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Sachin’s 200 — worked better than coffee!

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It was 7am in the morning and my roommate woke up to a phone call in a sudden burst of excitement. Guessing it was perhaps another day of unexpected snowfall in Atlanta (or maybe he just won a million dollar lottery), I did not bother.

A while later I was called on phone and told that Sachin is on 190! I zoomed out of my bed, into the next room in no time and joined three others guys sitting perched and gazing at the small laptop monitor. Live stream of the match was trickling in.

A few balls later Sachin crossed Anwar’s 194. (Well, the record was actually Charles Coventry’s considering he got 194 not out. However, Anwar was the one we cared for. I still can’t forget that drubbing in 1997). I was meanwhile trying to pass on the wake up call to my other friends. (7am is like midnight to a significant number of grad students)

Dhoni’s pyrotechnics were becoming a bit annoying, but Sachin eventually got his chance in the 50th over.

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Despite being an ardent Rahul Dravid fan, I am more than happy in stating that Sachin — by both his talent and accomplishments — has come closest to perfection; more than any batsman ever could.

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BTW, what’s with Ravi Shastri and historic cricketing moments? His loss of words at Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes had sounded more like a sudden bout of constipation. And Danny Morrison’s “arrrraam se Sach“. Sheesh.

I wish Tony Greig (a la Sharjah 1998) was in the box this time. Geoffrey Boycott might have been interesting as well :)

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February 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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Return to India– Special Report.

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Return to India: One Family’s Journey to America and Back is an interesting read. Writer Shoba Narayan now based in Bangalore, briefly chronicles her journey from an eager student in a new land to a newly “crowned” US citizen who now wants to return to India.

Even though I have been in the US for hardly two years as a student (and unsure of how long I would end up working here), I can feel subtle thoughts of confusion already. With India’s current growth as a big emerging market, factors that affect choices might have been different for earlier brain drain participants. However, stark cultural and behavioral contrasts still remain.

View this document on Scribd

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February 21, 2010 at 11:25 am

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Potpourri governance.

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The preamble describes India as a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic.

In spite of its by now deeply-rooted democratic institutions, you can implicitly or explicitly see all forms of governments functioning in India — from democracy to dictatorship to utter chaos.

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February 19, 2010 at 12:47 am

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Wild Rose.

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I finally got hold of some of my old files. Here, I share a little something I had written in 2007:

Once, there was a garden near my house
Whose flowers made bliss in me arouse

Everyday I used to think of it
Waiting for a chance to walk around and sit

Among those petals, pink yellow violet white
That would fill me with mirth and delight

And there came a day when I could no longer hold
The desire to see what the gardener did mould

So plodding and scrambling, the place I reached
Only to be left disappointed and bereaved

All the flowers were gone
For some strange reason, I felt all this was a con

Unable to fathom what transpired, I walked along
Reached a hill where no-one would throng

And amongst the lonely bushes I saw a wild rose
Which looked to have gone through its own highs and lows

The beautiful red petals made me realise
Things I once saw in your eyes

Now I know I was wrong
Running to places for so long

Forgetting my wild rose was near me all this while
Waiting for me to overcome temptation and guile

Wonder how, what I did, didn’t make you blue
And I thought God had stopped making people like you

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February 17, 2010 at 12:15 am

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Buffet binging.

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So if you are a grad student from India, you would very well know that get-together/treat buffet lunches are very very special days. With immediate exposure to mounds of Indian food, it is easy to follow your impulse and try to gorge as much as you can. At my first such lunch buffet, I stuffed myself so much (by my standards) that I had to practically do sit-ups to settle my tummy. While eating to your heart’s content is an integral part of buffets, I have been learning a few strategies over the last several months; Some of it by keenly observing friends who have had many of these special days before. I also looked up online for some useful tips and found some on wikiHow. The general idea is to gorge sensibly :)

And while I am at it– I certainly haven’t traveled around much, but my favorite buffet place so far has been Bombay Garden, Santa Clara.

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February 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm

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Welcome.

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.. to aao-twist-karein. Like the about page says–

This blog is an attempt at preserving some of my random observations and thoughts. The fact that you are reading my words is purely accidental.

Enjoy this meanwhile:

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January 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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