At Bertram’s Hotel – Agatha Christie

Mystery and detective fiction are great reads. keeps one occupied. More so, if they are the ones by Agatha Christie. She is a great writer.


Sensex plunge?

Could someone explain this to me?? That why, Indian stockmarket is plunging by 11%?? I know about the global meltdown etc but what I cannot comprehend is that why is there such a large panic in Indian markets? As far as I have read and understood, the liquidity is OK, banks are lending easily, government is injecting liquidity, and that Indian markets are not that exposed to the foreign markets. Then, why is this happening? Is it just overrated perception and stupidity of shareholders and stock brokers or is there something really dangerous out there?

I need to know.


Its delicious. Scott Adams did good to create it. It is the ultimate corporate comic. It is stingy, biting, sarcastic and very very good. It is humorous on many levels. One is laughing at the stupidity of people, other is laughing at the fact that it is true in real life too.

Well, I have got to read the books by Adams now.

Captain Cool!

I am talking about none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni, fondly called MS.



I think that would it make for a great comic book character which will be based on Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is a superhero with a bat. He is that- a superhero!! He is just so amazingly calm and yet so aggressive and has a perfect winning record under his captaincy. Some say he has got the midas touch. Well, lucky for us!! But also he is so cool and calm and composed and so positive. There is hardly anyone who does not like or appreciate Dhoni. Initially, some people criticized that he only did pinch hitting and that he was not really a fine batsman. Well , over the past many matches he has proved otherwise by scoring consistently. That pinch hitting is his strength should not be a problem. In him, India has got a wonderful gift. I am beginning to wonder if Indians are genetically gifted in cricket. The Britons, the inventors of the game have now been completely sidelined and are whining and complaining about the Indian ascendency on the cricket scence.

With IPL, we have just launched forward into the next tier of cricket and there will be no looking back now. Right now, it is all very positive and happening and looking good. With Dhoni at the helm, we can relax and leave it to his luck or demeanor or talent or whatever you call it. He will take us forward. He is our Captain Cool and we all love him.

He has been named the Man of the Match for the astonishing test match that India played against Australia. This match will be remembered for a lot of reasons. Of which, one of the bigger ones is the solidification of Dhoni on the test scene.


In India, there is no national religion except CRICKET.  Yeah, we worship cricket here. And, there is a reason for that. Make that two, if you will. First, we are mad about cricket and second, it is only in Cricket where Indians dominate the world, more often than not, as splendidly as they did in Mohali Test against Australia. Our men in Blue wearing white though, made us extremely proud this last week. What a display of magnificence. Every one just shined and shined on and the Aussies got some bashing alright.

Sachin became the highest run scorer in the whole wide world ( Beat that!! ), Dada showed us why we love him and why he is so formidable, the Captain Cool was cool as usual and wielded his bat marvelously. Zaheer Khan came back with a vengeance, Ishant Sharma stood tall ( literally and figuratively ) and Amit Sharma made himself visible with a bang!! And I should not forget Gautam Gambhir and Bhajji .Super Performance and a knockout for Australia. Wonder what Symonds must be thinking?? 😛 Ponting is naturally disappointed. This was Australia’s heaviest Test defeat since April 1991, when West Indies had beaten them by 343 runs in Barbados. It was also only the tenth time in 96 matches since 2000 that Australia were bowled out for less than 200. [ source: cricinfo ]

It is only Team India which can get beaten in worst manner and yet turn around and beat the hell out of others. It was simply world class play at display and the fact that it was against Australia is the cherry on th cake or lets say the cake for the cherry. Oh, that is what makes us mad about cricket. It is the single most phenomena which can transport us Indians to the top of the world and above in a matter of days. Indian cricket makes us taste victory. It makes us feel proud. It makes us raise our heads after defeating the best, arguably.

Dhoni said he has never seen Australia being outplayed so much and he is damn right!! What with all the guns from our squad firing, and theirs a little rusted, Indian team did it. Now we have a lead of 1-0 in the series. Only if this could be maintained and India win the series to wash the stain of being defeated on the home ground by Australia after 20 something years, I would be max happy. But that is another thing with Team India, they are very very unexpected. The next thing we know, they could be miserably beaten in the next match.

However, the men in Blue have won some million more of admirers to the already billion numbered fan club.

Hoo Haa India, Jeetega India.

I love cricket!!

I love Sachin, Dhoni and Dada and others too but not so much. I want to write on them too but later.

Doctor Who

So, I initiated myself to Doctor Who, the BBC Science fiction series, today with a couple of episodes and I am not surprised that it looked very promising and that I may start watching it after all. The best thing is that its fast moving, every episode there is a different story, it is racy, adventurous and humorous, all at the same time. I had heard a lot but now I have experienced, the thing called the dry British wit. It is fantastic. First, Douglas Adams and now Doctor Who. So much humor in science fiction, that is a thing very rarely seen.

I like Doctor Who more because I like the character who plays it- David Tennant. He is good. I am just sorry that I got to know about it so late. But better late than never.

One thing I rue is that we, in India, have not been able to create something really humorous along with great quality. All things in the end here turn to sleaze comedy. In domain of comics too, none of our central characters or superheroes are funny or a little wayward or light headed. All of them have to be the perfect good guys with a brooding soul who never think of anything other than saving the world. Sigh! The only salvation is Bankelal. He is funny alright. But, then he is too frivolous and miles away from any seriousness at all. I think we could do with an indigenous Doctor Who like character.

Just So Long We’re Together – Judy Blume

Yesterday, surprisingly enough, sleep was not coming to me despite my hard tries. So, I thought I will pick this short one up, read some of it and then go to sleep as it comes. But from the very first line, I got interested.

The story is about a girl called Stephanie and is narrated by her who is facing many sorts of changes in her life. As much within herself, as outside of it. She is going to be thirteen and enter adolescence, she has a new friend and one old best friend, her parents are going through divorce and she is also getting interested in boys now. For the most part of it, it is a simple story and one which almost every girl goes through in her life. Friendships, school gossip, affairs, trying to think maturely, struggling between being a kid and growing up, first periods, boys everything. In fact, the fight which Stephanie has with Rachel because a new friend has entered her life was exactly what happened with me, once where I was supposed to be Stephanie and once where I was the new girl. I could totally connect. It transported me to the school days where every thing was a fascination and even little things seemed to be so big. Dramas were usual. As I said, it is the story of every girl and even of boys to some extent.

I read a teen novel after really really long time and totally enjoyed it. If I had read it when I was an adolescent I would have totally totally loved it even then. For all young girls, it is recommended and for the older ones also so that they can go back into the memory lanes fondly.

To be the nostalgic sickly types, I miss school. I had the most fun there.

And this marks my 300th post. So, about in 3 years, I have posted 300 pieces of crap. 100 per year. Not a very remarkable feat. I should be writing more and more sensible things.