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Can India make its dream run count against South Africa on bouncy tracks?

Can India win the test series slated to begin on Friday? Can India draw level the series with face-saving performances? Can India break the back of Proteas who showed Indians door in Mumbai in 2015 ODI series? Answers will slowly emanate. If, by any chance, you have missed this write up on India and its batting woes, here is the link to India in Australia 2014-15. 08, January 2018. Oh, yeah. The first answer arrived at the unbelievable moment, when for most Indian illiterates  educated with B.Techs and M.Techs and working in PAN-India companies in night shifts it was ‘happy lunch’ hour time. When they descended already the result was there for the taking. Who will take the reality? Harsha Bhogle shied away from discussing the most fanatical of failures from an Indian context -  the utter flop shop of India’s Sachin successor Virat Kohli. Media houses like Times Of India and the mother of all analyses – the editorial column either in sports or general section of The Hindu didn’t feel it was necessary to educate the toppers of Indian cricket analysis flying back and forth on ESPNCRICINFO and CRICBUZZ making ridiculous comparisons and treating the game like they do in appraisal meetings which seldom contain any stuff beyond frivolities for munching. The first one, of course, was that of his dismal surrender in the Semi final at SCG against a side which was not quite the side it was under Steve Waugh, the arguable invincible, and under Ponting, the arguable better. As usual, the Indian bowling under MS Dhoni’s stewardship lacked intent to perform on a momentous day. What’s more, they conceded 27 runs to Mitchell Johnson, a bowler who played second fiddle to quality toppers in McGrath, Gillespie, Lee, and even Bracken at times. Douglas Bollinger too played a similar role as that of Mitch. What could have been a score of 300, which might have been a par score considering home advantage for Aussies, suddenly scaled up a bit, eventually making the notion of chasing under lights and that too in a semi final a tough call for the batsmen, whose ranks were without quality of VVS Laxman (why VVS? it’s against Australia!) and Sachin Tendulkar (did he perform when it mattered against McGrath and co. in 1999 Super Six and 2003 Final? no, his quality matters!).

India and Newzealand cricket schedule announced CC: Vizag, Indore, Kolkata, Mohali, Dharamshala, Kanpur, Ranchi, and Delhi

Vizag is all set to host the final ODI of the series against Kiwis #IndvNZ on Oct 29. Turn up at the stadium and support #TeamIndia @BCCI — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 28, 2016 A tweet from Indian head coach Anil Kumble reveals that final and fifth one day international will be played at Dr. YSR ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium on October 29. Visakhapatnam is set to host England in a test match later this year and dates are yet to be finalized and if unconfirmed guesses are to be believed, the venue might become the first to host pink ball test under lights!

What has environment taught us the incredible humans? CC: Industry Inc.

The world environment day on 5th June marked yet another day for the global buzzword environment to attract headlines and become the darling hashtag on social media platforms; industry spoke more on the subject than the lesser harmful street vendors and public in general. UNEP, the environment programme of the United Nations, dedicated this year to put an onus on minimizing illegal trade of wildlife while emphasizing on key areas of improvement, such as, maintenance of balance and harmony in ecological biodiversity and voluntary regulating checks on carbon emissions.

India and Summer: Prevention is better than cure CC: Heat stroke and Dehydration

March 2016 had given us the hint of extent of summer and April confirmed how rattling heat wave can be. As it is near impossible to avoid direct sun light for many of us, working men and women, we can avoid major heat wave attacks with smart steps. Dos Air conditioners have become a necessity these days with growing menace of heat. Use air conditioners optimally so that you will not have to worry about external heat conditions and internal air conditions as you move back and forth. While you can start the AC with 21 degree Celsius initially you can always raise it to 25 in a span of 15 minutes and to 27 in an hour before settling the air after dehumidification at 29 degree Celsius. Places like Madhya Pradesh, Tamilnadu, coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh have seen rise in temperatures, so be smart enough to keep your surrounds extra cool. Coconut water, salt filled lemon water, and butter milk are the combination to watch out for; avoid soft drinks and ice cool milk shakes. If hard pressed for taste, Glucose is available with orange flavour. More fruits, more leafy vegetables, more water; less meat, less junk food, less juices with artificial flavours. Have good number of protein reserves to battle it out, especially add boiled eggs and fish with dal.

