Friday, April 25, 2008

All I want is you.....

Is this the cutest song ever?? Or is it just the little girl inside me?

Friday, April 18, 2008

IPL, Knight Riders and Ganguly, my sweetheart!

Just saw the first IPL match. Few months ago, when the players were auctioned, I had a feeling 'crazy' times were about to begin. Players were going to be traded like stocks. It all sounded so fascinating. And India is the center stage for all of it.

It will revolutionize cricket. Each player would be playing to be in the game, to earn more, to survive. Best player increases his value subsequently and losers get out, something like free markets. Cricket will no longer be just a sport, rather a gentleman’s game; it will be pure entertainment. Like a movie.

It will revolutionize the economics underlying all of it. Look at the kind of people who own these teams and are sponsoring the event; ranging from film stars to real estate dealers. All of them agree that this is not an investment which will give them any return for at least 5 years. And yet they all seem to be hungry for their share of IPL. Clearly we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg called the IPL. There is obscene money involved and it’s only going to go on an upside. And every one is and can get money out of it. Like insurance companies???

It will give birth to a new culture. I am thinking, in a few years, I will have a choice between going to a movie or to catch the cricket match running in my city. If I were a typical girly girl, I will have a difficult time to woo my boyfriend to watch a romantic movie with me.

However I was worried about one thing. Who am I going to cheer for? I always cheered for India and abused the others. Now I have Andrew Symonds playing with Laxman. So I thought of going with my favourite player, Saurav Ganguly. My second favourite is Dhoni, but I want dada to answer all those who doubt his capability. I am not being emotional here. Why I like dada is because he has passion for the game and is an honest upfront person. You can see his passion on his face, in the field!!! If the game is going well you can see his face lit up, if its not you can see the frustration. You can see him communicating with the team all the time on the field. He has supported some good players despite the whole media and country being against them. He has been against some players even though everyone loved them. May be, its not all right, but I like undiplomatic people. I like people who just do what they feel is right. That makes them unpopular but not with me. And the fact is that before he became the Indian captain, cricket was almost dying in India.

Anyway, about the first match… what can I say; dada played the first ball and won the match by 140 runs. He didn’t contribute much in terms of runs. The whole show was run by New Zealand player B..something McCullum (please I cant google it now, too tired and office tomorrow!). But the team fielded well (not great but better than Bangalore) and they had Ishant Sharma. Dada also took two wickets. Well what can I say? Shah Rukh Khan picked a good team. Or may be dada recommended these people. They have Ponting, Agarkar, Ishant; kind of people dada would want in his team. I didn’t know about McCullum before the match but he also seems to be dada’s choice.

Plus I don’t know how many of you enjoyed, but I was so amused to see Ponting and Ishant Sharma celebrating the dismissal of Dravid. Never thought I would see that. It was an indication of crazy and fascinating times, I always keep talking about.

[Update: More links on IPL Economics – Limits to commercialization, IPL’s main challenge, Lessons from business,Nothing wrong in being commercial.]

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Idiot Ignorant People

There are two kinds of people; the idiot ignorant people and the idiot ‘aware’ people. I belong to the unfortunate second group. Whenever I goof up, I realize it the next second and then live under the shame of my profane idiocy for the rest of the day or may be even two. And it is times like these when I see the other fortunate group of people who reach the heights of idiocy and yet remain unaware of the total situation. In fact, these are the overconfident ones who think they are the smartest on the planet. Yeah, yeah these are the ones we all make fun of…. But think of the stress free life they lead. Its not like they understand they are being laughed at.

I envy green after these ignorant people. Of the two groups of people, the ignorant group is at a definite advantage…. sigh…

Trivia about Brad Pitt

I could not resist sharing my thoughts on Brad Pitt after last post. I have never liked him before. I thought he was pathetic actor who just sells looks which aren’t even that great. But that is past. Then something happened. I saw Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen.

I don’t remember which of the sequel it was, but in one of them he’s eating a mayonnaise filled burger or roll every time he was in the scene. And, I fell for him. Why?

Well no one can eat as seductively as he does in that movie. And sound technicians included all yummy noises he makes, and then he licks his fingers….. well, you get the picture. In fact, I didn’t even know eating could be so seductive!!! Therefore ladies and gentlemen, I take back what I used to say about him. He is THE sex god and I love him.

Girls go and watch him, and after you watch it you will want to indulge in most sinful pleasure of all………….. Hey you all dirty minds, I was talking about eating a mayo filled burger. That’s what I did after the movie….. ;)

I don’t wanna float around in the sky!!

The other day I got a pamphlet from Tata Sky cable (usko laga dala to life jhingalala!!). Anyway, they have these ACTIVE channels where they offer movie on demand, games, cooking and other customized channels. And one of them is ACTIVE Darshan. I got to know that on ACTIVE Darshan you can see temples across India. It’s like “Darshan” sitting in living room. “What a concept!!?? Height of absurdity!!!”, I exclaimed. So a conversation started between me and my colleague. Here it goes:

Colleague: I know. Why can’t they understand that they don’t need a TV to have Darshan at home?

Me: I know. Now what next? Advertisements for Gods and temples? Which God is more popular and listens to more prayers?

Colleague: There will be an option list on TV: which God's Darshan do you want? And a list of Gods.

Me: Are you kidding me? There are thousands of Gods in India. The list would never end. And God forbid (what a pun!) if you leave out one God there will be a community with hurt feelings after you.

Colleague: yeah… But it would be fun! Lets say Lord Vishnu would promise Moksha. And Lord Shiva will sell nirvana………… (Lots of giggling!) What’s the difference by the way?

Me (seriously): yeah what is Moksha? Why do people want Moksha? Life is so much fun.

Colleague: Dude you are a bhogi…you want all luxuries of life… you are like at the lowest level of Maslow’s hierarchy… Think of self actualization.

Me: Hey self actualization still falls IN the life… IN the Maslow’s pyramid. Moksha falls out of the pyramid!!! Why do you want to out of the pyramid?

Colleague: It’s a freedom from suffering that we all get from our boyfriends and bosses. It’s like no responsibility. Only freedom. You have no body, no material, only soul floating around in universe.

Me (yawn): Yaar I would rather sit and watch a movie… I don’t wanna float around in the sky!!!

We had big laugh obviously… then my colleague saw the light of the logic in my argument… “Yeah flying around may have some supernatural fun but I think we are content with normal natural fun!!!”

If the gods heard us, our candidature for Moksha would be forfeited for at least seven lives!!!

Now, seriously, if I start believing that reincarnation happens (which I don’t) and Moksha is getting out of the cycle of life and death, why would I want Moksha? Isn’t life worth the little suffering that we go through? Isn’t the love, pain, laughter, learning and struggle in life worth coming back to? I think it is.

Like Brad Pitt says in Troy, “The Gods envy us!”