Thursday, March 31, 2011

World Cup Semi finals in Girls’ Hostel (India vs. Pakistan)

WHAT a match!!! Rocking, brilliant, spell binding, nerve wracking, nail biting- I just run out of adjectives...I don’t remember the last time, I screamed and shouted and literally lived a match..the combination was absolutely lethal; hostel common room, around 30-40 mad crazy paranoid girls, India - Pakistan cricket match, world cup semi final...there was no way this match could have been watched with sophistication. So gaalis flew casually and as each ball was bowled, there were screams and shouts. During the Indian innings, each ball was followed by a "HIT IT!!! FOUR...SIX...maaaaarrrrrrooooooooooooooo", and during the Pakistani innings, each ball was followed by a "PAKDOOOOOOOO....WICKEEETTTTT....DOT BALL. RUN OUT…!”.... (Of course there were loads of other things, which absolutely cannot be mentioned here)

some of my favorite moments:

1) one of the girls got a call in halfway through the Indian innings, the moment she left India lost two wickets (including Yuraj’s duck) and India really got into a struggling state at that point, so everyone forced her to hang up her phone and come back, she was there in the TV room during the India - Australia match and which proved 'lucky'. So after MUCH coercion (as her new bf was online), she did come back... and then she proved to be lucky once more! So needless to say, she’s going to be a permanent fixture during cricket matches now!

2) The run out; literally it came out of nowhere...and it was absolutely amazing!!!(Who was this? I have nooo idea now!)

3) Shahid afridi's wicket; OH MY GOD! From the very beginning of the Pakistani innings, everyone was damn scared and everyone kept on chanting "shahid afridi duck out...shahid afridi duck out" and the first ball was a wide. So Harbhajan Singh was screamed and shouted and sweared at. and THEN came the magical 'going to be a six' shot which turned out to be a catch and THAT was a time, when half the girls jumped from their seats and just JUMPED around!!! (Including yours truly)

4) Bhajji's charitable sixes: SUICIDE!!! Sheer suicide!!! god that man was screamed at and murdered a million times in those three balls and that was the time when everyone said "gone...gone gone gone" this followed by Raina's 2 sixes...depression took over the common room

5) Mizbah's wicket: one of the girls hated mizbah from the time he came up to bat...every time he would bat she would say "out ho jaaa...ho jaaa naaaaa"...and every time a Pakistani wicket would fall, she would say "mizbah hai na? mizbah out ho gaya?" and would be utterly disappointed when told otherwise...and all of us were absolutely convinced that he would NOT get out till the end...and when he hit that weirdest shot (it was absolutely so twisted), everyone's eyes were just fixed on the ball and everyone chanted "pakad le...pakad le" and THEN that glorious moment when India caught it- the common room positively erupted and hell broke loose! 40 girls running around, dancing, jumping around, hugging whoever they cud see...aaahhhhh! (I remember this- one of life's favorite moments)
it reminded me of the part in hp3 when Gryffindor wins the quid ditch cup and harry thinks "I wish there were demeanors here right now, I could have conjured up the best patrons"

All the paranoid girls started singing this random song which was apparently being played on the radio dhoni ke lambe lambe baal, dhoni ki sexy sexy chaal...dhoni dham dhama dham...ho dhoni dham dhama get the picture...

so my throat is completely gone, I was utterly exhausted from all the screaming, shouting and jumping around...but it was just sooooooooo totally worth it!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Do You Know???

1. Coca-Cola was originally green.

2. the most common name in the world is Mohammed.

3. The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they
start with.

4. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

5. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters Only on one row! Of the keyboard.

6. You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

7. Both Humans and Giraffee have the same number of bones in the neck

8. People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze,Your Heart stops for a millisecond.

9. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

10. The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

11. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

12. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from

Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great,
Hearts - Charlemagne
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

13. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side

14. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

15. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

16. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

17. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

18. Men's shirts have the buttons on the right, but women's shirts have the buttons on the left.

19. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.

20. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it's already been digested by a bee.

21. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.

22. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.

23. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it is smiling).

24. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause.

25. Women blink nearly twice as much as men

Saturday, March 26, 2011

India-Pakistan World Cup semi-finals

The Indian and Pakistani cricketers are gearing up for the high-voltage World Cup semi-final clash, likely to be viewed by their prime ministers, the home secretaries of the two countries are planning a meeting in Islamabad for talks, including on the 26/11 attack.
Now days the social network sites are filled with congratulatory messages and prayers for India vs. Pakistan match at Mohali, prayers filled with PATRIOTISM that will go on for about a week now.

