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What happened to Cricket

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Yes, I am wondering what has happened to Cricket. The game has changed so drastically. Its not like before. Todays players hit so many sixes, does that mean the previous players were not competent enought. Not quite. Watch this video below and you will be suprised.



The suprise is not Lance Klusner. Yes he was a fantastic player and one of my favourites. But the suprise is the ground is very very big compared to the grounds you see in the IPL. Certainly the grounds have been made smaller to aid the batsmen to score more runs and hit more sixes. So dont be too suprised if you see any domestic player come and hit crazy amount of sixes. A six in the IPL is a catch in International cricket.


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Awesome

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Here are some breath taking pictures of nature captured by National Geographic.

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Chinstrap penguins ( Pygoscelis antarctica ) ride out high surf on blue-ice icebergs near Candlemas Island in the South Sandwich Islands . Safe for the moment from predaceous leopard seals, chinstrap penguins are the second most
abundant species in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic.

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A deep gorge drops some 650 feet (198 meters) near the abandoned city of Araden, Crete. Visitors can descend into the gorge and walk a little more than 4 miles ( 6.4 kilometers) to the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to magnificent
scenery, the gorge provides a 2,460-foot (750-meter) descent to the sea.

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A storm passes over Yellow Mounds Overlook in South Dakota's Badlands, casting light and shadow below. Although the region's name derives from the Oglala Sioux words mako sica or "land bad," the Badlands showcase the powerful effects of wind and water and contain fossil beds dating to 35 million years ago.

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Towering in close symmetry, these basalt columns near Fingal's Cave form the base of the Scottish island of Staffa. The columns formed when cooling lava flows met bedrock and the region's cold weather. The island contains three main caves.

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For trees that grow on mountaintops near Cape Town, South Africa, wind can be a magnificent sculptor. Trees that can handle the wind's effects best will alter their shape to deal with the load of the wind.

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Silhouetted by the sun, the Hand of Fatima rock formations near Hombori village stretch toward the sky in Mali. The tallest tower rises 2,000 feet (610 meters) from the desert floor. Lore has it that the formations' name stems from the five towers' resemblance to a hand from the sky.

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Erosion's force becomes clear in these limestone cliffs in Port Campbell National Park, Australia. About five million years ago the area was a limestone plateau, but as sea levels rose the effects of surf and rain began to carve out these magnificent cliffs, along with stacks and arches.

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Towers of salt and a riverbed colored by crystallized salt create an otherworldly landscape in Ethiopia's Danakil Desert. Sitting more than 300 feet (90 meters) below sea level, with temperatures reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius), local inhabitants prize the Danakil for one thing: its salt deposits.

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Travertine chimneys near Lake Abbe, Djibouti, were created by hot springs depositing calcium carbonatehe same process that creates stalactites and stalagmites. Some of the formations reach 165 feet (50 meters) near the lake located on the Ethiopia-Djibouti border.


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Sexy Advert

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One of the sexiest advertisements in recent times. The theme of the advert is superb and very nicely executed too.

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Check this sexy advert of the new Subaru Forester after the jump.



Quite hilarious it is! The song is Danger Danger High Voltage by Electric 6


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Maniac

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Here is a letter written by a wife, complaining about her husband.

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In case you didnt get it, the husband didnt let her complete the letter.


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Titanic Sequel

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Yes, you can watch the trailer of the Titanic : Two the surface. A sequel to James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack Dawson is found frozen among the wreckage of the Titanic, where he is brought back to the surface and thawed. He then escapes and is on the run from authorities in modern day New York City.




Well there is no such movie as Titanic II and the above trailer is made by Robert Blankenheim by mashing up and mixing some movies like Titanic, The Abyss, Demolition Man, Austin Powers, The Basketball Diaries, Hulk, In the Mouth of Madness, Romeo + Juliet, Escape from Alcatraz, The Shawshank Redemption, Con Air, Se7en, The Interpreter, Catch Me If You Can, Primal Fear, The Fugitive, Forever Young, The Beach, Spider-Man 2, The Aviator, UHF, Contact (audio), The Bourne Supremacy (audio). I think it is a very good effort and doesnt let you think that the sequel to Titanic doesnt exsist.


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Worst Internet Connection

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Which is the worst internet connection? Well i think there is no contest it is Sify Broadband. Firstly i dont understand how Sify has the bright idea of giving pop ups when you login. I mean if there are giving me free internet services then they might as well give as many advertisement as they like, but you pay them not for the services but for their pop up advertisement. So darn irritating.

