Thoughts of a relentless mind

Awesome flash file

Just check out this link:

http://home.iitk.ac.in/~hussain/fav/Animation.swf

Hats off to the person who created this….Never seen anything so interesting before…..

13/10/2007 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Technology that empowers me

It’s high-time people started using the technology to their full potential. Let me start with the mobile. If you think mobiles are just to make and receive calls, and occasionally send a few SMS, you are absolutely wrong.

I got a Nokia N73 recently. It’s a damn good phone with so many features, that makes it look like a tiny PC. The music player is real good and is a good substitute for Ipod. The loudness i.e., the speaker quality of this phone is awesome. Another interesting think about this phone is that the current day’s calendar entries are shown in the welcome screen. This keeps me reminding about my current day’s plans, whenever I use the phone.

I find the 3.2 MP camera extremely useful. Although the Carl-Zeiss optics don’t do much justice to the camera, they are a valuable addition. Picture quality is really good, and pictures are amazingly very bright even though taken during night time. The integrated Yahoo search saves time when browsing. The PDF viewer and Quick Office are a real handy addition. I now carry all my personal documents with me, and I can access them on-the-fly, without any need to go to a nearby PC. The blogging software is nothing much to talk about. People usually use blogger to blog and not many people blog on Nokia’s blog.

Overall, this is a good phone with a lot of features, and really worth the cost.

13/10/2007 Posted by | General | , , , | Leave a comment

Please retire

I really wish that the seniors in the Indian team retire. Yes I’m talking about the big three. Sachin, Saurav and Dravid don’t have much in them to offer anything now. One would argue that Sachin is in great touch now and looks to be in sublime form. Agreed. But what about the future of the Indian cricket?

When will the other members get a chance? When will Rohit Sharma be able to show what he’s capable of? When can Gambhir really prove to the world that he’s another Saurav in the making? When will people start to accept that Uthappa is probably a much more dangerous player than what Sehwag was? All this is possible only when they are given a chance.

All these players proved their might in the Twenty-20 cup. It’s true that Twenty-20 is altogether a different ball game, and batting in fifty overs is completely different. But the fact is that the big three can’t carry on like this, without contributing much. Sachin looks to be in great form today, and I believe that the Indian team should use his services for now. But it’s high time that India look upto Gambhir as a substitute for Ganguly, and Rohit Sharma or Robin Uthappa as a substitute for Dravid.

There’s a vacancy in the Indian team for a good spinner. I hope that Piyush Chawla takes up this place. Harbhajan looks as though he’s in another world just now, and Ramesh Powar seems to be getting fatter by the day. Chawla should be given more opportunities. This lad can be a really good all-rounder, if used properly.

11/10/2007 Posted by | Cricket | Leave a comment

Juniors sparkle

I was really surprised to see the Indian cricket team drop Robin Uthappa for the first ODI against Australia. Uthappa has been such an excellent performer in the Indian team. There was really no point in dropping for the first ODI.

He had fared well in England. I remember an instance when he was asked to bat down the order at No.6 or 7, and still he managed to bat well at that position and India won that match. Right after that match, India went into the Twenty-20, and he performed there too.

I can’t forget the way he hooked the deliveries bowled towards the off-side for a six during the Twenty-20 cup, or the Brett Lee bouncer that he hit for a six over the bowler’s head during the second ODI in Kochi.

It looks like Ganguly will be there in the ODI tomorrow. I really hope that the Indians don’t do the same mistake again by dropping Uthappa, and favoring Ganguly. Indians looked to be in a winning position when Uthappa was there batting against Australia. They soon lost momentum once he got out. This shows how destructive this player can be. I would certainly play Uthappa instead of Ganguly if I were the captain.

04/10/2007 Posted by | Cricket | , , | Leave a comment

World champs lose to world champs

It’s true what a great cricketer once said – “Indians always manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”

How true did this turn out to be in the second ODI between India and Australia. India again had the Aussies in trouble just like the first ODI, after the initial batsmen fell early. But Hayden played really well and got the Aussies out of trouble. I really believe that Aussies are the world champions in the 50-50 format. There is no team that can match up to the might of Aussies, barring South Africa to a few extent. Even SA have to play out of their skins to beat Aussies.

I feel that the remainder of the one-day series will go on the same way as the second ODI. Aussies are the real 50-50 format champs and Indians the Twenty-20 format champs.

03/10/2007 Posted by | Cricket | | Leave a comment