Monday, December 28, 2009

Viru Vs Tendulkar

If century is to be the touchstone of greatness of a cricketer as a batsman, double and triple is the bigger touchstone.Going by this logic. Sehwag neither can be nor should be compared with Tendulkar.
In fact, Sehwag stands out as an utility player.Nodoubt Tendulkar is the doyen of personal achievement, but Sehwag is the designer of victory. Personal achievement can not be placed at the higher pedestal when it comes to the common goal. The worshipper of Tendulkar may feel it difficult and irksome to digest but truth remains truth which is that Sehwag is unique batsman and even better than Tendulkar.
Even if we compare thew attitudes of the two cricketers, Sehwag seems to be psychologically more tough and less selfcentered. Whereas Tendulkar becomes overconscious while in nineties, Sehwag doesn't seem to be flustered by this. He doesn't hesitate to hit six to complete his century- double or triple. Thats why he has two triple centuries to his credit and has the capability and capacity to hit more doubles and triples, and may be even four hundred. Though Tendulkar is more talented to do so. but he lacks the attitude necessary to perform the task.
These views may seem offensive to those who looks at cricket as a display of bookish tips and tricks, but to a clinical observer of the game, it is as good a truth as day and night. Sehwag's two figure score can be worth Tendulkar's century. Certainly, Sehwag can take the game away from the opponent not only in terms of runs, but also in terms of psychological edge, And cricket is, to a greater extent,  a game of nerves which Sehwag perhaps understands better than Tendulkar.
Tendulkar desist from playing the shots that has earlier cost him his wicket. But Viru loves to play these shots with more and more perfection and productivity. Therein lies his ownness for which he is waited for by spectators and cricket fans.
Kudos to Viru !

Friday, December 11, 2009

Innocence of a child

The innocence of a child has been compared with that of an angel, And rightly so. In fact, he is free from any inhibitions, whatever a child does is free from guile. More grownup he becomes, more familiar he becomes with the ways of the world, more he loses his innocence.
William Blake rightly takes up the issue in his Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. True in our life it is. A child wants to play and love anyone comes in his way. He knows no distinction in terms of religion, caste, creed and colour. But being grown ups, we teach him all the wicked ways of life, and thus he loses his heavenly innocence.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Stupidity of Cricketmaniac

This is with us Indians that we overdo the things and associate everything to our personal emotions. Sometimes, I feel irritated by the attitude of the cricket loving people towards cricket and cricketers. They see cricketers as gods and demons in the one go. Whenever they play well, they are raised to the sky as if they were infallible. Whenever they lapse, they leave no stone unturned to make life miserable for them. We start giving master tips as if those players had undergone apprenticeship of cricketingfrom us. We are so much Tendulkarised that we forget that he is only a player, and definitely a player with exceptional prowess, but certainly not infallible. In fact, like other games cricket is also a game and must be viewed only as a game. In this respect, our media are also not behind. I was shocked, when the other day I saw two cricket crazy fellows coming to blows because one was for Sehwag while the other was hellbent on making the former worship Tendulkar as his god. R--UBBISH.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Language Learning

Of late, I happened to interact with the teachers of the state.purpose being to teach how to teach the language. It was really a tremendous experience. In fact, learning English language is in itself an enjoyable pursuit. I somehow realised that we, as teachers, have to learn a lot in this sphere. Giving cold shoulder to this language is going to mar the very future of the students.This language has an edge over other languages because of its magnanimous nature.
It is not out of place to aver that we have good teachers of Eglish, but perhaps not good teachers of good English. Good English means the English that looks like English. good pronunciation is the hall mark of this language as people notice the accent and tone of any speech at once even if they don't listen to properly. Some of my friends may ignorantly call it snobbery or may even go to the extent of calling it a symbol of haughtiness. But I can illustrate it in this way- a native English may speak Hindi in an anglicised accent, but he becomes a but of fun for us because his pronunciation is not upto the mark. Similarly. we are laughed at, when we speak Hinglish, by those who are good at speaking English or have knowledge of spoken English.  

Au Revoir!