Wish a prosperous and dedicated Republic Day, all Indians!

Wish a happy and rejuvenated Republic Day to all!

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India enter New Zealand after successful Down Under!

After a successful tour down under, Indian contingent, led by Virat Kohli, and ably guided by MS Dhoni, will travel Tasmania and arrive in Napier. Men in blue will seek to avenge their previous defeatist attitude on live tracks (no matter how the recent series and scores point to batsman-friendly nature of cricket) and probably will erase poignant memories of 2003 and 2014. Though the likes of Shane Bond, Shane ‘O’ Connor, Danie Morrison, Dion Nash, Chris Cairns, Gavin Larsen, Kyle Mills, Daryl Tuffey, James Franklin aren’t around Black Caps, the presence of Trenton Boult and Tim Southee will give a boost to Kiwis against an Indian team that is running after glory.

All the best both teams for the preparatory camps for World Cup 2019!

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దేశనిర్మాణంలో నేను – My ‘self’ in the making of nation/ Nation Making

The sample take of how to construct an essay on nation building – does it incorporate ideas, such as, building oneself after identifying one’s self? Enthusiasts can expand basing on length of the essay to be crafted. Independence Day message to youth for building nationby Santhosh ScoopLense

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Bharat Ane Nenu Telugu 2018: Political enigma explained simply!

                                                                          Promise made was necessity of the past

                                                                               మాట ఇవ్వటం అప్పటి అవసరం

                                                                         Word broken is necessity of the present

                                                                              మాట తప్పటం ఇప్పటి అవసరం

                                         - Niccolo Machiavelli (called murderous machiavel by William Shakespeare)

                                                                                       ‘garibi hathao’    పేదరికాన్ని చంపేద్దాం

- Ms. Indira Gandhi, political architect of India’s ambitious nuclear program and credited with disastrous emergency proclamation

                                                                                          ‘ache din’                మంచి రోజులు

- Mr. Narendra Modi, the chief architect of building Indian skyscrapers using words, an ideal mobile dream developer

‘there is no life without trust; once you start using words to your advantage, you are everything but life’, says Aamani (yes, the Subhalaghnam’s aristocratic wife!) to her son. As a matter of fact, or fiction, any literate in real life – either with a doctorate (Ph.D./D.Sc.) or a master’s program title (M.sc./M.Tech/M.A./MBA/MD/MDS) would have taken above quote from murderous machiavel just as he/she had presumed a delicious ‘garibi hathao’ in 1970s or a soporific ‘ache din’ in 2014. Mahesh Babu (Mr. Bharat Ram) swallows words of her mother to such an extent that they eventually become source of his life – meaningful existence.  This is the theme of the ‘would have been’ blockbuster ‘I, Bharat’ or ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’.

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Why did CENTURION turn ‘Indianised’? I

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How has CENTURION turned ‘Indian’? Is there a bilateral trade off here as well?

What happened, sir, the curator Bryan Bloy! Perhaps the curator sir who visited Cape Town didn’t understand lessons from the curator of New Lands.

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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!).

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Are SACHIN and KOHLI equal? Or Kohli and Sachin are equal, but Kohli is more equal than Sachin, according to Media and Illiterates?

”ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”.-Animal Farm (1945) published by George Orwell

What’s the discussion about? Is Sachin greater than Bradman? Was Bradman ruthless in his times? Was Richards the fiercest of all in his times? And where does Kohli land? Or precisely, where have the boardroom commentators and illiterates wearing the mask of educated landed Kohli just because he scored plenty on one of the tracks at ADELAIDE OVAL (the other track on the slower side), BELLERIVE OVAL (always better for batsmen), and Indian pitches? Okay, what’s the standard of bowling and how many greats have bowled at his stumps and how many have devised plans using computer graphics? (There’s a legend that Hansie Cronje and Co. used animation to outsmart Sachin). Here comes a piece that breaks spine of ridiculously ignorant and unintentionally absurd think tanks.

Where does the answer lie to the second question? Because the first question itself is dependent on the second one.

