BCCI Official 1 : Umm…guys, let’s have a full
series with West Indies in October-November.
BCCI Official 2: But why? That will mean 8
months of continuous cricket without any break
before the World Cup. They have England tour till
September, followed by Australia in December and
that triangular series in January.
BCCI Official 3: Don’t forget the Champions
League, too. CSK, Indian Team. Indian Team,
CSK. Same thing.
BO1: But don’t you remember? Last time we had
such an impromptu series with Windies we got so
many sponsors. Airtel, Pepsi, Vodafone everyone
wanted those ad slots. Maybe, this time we can
get that MDH dude, too.
BO2: Ummm sir.. That wasn’t because of Windies
but because of Rohit Sharma’s debut.
BO1: That guy is talented. What talent guys!
BO2: (Coughs) We got the sponsors because
Sachin Tendulkar was playing his last match.
Because he was retiring.
BO3: So what? We’ll get some of the players to
retire this time, as well. Take Harbhajan Singh.
With Ravichandran Ashwin unable to find a place
in the playing XI because of Ravindra Jadeja,
Bhajji should realize it’s over for him. 101 Test
matches, 413 wickets, he has enough material for
a nice speech.
BO3: Or Virender Sehwag. With Murali Vijay
performing overseas, even Gautam Gambhir’s
future is in danger. Viru should call it quits. We’ll
trend #ThankYouViru on Twitter.
BO2: How about Saurabh Tiwary? He can retire
from the bench? We can have his name inducted
in the ‘Bench Warmers’ board.
BO2: Did you see Ishant Sharma’s performance
at Lord’s? We have our own Mitchell Johnson
( Everyone sniggers)
BO2: Not kidding guys. He is an apt replacement
for Zaheer Khan. A match winning performance in
one match followed by injury in the next match.
Retire Zaheer Khan, we have a new bowling
( Someone nearly chokes on their water due
to suppressed laughter)
BO1: Enough jokes for the day. This is serious
stuff. Get me a list of players whose retirement
can be a money-making spectacle. Go ahead. Do
Why Windies in an already cramped up schedule?
BO1: Welcome… sir welcome. So glad to see you
here. I did what you asked ( to get a list of
players who are likely to retire ). But, sir, what
is the main motive of this series?
Srini: I’ll tell you then. I may have become the
ICC Chairman, but my first love will always be
BCCI. I still am not powerful enough to make
India win the World Cup. So, we should make sure
my boy MS doesn’t get blamed, leave alone
stoned. If only the whole of India can be like my
Knowledgeable Chennai (Super Kings) Crowd.
BO1: But, sir, we won the Champions Trophy, and
our team is doing great in England, too. Don’t
you think we can win the World Cup in Australia?
Srini: Bah.. This is just an illusion. Team India
wins these matches, and everyone thinks they can
win the World Cup, too. But I know better. Their
chances of winning the World Cup is almost
equivalent to Kevin Pietersen returning to the
England team. Do you see that happening? Do
BO1: (quivers) Yes yes, sir, I get your point. MS
Dhoni keeps on complaining that the players have
hectic schedules and that they don’t get quality
time to rest before major tournaments. This will
make for a viable excuse for not winning the big
event. You are a genius sir.
Srini: Yes, yes, now leave me alone.
Srini thinking to himself : Oh Dhoni, the captain
of CSK. The VP of Indian Cements. This won’t
make sure that your effigies are not burnt like
they did with Rahul Dravid’s in 2007, or your
home pelted with stones as Yuvraj Singh’s after
the T20 World Cup loss. But I had to try. The
things we do for love.
Note: This article is a piece of fiction.. just like
Rohit Sharma’s alleged ‘talent’.
Which songs on “YES!” are worth exclaiming
about? Check out my track-by-track review of
Jason Mraz’s latest album.
1. “Rise” – Soft, warm strings coax the listener
into turning up the volume and getting
comfortable with “YES!” Piano and a choir of
Raining Jane singers are added to the mix to set
the album’s acoustic tone.
2. “Love Someone”
The calming lead single “Love Someone” is the
summer song that you don’t blast from your car,
but instead soundtracks a night of summer
romance. The hushed ballad opens with a
reverberating sitar, and acoustic guitar strums
back Mraz’s soft love poems: “Love is a funny
thing / Whenever I give it, it comes back to me /
And it’s wonderful to be giving with my whole
heart / As my heart receives.”
3. “Hello, You Beautiful Thing”
A happy-go-lucky track and the first time we
really get to hear Raining Jane, and their spot-on
harmonies, via the call-and-response hook. The
skipping song could certainly work as a second
official single from “YES!”
4. “Long Drive”
This lush track begins with a hushed intro before
moving into its heavy percussion and sitar-
embellished production. By the 1:30 mark, the
listener has crashed into the soaring chorus, as
the melodramatic lyrics (“Your hand on my hand /
The thought of arriving / Kind of feels like dying”)
evoke memories of an all-too-important high-
5. “Everywhere” – For a “purely-acoustic” album,
this stirring, kick drum-heavy song may be the
record’s rockiest moment. The subject matter of
being “everything in everywhere” recalls Clay
Aiken’s infamously creepy single “Invisible,” but
Mraz’s take is inherently more cute.
6. “Best Friend” – Despite lacking much of a
chorus, the relaxing cut stands out for its lovely
theme: “Yes I feel my life is better / And so is the
world we’re livin’ in / I’m thankful for the time I
spent / With my best friend.”
