Who is this person ?

Identify the person in the portrait !

If you guessed what I guessed, then guess what 🙂 – you are in for a surprise. Read on …Cheers
–T

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A perfect performance

It was probably a near perfect performance by India in the 2nd ODI at Mohali. They bowled out the Lankans for 122, thanks to a fantastic performance by the bowlers, especially Irfan Pathan, who claimed 4 wickets. The Indian reply started off in style and Sachin Tendulkar, once again, played the lead. Boy! – his innings today was a notch better than his 1st 1-dayer innings. The way he treated Vaas and Murali clearly showed who was the Boss of the proceedings. By negating the 2 main forces of the Sri Lankan bowling attack, he made things a lot easy for India. In the end, he was not out for 70. I just hope he continues in the same vien of form – that will not only please me, but also the millions and millions of fans all over the world, who had been wanting to see him action for so long. Long live the KING ! 😉

Murali is brought into the attack and BANG ! – the ball is sent over the ropes !

Cheers,
Thyaga

What a return it was !

Sachin Tendulkar returned to the Indian team after a 6-month hiatus in the 1st one-day international between India and Sri Lanka and boy! – what a return it was. It never looked like he was out of action for more than 6 months. For those of you who have still not heard then news, India scored 350 in their allotted 50 overs with Sachin scoring 93, Pathan (he was promoted in the batting order) scoring 83 and Dravid scoring a wonderful 85. In reply, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 198 with Bajji and Murali Karthik picking up 3 wickets each.

The talking point of the match was however Sachin’s return to international cricket and the innings that followed. My boss sent me some links for some of the shots that were played. Here they are:


Tendulker’s Innings

http://www.greatandhra.com/cricket/videos/india1025_sachin.ram

Pahtan’s Innings

http://www.greatandhra.com/cricket/videos/india1025_pathan.ram

Indian Wkts

http://www.greatandhra.com/cricket/videos/india1025_wickets.ram

Fielding

http://www.greatandhra.com/cricket/videos/india1025_fielding.ram

Enjoy !
— Thyaga

The God returneth today !

In India, cricket is a religion and for millions and millions of Indian cricket fans, Sachin Tendulkar is its undisputed GOD! After being out of the game for more than 6 months, he returns today in the 1st one-day international against Sri-Lanka. The pressure of the whole nation will be on him added to the pressure of coming back to International cricket and facing the likes of Chaminda Vaas and Murali. But then, he is Tendlia and he is sure to come back to his best SOON!.

Good luck Sachin ! – “GO, GET IT !” 😉

— Thyaga

Celebrating Durga Puja in the Bay Area

For a person hailing from Kolkata, the biggest disappointment of being far away from the homeland is to miss Durga Puja, the biggest festival for the people of Bengal. The pandals, the lights, the people, the festivities, the junk food etc all make this just a great time to be in Kolkata. Yes, the place will be crowded, the place will be polluted and yes, it will hot and sweaty too, especially if you wear heavy duty new clothing and jewellery. But that is what makes this time of the year so special – a festival which bonds all the people together, a festival where all of them get-together and celebrate life in a way.

However, for the millions staying in the Bay Area, we have to contend ourselves with the handful of Durga Pujas that happen here. The number of Pujas have risen steadily over the past few years. Previously, we used to have Pujas over the weekends but now, there are a couple of them that take place in synch with that in Kolkata – so, you have 4 days of complete festivity. We managed to visit a couple of them out here and yes, it was great fun. Of course, one cannot compare this with what happens in Kolkata but hey, beggars cannot be chosers ;-). This was as good as it got. Here are some snaps from Durga Puja celebrations in the Bay Area – relive our Pujas :).

— Thyaga

Internet Connectivity through Electrical Wiring

A few days ago, I read an article in the newspaper about a new technology that would allow users to surf the net using the home electrical wiring. I had heard about this technology before but didn’t pay too much attention to it. But now, it looks like it is gathering steam thanks to Intel’s recent endorsment of the technology and the leadership role that it has taken in HomePlug, the body that sets standards for the technology.

So next time you come across a computer where you can surf the web but you don’t see any Internet wires, don’t be surprised ! – it probably would be using the plain old electrical connection of the house. You might wonder whether we are going in circles -> Wires -> Wireless -> Wires ! ;-). Something to think about, eh ?

Cheers,
Thyaga

1 + 1 > 1

You might think that the title of this Blog is not only queer, it is obvious. I accept both the points and I wish to add one more thing to that – this is what is happening in Business circles these days. If you are not sure what I mean, then please read on.

Yesterday, Microsoft and Real Networks, arch-rivals for ages, joined hands when Microsoft paid Real Networks $716 million and settle the last of its anti-trust law-suit issues. This collaboration now brings together the 2 old foes in the booming digital music market, something where Apple is miles ahead of the competition. This definitely is a boost for both the companies especially since both are ambitious to enter into the digital music space and challenge the might of Apple.

Today, Yahoo and Microsoft have come together to provide inter-operability within their IMs. Currently, the AOL IM has a large market share and Google is also entering into this space with the launch of its Google Talk. So, once again a ploy to come together to crush the competition.

One thing that is common in both the news is Microsoft – a giant that used to crush competition alone is now collaborating with other players to crush other competiton. Probably, it doesn’t want to feel the wrath of the Justice Department again for monopolistic practices :). Whether this proves successful or not will only be known in the future. For now, the fun has begun and as I always say – the customers are the ones who are going to be benefit most out of this :).

Now, it should be clearer what I meant by 1 + 1 > 1 !

Cheers !

-Thyaga