Cricket Australia’s dangerous game

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Having successfully destroyed the domestic competition that was once the envy of the cricket universe, Cricket Australia (CA) is now embarking on a mission to destroy the separation of church and state; Church and state that had coexisted quite seamlessly in the sport until now. Daniel Brettig of Cricinfo writes about how Fawad Ahmed (a… Read more »

10 thoughts ahead of 2013 NFL season

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1) The Green Bay Packers will not make the playoffs. Brutal schedule, offensive line issues, a historically good NFC and a much improved Chicago Bears roster will all together ensure the Green Bay Packers finish 9-7 or 10-6 and not make the playoffs. This will pain me and frustrate me but will not deter me… Read more »

A Packers 2013 preview with Football Outsiders’ Rivers Mccown

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NFL season is here and The annual Football Outsiders almanac available here for just $12.50 and in paperback here for $22.95 is pretty much the only book I read for football stuff. All of the writing is analytical, thought-provoking and written by people who are proficient with both advanced statistics and game tape. More than… Read more »

“With great power comes even greater power”, BCCI

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Somewhere in the video vaults of Mr.N.Srinivasan and the power brokers of Indian cricket at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) there lies an alternate version of the original Spiderman movie. In this version, Peter Parker’s uncle says,”With great power, comes even greater power.” Not satisfied with being the big swinging dick… Read more »

Manu Joseph’s tripe is an Independence Day gift to us all

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On the 66’th anniversary of his nation’s independence, noted Chennai-hater and literary prize winner Manu Joseph decided to use the precious real estate of The New York Times for some doodle-y scribbles about the random thought bubbles that occupied the space above his head. The newspaper of record must be going thru some internal strife… Read more »

2012-13 Income tax change for foreigners in India

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Valerie Wagoner is founder and CEO of Zipdial. Zipdial is a toll-free phone marketing and customer service solution that leverages the fact that most Indians do not pay for incoming phone calls or text messages. It also uses the very Indian concept of a missed call to create new sources of revenue. You can read… Read more »

My 100’th post : Why I write

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“When you sit down to write, there is only one important person in your life. This is someone you will never meet, called a reader”, Former Guardian science editor, letters editor, arts editor and literary editor Tim Radford. This is the blog’s 100’th post. I thought this would be a good time to share with… Read more »

The day India learnt to chase

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Cricket teams rarely become good overnight. They take steps. They take a step. And then they take the next step. The confluence of talented players, intelligent coaches, luck and the best laid plans help teams get better. Allan Border and Steve Waugh speak fondly of the ’86 tour to India and how big a step… Read more »

Vegetarian food in Taipei, Taiwan

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Taipei, Taiwan is an extremely hospitable city. It is a great city to be a tourist in even if you can’t speak a lick of Mandarin. The people are friendly, public transport is omnipresent and there’s plenty of Starbucks to sort out any cultural or lingual doubts. However it is not an easy place to… Read more »