If you say that Sachin is not eligible to become the first ever Indian sportsman to receive BHARAT RATNA, does it mean that Sachin should be awarded BHARAT RATNA after Kapil Dev, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sania Mirza, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sanjay Manjrekar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Harsha Bhogle are awarded? Or that Sachin should NOT be awarded at all? What’s myth surrounding Sachin’s century and a necessitated defeat? Is the gain of Sachin meant to provide loss to his team?

And, what crime did he commit? HE DID NOT PLAY AS PER YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

Right? So, how did he play?

Where did he play? When did he play?

Now, take a look at scenarios, just when he was in the eighth year of playing for his team, and analyse. Steve Waugh, Dhoni, Ponting, all won the world cups before they reached 10 years of playing.

Scenario 1: 1996 Wills World Cup, India v West Indies, Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior, February 21, Wednesday. 

  1. India had shown exemplary discipline in containing Caribbean batsmen to shut them down to 173. Chanderpaul and Richie Richardson had tried to build innings who received no support. Srinath had Brian Lara, although the replays showed error of judgement by the on-field umpire. Anil Kumble had struck for India at vital points.
  2. India started their innings with Jadeja and Tendulkar but the bowling attack was not an ordinary unit with the likes of Walsh and Ambrose early on with Ian Bishop supporting these lanky pacers in from the other end. Jadeja and Navjyot Sidhu had to go back. Sachin and Azhar built the ship.
  3. Sachin had maintained restraint all through his demonstrative knock of 70 off 90 balls and when everything was set for a neat finish Kambli ran him out at around 130. Manoj Prabhakar too left the scene in a manner only he could justify. Of course, India had sailed home.

 Scenario 2: 1996 Wills World Cup, India v Australia, Wankhade, Bombay, February 27, Tuesday.

 Mark Taylor had won the toss and chosen to bat first in the first ever day-night ODI at The Wankhede.

  1. Taylor and Mark Waugh had put on 100 runs for the first wicket.
  2. India contained other batsmen with spin and some good fielding. Australia ended at 258.
  3. Indians were required to pace their innings brilliantly against the quality bowling that had best swing bowler of times Damien Fleming and emerging bowling sensation Glenn McGrath.
  4. India had tough time dealing with the problem of opening pair. They entrusted this task to Jadeja and Tendulkar.
  5. Jadeja and Kambli got out in quick succession. Score was below 10 for the loss of two wickets at a time when all they needed was crucial partnerships.
  6. Out of 150 runs scored by India, his score of 90 was the highlight where he had dented the confidence of emerging Glenn McGrath and Fleming.
  7. Nayan Mongia had shown the promise but he was never confident of going for big shots. The reason: Manoj Prabhakar’s dramatic run out. This was vital. India were 150 at that stage.
  8. In the end, India lost by 16 runs. Fleming was the Man of the Match.

 Scenario 3: 1996 Wills World Cup, India v Sri Lanka, Ferozshah Kotla Grounds, Delhi, March 2, Saturday.

 Ranatunga asked India to bat first in the misty conditions in Delhi. Chaminda Vaas had bowled brilliantly with 3 maiden overs.

  1. The pace of Indian innings was too slow and it was evident from the fact that the score was only 99 at 24th over.
  2. Sachin and Azhar built the innings; Azhard scored 70 plus and Sachin scored 137 and got out in the 50th over.
  3. Srilankan openers Kaluwitharane and Jayasuriya started off the innings and scored 42 runs in the first three overs.
  4. Sachin and Anil Kumble brought us back into the game with their bowling, but then there was always the shortage of a potential bowler who could set up a game for us. He, along with Kumble at the other end, tightened Lankan batsmen. Finally, Srilanka defeated India chasing 271!

