Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Long Weekend Diary

This is my diary for the (long) weekend of March 17, 18 and 19.

This week it was a holiday on Monday, March 19 on account of Gudi Padwa, which is Maharashtraian New Year. Normally on the same day, it is Cheti Chand, but this year it was on Tuesday, that is one day after. So belated Happy New Year to all the Maharashtraian and the Sindhi readers of this Blog.

As my son, Sachin's Board exam for Standard X are going on, there is virtual ban on putting on TV at our home. We have to maintain utmost silence, least Sachin is disturbed with his last minute revision of his studies. I managed to catch same action of the World Cup Cricket 2007 match of India-Bangladesh match on Saturday, which India eventually lost. The media coverage of reaction of fans after the match made for sad reading. At many places the posters of Indian cricketers were burn and at Ranchi the under construction home of Indian wicketkeeper, M.S. Dhoni, was damaged. Well, these people are not fans of Indian cricket team, but just fanatics, and they just did what any fanatic would do in any part of the world. But really cricket is just a game in which the team which plays better wins. On that day, Bangladesh simply played well, bowled well and even fielded well, and the Indian team just played badly, and thus lost. Indian team redeemed itself somewhat, in their next match with Bermuda. Let us see how India plays with Sri Lanka, and if it can qualify for the next stage of the World Cup. My hunch is it will be South Africa, which may walk away with the World Cup this time.

On Monday I heard the sad news about death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer. There are media reports about suspicious nature of his death. Rest in peace Bob.

Pakistan is now out of the World Cup after their defeat by Ireland. Ireland is not even a Test playing nation, and they managed to defeat Pakistan. Maybe Pakistan just defeated itself. Their exit means that there will be no India-Pakistan match in the World Cup.

I seems to be reading too many newspapers on the weekend -- Hindustan Times, DNA, Times of India along with which comes horrible Mumbai Mirror. I must restrict my reading to just one or two newspaper on the weekend. Anyway, barring for few articles, the rest of the Sundays papers are just not worth reading. After reading these newspapers, you are none the wiser at the end of the day.

About food --- last Monday we had Sai Bhaji with Koki. I cajoled my wife to make Thaynri, which taste great with Sai Bhaji, and should be eaten on Cheti Chand, but in vain. She does not want to prepare anything sweet, to safeguard Sachin's health during his exam.

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