Happy Birthday, dear Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar! CC: Raina, Rohit, Kohli generation

ScoopLense wishes the Indian batting premier Sachin Tendulkar, a name that resonated back and forth for nearly quarter of a century in India, on his 44th birthday (born on 24 April in 1973)! Words and phrases run short, and if attempted, they might as well clear the fence of basic comprehension, typified as common sense. Here is an article, written not too long ago, with a sharp adjustment of views to readjust certain unhelpful criticism on Maestro’s batting contribution to Indian cricket. The post was written with an aim to classify shortcomings and rearrange them in the most unpopular theory that Tendulkar’s centuries yielded only in losses for his team. And there is another such, albeit less in intensity of defending Sachin against irrational arguments which didn’t seek his professional advancement but to marginalize euphoria and admiration of his growing fan base!  https://singlemagneticpole.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/india-will-not-lose-when-sachin-scores-a-century-india-will-not-win-if-sachin-falls-short-of-hundred-either/ https://singlemagneticpole.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/february-15-2003-super-sport-park-centurion/ Excerpts from second post: Before I explain you the comparison of an ODI knock prospect of World cup league game and a fourth innings fruitful knock between two batsmen rated ahead of peers, I would like you to draw your attention to the following. Australia and West Indies at Barbados, March 1999 – Result West Indies beat Australia by 1 wkt. Brian Lara inspired with SR of 59.76 in 355 minutes    to post a win on the fastest windies wkt. against  MCGRATH, GILLESPEI, AND WARNE with WI facing 120.1 overs for 311/9 in day and a half. India and Pakistan at Chennai, January 1999 – Result India lost to Pakistan by 12 runs. SR Tendulkar inspired with SR of 49.81 in 405 minutes     to take his side closer to win on a turner against AKRAM, WAQAR, AND SAQLAIN with IND facing 95.2 overs for 258 all out in > a day. “Sourav Ganguly won an important toss and decided to bat on a track that was quite similar to the one we had at The Wanderers where Aussies crushed Pakistan’s world class bowling line-up days ago. The conditions were as good as those on offer to every visitor in Brisbane, that if you just play average, it could be your game. Good rotation of strike, build up of partnerships, and good wicket-taking deliveries.” “And when you play against Australia that was in the shape, thanks to the heritage of Steve Waugh’s attacking mindset, you need to catch a few notches just in case. You definitely need to be an aggressive unit because you wouldn’t know when they talk down and when they do it they go to any extent, but that’s only on the field. Off the field, they are as better as anyone, probably offer you little comfort with words.” “Sachin at the non-striking end had to choose between the two ends; either attack Aussies and force them to commit mistakes and plunder some useful runs as it became evident he wasn’t going to get support, or, at the most see off overs and stay till the end of over quota. Things became clear to many of us back home…
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Do it now, some time later becomes never. CC: Lovers with sincerity and empathy.

