Friday, February 28, 2014
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Its been a long time that I have blogged. A whole lot of things happened since my last post. I wrote my last post when I just joined Changepond. Now I have left Changepond and joined a different company. Although I am comfortable and happy in my current company I still miss the life and people at Changepond. Those pleasant days will never come back. First of all I miss my first ever Project manager Bala. He has not been just a manager to me. He was the one who taught me the office lifestyle. I was stunned to see his cool and clever approach to really terrific problems. He guided me and stood for me during my downs there. Thanks a lot Bala. Next, Saran sir. When I was given the child's play work, he was the one who identified the potential inside me. I honour your straightforward character. I felt proud and grateful to work under a leader like you. And of course here comes the friends story. Those moments with Vetri, Karthik kumar, Karthi and everyone else were awesome. Lunch in Andhra mess and Kerala mess, triples in my splendor bike, evening visits to Syntel and TCS gates for tea and a cigar, night stay at office, sleeping over the table fighting mosquitoes, meeting after lunch and a lot more moments. Evergreen days...
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
In fact, he enjoyed playing Tennis more than cricket as a child.
His favourite non-cricketing sports heroes are John McEnroe and Diego Maradona.
He is a very good cook, and once cooked a brinjal curry for his teammates.
He runs a restaurant called 'Tendulkar's' in Colaba, Mumbai.
He has spent almost all his life in Mumbai suburb, Bandra.
He likes to call himself 'strictly non-vegetarian'.
He was named by his father after Sachin Dev Burman.
His favourite movie is 'Coming to America'.
His favourite restaurant is Bukhara, Maurya Sheraton.
His favourite holiday resort is Yorkshire, Headingley.
His favourite cricket ground is Sydney Cricket Ground.
His favourite hotel is 'The Park Royal Darling Harbour' in Sydney.
His favourite actress remains Madhuri Dixit.
His favourite actor remains Amitabh Bachchan.
His favourite singer is the legendary Kishore Kumar.
His favourite hobby is to collect CD's.
His favourite dish is 'crabs stuffed with spices'.
However, he equally enjoys 'a steak'.
If and when dismissed cheaply, Tendulkar likes to take out his anger somewhere and prefers to be left alone, until he cools down.
His childhood heroes were Sir Vivian Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and Sandeep Patil.
He originally wanted to be a fast bowler.
Prior to that, Tendulkar wanted to be a professional Tennis player.
His favourite band is Dire Straits.
He has kept safely, as a souvenir, the 13 one-rupee coins he received from his coach.
He considers 'Ganesh Chaturthi' as the most important day of the year.
He considers his move to Shardasharam Vidya Mandir in Dadar as 'the turning point'.
He strongly believes in the concept of rebirth, and in the existence of Heaven and Hell.
He made a special appearance in the Bollywood film "Stumped" in 2003.
His wife Anjali has never watched Tendulkar bat LIVE – only recordings.
Most memorable day – India’s victory against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup.
Sunil Gavaskar had gifted Tendulkar a pair of pads when he was a schoolboy – the same pair of pads he wore on his Test debut four years later against Pakistan, in 1989.
Superstitious Tendulkar always puts on his left paid before his right.
Tendulkar was gifted a new Ferrari 360 Modena by Michael Schumacher in 2002.
He is ambidextrous – bats with his right hand but signs autographs and eats or plays table tennis with his left.
He was once mistaken for a girl by good friend and fellow cricketer Atul Ranade due to his long and curly hair as a teenager!
Once, he fell from a tree on a Sunday evening during a summer vacation. He had climbed up to catch a better view of a television set because the movie Guide was showing on national TV. His infuriated brother Ajit packed him off to a cricket coaching class as punishment!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
- I can’t be Tendulkar but mind you Tendulkar can’t be me either.
- It is important to recognise an opportunity.
- Success is about how much you are willing to do when you don’t have a reward in mind.
- It is important to surround yourself with people who are better than you.
- Within the system we need to have priorities clear.
- Failure is always a step to success — the previous, in fact.
- If you really want something, you will get it and there is no scientific explanation for this.
- Years back, I told Rahul (Dravid) to get married. Every woman I met wanted to get married to him.
- Once when a zimbabwean bowler was bowling against sachin he commented – “He runs in like a truck but ends up like a bicycle”.
- This is from the Natwest Trophy final. When Yuvraj got out at a very crucial stage, Harsha’s one liner was “Yuvraj singh will realize that this will be his longest walk back to the pavillion”.
