Archive for February, 2008

A few years from now, ask someone what they will remember the Sydney test match for. I would be rather surprised if they said “for the cricket.” The match was complete with a gutsy Australian comeback, poetic batting by Laxman and Tendulkar, workmanlike hundreds by Hayden and Hussey, and some venomous bowling and suffocating fielding […]

Topic: Sports | by on Feb 5

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Topic: Culture | by on Feb 5

Both traditionally and statistically, Perth has never been a happy-hunting ground for visiting teams to Australia . And this especially holds true for the Indians, whose reluctance and inability to cope with the pace and bounce of the wicket has been exposed on the two previous occasions they have played there, barring a timeless innings […]

Topic: Sports | by on Feb 5

Why is India not going to be a superpower anytime soon? Because we don’t follow lanes while driving. How are the two connected? They are connected because national attitude is reflected in the smallest of things. I believe a country’s true potential to become a superpower is reflected the most in how much its citizens […]

Topic: Politics | by on Feb 5

On January 22, 1999, Christian missionaries working in India were rewarded with a barbaric incident when 34 year old Australian missionary Graham Staines – along with his two sons aged 8 and 10 – were burnt alive in a jeep following a Bible study class, amidst a frenzied mob of Hindu activists. Echoes of the […]

Topic: Politics | by on Feb 5

One of Asia ‘s most striking characteristics is its diversity in the face of much geographical proximity. Sometimes ancient South Asian cultures permeate through to the countries that lie further along the map around South East Asia, and Thailand is one of these places. Although the Thai culture is a distinct and fascinating one in […]

Topic: Travel & Living | by on Feb 5

Co-Written With Rohan Garg. “The people’s car” say the makers of the brand new Tata Nano – the cheapest production car in the world. With a starting price of a mere $2500, the Tata Nano promises to be a breakthrough vehicle in India, a country where only 0.007% of the population own a car. Already […]

Topic: Travel & Living | by on Feb 5

When highly acclaimed music flows right up to your doorstep, cultural appreciation and any spare time should give you reason enough to check it out. Penn Masala, the world’s first Hindi a cappella group, is performing at UT Austin on March 1st , 2008. The group was founded in 1996 by students from the University […]

Topic: Events | by on Feb 5

There are many reasons why the Pakistani team is known to be the most unpredictable one in international cricket. There have been times when they won games which nobody could even imagine them winning and lost some that even a regional team would have won with ease. However, this time, there were failures one after […]

Topic: Sports | by on Feb 5

Twelve years and a civil war later, Nepal’s Maoist rebels can finally claim to have achieved their goal: the country’s monarchy will soon be history. In late December 2007, the Nepalese interim government announced that a constituent assembly will convene after elections in April 2008 to vote on the continuation of the royal institution. Very […]

Topic: Politics | by on Feb 5