Gautam Gambhir Skipping a Test Match - WTF
Indian Test opening batsman Guatam Gambhir has decided to skip the third Test match between India and Sri Lanka – the reason given by him - his sister’s marriage. WTF.
I have never heard of an international cricketer skipping a Test match to attend his sister’s marriage. A family member getting sick or a new born in the family – all these can be a good reason to skip an international match but skipping a Test match to attend sister’s marriage is unpardonable. The dates for the Test matches are announced at least a year in advance. Why can’t Gambhir’s family arrange the function a week after the third Test match? If IPL matches were going on now will Gambhir skip those to attend his sister’s marriage?
Doesn’t this throw light to a bigger issue we are facing now? The importance the players of this era give to Test cricket. There was a class of cricketers who thought that Test match cricket is the ultimate test for a cricket player and would do everything possible to play in whatever Test matches available.
Indian captain Dhoni started this trend of resting from Test matches. He has played the IPL and other pyjama cricket that can fetch him money and fame for a full year and when the time to play some real cricket came he took rest. He could do that because there was no one else available to challenge his place in Indian team. Gambhir with his recent performance has cemented his place in Indian team. What did he do next? Skip a Test match to attend sister’s marriage.
If this trend is allowed to continue in the near future, we are going to see more and more international players skipping Test matches similar to what we see in domestic first class cricket. The international players always find one or more reasons to skip the domestic completions like Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy as stakes involved are very less. I fear Test matches are going to have the same fate.
Hopefully things will change for better…..
Labels: Cricket, India, Test Matches
Duleep Trophy 2009/10 – Latest Updates.
Bookmark this page to know that latest about Duleep Trophy. Last Updated February 3rd IST
Final: South Zone v West Zone at Hyderabad (Deccan) - Feb 2-6, 2010
West Zone won by 3 wickets
South Zone 400 and 386/9d; West Zone 251 and 541/7
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1st Semi-Final: North Zone v West Zone at Rajkot - Jan 26-29, 2010
Match drawn (West Zone won on 1st innings)
West Zone 769 and 345/7; North Zone 294
Scorecard | Article index (4)
2nd Semi-Final: Central Zone v South Zone at Indore - Jan 26-29, 2010
South Zone won by 5 wickets
Central Zone 333 and 252; South Zone 295 and 293/5
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Labels: Cricket, Duleep Trophy, First Class Cricket, Indian Cricket
This is what is called a “Cheat Sheet”
I was cleaning up the trash I accumulated over the years since coming here for Masters in 2001. I came across this cheat sheet which I used for one of the exams during Fall 2001, the first semester at ASU. We were allowed to take 8 ½ x 11 sheet, where you can write anything you want on both sides. I was amazed at how much I could cram into one sheet of paper. See these photos to believe.
Can never forget those days... Enjoyed every bit of it....
Labels: ASU, Cheat Sheet, Exam, MS, Personal
Five Tips to Help You Find a Job/Scholarship in Graduate School
One of the main questions in the mind of a student joining graduate college these days is how to find an hourly job or how to find some form of assistantship. As woes of recession deepen and more and more hourly jobs/scholarship dwindles, it is not easy to find one especially during first semester of your graduate study. Here are five tips that can help you land up in a job after you join for your graduate studies.
1 – Arrive at least three weeks early
If you are in F1 visa, you are allowed to come four weeks before your classes actually start. Try coming at least 3 weeks before the classes start so that you have time to apply for whatever hourly jobs remaining in your school. If you land in the school say 1 week before the classes start then forget about the hourly jobs as most of them may have been already taken.
2 - Networking
When I joined grad school in Fall 2001, I came almost three weeks in advance and I started applying for most of the hourly jobs posted in the school website for almost two weeks. I was not even getting any interview calls. Finally I got a job in the football stadium. I even didn’t send my resume for that job. A friend of mine who already has that job recommended me. I got my second job – a front assistant in a dormitory also through the recommendation by another friend working there. So even for getting an hourly job networking is a key. So I suggest anyone coming to pursue graduate studies to start networking even before you land up in US for your studies so that you have good contacts by the time you are here that can “potentially” help you find a job.
3 – Knock All Doors
Knock all possible jobs. You don’t have to feel shy about that. You never know from where you are going to get a job from. You may know a Professor working in your area of interest who don’t have any openings now but potentially will have projects in the future. Communicate with him constantly showing your interest to work for him/her. When he/she finally gets a new project and wants to hire a student you name should automatically come to his/her mind.