- In Year 2000, ICC Knock out Championship at Kenya in India Vs Australia match, Sachin was smashing all Aussie bowlers and then played a superb off driver off Lee. Then Harsha said -
“This innings by Tendulkar has been a beautiful garden, the last shot being the most beautiful flower in it”.
- If you take out the character out of Nel he is quiet a good bowler!!!!
(About Andrew Nel of South Africa)
- When Sachin was dropped by Smith, Harsha said, ” Sachin must be saying to Smith, – You just dropped the series”
- He once said, “The greatness of a batsman is not measured by the number of big innings he has played, its measured by the standard deviation of his scores from his average. That is the hallmark of a consistent batsman and thats makes Sachin Tendulkar the greatest batsman on Earth”
- Natwest Final: Sehwag blasts one frm Darren Gough through covers.
Harsha comments:”That was bowled at 140 kms an hour and that has gone 200 kms an hour.”
- Never follow the dollars, commit urself to your work and the dollars will automatically follow you.
- In an India V England match, 2nd Indian innings, for an appeal against Wasim Jaffer, Ian Howell the Umpire took huge lot of time and here is Harsha with another marvelous comment – “Here’s Ian, finished reading his novel, read the reviews and now he thinks its out!”
- When dravid dropped a catch of Micheal Vaughan of Kumble’s bowling Harsha says,
“It was a catchable catch”
- Once while comparing Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, Harsha said, “Well, Sunil Gavaskar is a product of an old socialist economy whereas Sachin is a product of a new economy. Sunil Gavaskar played as if he has bank deposits whereas Sachin plays as if he is in playing in the equity markets”.
- Talent can open the first door, the second door, the third door but only attitude can open the last door for you !!!!!!!
- The harder I try the luckier I get.
- In a test match, When Matt Prior was constantly chirping from behind he said, ” This guy must have swallowed a dictionary”
- When India got off the mark with byes Harsha Says, ” The most prolific run maker of the first innings( byes) is now off the mark”
- Ind v/s England – Super 8’s – T20. India were 38/0 and Harsha with Keppler Vessels in the commentary box comments, “There are three batsmen playing at the moment for India, Gautam on 15, Sehwag on 12 and the Extras on 11″
- In a Management College Quiz at IIFT Delhi, Harsha was playing quizmaster and the it was a round where contesting teams had to recognise jigsawed slides of players according to frames being adjusted on screen. There was a pic of a football player and it was the first slide which showed just a profile view of the left cheek with a slight blink of eyes brows. A contestant from MDI jumped upon it and shouted “It’s Malouda, the French player” The answer was bull’s eye and a surprise for all in the hall. Harsha exclaimed and said that even Malouda’s Mom would have needed another frame to hit that. People went berserk with laughter.
- When somebody hit six which went 100m long, Harsha said,” This one took half a second to reach boundary. Even Asafa Powell would have taken 11seconds”
- When Yuvraj and Uthappa went crazy and were hitting every ball out of park, Harsha summed up Twenty20 format in very appropriate words by saying,”This format of game is like playing book cricket,every page you open,you get 4s and 6s”
- What an introduction to India Vs Australia semifinal: “This is a battle between unstoppable force against immovable object”
- In T20 World Cup match when all the batsmen had single figures and the extras were around 15, Harsha said, “All the big parties have failed to Win and the Independents are winning!!!!!”
- When Michael Clarke was caught at slip off Kumble , he was still wating for the decision , over this Harsha said, ” I think he is waiting for tomorrow’s newspaper to declare him out”
- Symonds drags Kumble from outside off stump for a four between long on and midwicket, Harsha says, “The last time I saw someone playing that kind of shot Ravi, was on a Table Tennis Table”
- Perth Test: After Shaun Tait did not live up to the hype that Cricket Australia created around him, Ponting took him off the attack. Harsha, in his own inimitable style:
‘Shaun Tait should go up to ponting and say – Hello Mr Ponting, my name is Shaun Tait and i am supposed to take 45 wickets in this test match”
- Kumable and Harbhajan were just thrashing the Australian bowling attack in their 107 run partnership. In the middle of that partnership,Harsha describes the impact of the partnership for the Aussies – “This is not hurting anymore, this has become an wound now !!!”
