Thursday, 24 April 2008

Match # 1 CSK Vs MI

Day 1 of the IPL action in Chennai and I was hesitant to actually go to the match as Sem exams just started today!

Here's the pic, I was gorging on freshly made Ghee Roast at Bakya's when Rakesh called:

Him: Dude, I've got tickets for the match, coming?
Me: Er...
Him: Varaya illiya? (Are you coming or not?)-I actually dunno why I translate into English, I wonder if anybody even reads my blog!
Me: Yeah, ok. Count me in.

5 Mins later

Him: Dude, make sure You are they by 7pm.
Me: Yeah ok man. And how much should I pay?
Him: It's Pavillion Terrace, 4000 bucks, you gonna pay??
Me: he he, ok man. See you there!

Elated that I was gonna watch the match in such High Funda seats, I borrowed my friend's bike and made it back home and reached there by 710. As usual, he was late and he finally reached there at around 730. After numerous checks, we were finally shown our seats. I wanted to make a Blog Post out of the match and so typed a few messages and stored them in my Draft, here they are:

* Ok, match just started. Brilliant hitting by Hayden and Parthiv.
* Parthiv out, Hussey enters, a few shots and he's gone!
* Everybody in the Pavillion Terrace is stunned, not because of the wicket but because Simran Just Entered! She JUST Passed me, brushed past my knees, bliss! (cheap or whatever, its Simran and I get cheap there!)
* Raina Enters, 11 overs up
* Hayden and Raina hit half centuries. Hayden's playing some awesome shots. He Actually Reverse Sweeped Pollock! Wow!
* They're playing the Cliched "We will rock you". Oh wait, Freddie Mercury has some connection to Chennai! Good Thinking...
* Simran news again. Rakesh just said he's now got something to keep him happy and occupied for the night!!!
* Hayden's out! Standing ovation. Awesome Innings. Oram comes in. Last Over
* Dhoni hits a 6 and the DJ plays "Madurai Veeran thaaney". Good timing. Orey the situation songs!
* 209 to win for them. Lets see if they can do it. If Jayasuriya gets going, they sure can.
* Jayasuriya walks in. With another unknown guy. Wronki I'm told, Aussie.
* Simran's left. HUGE Disappointment! :(((((
* Jaysuriya out. Brilliant bowling. Pollock comes in, lets see what He can do. Last of the recognised big hitters actually.
* Good Batting from Pollock and Uthappa. Good Bowling by Goni!
* It's wonderful to listen to the Ball hitting the Middle of the bat even amidst the crowd noises. Whoever said Cricket is not beautiful. These sounds definitely are!
* Uthappa walks out. Bowled. Brilliant Bowling. "Cup la name a podu" quips in Rakesh. "Whenever there's a bowling change, a wicket falls, good captaincy" says his dad. Good thinking.
* Sachin (GOD) not playing. Kinda good in a way, cuz there would be supporting issues then. :-| But I wanna see him bat!!!
* Worstu bowling by Murali, numerous wides even before his actual over. City groom flopping.
* Brilliant catch by Oram to send Bravo back! Awesome stuff
* 79 from 5 overs. Sounds Impossible
* Murali finally takes a wicket.
* Awesome Drumming by Sivamani!!!
* 62 from 4 overs. Muahahahahahaaahhh!
* Bhajji hurt, play resumes 10 mins later.
* 41 from 3 overs. Hmmmmm....
* If they can manage a 20 run over, it can be really close. But they're running outta quality batsmen.
* 2 Continous 6s from Murali's over. Bajji taking it close. 29 from 2 overs. Very close.
* Bajji making it happen here. Murali's bad bowling helps him. 20 from 8 balls.
* Murali pathetically dodging bajji. Now, bajji retaliates. Wait, is this a trick from Murali? He got him out the very next ball he actually bowled. Awesome stuff. Mind games. Who said T20 is just bam boosh whissh???
* 19 from last over. Still possible. Jog Sharma bowling. This is real Close. 4-4-1 (No ball) Free hit. This is NOT good. 9 required. Yorker as a free hit ball, no run from that. 9 from 3 balls. 2 shots can do it. Nehra on strike and just a single. 8 from 2. Still achievable. No run of the penultimate ball. WE WINN!!!!!! Win by 6 runs. That was bloody close!

While coming back home in the borrowed vehicle, I was just cruising along the beach road at 30kmph, enjoying the beach by night, and the brilliantly illuminated Beach Road. Took a right to Radhakrishnan Salai and again a smooth road. Bike was pretty nice. Enjoyed the city by night. Never seen the Gemini Junction THAT empty!!! I almost reached my home, it took me almost 30 mins at 30kmph. It was awesome. But then, I was like "what the hell? Let's break loose!". Went past my home, and reached an empty road. Came to a standstill and decided to touch 100kmph! :D

Reached it twice, starting from 0. Once in the 100 feet road, from the Senthil Towers signal till the Ashok Nagar Signal. Had to stop to take the turn. Bike was awesome. Apache RTR 160. Very smooth gear shifts and the balance was impeccable. Ride position was comfortable, the revs were easy to reach and the Digital Speedometer definitely helps at high speed. Took a left turn at the signal to reach the Ashok Nagar main road. Broke loose all over again, went past a usually trafficed signal at a 110kmph. Touched 115 kmph at one point. That was the maximum cuz I ran outta road. And I had to actually crouch in the bike. It was superb and the Adrenaline Jolt was cool. :D Now I know how those guys racing around the city feel like. I wna do this often, but not when the roads are crowded, I wna do it at 1am when the beggar's sleeping peacefully on the Platform and the Kaiyendhi Bhavans are shut down! :)

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Almost Arrear!