4 – Choosing Classes Wisely
This is one of the best ways to land in assistantship. You know a Professor doing research in your area of interest. Sign up for a class offered by that professor and do extremely well in that class. If you could impress him/her in the class with your skills there is a good chance that when you approach that professor next time he may offer you some assistantship or help you get some thing.
5 - Getting Good Grades in First Semester
I have seen this happening a lot. Get good grades for all the courses you take for the first semester and then approach various professors and you have a lot better chances of getting some assistantship.
Having said all that “luck” plays a very important role at least initially in getting an hourly job or assistantship. I know a lot of students who have done all those I mentioned above and still don’t have any assistantship for the entire length of their graduate study. But these five tips are something that any graduate student can pursue that can enhance his/her chance of getting a job/assistantship.
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Labels: ASU, Desipundit, F1, Graduate School, Jobs, Recession
Solving the Puzzle – How Many More Kids
This blog post is a translation of the blog post written in Malayalam by Kuttyedathi. Her blog posts in Malayalam are so humorous and rich in content. Her bio in Twitter reads as follows: “Mom |Blogger |Orkutter |Twitterer |exists everywhere in Internet |Nowhere in real world |SAP Professional |Future DC Books BestSeller Writer:)”. Now if you know how to read Malayalam go directly to her blog and read this post as I am sure I may not have captured the entire essence of her writing in my translation.
For the last few months I am having a serious syndrome – the main symptom of this syndrome being looking at families having three or more kids. This disease becomes severe when I go to church or take my kids for a doctor’s visit. It is a fashion in India to stop with one or a maximum of two kids. Here so many Americans and Hispanics have more than two kids. Even among the Malayalees coming to Dallas church a lot of them have three kids.
Every week when I go to church if I see some family with more than two kids, it has become my hobby to watch them. The eldest kid putting the youngest in the car seat, making the kid sleep, the eldest giving milk from feeding bottle – I just cannot keep my eye away from those kids these days. Now I stand there watching the family of more than two kids, the Dream Girl (hence called DG) in me will whisper to me Dont envy then... "Have one more kid and make yourself proud"
Immediately the Practical Girl (hence called PG) in me will shout "it is very easy to tell to make more kids. Increasing the numbers is easy. Who will give them good education? Everything is so expensive. Who will buy them enough toys?"
DG: Hey as if your parents were extremely rich and using that they taught you. Kids will somehow study. How many toys did you have during childhood? It is not necessary to have toys for a kid to grow…
PG: hey DG, it is very easy to tell. After sending two kids to Montessori school itself we are financially so broke that we don’t save even to buy some poison if we want!
DG: Now who asked you to send the kids to Montessori? Aren’t there public schools in the nook and corner of Dallas?
PG: If you ask like that… Yes there are… but… I never got a chance to study in an English medium school nor a good school. My father could not afford to send me to private school. Even now however much I act outside, sadness is still inside me that I could never go to an English medium school. So am I at fault if I dream of giving my two kids the best education possible…. Something I never got?
DG: Ohhh… so you are raising your kids to fulfill all the unfulfilled dreams and ambitions of you? Let me ask you something – Anything bad happened to you since you studied in a Malayalam medium school? Don’t you have a good job in US with a good pay? Are you not able to speak good English to Americans working with you? What else do you want for a girl born in a remote village in Kerala?
PG: Yes you are correct… but somewhere I feel something is missing….like something ….when I see some girls writing blogs in English using words I have never heard of…. I feel some kind of lack of confidence….
DG: You have an explanation for each and everything… have you noticed how happy the kids are when they go to church each Sunday to pray? Haven’t you seen that they have so many cousins and relatives there to take care of them? How was that possible? If your grandmother didn’t have a dozen kids will your kids ever get so many relatives to take care and play with them? During festivals like Christmas and Thanksgiving when all your relatives gather together why is it so much fun? Isn’t it because there are so many of you? So the happiness you got because you had so many relatives – you are trying to prevent from happening to the next generation by not having more kids? Isn’t it your selfishness that is preventing you from having more kids?
Now from your husband’s side - his parents had six kids. When all those six and their families get together during holidays you have a lot of fun, right? You don’t have any right to deny that fun to your kids. You enjoyed the benefits of a big family and it is your duty to make sure that your kids also enjoy these fun filled get togethers.