- When Vaas got Yuvraj out he said ” I tell you what, if Jayawardene was the head of state, then Vaas would have got the highest civilian honour”
- Rohit was 2 yrs old when Sachin went into bat against Pak in 1989, now he is batting with him. wow!! what a moment for Rohit !
- When Gambhir was runout, “India was trying hard to get a runout. Missed out a couple of times and atlast succeeded”
- when MS DHONI lost the TOSS (yet again), our great man says, “MS DHONI has yet again called for heads to the coin which has two tails”
- I believe chapatis have a heart of their own. How so ever you may try, they take the shape they want to attain.
When Neeraj Sharma (writer of the book: Joker in the pack) said: its difficult to tell someone that one of my friends is placed in Singapore and i am going to Gorakhpur,
the beautiful harsha oneliner came: HEY! COME ON GUYS! THE GUY WHO LEADS IN FIRST HUNDRED METERES IN A 10000 MTS. RACE, DOESNT NECESSARILY WINS THE RACE”
- Robin Uthappa will write in his CV – Played for India as batsman at No 8 when Irfan pathan was prompted at 3 in Melbourne ODI.
- One during India Vs South Africa series in 2001/02… “That was the flattest Parabola you wil ever see” when Sourav hit a Six off Ntini over Midwicket
- During Perth Test, Symond’s appeal against Tendulkar was turned down – Harsha says ‘ Symond looks like a child whose chocolate has been taken way’
- If two plus two is equal to four , then this is wide
- In the air ..in the air….taken…..this is a problem with the love stories. He said this when Yuvraj Singh got out in 2002 Natwest final.
- How many of you remember this from Harsha ” I just wonder can zaheer write a letter to B.C.C.I, can I get fielders who can take catches ” after 2 catches were dropped in one Zaheer Khan’s over (england 2007)
- I learnt during my school days “always recognize the fear in opposition’s camp “.
- This is again one of the very best. It was during the last test of the recent Ind vs Aus tour where Kumble and Ishant were having a great partnership and were frustrating Australians. Ricky Ponting set a very spread field for kumble allowing him to take a single. only a few were in the circle. Harsha said-”Kumble would take a photograph of this and show to his grand children and say that this was the field that Brett Lee had for me when I was 37 !!!!”
- This was during the Sydney test early this yearr when Sachin was batting on 99 nd all the fielders were saving singles. Harsha says “It is that time again when the journalists all around the world wud be ready with 2 sets of headlines. One saying Sachin falls in the 90’s once again and the other saying Sachin finally breaks the jinx and reaches 3 figures”
- This was when Yuvraj Singh was batting and something happened to his abdomen guard. So he put his pant slightly down and started adjusting the guard to which harsha said “Any changes in that part of the anatomy must be done in the dressing room”
- This one comes from a talk show where Harsha was commenting if IPL will be a hit or miss. He answered “Cricket is the biggest reality show in India.”
- “If Indian Hockey is A and Excellence is B, then A intersection B is a null set”
during his speech at IIM,Ahmedabad
- Its from India-England one day series the 6th odi when India chased down 316. Tendulkar hits one over the mid on and the wicketkeeper says ‘catch it’. Harsha replies – ‘ the question is who?’
- when Naseer Hussain got out by a hit wicket, he said “Naseer is finding out innovative ways of gettting out”
- During Harsha Unplugged, Harsha said Hershall Gibbs that it could have been even bigger news if you would have played a forward defense on that 6th ball (talking about the over when Gibbs hit 6 sixs)
- The problem with history is that it repeats itself in text books but not in real life.
- After dismantling the main string of the bowling attack, Gilly got out to Raina!!!!
Inspired by this event against the run of play, Harsha :”It’s like starting dynamics and getting your arithmetic sum wrong.”
- Great men get noticed when they fail, and ordinary men when they succeed.
- Duminy missed a full toss from Rohit Sharma – Harsha sayas, “He tried to play three shots on one delivery, but ended up playing none”.
- When Yuvaraj took hattrick and started running away from team huddle..Harsha Says…’Dont know why people run away in Happiness’.
- In an IPL match when Dwayne Smith very luckily survived 3 times, Harsha said “After the match I am taking Smith to a Casino”
- when Tendulkar got a hundred he said “Touch of Class & Stamp of Authority”
- This was in a match between India and South Africa, Umpire Rudi Kuertzen caught on camera sporting a rare smile. Harsha commented, “Last time Rudi Kuerzten smiled there was peace in west asia”