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December 11, 2007 / lazybug

So, What’s Up?

[Bahaanebaazi] Last few days have been amazingly busy. No time to even scratch the unreachable-in-public parts of my body. And as if that wasn’t enough my BSNL connection decided to take a break yesterday. So much troubles us bloggers have to go through to keep up.[/Bahaanebaazi]

Back on. A lot has happened since I last blogged.

Ganguly silenced his critics, for a few days at least, with a blistering double century at Bangalore. Yuvi stunned the Pakis, once again, with a super century. Irfan Pathan too got into the action. Unfortunately, that seems to be the only fun we’ll have as the test seems to be headed for a tame draw. All in all, this has turned out to be one of the most boring Indo-Pak test series ever. Not only were the Bowlers on both the sides courting injuries, it seems as if both the sides have actually decided to become chums. There has hardly been a heated conversation or a high-pitched battle between the bat and the ball which were so reminiscent of earlier Indo-Pak games. On one occasion when Afridi and Gambhir did get into a duel, Afridi actually admitted publicly that it was his fault!

And what ever little fun we office-going cricket nutties would have had through the highlights was denied to us thanks to Doordarshan an Nimbus. I do not get Nimbus and DD does not show the highlights. In their fight for the money in the game, they’ve easily forgotten the common fan (as if that wasn’t the obvious reason.) And when we do watch the match on a weekend, we have to handle DD’s commentators blurting out such missiles as, “Australia beated Sri Lanka recently…”.

Coming back to Numbus. It is undoubtedly the most viewer-unfriendly sports channel in the country. Forget about my set top box (hathway) even the normal cable doesn’t get Nimbus Sports. They provide a good case study in how not to run a sports channel (by staying away from as many sports fans as possible, that is).

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Gujarat has gone to polls and TV news channels are full of debates on who will win the polls raising intellectually stimulating questions like, has your business made profits in the last five years? What fun. Taking cue from this, if I were to anchor a debate on the elections I’d ask the gujjus:

  • Have you enjoyed all the navaratris in the last five years?
  • Do you think the Tandoori Chicken is increasingly tasting like a Dhokla or vice-versa?
  • Do you see any congress-masterminded conspiracy behind Parthiv Patel not getting a place in the Indian cricket team? Afterall, the BCCI head is a partner of the central government.

Your suggestions are welcome.

Be assured, the debates will be great entertainment and mental stimulation.

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  1. Chittaranjan / Dec 12 2007 6:25 am

    Apneko Neo Spots aata 😎

  2. Chittaranjan / Dec 12 2007 6:25 am

    Err…Neo Sports!

  3. lazybug / Dec 12 2007 7:08 am

    What’s the use? You do not watch it anyway.

  4. Ottayan / Dec 12 2007 11:35 am

    I beg to differ. The bangalore Test match to me atleast has been eventful. I had after watching the first session predicted that the match would end in 4 days, obviously I had to eat crow.

    The final day as I am watching a hat trick has just eluded Kumble and Yuvi has taken 2 wickets in as many overs.

    Sufficient excitement, but as you point out no result.

  5. lazybug / Dec 12 2007 11:41 am

    Ottayan,

    Yes the Bangalore test was the most exciting of them all. I thought we’d win–which would have made me eat crow–until the bad light decided to play spoil sport. Overall, I’d still say that the series was the most boring ever.

  6. Liju Philip / Dec 12 2007 2:24 pm

    Kirkit dekhne ko bhi itna locha hai kya re bhai. In the good old days, the one and only monster DD was the best. At least we could see some grainy feed.

    An aside, Every mention of Navratri reminds me of this Sajid Khan joke that he once mentioned in the program “Ikke pe Ikka”

    “During Navratri, backless cholis become choli less back.”

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