 If you verify the above cases, India banked on Sachin mostly and he delivered when it mattered.

a.  It would be harsh on our part to ask him to bat through full fifty overs in the game against AUSTRALIA when all he needed to do was to attack McGrath and torment Warne and Fleming. He DID THAT.

b.  In the game against WEST INDIES, he was out because of a poor call from Vinod Kambli. Here too, he had delivered when it MATTERED.

c.  In the game against SRILANKA too he had stayed there till those 49.2 overs.

d.  India had won the game against WEST INDIES when he made 70.

e.  India lost to AUSTRALIA and SRILANKA when he made 90 and 137 respectively.

f.  The fact was that India had depended on Sachin most of the time with few silver linings from the other players.

g.  What is more, is that he helped India with his leg break and off break bowling!

 ARE THE ABOVE EXAMPLES ENOUGH OR DO WE WANT MORE TO SATISFY OUR FRAUDULENT EGO?

This is what TIME magazine had to say about Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar on the eve of his retirement:

 “When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race an F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, (and) Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam. When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact; USSR was one big, big country.

It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.”

So, do you think Sachin had paid Time magazine a bribe for a fair return of write-up on his career? Had TIME eulogized Sachin a bit more in Tendulkar’s country? Was it Sachin’s fault to receive BHARAT RATNA award when government conferred upon him? Okay, for the sake of argument, we are free to say whatever we are compelled to think in a manner only we could (deeply stabilized by instability and freedom to embrace ignorance).

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This was always on the cards! Indian cricket fans would do well to introspect.

Cheers, Srilanka! You have shown Indian think tank the upcoming picture at Kingsmead in Durban!

WAIT, THERE IS NO TEST MATCH AT ST.GEORGE’S PARK IN PORT ELIZABETH OR SPRINGBOK IN BLOEMFONTEIN! TEST MATCHES ARE ONLY THREE IN NUMBER; AS MANY AS THREE T20S ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE SAKE OF ILLITERATE AUDIENCE.   

శ్రీలంకని ఓ ఆట ఆడుకుందామనుకున్న బోర్డుకి, విశ్రాంతి తీసుకున్న నెపంతో వేడుక చూద్దామనుకున్న ధోని వారసుడికి లంకేయులు ఈడెన్ గార్డెన్సులోనే చేదు గుళికలు తినిపించారు. దానితో కనీసం మిగతా టెస్టుల్లోనైనా పరువు నిలుపుకుందామనుకున్న భారత్ బోర్డు వ్యూహం కాస్తా పక్కకి జరిగింది. ఈడెన్ గార్డెన్సులో లంక వెలుతురులేమి సాయంతో గట్టెక్కిందన్నది వేరే విషయం. ఇదే తరహా జట్టు చేతిలో ఇంగ్లాండ్ పిచ్ మీద భారత్ దారుణ పరాజయం మూట కట్టుకుందన్న విషయాన్ని సాధారణ ప్రేక్షకుడికి గుర్తు చేయాల్సిన పని లేదు. గుర్తుండాల్సిన పని లేదు. ఆ తరహా ప్రేక్షకులు కేవలం ఆటని వినోదంగానే చూస్తారు. వాళ్లందరికి బ్యాటింగంటే కొన్ని సిక్సులు, బౌండరీలు, అప్పుడప్పుడు రనౌట్లు, బౌలింగ్ అంటే వికెట్లు గిరాటేయడం, ఫీల్డింగ్ అంటే సో-కాల్డ్ గాల్లో క్యాచ్లందుకోవడం. ఇంతకీ ఇంత ఉపోద్ఘాతం ఇచ్చాక గుర్తొచ్చి చచ్చిందా? చాంపియన్సు ట్రోఫీలో!    

Indian captain Virat Kohli will have spun the coin at Newlands in Cape Town on the occasion of New Year’s test match of South Africa.   

The problem is NOT with the Indian contingent which assembled on Sunday morning at Dharamshala; they looked appalling on a beautiful wicket with plenty of grass. I mean to say this wasn’t something that’s unfamiliar to all those buffs glued to TV. Grass in India was quite a common a sight to all those pundits out there in the middle; I mean to infer, or refer, rather than feel inferior about anything outsmarting any ’ness’ that is suffixed with ‘India’. What do I mean to infer, then? NOT A THING in actuality. 

