Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Illogical Cricket Fan

I'm not the usual cricket fan, Tendulkar is not my god, I don't deify the Indian cricket team. I never thought India would win the world cup, I think only the most consistent team deserves to win it (Aussies or the South Africans), In any case 2nd place 3rd place etc will be forgotten so how does it matter, whether India reached the Semi-finals or not? Obviously I'm not upset about what happened last night, there was some hope in the back of the mind, so, there's some disappointment in the back of my mind too :'( that's all.

Look at these illogical arguments floating around... look at all this below in my perspective with only Logic and fact in mind...
  • Srikanth/Sidhu say "Cricket is an unpredictable game"

Is Football, basketball, or baseball more predictable? How predictable is life itself?

  • Srikanth/Sidhu say "Cricket is a funny game"

Isn't life itself how you take it?

  • Dravid made the wrong choices after winning the toss against Bangladesh and the Lankans

Do you really think Dravid made the decision by himself? Do you really think there was no team meeting to decide about the toss after seeing the conditions?

What if the opponents had won the toss? Does the better team deserve to win or the team that takes the right decision after winning the toss? Should we blame luck for lack of performance?

  • Greg Chappel has ruined the Indian team

Pre-West Indies series didn't we create a world record in chasing? And Sachin Tendulkar (the best batsman in the world...) got out for a DUCK, Coaching can make a difference to a newbie like Pathan or Dhoni But Sachin? What prevented him from staying on?

Chappel is (in)famous for his spirit 'win at any cost' (the under arm ball incident) why would he do anything to make the Indians loose?

Didn't the BCCI look at his presentation before choosing him? So if he's the wrong man who's responsible for that mistake? Why is Dravid being accused of making wrong decisions but why is no one pointing fingers at the politicians ruining cricket?

  • Ganguly should be made Captain again, If he had been captain India would have won - Kolkattans & Fanatics outside (Most Kolkattans, at least those shown on TV or send text messages are fanatical about Ganguly anyway)

Ganguly scored in all three matches I agree, But look at his strike rate. His game was scratchy even against Bermuda... If we wannabe a winning team, a one day strike rate should be in the nineties not in the seventies especially for an opener. Ganguly might have started scoring and gained a bit more confidence after his forced sabbatical, but he remains as selfish as ever when he plays.

  • Cricketers spend too much time on endorsements

It takes half a day to can an ad shoot. Even if a person like Sachin who endorses 15-20 products spends say 15 days in all that... How does it affect his performance?

Just because an ad is shown with a cricketer every five minutes does it mean a cricketer spends one in five minutes of his life shooting ads?

It's because you're dumb enough to deify the cricketer and buy whatever he sells he's selling more of it. If you started using your brains maybe the cricketer would endorse two products lesser, and practice an extra day. That will win us the next world cup of course!

  • Scrap the entire cricket team!

Why is no one speaking of scrapping BCCI? Why are the thieving politicians taking up posts in state and national councils. Cricket in India has prospered unlike other sports because the government or bureaucracy didn't control it. But the politicians will drag it down!

  • People who damage property, burn effigy of cricketers when they loose

If you Morons weren't losers yourself, you would've been doing something better on those days instead of such crap. Get a life!

So what next? If I knew that I would be the next coach of the Indian team (Obviously all the morons will heap the blame on Chappel and pack him off)

Time to Introspect, Tendulkar should think of a sabbatical / retirement. Others just need confidence, practice and more commitment.

If small countries have so many good players, statistically a country of a billion should have 100 good teams of their class. Where are all these players? Obviously a flawed way of grooming young players... Obviously much of the talent is going untapped. Only the BCCI is to blame!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Reliance Fresh in Chennai

Reliance opened the first 12 of the proposed 100 Reliance Retail stores across Chennai a month ago. All the stores are Reliance Fresh outlets which will sell only food items like Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy products, Grains and Processed Food.

I visited the Reliance Fresh outlet on the very first day, the stores were crowded even then. The stores lived up to the hype and expectation, while most vegetables were priced Rs 2-5 per kg less than the neighbourhood vegetable vendor, there was little difference in the prices of packaged foods and imported fruits. As the days passed and word of mouth spread the stores have become only more crowded as people deserted the neighbourhood vendors for a Fresh retail Experience. The outlets were over-staffed with helpful, smiling and uniformed employees who offered a full 'Vanakkam' at the check-out counter. The stores even have a customer service desk! These are things you don't see at your neighbourhood vegetable vendor or for that matter even up-market supermarkets.

As if the cheaper price and the ambiance were not enough to hold on to the customers Reliance even has a loyalty programme to make sure people keep thronging it's stores. Also, you may have to pay for the Coriander and Curry Leaves that came free at your neighbourhood vegetable vendor, but then, nothing in life is free is it?

Last week, traders of Kotthaval Chavadi Vegetable Market protested that since the opening of Reliance Fresh outlets (about 5 weeks) their business was down by 40%! I guess that's a testimony to the prices at the outlets. Of course there's a downside, traders and middle men will get affected, but, I don't believe in Communism.

If someone is suffering can opportunistic Politicians be far behind? Now the PMK has started making loud noises, PMK is asking Reliance to quit TN and the vegetable market itself!

Remember the Rs.8 phone calls on your Mobile phone? Most of us never even had a Mobile phone then... And then, out of the blue came Reliance offering calls for as low as 40p, ushering in the Mobile phone revolution. Let's hope Mr.Ambani and Reliance do to the Retail market what they did to the Mobile phone market!

If you're looking for the addresses of the all the Reliance Fresh outlets in Chennai City, check out the post I made @ Chennaiist.

Addresses of Reliance Fresh Outlets in Chennai.

And, for all those people who are leaving comments on Chennaiist about supplying vegetables and becoming franchisees even after I've posted their contact info:

  • I'm in no way connected to reliance, so gimme a break.
  • Unlike in Chennaiist: Don't expect me to publish your comments or be polite.
  • In my opinion, It's unlikely that Reliance will select Morons like you, who can't even read a page of English and pick out their contact info given in bold letters.

Also Published in Nandanam News

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Who will Purify this filth?

Last week food cooked for around 7000 devotees of the Puri Jagannath Temple was dumped to waste. While people continue to suffer and die of hunger in various parts of the country we've these priests acting irresponsibly.

The temple like many others, bars the entry of foreigners into it's premises. An American entered the temple with the help of a priest and two friends, all hell broke loose when someone high and mighty spotted this 'filthy being' who consumes 'objectionable food'. After hours of debate, nonsense prevailed and the food, all of 3 lakhs worth of it was dumped. The temple was then 'purified' by performing some rituals.

Just because these people get enough money off the temple how can these supposed men of god ignore the thousands of hungry beings that live around them?

Also, is this not Racism? How are we behaving differently from Jade Goody? Religious beliefs are not an excuse for this purely racist behaviour of the temple priests. The same group of people who barred certain other groups of Indians from entering the temple are now doing the same to foreigners.

The Temple is pure now, But who will purify the filth inside?