TNPL over IPL: Namma Ooru, Namma Gethu!

Fancy me, the avowed cricket-illiterate, talking cricket! Well, age gives you a certain confidence, bordering on bravado: like, if every ignoramus in India can give expert commentaries, why not me? So here’s my take on the new TNPL. I am impressed! First off, everybody on the field looks happy. This is a marked improvement over…

Why Cricket is Funny

Statutory warning: This piece may cause indigestion to some IPL fans In school, I was regarded as a tenacious cricket player. I was 9-down batsman for the B-Team of the class: this was mainly because there was no C-Team, and despite the B-Team Captain’s careful search, there was no position below 9-down. My classmates admired…

I shook hands with an Olympic Star!

Recently I attended the wedding of a friend’s daughter. Like any Indian wedding, it was crowded, noisy and unpredictable. Then suddenly, amidst the human sea, I recognized him: Vasudevan Baskaran, the last Indian Hockey Captain to bring home an Olympic Gold Medal (Moscow, 1980). At a time when hockey was still a great spectator sport,…

What’s in a name?

It seems to me that footballers have curious names. The more famous they are, the “curiouser” it gets. Why should Edson Arantes do Nascimento be called “Pele”? Yes, the name is too long to fit into the standard football jersey— but that’s not the whole story. Pele’s birth certificate reads “Edison” because his parents named…