The PG couldn’t find any counter arguments/figure out any point to defend to DG…DG continues…
DG: OK, when you feel sad whom do you call first in your family?
PG: My brother and sister.
DG: See now…every day you call your brother and sister and talk to them. Like that did you ever think who will be there for your kids to talk to when they feel really down?
PG: but hasn’t time changed? Earlier it was very easy to manage a family with the salary of one person. What is the condition now? Isn’t a very big thing to raise the kids? Isn’t it very stressful?
DG: that is only if you go and raise the kids…tell me one thing… when you were a kid did someone raise you? Mother will cook food at the right time and give it to you. You with your friends may be in some fields playing all the time. Those days the kids were not being raised. They grew up on their own. These days’ parents won’t allow their kids to grow on their own rather they try to make them grow.
PG: Hey… You are ten years behind in your thought process…. Look around.. The whole is full of competition. Now what if my kids fail in this new world of competition? Won’t they blame me for not bringing them up to face this competitive world? Isn’t it quality more important than quantity?
DG: when an emergency comes if your kids don’t have anyone to go to what is the use of this “quality”? Just think about your kids after you are no more….whom do they have to speak to? Both your kids will be looking at each other and they will be cursing you for not having had more kids.
PG: Ok agreed, now tell me if we decided to go back to India for good, what will happen to me? I have seen people making lot of fun these days at people having more than 2 kids? Don’t few of them look at you as if you are a traitor? I have heard that if you have more than two kids you can’t contest for elections or be eligible for food subsidy and stuff like that…leave all these alone…how will I answer the questions of the people like “you don’t have anything for birth control in countries like US?” I have heard people telling that to my sister. I still remember a lady asking my sister “You people are well educated and wise, still you guys fail to avoid getting pregnant accidentally?” Those people themselves will determine that it was due to a mistake that the third kid was born. Now if we say we really wanted the third one then the comment you may get will be “yes after an unwanted pregnancy this is what every one tells - that they wanted one more”. I don’t want my relatives and neighbors in India to talk to me like that….
DG: Now I got the point. You are more concerned about what others will talk about you. When did you start getting concerned about views of others? You always used to say that you are never concerned about what others tell and that you will do what you like? What happened to that line of thought? People will tell so many things. Never mind any of that and go ahead with your life…
PG: hey haven’t we studied about population explosion in school? Haven’t we read that the resources in the whole world are not enough to feed the present population and that the population is increasing exponentially and hence shortage of food and stuff like that? So if I have more kids isn’t it a sin to the entire mankind?
DG: You have dumb reasoning for everything… nothing is going to happen to the world if you had one more kid. How many of your aunties told you at some point of time that they made a big mistake stopping with two kids.
PG: again those pregnant days…sleepless nights…changing diapers, I don’t want… I don’t have any more capacity to do all those…more over I am thirty two…I have read that if you have kids at such age they may have some genetic problems…. If something like that happens doesn’t that be the worst thing I could do to my baby?
The debates in my mind never end… who will win – the dream girl or the practical girl in me? Only time will tell…..
N.B. – If someone asks me who the best blogger in Malayalam is I don’t have to think twice. It is Berly who blogs at “Berlytharangal”. Whenever I read Kuttyedathi’s blog posts I feel some kind of similarity in the writing style between those two. Is Kuttyedathi the female Berly of Malayalam blogosphere?
Photo courtesy - www.wizkids.org.au
Labels: Desipundit, Kids, Lifestyle, Personal, Translation, US
Trivandrum Tweetup with Dr Shashi Tharoor
Here are some of the photos of the "Netizens Meeting with Dr Shashi Tharoor" #NMST. Stay tuned for more photos.
Are you a Resident/Native of Trivandrum and blog/tweet regularly? Then it is your chance to meet and interact with Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs and MP from Trivandrum. This event was made possible, thanks to the efforts of Kenney Jacob. Here are the details of the event.
Venue : Hotel Geeth, Trivandrum (View Map)
Date: November 17th 2009
Time: 10.30 to 11.30 am
In order to ensure that everyone attending gets a chance to interact with Dr Tharoor, registration for the Tweetup is required. You can register to attend the tweetup here “Netizens Meeting with Dr Shashi Tharoor” or contact Kenney Jacob at Kenney(dot)jacob(at)gmail(dot)com if you wish to participate.