This is a tale about how I Almost got an Arrear in my Computer Exam!

Something in my mind was telling me that the exam was from 4-7 in the evening. I worked out some math last night and slept by around 1 am. I woke up to attend Nature's call, thanks to a dream, at 830am and checked my cell before hitting the bed again. There was a sms from one of my friends (who has been detained and will write the exams for the next sem) wishing Luck and all. I was like "why on earth is he wishing me at 8 in the morn for an exam that starts at 4 in the eve??". Just to be sure, I checked my hall ticket and there it was, written in badly printed Computer Sheet, smudged "10am - 1pm"!!!! All hell broke loose at home as I took bath in a hurry and rushed out to coll!.

Erm, for those who are interested as to what the dream might be: It was a dream about a couple of Monkeys relieving themselves from the top of a tree on humans below. That was the cause for the Nature's Call, which in turn saved my day! So there, Thanks to my brain for dreaming about Peeing Monkeys!!! :P

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Olympic Torch Relay!

Yeah, the Olympic Torch Relay happened place in Delhi today, our precious Capital. One thing was that there was no violence, with all the talk about India being geographically close to China and Tibet, the security we were to provide for the whole thing was a attention-grabber all over. Thankfully, nothing happened.

If London, Paris and San Francisco embarrassed themselves by letting protestors close to the Torch, India embarrassed itself by a simple act. 2.3 kms distance, 70 people carrying the Torch. Some greats like Dhanraj Pillay, Milkha Singh and other Gold Medal winning Hockey Team Captains, shooters and Weight Lifters and obviously Bollywood Fellows. HOW can people like Saif Ali Khan bear the guilt of actually carrying the Torch when it was being carried by Sporting Legends of our own Nation? HOW??? I just can't understand India's obsession with letting Film Stars lift these torches, If I remember right, last time for the Athens Olympics, Aishwarya Rai was part of the relay team!!!!! How crappy is that???

Well, to compensate for all of this obvious acts of lunacy, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi carried the torch Together as the last people and lit the Big Flame. It was really good to see some deserving people carry it and Paes and Bhupathi put away their differences and carry the Torch together. That was a good gesture.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Times of India!

Yes! Finally the Times of India is here in Madras. My earliest memories of TOI is when my cousin from Bombay stayed with us for 2 years, he used to buy the Sunday Times for a whopping 6rs. That's when I got a taste of the Bollywood Gossips and the relatively unrelated section dedicated to Bollywood "Beauties"!

The Times of India, Chennai seems to be no different, the first day might be just to Capture the Audience and hence had very little Kollywood Drama stuff. We get enough of that from Matter Chronicle thank you very much.

The eds were ok, the font seems a bit small and the sports page was swallowed by a huge Dhoni Pic. I'm pretty surprised to see news about Chennai in almost all pages, instead of just page 3 or 4. This can be another initial step. The paper quality is kinda decent, not as good as The Hindu (the taste is what I'm talking about, yes I ate a bit! What's the big deal?) Overall, I remember the Times being a more bold and drastic kinda Paper, without taking sides on the Political front, but the Chennai Times didn't make any bold statements, waiting for that. And, the supplement kinda sucks, the usual ads (Satyam, Inox and Mayajaal) and as usual lots of Ladies! Unwanted. Overall, a let down on the whole Times feel and name. Sorry mates!

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Not Enough!

It's just 115 hrs of play time. That's barely 5 days. I need more!

Sunday, 6 April 2008


It's all a Question of taste. I liked the colour of Cranberries for the Living Room, my parents and bro agreed when they looked at it in the Palette. I simply Loved it. When the Painter finally got the Can of Paint and started painting it, bro gave a weak eye. Parents returned from work in the evening and were just short of Puking looking at the walls. I love it.

The house is kinda set now, just the main bedroom and the main bathroom remain to be tiled and the walls are yet to be painted. Bro had chosen a goldish brown for his room's walls and the end color ("romba dark a irukkum thambi-it'll be too dark" and adds bucket loads of water) is Saamiyaar Orange. It looks sick, but goes well with the creamish tiles, bro is furious, parents are still short of Puking and I am ok with it.

My Brother is the laziest ass in the world, its not a compliment. He knew there was cleaning and moving going on (mom and I were cleaning the computer table and moving it back into the room), so he pretended to sleep through it. I knew what he was doing, so I cleaned everything and just refused to move it back in. Bro woke up thinking it was all over, first thing mom says to him "you have to move it to the room by yourself". Now I give him the evil eye!

On a totally different note, I'm looking forward to the Trip and testing my new Camera there.
Sem exams start on 23rd.

Complete Rowdyism during the Model Exams. The guys from my class are a hugely reluctant lot, we went into the exams room 15 mins past the start time, collected our papers and blinked away to glory. I don't know about the others, but what I did would definitely make a lot of professors shake their head in disbelief. I would walk in coolly 15 mins late. Get my sheets and faithfully write the first side of the main sheet and then go to sleep! I woke up after a cool 1 hr sleep and go out for "toilet" and go to the Juice Shop and the Bakery and on my way back, relieve myself. 20 mins after I left to the "toilet", I would walk in to the exam hall, sit and stare at the ceiling, advise the Juniors that they're gna sell the papers for cash at the Kayaalan Kadai and then submit the paper and walk out happily. This, I swear, is what I did for most of the Exams. Fun!! :D

Update: I googled Cranberry Ice (the name of the Colour I chose from the Palette) and as it turns out, Cranberry Ice is Pink In colour (Thanks to Rape for that alert). My Colour, apparently is Blueberry Ice! Screw Asian Paints, not my bad! :D