Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Yin Yang

A layer of black,
a layer of blackish-grey,
a layer of grey,
a layer of greyish-white,
and a layer of white
conceal the beautiful blue sky
from the naked eye.

The black gets grey;
the grey gets white;
it 's all finally blue
when you reach that height.

See outside,
seek inside
the prevading Blue;
reveals none but thy self.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

CM - in Style

Sun, is he?
Moon, is he?
Who is he?
Respond quickly.

The recent developments in the Indian politics at the federal levels has pushed me to the edge of the seat.
1. The bon-hommie between Amma and Thalaivar.
2. Amma's elevaion to the Convenor of the Third Front.
3. The split between DM and K.
4. Karunanidhi turning 84.
5. The recent interview of CB Naidu and Superstar Rajnikanth duing the Hyderabad screening of Sivaji.

For a long time Amma has been struggling to find a trustworthy partner within her party. Initially she tried to work with Thirunavukarasu. Then she roped in Sarath Kumar. But nothing worked for her. She was forced to install O. Paneerselvam, a virtually unknown first-time MLA, to protect her party from being hijacked during her Supreme Court enforced sabbatical. While he was loyal enough , his charisma didn't help the party. For the next election, she resorted to ally with long-time enemy Vaiko, which proved costly in the rural areas.

Today, her time off the power has given her time to think and I believe she has come out with a better strategy. I suspect an unofficial MoU between Amma and superstar Rajnikanth that would see Amma focussing more on the National politics taking on her other arch-rival from the Pizza Corner, leaving the state to a trustworthy neighbour from the Poes Garden.
Rajnikanth's interest in politics is know. However his inability to decide on
"when to enter, how to enter, nobody knows"
as he says, has been the problem for his fans. But with Sivaji's success looming large, is it the "right time to enter". Can Amma use Rajni to rope in Dayanidi Maran to consolidate her position and take an aim at the bigger chair.

The presidential race is the first test for her at the national level. She sprang a surprise on DMK and Congress by nominating the incumbent for another term inspite of the NDA nominating Shekawat as their choice. Now DMK, whose superemo, played a big hand in nominating the lacklustre Prathiba Patil, is put in a fix. He cannot afford to not support a Tamil Muslim, being the saviour of the minorities and Tamil that he claims to be. Infact he is obligated to convince the Congress to reconsider their stance on Abdul Kalam, who in all fairness deserves a unanimous second-term notwithstanding his lack of spine to contest in an election. This is a master move by JJ. When Naidu proposed Kalam, the first time around, he was hailed as the King maker. Now, Amma has gone further by doing damage to the opponent territory. If all unfolds as planned in the next two years - Naidu will be Andhra CM and Superstart will be his Tamilnadu counterpart. The UNPA with its strong southern victory can launch Amma as the Prime Minister with a few horse-tradings taken care of.

Rajni who
"never goes back on his words or reclaims the materials he donates"
will be loyal to her, she knows. This will allow her to fight the bigger fight without fear of losing her position in the state. MK Stalin will be watching all this with his brother from behind the jail. I hope Rajni considers me for a MLA seat. I am willing to play the role of the NRI pilanthrophist that he so wanted to be in Sivaji - The Boss.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Anbey Sivam - Late night wisdom

Every living being is Sivam,
As HE leaves remains the Savam.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Next Indian Coach ?

As the quest for the next Indian Idol gains momentum in Sony TV, an even bigger quest is on for the Indian cricket fans. Who will be the next Indian coach. It all began with the great Sir IVA. Richards offering unsolicited advice to the Indian team soon after their shameless exit from the World Cup. Then Chappell was rumoured to continue as coach or atleast head the NCA for a new term. Chappell managed to run away with his life.

Ravi Shastri was convinced to shoulder the mantle temporarily for the Bangladesh tour. The funny thing was that a bowling and fielding coach were announced for this all important tour. India crossed the eastern border with three coaches for three departments. One would only expect that Venatesh Prasad or Robin would be named the coach at the end of the tour. That was not to happen. BCCI is like Rajastan State Bumper lottery. The odds of luck overweighs any logic.

A casual talk by the BCCI raised Dave Whatmore's hopes to Himalayan heights only to ruin his current stint with the Bongs. Afterall India had to avenge for their WC defeat. They took it on him, poor Aussie.

Kapil Dev, a patriot that he is, intervened to question the selection of a foreign coach. "Whatmore? Who is he?", he exclaimed. Even Sunil Gavaskar was quoted to prefer a Desi coach albeit Arjuna Ranatunga from the island nation. One day or the other India has to invade that country for the atrocities they commit against our Tamil brethren.

Suddenly, a new name popped up. Graham Ford quickly topped Google search list for no one in India knew about him. He happened to be the Coaching Director at Kent. Remember, that is where they picked up John Wright. Thanks to Dravid's recommendation.

Finally Graham Ford was selected over John Emburey after a one-hour presentation at Park Sheraton. It seems Sharad Pawar and team were gobbling up their dinner during Emburey's presentation. They just didn't pay attention to whatever he said.

Graham Ford like any IT guy attended the interview for fun. He decided not to risk his life for limelight. He probably remembered his successor, Bob Woolmer.

The search is still on. The voice of Swadesi's louder than ever. Who will BCCI name as the next Indian Coach? Will it be the Chinese guy who is likely to become the Indian Idol.

If I were them, I would choose a respected Desi with proven track record. Sandeep Patil comes to mind immediately. If he is not available, my next choice is Bharath Reddy. Although he has played only a handful of matches for India, Barath Reddy enjoys a good relationship with several youngsters in the current Indian team. Bharath Reddy was the Sports Director for Chemplast's Jolly Rovers team which had big names playing in the local divisions. Current national players including Dinesh Kartick, Harbajan Singh and Dinesh Mongia regard him as a great coach. Hemang Badani, L. Balaji and Harvinder Singh have spoken highly of him. Sanmar Group chairman N. Sankar praises him for finding new talent for his club. Several Tamilnadu players including Jesuraj Rajamani (my favourite for this season) and S. Badrinath (who was almost there) attribute a lot of their success to him. More than that Bharat Reddy and Abdul Jabber successfully ran cricket camps in Madras following Brijesh Patel. He is also a close friend of Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. Rahul Dravid,having played a lot of cricket himself in Chennai for India Cements, will surely have a lot of respect for Bharath reddy. He has also served the BCCI as the South Zone talent resources development officer in 2002-03. He will be able to identify new talent that Vengsarkar claims not to exist.

The most important reason is he is Shriya Reddy's father and also my relative of sorts.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Be thy friend

The only person who has been with you this whole life, is You. Be thy friend. Talk to yourself. Even more, listen to yourself. You will find new ways to solve your problem for no one knows your problems better than you do.

You are ready to advice others on their issues. You will be ready to advice yourself too. Just that you are not listening to yourself. Your advices to yourself go unheard because you are not listened to. Nobody is paying attention to you. Not even you. Its 1:47 AM. Go...sleep. Listen to yourself.

Heard you! 40 winks.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Astrology for the day

Usippi vittu Usippi vitae odamba rana galam aakaraangapaa.

You have been stressed by choices between responsibilities at home and in your career. Now, however, your philosophical outlook on life can suggest answers that have been hard to find. No matter what you want, don't resist the current changes that can lift you out of the shadows and into the bright Sun. Consciously flow with the astrological tides, for they can carry you to a wonderful place.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


com is the root of internet
Om is the root of universe.