7. “Quiet” – True to its name, “Quiet” is a soft
song opening with echoing vocals that at first
sound like Mraz and his guitar cozied up to
laptop speakers for a single-take recording. Soon
enough, subtle piano chords, percussion and
harmonies are added to the blend. While hints of
country music’s ubiquitous steel guitar have
creeped into quick moments throughout “YES!,”
the twangy strings are given the full spotlight
here, with a banjo later added into the bridge.
8. “Out of My Hands” – A folky number with a
distinct SoCal sound. The dissonant harmonies
on the twee-heavy post-chorus could be heard on
your favorite folk-rock band’s latest record.
9. “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”
The a cappella opening is another welcome sonic
shift on the album, while Mraz’s vocals shine
among a chorus of Raining Jane.
10. “3 Things” – With a rather melancholy
opening (“There are there are three things I do
when my life falls apart / Number one is cry my
eyes out”), cut No. 10 soon morphs into an
upbeat, summery track that mixes positive, self-
help slogans with strumming guitar and mandolin
on its singalong chorus.
11. “You Can Rely on Me”
Another encouraging anthem that gets a bit of
soulful flavor from touches of organ peppered
throughout the arrangement. With no gender
pronouns and ambiguity about whether he’s
singing to a lover or friend, “You Can Rely on Me”
is another universal track that could be
championed as the modern-day version of Ben E.
King’s “Stand by Me.”
12. “Back to the Earth” – Rooster crows open the
track along with Jason’s lighthearted scatting
over a ukulele, recalling his omnipresent 2008
single “I’m Yours.” In the same vein as “Quiet,”
the simple, carefree track is another ode to going
back to basics: “Whenever my head starts to
hurt / Before it goes from feeling bad to feeling
worse / I turn off my phone, I get down low and
put my hands in the dirt.”
13. “A World With You” – With ominous steel
guitar and sparse guitar strums, “A World With
You” is Mraz’s best attempt at country balladry
without the twang and alcohol-inspired lyricism.
The romantic lines (“Let’s move to Paris and get
ourselves a loft / Let’s live in squalor and spend
all cost / Let’s throw caution to the wind and
start over again”) resonate, and the focus on
Mraz’s voice is sure to please longtime
14. “Shine” – The album’s final track is also its
most psychedelic, with heavy sitar, tribal drums,
hand-claps and folklore lyrics personifying the
sun, moon and sky. Despite its far-out sound and
subject matter, the story is actually one of the
album’s most beautiful, likely a metaphor to a
relationship where one person needs a little extra
loving, topped off by Mraz repeating the mantra “I
will shine on you.”
Now that the tournament is over, with the
Germans crowned champions, I have
selected my best XI from Brazil 2014.
Manuel Neuer (Germany): won the best
goalkeeper award and it’s hardly surprising.
Redefined the role of keeper-sweeper; only beaten
four times in the whole tournament.
Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina): had Phillip Lahm
played at right back all tournament he would
have been a big shout. But he didn’t, and
Zabaletta’s toughness and uncompromising
approach made him hard to go past.
Mats Hummels (Germany): big, strong, good
defender who also weighed in with a couple of
Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica): a surprise
package within the surprise team of the
tournament, Costa Rica, Gonzalez was calm cool
and collected in the most parsimonious defence in
the World Cup. Interesting to see how long he
stays with Columbus Crew in the US.
Daley Blind (The Netherlands): more of a wing
back than a left back, Blind was quick, aggressive
and skilful, and also got on the scoresheet
against Brazil in the third-place game.
Javier Mascherano (Argentina): Like Zabaleta,
hard, with a great mentality and tactical
understanding. The heartbeat of the Argentine
team, the Barcelona midfielder is one of the best
in the business in the holding role.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany): vastly
experienced, the German midfielder had a great
game in the World Cup final and always gives 100
per cent. Can defend, create or go box to box.
James Rodriguez (Colombia): the breakout star
of the World Cup, the Colombian creative
midfielder was the pivotal player for his exciting
team and made as well as scored goals for
teammates. Won the golden boot as top scorer
with six goals.
Lionel Messi (Argentina): the go-to man for
Argentina, his goals got it through the group
stage. Always a threat with his close control and
electrifying change of pace.
Arjen Robben (The Netherlands): At 30 he should
be slowing down, but nobody told the flying
Dutchman. Super fast, skilful and with a nose for
goal, Robben was, for me, the standout player in
the World Cup. Admittedly his ability to fall over
at the slightest touch does detract from his
talents for many, but on pure ability few equals.
Thomas Mueller (Germany): if anyone is likely to
overhaul his compatriot Miroslav Klose as the
World Cup’s leading goalscorer (Klose has 16) it
is Mueller. Netted five this time and at 24 time is
very much on his side.
When The Cloud of Pain Engulfed,
When the Shadow of Sorrow Waved.
When the Tear Drop reached the Eye-Lid,
When the Lonely heart was worried.
Then I somehow told my Heart,
Why do U need to cry, Dear Heart?
In This World, it always happens,
All these Deep Silences that are there,
have been Enforced by time on every one
Little Sorrowfulness is in every Story,
Little Sunshine is a part of every one’s
Your Eyes are wet for no Reason,
Every Moment there’s new Weather in
Why do you have to lose great Moments
O Heart, why do you have to Cry like
A Thought That hasn’t still reached Lips,
Just Peeks from the Eyes.
Sometimes from you, Sometimes from
me, it Asks for Some Words,
After Wearing, it just might reach the
Putting Arms in Arms of love, it Flaunts,
But the Special Thought that it is.
It’s full of most special feelings,
As if, as a Fragrance floats in the Air.
The Fragrance Devoid of any Sound,
of which You are Aware.
& Even I am aware.
It can never be hidden from the world,
Don’t know, what sort of secret it is !!