Monday, August 08, 2011

Excerpts from a nightmare

 Do you remember scenes from any of your nightmares?

When everything is over (Cemetery, Auvers-sur-Oise, France)

The Faraway Tree (Parc Guelle, Barcelona, Spain)

Evil lurks beneath the calm (View from Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Germany)

Possessed (Somewhere below the Acropolis, Athens, Greece)

Modern Odyssey? (Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece)

Waiting for redemption (Roman dungeons, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France)

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Educational Premier League

Inspired by the success of associating cricketing milestones with brands in the IPL, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in India has decided to do the same with  key concepts in all subjects in its curriculum. It is anticipated that such a move will bring in the much-needed funds to improve basic education.

According to reliable sources who attended the policy meeting, all text books, question papers and educational support material will be upgraded to reflect these new changes. Teachers will be trained to incorporate these new terms in their classes, and students failing to quote relevant brand names in answers will be penalized. Some examples quoted in the memo include:


Given a function y=acosx + bsinx, find where it attains its DLF maximum if it exists. What is the value of this DLF maximum value?


Explain the principle of Karbonn Kamaal dating. How is it used to determine age of fossils?


Describe the Moneygram Money Transfer Quit India Movement.


Archimedes had a Citibank Moment of Success when he noticed that he displaced his own volume of water in the bathtub. How can this principle be used to assess the purity of gold?


Write a short paragraph about the currents in the Sahara Indian Ocean.


Draw a neat diagram of the Hajmola digestive system. Label all important parts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cricket Rage

Before you correct me, Sreesanth is a proud alumnus of Florence Public School, Bangalore.

And yeah, he is better than some of the worthies mentioned above.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mall-eswaram Rage

The times, they are  a-changing. Malleswaram, once a staid old place is now ironically known for the hottest new mall in town.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bishen Singh Bedi is Probably Right

After Murali retired, Bishen singh bedi called for a ban on the "doosra". His logic was that
"I strongly feel the ICC should take action to ban the doosra since it just cannot be bowled legally. Ashley Mallett has said the 'doosra is nothing but chucking' and Australian spinners, including Shane Warne, have raised an alarm against coaching it in Australia."
Read the full article here: .

I was not so convinced about this till I saw this Pepsi ad, which "traces" the origin of Harbhajan Singh's doosra (Harbhajan had been called for throwing in the early stages of his career. But, after corrective action, as well as new definitions of chucking, he is deemed clean.).

See how he grips the ball (at the 22s mark). Now, get hold of a ball, and grip it exactly the same way, and try to bowl with a straight arm. Could you? The only way to bowl (and I mean it in the old way, not the post-Murali-controversy way) with this grip would yield one of the following
  1. A dislocated shoulder
  2. A feeble dead ball or a lollypop delivery begging to be hit into the stands
  3. Knuckles bruised beyond repair
Now, try to bowl the with the same grip again, but bend your elbow just a little. Voila! You have suddenly launched a vicious missile that flummoxes all except the greatest batsmen!

Thus, my contention that Bishen Bedi was right. Harbhajan no doubt has a clean action, and the few doosras he bowls go unnoticed. In fact, to my biased eyes, the delivery shown in the ad itself is chucked!

Can you bowl a vicious doosra with a straight arm?