Love. Feel of a birth. Feel of a death. Feel of a survival. Summation of all emotions to the point of infinity. Is this love? Is that love? What is love? Is love extremely partial towards meeting desired specification in a man or a woman imbibed since birth, or built in for make over during middle stages, or structured along teenage to conquer lust? What is it that sets love between a boy and a girl apart from love of and among others? Truly, no one on this earth would have given you an answer as straight as a direct line in geometry. We hear of myriad stories, those ending nowhere and some of the thinking tales crossing line of acceptance, and some even bordering on resentment from both ends. Some stories are needless to mention by the apparent standards they seem to have adopted as well. It’s interesting to call for sense in love when all you get from love and communicate through it is emotion, fractionally higher or even more. Emotions are the baby steps which undergo transition from time to time as if in accordance to course curriculum of university graduation wherein the +2 student feels overwhelmed with daunting nature of contents added up as integrals on the first look though he never feels relatively newer versions of emotion a burden at all. It’s this kind of adding up of emotions – appropriate, relevant, or even those silly mistakes in order to maintain feel radar on its axis of rotation – taken as responsibility to understand the other person which makes this strange feeling look like it’s always strange. Refreshing. Slightly different from drama though! And the drama part in love is never short of making its impact felt all through the syllabus of love. As contemplated above, emotions emanate from spontaneity rather than from longevity of maintenance of feel, notwithstanding the accepted norm that it’s the longevity of spontaneous emotions that become inevitable in maintaining dignity of the other person, as also her maturity. Kumari 21F directed by Sukumar in Telugu made an attempt at diagnosing love and the understanding nemesis that surrounds the feel but I feel it ran short of curing the nemesis that engulfs men and women who could have just come out of colleges in pursuit of life and enjoyment it brings. Eye contact and emotions are inter-twinned that any deviation from originally thought out stance on the other person would result in change of body language!

Congratulations Krrish and Kanche! CC: Baahubali team and Indian cinema lovers

Congratulations, dear Kanche movie makers, on winning the national award in best Telugu film category. And, quite not the movie of sorts from S.S.Rajanouli, Baahubali the beginning won the best film at the National Awards. While many have no objection to the national award being announced for the highest ever budget film in independent India, the award for Kanche movie has taken few like me by surprise not because it lacked intensity to be applauded but going by the assessment of adjudicating authority which only years ago garlanded Dirty Picture with “Best Make-up Artist”, “Best Costume Designer”, and also “Best Actress” because many felt the movie apparently shifted from its focus on highlighting issues of women entering silver screen to gaze south sizzling artist Silk Smitha in a rather poor light. Well, man makes mistakes but to what extent can they be excused is something that baffles us. Surely, the actress Vidya Balan deserved appreciation for showing no inhibition for exposure of skin besides extracting expressions of a woman craving for limelight and survival, but national award for the role is overrated. Coming on to the current edition of national awards, Kanche directed by Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi draws comparison between mass racist murders of second world war in Germany and humiliation of people back home in undivided India based on Manusmriti of the yore. While very few can attempt at comprehending Manusmriti, people at large though thoroughly well versed with experimental science can not even get answers they sought. Baahubali the beginning has created a number of records proprietary to the film unit. S.S. Rajamouli has always seemed to have got what it takes to beat around bush yet present in a way audience would have liked. Plot and narration have created a belonging of sorts but the screen play involving actress Tamannah has evoked mixed response from the audience. Even by the standards of B class and C class centres, the introduction of the title hero Baahubali and presentation of second half were overly delayed, thanks to the present Tamannah for you effect! Ramya Krishnan has drawn vast experience to the screen with her powerful enactment of drama and body language. Prabhas and Rana Daggubati led their roles comfortably in the end, but we don’t do any justice when we don’t mention Satyaraj who donned impeccable role of Kattappa.

The debate of nationalism and politics – enough is enough.

I was in the national capital for a brief period in late February 2016. The cameo visit was official and personal as if it would have to resemble traits of my zodiac sun sign, and since I truly and firmly believed at that time, that I belonged to a middle class nuclear family of a developing nation-state in the making called India (preparation has been on since Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the national pride in three symbolic colours on Lal Quilla in 1947!), which typifies customs the day time and embraces western the night time probably as repentance, and vice versa, I settled myself for travel on a third Air Conditioned class journey ticket. Wow, that’s air conditioned class, dude! I felt like that’s my maiden journey to the national capital though in reality I visited Mukherjee Nagar to meet my friend in 2004, and visited Karolbagh for an interview for faculty position in 2009. The details presented so far render themselves useless if they have no substance in the current discussion. My train reached New Delhi Junction, the destination junction, with a delay of 30 minutes in relay at Hazrat Nizamuddin Junction, the originating and destination junction for trains making upward and downward journey from southern states. Even if this doesn’t reveal why I mentioned railway itinerary and its relevance to the discussion, my English would have by this time made you identify that either a Madarasi or gult is on internet weaving a story out of nothing! If one goes by common sense and by adhering to Vaastu of biological body (well, mine is not astral body by the way!), journey for about 36 hours on Indian Railways should render any human worthless for at least a day, especially with the train making halts for boarding passengers at Nagpur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jhansi. The berth adjustments criterion citing newly married couples be given first preference as if they would kiss for the first time in front of a waiting audience who might order curious teenagers to self censor (perhaps self control!), alteration of seat preferences while grand fathers and mothers would find it difficult to sip cups of coffee, food items seen as reflections of the great Indian diversity, languages that we would speak as if someone from other states should listen to, and so on did indeed become norm for accommodating co-passengers just as they do for us. Many of the passengers apparently belong to majority of nation but the very linkage of majority and minority to a geographic nation-state was something that I felt I should avoid for preserving common sense in me. My marks at the Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) and Intermediate (BIE) are anything but extraordinary as I was never Sharmaji’s son or tried to impress the girl next door!