Stay tuned for more news about Trivandrum Tweetup with Dr Shashi Tharoor…
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Labels: Shashi Tharoor, Trivandrum, Tweetup
Ranji Trophy 2009/10 – Latest Updates
Last Updated on 14th January...For the latest about Ranji Trophy 2009/10 bookmark this page
Ranji Trophy Finals (11th-15th January)
Congrats to Mumbai for successfully defending the Ranji Trophy
Final: Karnataka v Mumbai at Mysore - Jan 11-15, 2010
Mumbai won by 6 runs
Mumbai 233 and 234; Karnataka 130 and 331
Ranji Trophy Semi-finals (3rd-6th January)
1st Semi-Final: Mumbai v Delhi at Mumbai (BS) - Jan 3-6, 2010
Match drawn (Mumbai won on 1st innings)
Mumbai 500 and 187; Delhi 211 and 160/4
2nd Semi-Final: Karnataka v Uttar Pradesh at Bangalore - Jan 3-6, 2010
Match drawn (Karnataka won on 1st innings)
Karnataka 575/7d and 247/8d; Uttar Pradesh 208 and 22/1
Ranji Trophy 2009/10 - Quarter Final (Dec 24-27)
Ranji Trophy Super League 2009/10 - Round 7 (Dec 15-18)
Group B: Bengal v Delhi at Kolkata - Dec 15-18, 2009
Group B: Bengal v Delhi at Kolkata - Dec 15-18, 2009
Bengal 522 and 223/3; Delhi 378
Group A: Himachal Pradesh v Orissa at Dharamsala - Dec 15-18, 2009
Himachal Pradesh 125 and 486; Orissa 316 and 183/8
Group A: Hyderabad (India) v Tamil Nadu at Hyderabad (Decc) - Dec 15-18, 2009
Hyderabad (India) 347 and 148/2; Tamil Nadu 785
Group B: Maharashtra v Baroda at Pune - Dec 15-18, 2009
Baroda won by 7 wickets
Maharashtra 288 and 207; Baroda 395 and 101/3
Group A: Mumbai v Gujarat at Mumbai (BS) - Dec 15-18, 2009
Mumbai 648/6d and 180/2; Gujarat 502
Group A: Railways v Punjab at Delhi - Dec 15-18, 2009
Railways 276 and 230/4; Punjab 401
Group B: Saurashtra v Karnataka at Rajkot - Dec 15-18, 2009
Karnataka won by 6 wickets
Saurashtra 216 and 407; Karnataka 384 and 241/4
Plate Group Semifinals
1st Semi-Final: Assam v Andhra at Guwahati - Dec 15-18, 2009
Assam won by 5 wickets
Andhra 214 and 241; Assam 327 and 132/5
2nd Semi-Final: Haryana v Tripura at Rohtak - Dec 15-18, 2009
Match drawn (Haryana won on 1st innings)
Haryana 265 and 478/6; Tripura 193
Points Table (after Round 7)
Ranji Trophy Super League 2009/10 - Round 6 (Dec 8-11)
Group A: Hyderabad (India) v Railways at Hyderabad (Decc) - Dec 8-11, 2009
Railways 305 and 363/5; Hyderabad (India) 303
Group A: Mumbai v Tamil Nadu at Mumbai - Dec 8-11, 2009
Tamil Nadu 501 and 253/3; Mumbai 366
Group A: Punjab v Orissa at Chandigarh - Dec 8-11, 2009
Orissa 283 and 247/8d; Punjab 177 and 192/4
Group B: Baroda v Saurashtra at Vadodara - Dec 8-9, 2009
Baroda won by 7 wickets
Saurashtra 127 and 137; Baroda 124 and 145/3
Group A: Gujarat v Himachal Pradesh at Surat - Dec 8-10, 2009
Himachal Pradesh won by 6 wickets
Gujarat 234 and 87; Himachal Pradesh 182 and 141/4
Group B: Uttar Pradesh v Bengal at Kanpur - Dec 8-10, 2009
Uttar Pradesh won by 3 wickets
Bengal 193 and 104; Uttar Pradesh 62 and 236/7
Ranji Trophy Super League 2009/10 - Round 5 (Dec 1-4)
Karnataka won by an innings and 102 runs
