Archive for: August 2013

Batmya…

Now-a-days I dread the 8:00pm news or the 9:00pm now-a-days on the Indian TV.  This is not on just a single channel, BUT on all channels.    Channel after channel in their news bulletins,  now unleash on hapless viewers like me what they call ‘Discussions’ or ‘Panel Discussions’ or anything that goes for news. Whatever happened to just plain, good old fashioned news from across your state or India or the world. Take the example of the NewsHour on Time TV or the ‘The Buck Stops Here’ on NDTV 24X7 or India At 9 on CNN IBN. The same is the case with all news programs.   Wait, if you thought, that this is only a feature of the english channels, you are mistaken.  The vernacular language channels  take misplaced pride in aping the concept of the so called panel discussions. I mean, on each of the news channels, where has the news gone ?  On these channels, a good 60 or 90 minutes are fully dedicated to a panel discussion on just about 2 or 3 topic / issues.  At times, I feel that the selection of these participants is also suspect. The timing seems suspect. The questioning seems suspect. I miss a certain Sarita Sethi ( DD Samachar ) or Mukund Joshi ( Batmya ) at this pont. These news readers presented the news in their unique ways decades ago.  They had a news hour, which was jam packed with news of the day from India and abroad.  It was a news program that had news, followed by sports news and then by the weather news. News that was impartial or without any of their forced analysis.   Compare it with the current news formats, where news from across India or the world is just not present. Out of the 90 minutes or so, the program covers only about 2 or 3 news items and their subsequent discussions. Discussions, in which at times, when single questions of the anchor lasts for about 5 minutes and the answer is just about 30 seconds.  Ridiculous. A normal assumption would be that news channels would pay guests for their views on these news channels. But, now I feel that the news channels are being paid by guests to appear on these news discussions and promote / propogate their views ( or that of their party ). This is what bothers me, as a ready audience across the country is being forced into forming a opinion based on a ‘paid news discussion’. I mean, this is my time, I pay for the satellite channel time by subscribing to the cable / DTH services. But   I am being forced to watch paid news of vested interests on such news discussions. I object. In the Doordarshan days, a new format came along and a fresh perspective was brought to our living rooms – “The World This week” by Dr Pranoy Roy. This brought about a fresh view of viewing the news and it was dam interesting.  Dr Roy was  slowing beginning to change the way news was being handled.  Vinod Dua, Siddhartha Kak / Renuka Shahane ( though Surabhi was not exactly a news program ) were a different genre than the current crop of anchors we currently have. Somewhere news suddenly changed gears and everything is now following the Fox News or Sky News formats. I just want a plain news program, or Marathi Batmya program, where news is just presented as it is.  My heart craves for a classical news program, where plain news from across the country is just presented, news as it s. For gods sake, at times,  we do not need analysis of every accident that happens, every tree that falls, every corruption that is unearthed, every train that derails.  All I want is news as it is happening, to be reported.

 

The author is Consulting Editor, Intellectual Post


Mukund Mate
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Beyond the statistics..

The statistics alone are truly mind boggling. By the time he decided to hang up his boots, he had scored a whopping 13,288 runs in Test cricket, behind only Tendulkar’s 15,470. He had notched up 36 tons at an impressive average of

The Wall as it stands!

52.31. Besides, perhaps, his world record of 210 catches may never be broken. Furthermore, in the history of the game, only three Indian batsmen have retired with a higher away average than at home. The other two were Sunil Gavaskar (52.11), the original Little Master, and Mohinder Amarnath (51.86), one of the greatest come-back men. What is amazing is that Dravid did even better than them. He averaged 53.03 abroad. His highest score was recorded at Rawalpindi, where he scored a brilliant 270.

On the 18 occasions that he came to the crease, with his team tottering at 0 for 1, he averaged 51.94. On the 45 occasions that he took guard, when the first wicket fell, with the team score reading anywhere between 11 and 20, he averaged 60.54. A laborious 123.06 deliveries have separated any two times that he has been dismissed in his brilliant 16-year career, making him the second most enduring batsman in the history of the game after Jacques Kallis, who averages 125.55 deliveries between any two dismissals. During the most productive phase in his career, between 2002 and 2006, Dravid averaged 100.3 in England, 123.8 in Australia, 77.25 and 80.33 in the two series he played in Pakistan, and 82.66 in the West Indies.
Although he was not a specialist opener, he walked out to open the Indian innings as many as 23 times and scored four centuries in that position. He averaged 65.70 in India’s overseas Test wins, which is the highest in the history of Indian cricket, and 75.19 in draws abroad. So, you see, whenever Dravid did well, India won or saved the match. I could go on and on, but that is not the aim of this post because Dravid, to me, transcended statistics, despite his obvious talent and unparalleled commitment to the cause of Indian cricket. He impressed me as much by his conduct as he did by his game.
That is what set him apart. Perhaps, both his game and his conduct were meant for another era, when cricket was still a gentleman’s game, when sledging did not figure in the cricketing lexicon, and limited overs cricket had not yet ravaged the pristine beauty of willow meeting leather on the pitch, as the sun shone brightly on men in spotless white, whose mettle was put to the ultimate test of talent and temperament. Was it any surprise that this epic encounter on the field came to be called “Test” cricket? Yes, it still is, and, that is why batsmen like Dravid will be sorely missed.
Dravid, in an uncanny sort of way, personified all that cricket is and has always stood for. Perhaps, it may not be too far-fetched or fanciful to dub him “Mr. Cricket”. While Tendulkar epitomised the aspirations of Indian cricket almost at a subconscious level, Dravid transcended national boundaries to become synonymous with the game itself. Personally, I don’t think the game has had many who can claim to have been better ambassadors of the sport. And, look at the manner in which he chose to retire, quietly, without any fuss. No grand gesture of one final outing followed by a standing ovation by the spectators. Just a quiet Press conference at which he read out a statement for the media. That was it.
If actions really spoke louder than words, coming as it did from a man who never groped for words, and was arguably the most articulate Indian cricketer after Tiger Pataudi, was somewhat ironic and a bit of an anti-climax, which was not much dissimilar to Don Bradman scoring a duck in his last outing. But then, just like the Don has always been remembered as the greatest batsman ever, Dravid may well be remembered, by generations to come, as having been one of the greatest gentlemen the game has ever seen.

He has set an example for hundreds of aspirants!


Cliff Samuel
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Mad over wheels – Ferrari FF

The Ferrari FF- world’s fastest 2+2 seater car. Has a 6.3L V12 heart mated to a 7 speed
dual-clutch gearbox it can reach a top speed of 335 km/h.

The massive V12 produces a whopping 660 bhp and 683 Nm of torque.

It is Ferrari’s first 4 wheel drive car.

It features a new 4-wheel drive system called the 4RM.

It intelligently ends power to all 4 wheels as per required.

And now for the cost, all this finesse doesn’t come at a small price, it will empty your pockets by 4 crores approximately!!!

 

 

A  first person, front view of this beauty ^


Parshiv Shah
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