time for introspection and a thorough investigation to find the culprits who misused the public money in the name of the games and almost humiliated the whole nation in front of the world. There is no doubt that corruption was rampant; successful closing and opening ceremonies shouldn’t cover up those glitches. Indian media has a history of short term memory but I hope they pursue the issue this time.

Picture credit: Boston.com/bigpicture/ various sources

Leave a Comment October 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Bapu


Today, Oct 2nd,  is Mahatma Gandhi’s 141st Birth anniversary which is also celebrated as International Day of Non-Violence. More than ever, world needs to understand and embrace his ideals and  principles in present world. These days it has become kind of a fashion to bash Gandhi and his principles but those are the people who, frankly speaking, have no clue what Gandhism is. We need more Mahatmas like him  in today’s world. Happy Birthday Bapu!

The video above is the first talkie movie of Mahatma Gandhi, a very rare footage!

I will try to list some of famous quotes of Gandhi here:

  • Non-violence is a power which can be wielded equally by all – children, young men and women or grown-up people- provided they have a living faith in the God of Love and have, therefore, equal love for all mankind.
  • There is a limit to violent action and it can fail. Non-violence knows no limit and it never fails.
  • A rabbit that runs away from the bull-terrier is not particularly non-violent. The poor thing trembles at the sight of the terrier and runs for very life.
  • Non-violence, in its dynamic condition, means conscious suffering. It does not mean meek submission to the will of the evil-doer, but it means putting of one’s whole soul against the will of the tyrant.
  • All true change comes from within. Any change brought about by pressure, is worthless.

My Ahimsa would not tolerate the idea of giving a free meal to a healthy person who had not worked for it in some honest way, and, if I had the power, I would stop every Sadavrat where free meals are given…It has encouraged laziness, idleness, hypocrisy and even crime. Such misplaced charity adds nothing to the wealth of the country, whether material or spiritual, and gives a false sense of meritoriousness to the donor.

  • I am endeavouring to see God through service of humanity, for I know that God is neither in heaven, nor down below, but in every one.
  • There is no such thing as ”Gandhism,” and I do not want to leave any sect after me. I do not claim to have originated any new principle of doctrine. I have simply tried in my own way to apply the eternal truths to our daily life and problems. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could do. In doing so I have sometimes erred and learnt by my errors. Life and its problems have thus become to me so many experiments in the practice of truth and non-violence.
  • To me God is Truth and Love; God is ethics and morality; God is fearlessness. God is the source of Light and Life and yet He is above and beyond all these. God is conscience.
  • Scientists tell us that without the presence of the cohesive force amongst the atoms that comprise this globe of ours, it would crumble to pieces and we cease to exist; and even as there is cohesive force in blind matter, so must there be in all things animate and the name for that cohesive force among animate beings is Love. We notice it between father and son, between brother and sister, friend and friend. But we have to learn to use that force among all that lives, and in the use of it consists our knowledge of God. Where there is love there is life ; hatred leads to destruction.
  • I believe that the sum total of the energy of mankind is not to bring us down but to lift us up, and that is the result of the definite, if unconscious, working of the law of love. The fact that mankind persists shows that the cohesive force is greater than the disruptive force, centripetal force greater than centrifugal.
  • Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
  • We have to make truth and non-violence not matters for mere individual practice but for practice by groups and communities and nations. That, at any rate, is my dream. I shall live and die in trying to realize it.
  • The very first step in non-violence is that we cultivate in our daily life, as between ourselves, truthfulness, humility, tolerance, loving kindness. Honesty, they say in English, is the best policy. But, in terms of non-violence, it is not mere policy. Policies may and do change. Non-violence is an unchangeable creed. It has to be pursued in face of violence raging around you. Non-violence with a non-violent man is no merit. In fact it becomes difficult to say whether it is non-violence at all. But when it is pitted against violence, then one realizes the difference between the two. This we cannot do unless we are ever wakeful, ever vigilant, ever striving.
  • Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
  • Ahimsa is a science. The word ‘failure’ has no place in the vocabulary of science. Failure to obtain the expected result is often the precursor to further discoveries
  • I am an irrepressible optimist. My optimism rests on my belief in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop non-violence. The more you develop it in your own being, the more infectious it becomes till it over-whelms your surroundings and by and by might over sweep the world.
  • No matter how weak a person is in body, if it is a shame to flee, he will stand his ground and die at his post. This would be nonviolence and bravery. No matter how weak he is, he will use what strength he has in inflicting injury on his opponent, and die in the attempt. This is bravery, but not nonviolence. If, when his duty is to face danger, he flees, it is cowardice. In the first case, the man will have love or charity in him. In the second and third cases, there would be a dislike or distrust and fear.
  • Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
  • To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman
  • Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarreling?
  • You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
  • We need to be the change we wish to see in the world.
  • If you want to give a message again to the West, it must be a message of ‘Love’, it must be a message of ‘Truth’. There must be a conquest — [audience claps]  — please, please, please. That will interfere with my speech, and that will interfere with your understanding also. I want to capture your hearts and don’t want to receive your claps. Let your hearts clap in unison with what I’m saying, and I think, I shall have finished my work. Therefore, I want you to go away with the thought that Asia has to conquer the West. Then, the question that a friend asked yesterday, “Did I believe in one world?” Of course, I believe in one world. And how can I possibly do otherwise.
  • Gandhi’s Talisman -“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.” [One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought.]

Picture credit: Flickr user Paulo Fehlauer | Used under creative commons license

Leave a Comment October 2, 2010

Picture of The Day: Commonwealth Games 2010

Commonwealth Games 2010 begins on Oct 3rd in New Delhi. The event has been marred with numerous controversies involving corruption, mismanagement, security concerns, removal of slum-dwellers from the site etc. I still hope that the event will be successful and athletes will return back with good memories. Also, I hope the event leads to some advancement in sports related infrastructure development. I just wished that the event was managed more professionally and hopefully the slum-dwellers who have been displaced are being rehabilitated in a proper manner.

Photo credit:REUTERS/Ajay Verma / Boston.com BigPicture

2 Comments October 1, 2010

Sad Picture of The Day

The picture is sad and disturbing. They need to have books in their hands not spade, cricket ball not stones and pebbles. The picture was taken at one of the construction sites in front of Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium, New Delhi during Jan 30, 2010, the month India celebrates Republic Day. I am not sure if the construction site was related to Commmonwealth Games, but its very much possible that it was. Commonwealth games brought many migrant workers to New Delhi looking for work and with them they also brought their children and they could be seen working in these sites and many organizations tried to help out these children and families. Even Asha for Education UFlorida chapter recevied a proposal from one of the NGOs for these kids but due to various reasons the project couldn’t be funded, one of them being lack of volunteer bandwidth. Kids working for bread and milk, its sad 🙁 If this picture stirs you inside, do join any of your nearby organization which works for children and do whatever minimum you can do. Committed volunteers needed!!

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world”- Gandhi
 

Picture credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/ Boston.com Bigpicture

Leave a Comment September 30, 2010

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