This is what ESPN Cricinfo has to say on the below-par performance shortly after the match concluded.

”Lesser-skilled teams’ best chances of competing are in conditions that skew the balance towards the bowlers – spin or seam. In 26 ODIs in 2017, most of which were played on flat surfaces, Sri Lanka managed to win just four. But in Dharamsala, Sri Lanka’s seamers, led by Suranga Lakmal, used swinging and seaming conditions to rip through a tentative India batting line-up for 112, setting up a seven-wicket rout that also snapped their 12-game losing streak in ODIs. When Lakmal finished with figures of 10-4-13-4 to leave India at 29 for 7, it didn’t look like the innings would last 38.2 overs. But MS Dhoni shepherded the tail with a calculated 65 to prevent India from the ignominy of falling to the lowest ODI total. Even though India started well in the defense, their total was decidedly under-par as Sri Lanka hunted down the target with 29.2 overs to spare.

In the fresh mountain air of Dharamsala, Sri Lanka’s opening bowlers, Lakmal and Angelo Mathews, repeatedly hit the perfect length: just fuller than good. On a surface with sufficient but not exaggerated lateral movement, that length becomes even harder to negate. Batsmen are indecisive with their footwork and therefore shot selection.

Shikhar Dhawan prefers to dominate bowlers from the outset, particularly with cross-batted strokes. He hung back to Mathews, who angled full deliveries away from his leaden-footed drives. Then, Mathews swerved one back into Dhawan to beat his inside edge, striking him in front of middle. Sri Lanka had umpire Simon Fry’s not-out decision overturned on review to complete the perfect one-two play. Of late, Dhoni often consumes too many balls while starting his innings, but India’s dire situation fit his template today. He charged down off his first ball, displaying an intent and a clear plan to negate the swing that no other batsman had.

One of Dhoni’s biggest – and well-documented – assets is his productivity with the tail. In Kuldeep Yadav’s company, he chose only the errant deliveries to score. He used his typical bottom-hand power to place the ball particularly into gaps through cover, midwicket and backward square leg. He eventually sliced a lofted drive off Thisara Perera to be last man out, not before making close to 60% of India’s runs from No. 6. With India’s opening bowlers also generating appreciable seam movement both ways, it seemed like Dhoni had carried India not too far away from a fighting score.”

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Animal Farm by George Orwell: Nothing gets better than a pig, you human, of course!

George Orwell’s Animal Farm(1945) deals with power struggle among animals. Animals confront among themselves with Soviet and German mindsets for starting their own farm. Animal Farm portends an important picture of socialism, one of the elusive forms of human idealism which dictates electioneering debates of even today’s scientifically advanced age. As a matter of fact, socialistic patterns of thoughts form core of almost all human political outfits and, the way George Orwell takes potshot at human political outfits, which necessitated fundamental equality the road to power and made it a mirage thereafter, is beyond measure. George Orwell opines he tried to fuse political and artistic purpose into one whole in this novel.

                Symbolism/Interpretation and Character analysis of Animal Farm

Name and Nature

Description

Essence

Farm buildings

Residence of Stalin, Kremlin

For sightseeing tours, earlier.

Windmill

Represents Russian industry

Built by the working class

Minimus

Poetic Pig

Writes National Anthems

Foxwood

Represents England

Imperialist, later US’ friend

Pinch field

Represents Germany

Scientifically developed nation

Destruction of the Windmill

Failure of Five-Year Plan

Failure to stick to plans

Napoleon

Soviet Union Leader STALIN

Socialist turned tyrant

Old Major

Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin

Snowball

Leon Trotsky

Boxer

Alexey Stakhanov

Hard worker without brain

Squealer

Pravda /Goebbels Newspaper

Media for hiding truth

Frederick(human)

Represents Adolf Hitler

Secret Deals, arrangements

Pilkington(human)

Capitalist governments of UK

Capitalism destroys economies

Whymper(human)

Capitalist

Business with Soviet

Jones(human)

Former Owner of Farmhouse

Lived in luxury, dictator

 

 

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