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Time to have Cricket in Olympics

Posted by Balachandran on June 4, 2008

Hello folks, now that the IPL fever is over and its time again to look at out test and ODI capabilities, a thought crossed my mind, as it would have crossed many others’. Cricket has never been in olympics because of the time consumed by the matches (even ODIs) were prohibitive. But over the past couple of years, formats like Twenty20 and Honk hong Sixes have become popular and they consume less than half of what an ODI consumes.  So, I think it is the right time that ICC takes up the initiative to have talks with IOC and try to include cricket in the world most popular sports championships- the Olympics.

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A few more books

Posted by Balachandran on June 2, 2008

I was on a weekend trip to my cousins’ place and got the chance to browse thru’ a few nice books. The two books that attracted my attention were M.S. Vazhvae Sangeetham, by Veeyesvee and Discover your Destiny with the Monk who sold his Ferrari,  by Robin Sharma, a leadership and management guru.

The first one, M.S ,Vazhvae sangeetham(translates to M.S:a life of music) by Veeyesvee was one of the best biographies on the legendary (I would say divine) carnatic musician of all times M.S. Subbulakshmi. Part of the famed music trinity (the other two are D.K. Pattammal and M.L. Vasanthakumari) of the 60’s and 70’s, M.S became the first musician to receive the Bharath Rathna, in 1999( I am not sure about this, may be 1998). She was also the first women to make a concert in the U.N. Likewise, she had performed uncountable “firsts” throughout her career which spanned over 60 years. The book goes on to tell how the great voice of M.S made everyone spellbound. I really loved the statement ” Even a hardcore athiest will turn into a believer on listening to M.S sing kurai ondrum illai, famous song composed by Rajaji. Indeed that is one of the numerous songs that still echoes in thousands of houses across the globe. Her Suprabhatham and Vishnu sahasramnamam are part of the music collection in almost every household. She is certainly my favourite musician.

The other book , Discover you Destiny is a management and leadership related book by Robin Sharma. In the present world, where people place money above everything else, this is a must have book. It very clearly shows the reality where we people go about doing our job mechanically for the sake of money, without taking time off to extract joy from small day to day activities.

I think I will definitely get the entire series by Robin Sharma, for the book really impressed me. But the former book was raely great and closer to my heart.

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Rajasthan Royals win inaugural IPL

Posted by Balachandran on June 2, 2008

Hello folks, back with some cricket news. The Rajasthan Royals have won the inaugural DLF-IPL Twenty20 tournament. The games with over 50 matches were played over 40 days from 18th April, 2008 to 1st June 2008. With, both the semifinals being low scoring uninteresting games, there was a lot of expectation from the final at the Patel stadium, Mumbai. And the Chennai Super kings and Rajasthan Royals gave that. The game went to the wire with RR winning the game in the last ball. Yusuf Pathan was the hero of the game, turning the tide towards RR’s side. Tanvir hit the winning shot.

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