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Well thats not all. Contacting them is another tough task. You have a problem so you will need to call them up on their toll free number eh, sounds good, nah it doesnt work that way. They will mostly ask you to leave your number and then assure you a call back in half an hour, which they never do. Worst still if you get to talk to someone and tell them your problem they will keep you on hold and then you get a automated voice asking, English or Hindi? Its not only the internet thats bad, the service is equally worst and that makes Sify the worst internet connection that can be, and its not just me, ask any Sify user and they will say the same. You login and then no pages open, you logout and it says BB110, Logout failure. You login again and its working fine and then back to square one, logout failure. Its not one error, there are so many and the worst is IP adress conflict which can drive you upto the wall. Its high time some company starts a trouble free internet connection.

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Zapak Cash League LOL

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Have you seen the Zapak Cash League advertisement on TV, well if you haven't you can see it below.



However after seeing this advert i didnt even bother to try the games, but then i thought ill give it a shot just for fun sake. I was disappointed. The games are bad, you would be hard pressed to know that you are in the 21st century and playing games belonging to the 19th century at best. Graphics are poor and the games are slow. Even Cricket 2000 would be more fun then playing online. Here are some screen shots.

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Jannat

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jannat.jpgWell ET has just reviewed the movie Jannat from the Bhatt camp and honestly speaking with Emraan Kiss Hashmi in it, we cant expect much, now can we? Emran Hashmi aint all that bad actor as we all presume, but the story line itself is a disaster, so he cant do much!! Here is the review from ET, a worth while read and will save you a few hours you would have otherwise wasted watching this movie.


Director: Kunal Deshmukh
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Sonal Chauhan, Sameer Kochchar
Rating: * ½

First things first! The Bhatts have as much (or rather as minuscule) knowledge about match-fixing and cricket-betting as much as any average audience. So do not expect a fine-tuned screenplay detailing the intricacies on the misconduct of cricket or revealing the modus operandi of the sport malpractice. The Bhatts are no Bhandarkar. Rather be prepared for a superannuated story sketched not even around but on the external periphery of the theme of match-fixing.

So you have the conventional filmi hero character Arjun Dikshit (Emraan Hashmi) who subjects himself to love at first sight as he notices the heroine Zoya (Sonal Chauhan) staring at a diamond ring in a mall. He shoplifts rings, splurges credits cards and gambles to get hold of a swanky car to woo the girl. While the audience doesn't fall prey of such lousy layouts in the plot, the girl predictably falls for the guy.

Meanwhile our hero's basic instincts work overtime (and we aren't implying Emraan's mandatory lip-locks here). He proclaims of his sharp sixth sense that can predict every single move in the cricket matches as if he were some ancestor of Nostradamus. From betting on matches, he turns a bookie and subsequently upgrades himself as a match-fixer. Rather than an elaborate evolution, the progression of his character is rushed through one transition song. Moreover the offhand approach through which he lures cricket captains amidst match innings by his casual conversations in locker rooms is to be seen to be believed.

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Soon Arjun shifts base to South Africa working for a match-fixing mafia head Abu (Javed Sheikh) who is perpetually stationed in a stadium. Abu is distinctly demarcated as the desperado as his unlawful activities are extended to terrorism funding. Arjun is given a relative clean chit on the pretext that match-fixers are not murderers.

The following story is stuffed with clich├ęs galore. Arjun earns easy money through his illegal means. Zoya disapproves of Arjun's immoral ways but unapologetically resorts to strip-dancing in night clubs!!! In between there's a burger-bite hungry inspector on the constant trail of Arjun. A Bob Woolmer look-alike too surfaces in the climax though with little significance as the writers take liberty to manipulate his murder to their own benefit. And the film opts for a hurried end distinctly derived from Mahesh Bhatt's Naam.

The love story in Jannat resorts to the archaic templates of the 80s while the backdrop theme of match-fixing on which the film is formulated is least exploited in its screenplay.

Alas in search of this heaven we only find hell.


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ATM Machine

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women driving car.jpg A new sign in the Bank Lobby reads:

‘Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through ATM machines enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles.

Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when accessing their accounts.

After months of careful research, MALE & FEMALE Procedures have been developed… Please follow the Appropriate steps for your gender.’




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MALE PROCEDURE:

1. Drive up to the cash machine.

2. Put down your car window.

3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.

4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.

5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.

6. Put window up.

7. Drive off.

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FEMALE PROCEDURE:

Unfortunately, most of this part is the Truth!!!

1. Drive up to cash machine.

2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine.

3. Set parking brake, put the window down.

4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card.

5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.

6. Attempt to insert card into machine.

7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car.

8. Insert card.

9. Re-insert card the right way.

10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the inside back page.

11. Enter PIN.

12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.

13. Enter amount of cash required.

14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.

15. Retrieve cash and receipt.

16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.

