Anger Hibernation

Why isn’t there a medicine that can induce hibernation (or some ways of slowing down a person, by voice/movement) when the person gets angry? 90% of the human induced ‘disasters’ would not happen then. The “count 1-10 before you act” is a good self heal solution, but someone or something needs to induce that act.

Mother Sitting

My sister is having a baby, and I am in Kerala. And I am to stay home as my BIL will have to take leave from work later. Now, the rule is that I am not allowed to go farther than 15 minutes away from home. So I am kind of finishing all the small stuff that I never had time for earlier. Such as reading old novels, scripts, catching up on Mallu movies of the last 2-3 years, migrating the tsunami response project to wordpress and eating!! I will write about some, soon. (The wait is still on. The baby is expected today. Fingers crossed. God bless.)

Latest News

15000 atheists in London rioted after a blank sheet of paper was found on a cartoonist’s desk.

Cricketer of the year

Harsha lists the top performers in cricket for 2005, the summary is as below:

ANDREW FLINTOFF
709 runs, 68 wickets, an unmatched sporting spirit

SHANE WARNE
40 wickets in the Ashes series, when his life was falling apart around him

RICKY PONTING
1443 runs, 6 centuries. Currently the world’s best batsman

BRIAN LARA
1110 runs at 65.29, five centuries. 36 years young

MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN
Destroys and rebuilds. On the field: 52 wickets in 8 matches. Off it: 220 houses built for tsunami-affected

TATENDA TAIBU
607 runs in losing causes but his best shot has always been in speaking his mind

And the/your winner is?

Who said it?

Sehwag’s mind is uncluttered while he bats. I have heard this from Nassir Hussain, Ravi Shastri, Wasim Akram and now, Harsha Bhogle. I think I first heard it from Akram. Who thought of it first? Any idea?

Closing Remarks

The most common closing lines that I have seen/heard/read in media are “Only time will tell” and “The rest is history”. I read both of these statements in today’s TOI. I remember reading them 10 years ago as well. Do these writers always have to go back to the same damn thing? Over and over again? Cant there be a better phrase to use in such situations?

Guys, please note

Overheard in a Men’s show on TV – the top 3 things that women look for in a man in the first meeting are (in no particular order, I hope): shoes, watch and fingernails.

Cup-holders, anyone?

Do you know what women look for as the top (buying) feature in a vehicle? According to a survey done by GM in the US, it is the number of cup-holders. The more the cup-holders, the more they want to buy the car. And the reason stated was safety, when traveling with kids. Airbags and crumble zones didnt even appear in the top 10 features!?

A friend wants to sell his almost new mobile phone that he bought for his wife because she wants to buy a clam-shell model. First of all, I can’t understand how he can buy something for her without asking her what she wants. Anyways, that got me thinking of why women prefer clam-shell models.

IMO, the clam-shell mobile, provides (a feel of) more privacy. It’s like, “Why expose my screen to anyone?” It could also be that women see the entire activity of opening it, answering it, and closing it, is a form of ‘real’ closure to a conversation.

But it may not be entirely related to the x-factor. For anything that they do, human beings look for the “feel” of safety, if not safety. One big reason why Ford Explorer with 80 accidental deaths per million vehicles outsells Camry which has only 40 deaths/million. You will see more men in an Explorer, so we cant deduce a theory here.

But the cup-holder thing is true. It is a fact that more Camrys are bought by women than men, and it has 8 cup-holders! Touche.

680/0 declared

Indian bowlers looked helpless when Pakistan scored 650+ runs at 4.5 run per over. Especially when Afridi and Akmal were toying with the bowling during their partnership of 170 runs off 21 overs! And they said it demoralized the Indian players. Well, did it?

I didnt see any trace of it as India piled up 400+ runs at 5.5 runs per over without losing a *single* wicket! Sehwag is closing in on his record score and I hope my prediction when the Indian innings started (of him scoring 270) is proved wrong and he goes on to bat the whole of the last day. That is sufficient for him to break all the existing batting records. And the intermittent rains are giving him sufficient rest. It is all working in our favor. So Veeru, go for it.

IMO, this make shift opening partnership has already defined the series. Oh, just so we won’t forget, the highest ever opening score is just 10 runs away. I am seeing 680/0 declared on the wall.

PS: Guess who is taking the most bathroom breaks in Lahore? Ganguly. He is probably crying his heart out for refusing to open the innings.