Monday, March 31, 2008

One evening with a living legend!

Anandettan came and told me that two tickets are available for the first test match between India and South Africa at Chennai. He said he is going on Friday 28th of March. That day Sehwag made history. Now the only thing that motivated me to go for the match was Sachin Tendulkar! I wanted to see him. So next day I decided to go. Around 2:30 I reached stadium. I ate one piece of Watermelon and two pears. I checked with a person about the score, he said India was all out! Ha great news now I can see all the players, especially Sachin. I entered the stadium with prayers in my lips to have a Darshan of God of 22 yards. I went inside and sat.

Sreeshanth started to bowl; Sachin was standing in first slip position. I could see him, but not that clear. Several overs passed but I was not happy. I wanted to see Sachin even closer. Match was not great, Indian took only 1 wicket and South Africa was not at all in a hurry. Then came the last over of the match! I came to know about this after the match. Again Sreesanth to bowl, all of
a sudden it happened. Sachin came running to long on and stood there.

Our section of gallery was in a state of absolute chaos. I saw two young guys writing something in a drawing sheet and running towards the fence and shouting Sachin, Sachin... Sachin Tendulkar was standing some 15 ft away from me. It was dream come true. People were screaming, shouting and making all types of noises to get Sachin’s attention. At last Sachin turned around and waved his hand.

Now people went crazy. Match was over and as he slowly walked towards Pavilion, I stood and had a last glimpse of Master blaster.

Friday, March 28, 2008

How to become founder member of a 180-year-old Newspaper?

Its great to be a founder member of World’s largest English news daily(as per ABC), even though its for a new edition. The other day I received a founder member certificate from Times of India. TOI is starting its Chennai edition on April 14 and I had subscribed to TOI for six months.

I know for sure that I am not one among the founders of TOI, but when I got this certificate, they bought me for sure. Before receiving the paper itself I feel a sense of ownership. Now am eagerly waiting for my copy.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

When it rains!!!!!
Last visit to my native place, Cherthala, difficulty in finding the place? Ok its in Alapuzha Dist, now issues with pronunciation? Here is an easy one, a place in Kerala (hope you could make it at last) was a wet wet one. It was rain and more rain.

And when it rains in Kerala, it pours!!!

Have a look!