17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of checkbook.

18. Re-check makeup.

19. Drive forward 2 feet.

20. Reverse back to cash machine. !

21. Retrieve card.

22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided!

23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.

24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.

25. Redial person on cell phone.

26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles.

27. Release Parking Brake.

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Deccan Chargers

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I am extrememly disappointed with Deccan Chargers game. They were the favorites to win the IPL but they didnt even manage to win half the matches they have played, yesterday was their 8th consecutive defeat. So what went wrong?

Well not much, poor bowling, followed by poor fielding and almost equal poor batting performance. Mind you this side has renowned big hitters like Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds(has left now to play for Australia), Shahid Afridi, Scott Styris and Herschelle Gibbs, and there bowling attach aint too bad either with pacers like R.P. Singh, Nuwan Zoysa and Chaminda Vaas. All of these bowlers bowl absolute crap i am sorry to say. The match against the Knight Riders, every second ball was a full toss and smacked for 6. Batting is appalling, since Adam Gilchrist comes and goes pretty soon, Shahid Afridi thinks he is superman and wants to hit a six on every ball and Gibbs just doesnt perform. He too has the tendacy of Afridi. While Scott Stiris thinks he is playing a test match, nudging every ball for a single and then giving the long on fielder a pretty easy catch. However there is one player who has really suprised, its Venu Gopal Rao, who has played fantastically, however one man cant alone win the battle. The Deccan Chargers are represented by a charging bull, the mascot for the chargers which signifies strength, power and aggression while the red and gold bands on the flag stand for dominance and victory. I think it should be opposite of that. I had a chance to meet the chargers some time back, will write about that some time later with some pics of the stoppables, i managed to take.


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Shah Rukh is Aamir Khan's dog

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I came across Aamir Khan's blog today and his latest post really caught my attention.

I’m sitting under a tree, on the edge of a valley, approximately 5000 feet above sea level. The river Krishna flows far below us snaking its way among the Sahyadri mountains. A cool breeze is blowing, jannat ki hawa (breeze from the heavens), as my mother calls it. Ammi, Ira and Junaid are by my side and we are in the middle of one of our favourite board games ‘Settlers Of Catan’. Shahrukh is licking my feet and I am feeding him biscuits every now and then. What more can I ask for?

Now, before you jump to any conclusions let me add that Shahrukh is the name of our dog. And before you jump to any further conclusions let me add that I had nothing to do with naming him. In fact Shahrukh is the dog of the caretakers of our house. When I bought this house it came with the caretakers and their dog! Apparently Shahrukh (the actor) was shooting for a commercial in this house a few years ago, and that very day the caretakers bought a pup…, and named him Shahrukh. What are the chances of me buying a house which comes with a dog called Shahrukh!!!

Some of my friends claim that I bought the house just because of the dog. I would have to be a serious fan of Shahrukh’s to want to do that. Your guess…

All I can say is I’m waiting for him to come over, .

Getting back to Settlers of Catan, it’s a wonderful game. You must try it if you are fond of board games.

All in all I am having a great time with my mom and kids here in my favorite place on earth, Panchgani. I think Kiran and I must have done something good in our life to be blessed with this great place to get away to.

My hamstring muscle seems to be healing, slowly but surely.

Catching up on films, saw Casino Royale last night which I liked.

Incidentally Panchgani is a favorite with para-gliders. Now that’s something I am going to learn as soon as I finish with the Ghajini shoot.

Well Shahrukh is once again begging for my attention, so let me get back to him. He is smelling too much, I think he needs a bath. “Heel boy, heel.”

While i am in no way a big fan of Shahrukh Khan, but this kind of posts by Aamir Khan doesnt speak much good about him. I am pretty sure that Shahrukh Khan will take it sportingly, however the media and his fans surely wont, and why should they. This was totally uncalled for. I thought Aamir Khan was a true professional in the real sense and wouldnt take diggs at others like this, but i am really disappointed.


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Thumbs up advert

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Well you must have seen the pathetic thumbs up advertisement in which Akshay Kumar is driving like a maniac with the background sound from the Fast and Furious by Teriyaki boys. If you havent seen it, you can see it below.



Well Pepsi has gone ahead and done this. Good move by pepsi and this will start the Coke vs Pepsi fight yet again.

I think this advertisement fight started with this advert, which was ofcourse banned. Lets see how Coke reacts this time.



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Vodafone advert

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Have you seen the latest vodafone advertisement? Well i think its the best advertisement in recent times. Very good theme and very well shot. Catch the complete advert after the jump.

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This was shot in South Africa and the dogs name is Rocky. The music is taken from Manu Chau's Mama Call(2000) What do you think of this advert?




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