I saw a news on IBNlive that covered the general questioning session about the Indo-Pak semi final of a Pakistani women, she said very proudly,” We offered the JUMMA NAMAZ for our nation's victory in the match”.

It’s good to see people filled with all ‘patriotism’ for the semi finals but at the same time the thing that really annoys me is that people are making this match a political event.
The match at Mohali is just a match..!!! But we are not taking it as ‘just’ a match and the icing on the exciting cake came from the Prime Minister himself who has not only decided to watch the thriller at Mohali, but also invited Pak Prez and Premier for the same! Call it patriotism or diplomacy, the revelry amidst rivalry is more than needed.

Apart from all the political involvements, an India-Pakistan match is always a big money-spinner, and a World Cup semi finals clash is as big as it gets. Bookies and punters across the country are gearing up to run a show that is estimated to rate Rs. 5,000 crore on the betting circle as India takes on Pakistan in the semi final on 30th march 2011.

I simply fail to understand why Indo-Pak match is never just a cricket match on either sides of the border. Pak team is playing with India first time after 26/11...and the PM stepping in for Cricket Diplomacy was all the more expected...All in the name of patriotism perhaps (*awwwww*), Else why would PM go in the first place to watch the game himself? And surely he would be accompanied by members from his as well as opposition's political team...all cheering....India...India!! (lol)

I really pity that the patriotism on both side of the borders arouses only on moments like Indo-Pak match or Indo-Pak war like at Kargil. I just wish if for once the government and opposition united for the nation's benefit and uplift....

Anyways… all said and done, India you have to win the match not because it’s against Pakistan but for World Cup... and for me the ‘Mohali Semi Finals’ is just a semi final..!!!
World Cup is ours (with a sports man sprit of course).... Chake De India!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

The ‘D’ Sign

My article is on what most of us (engineering students) keep worrying about- the nasty ‘D’ word, DETENTION and its origin and things that follow after it.

Nobody would have thought the canteen could be so much fun. Relationships have bloomed, blood has flown – with guys ofcourse (bahar dhekh lunga!) and entire batches have fought for the pretty girls sitting there. It is about time somebody wrote about it.

It’s always fun to bunk the lectures and sit in the canteen with blooming stories and friends, but the real pain lies when the attendance is called short :(

When we first heard about attendance criteria (75%) and detention, it seemed like something everyone is too scared to play with. But within the initial few months, the glorious detention days were thrust upon our own friends.

Soon detention became the modern version of threaten, given at the drop of a hat by our teachers. There is just one punishment that the teachers in engineering colleges give… they don’t send you out of the class or give you a 100page assignment or make you stand the whole lecture… they simply hit you where it hurts the most- ATTENDANCE, they make you attend the whole class and still don’t give you an attendance. Only after realizing this, the pain of detention lasts longer, sometimes even up to the semester exams.

In an Engineering College everyone seems to be banished to the detention territory at least once in 4 years but sometimes, the student feels he/she is the one being punished to detention by the teacher on some personal grounds. Students add, “Some of the teachers irritate us. The just don’t like us! They are damn partial; they favor their personal favorites by not detaining them and even by sending good internals.

But at the end of the day just before the mid semester exams many gifted students in a college full of books and boring teachers just keep buzzing around the department notice board for just one thing- detention list.

For us it’s always a ‘die either way condition’ as, If your name is not on the list then it’s time to worry as you got to appear for the exams which means the teacher is going to humiliate you in front of the whole class by reading out your marks aloud. At the mean time, if you get you name on the notice board with a ‘D’ sign, it means you are detained and then the practices and internal marks would suffer. So in such a case, the project “detention cancellation” comes under play.

The detained students keep buzzing all around the teachers in order to get there detention cancelled. The most interesting part of the project “detention cancellation” got to be the reasons why the attendance of the detained student fails to qualify the minimum attendance criteria (75%). The ’detained’ students… oopss… the ‘gifted’ students give all kind of excuses and I must say that sometimes the reasons given are really stupid.

It seems that the management does not want to understand the fact that ‘If we’re not going to have fun in college, then when will we?’ It is a very tyrannical system. We get detentions which affect our marks which in turn affects our futures. May be the faculties think that it’s a good way to make the students attend the classes but its ruining the lives of some of the extra talented students (like me ;) ) and the students who don’t deserve detention.