An Open Letter to Andhra Pradesh government! CC: Board of Intermediate Education, B.I.E., AP, Hyderabad

ScoopLense wishes students who have appeared at the IPE 2016 first and second year the required luck to sail through in the next league, graduation and research/entrepreneurship. While it’s commendable that the conduct of IPE has so far been good and decent on occasions – issue of hall tickets and pass percentages have always seen rise ever since Chandrababu Naidu made it compulsory to announce results well in advance so as to relieve parents and students from anxiety syndromes. The decency here implies to setting of question papers, with an emergency set of question papers kept in abeyance of normal machinery, with a sense to ignite passion amongst student community to reinvent themselves, which is only possible if the questions in examination papers stimulate strength of intelligence rather than maintain routine chores of securing marks with no benefit other than setting up for an All India examination like JEE of IITs. It is in the best interests of student community that we, at ScoopLense, have primarily conducted a survey with small sample size. The letter therefore is anything but criticism of existing structure. We would like to have your kind attention and empathy on to the following details. With due respect to the Board of Intermediate Education, B.I.E, AP, Hyderabad, which has successfully conducted examinations across Andhra Pradesh and erstwhile Telangana region, from and on behalf of student fraternity and intelligentsia, we would like to present before you the matter of concern regarding conduct of practical examination for the first and the second year intermediate students. The procedure for intermediate examination, especially practical examination, mandatorily stipulates students appearing at the practical examinations to conduct and demonstrate experimental observations in only those colleges where they have prepared for theory and performed practical preparatory tests and submitted observational record books. These admitting institutes are also said to be the sole medium of communication between BIE and student. As we all are aware of the fact that theory examinations, known as IPE, started jumbling process in order to minimize mal practice and prevent mass copying almost a decade ago, with a prior notification of intention of government policy to the admitting institutes through public means of communication well in advance, the change has appeared to serve its purpose quite significantly. But the latest G.O. issued in February 2016 regarding preventing mass scale duplication of practical observations and mass copying, just when the students were about to fine tune their practical observations and submit record books, had made students stranded. Many of the students had acquainted themselves with laboratory structure and observational environment of the very colleges they had prepared for theory and conducted practical observations. The very fact that science group students – to whom Physics and Chemistry would go along major part of their under graduation and graduation – may not have belonged to the intellectual echelons of James Clerk Maxwell, Oliver Heaviside who attributed most of his astounding Mathematical prowess to the former, Lorentz, or even Darwin, is something that we…
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Nannaku Prematho 2016: Quotient of intelligence and emotion

Must watch in INOX theatres only for better sound and experience. Devisri Prasad made violin play with ease throughout the movie. A fitting climax in the end should take the movie forward in competing with industry’s number game in revenue. What happens when you turn an object anti clockwise? Will that have an impact on material stuff or on fellow human being? Or corresponding emotions of the object will have a say on emotions of the man? What will you do to outsmart a man who you believe had outwitted you in your burgeoning business? Will you be a nice man and do the opposite – teach a pervert his lesson? Yes or No will depend on corresponding emotion!