Karnataka 488; Baroda 153 and 233 (f/o)
Group B: Delhi v Saurashtra at Delhi - Dec 1-4, 2009
Delhi won by 8 wickets
Saurashtra 328 and 214; Delhi 383 and 161/2
Group A: Gujarat v Railways at Valsad - Dec 1-4, 2009
Lunch - Gujarat trail by 57 runs with 7 wickets remaining
Gujarat 91 and 243/3; Railways 391
NK Patel 89* BD Thaker 11* M Kartik 33-8-73-2 KV Sharma 9-1-23-0
Group A: Hyderabad (India) v Mumbai at Hyderabad (Decc) - Dec 1-4, 2009
Lunch - Hyderabad (India) trail by 128 runs with 7 wickets remaining
Hyderabad (India) 266 and 127/3; Mumbai 521/2d
Anirudh Singh 10* Abhinav Kumar 0* Iqbal Abdulla 7-1-18-1 RR Powar 11-4-17-2
Group B: Maharashtra v Uttar Pradesh at Pune - Dec 1-4, 2009
Stumps - Uttar Pradesh require another 286 runs with 7 wickets remaining
Maharashtra 292 and 338/9d; Uttar Pradesh 208 and 137/3
M Kaif 12* Parvinder Singh 5* SM Fallah 9-0-42-0 J Patil 8-1-39-2
Group A: Orissa v Tamil Nadu at Sambalpur - Dec 1-4, 2009
Lunch - Tamil Nadu lead by 243 runs with 6 wickets remaining
Tamil Nadu 361 and 209/4; Orissa 327
KD Karthik 56* R Sathish 6* Dhiraj Singh 13-2-58-2 RK Mohanty 2-0-2-0
Group A: Punjab v Himachal Pradesh at Mohali - Dec 1-3, 2009
Punjab won by 8 wickets
Himachal Pradesh 197 and 82; Punjab 186 and 97/2
Ranji Trophy Super League 2009/10 - Round 4 (Nov 24-27)
Group B: Bengal v Saurashtra at Kolkata - Nov 24-27, 2009
Saurashtra 650/9d; Bengal 456 and 135/1 (f/o)
Group A: Himachal Pradesh v Tamil Nadu at Dharamsala - Nov 24-27, 2009
Tamil Nadu won by 91 runs
Tamil Nadu 293/8d and 319; Himachal Pradesh 366 and 155
Group A: Hyderabad (India) v Orissa at Hyderabad (Decc) - Nov 24-27, 2009
Orissa 276 and 243/5d; Hyderabad (India) 199 and 205/9
Group B: Maharashtra v Karnataka at Poona - Nov 24-27, 2009
Karnataka won by an innings and 128 runs
Maharashtra 105 and 320; Karnataka 553/4d
Group A: Punjab v Gujarat at Mohali - Nov 24-27, 2009
Punjab won by an innings and 32 runs
Gujarat 160 and 252; Punjab 444
Group A: Railways v Mumbai at Delhi - Nov 24-27, 2009
Railways 187 and 309; Mumbai 284 and 69/0
Group B: Uttar Pradesh v Delhi at Lucknow - Nov 24-27, 2009
Uttar Pradesh won by an innings and 22 runs
Uttar Pradesh 536/7d; Delhi 202 and 312 (f/o)
Ranji Trophy Super League 2009/10 - Round 3
Group A: Hyderabad (India) v Gujarat at Hyderabad (Decc) - Nov 17-20, 2009
Hyderabad (India) 236 and 2/0; Gujarat 536
Group B: Karnataka v Bengal at Mysore - Nov 17-20, 2009
Bengal 324 and 213/6; Karnataka 523/9d
Group A: Mumbai v Himachal Pradesh at Mumbai - Nov 17-20, 2009
Mumbai won by 85 runs
Mumbai 162 and 335/7d; Himachal Pradesh 246 and 166
Group A: Orissa v Railways at Bhubaneswar - Nov 17-20, 2009
Railways 307/8d; Orissa 132/4
Group A: Punjab v Tamil Nadu at Amritsar - Nov 17-20, 2009
Tamil Nadu won by an innings and 45 runs
Punjab 228 and 248; Tamil Nadu 521/9d
Group B: Saurashtra v Maharashtra at Rajkot - Nov 17-20, 2009
Saurashtra 544/3d; Maharashtra 289 and 162/5 (f/o)
Group B: Uttar Pradesh v Baroda at Ghaziabad - Nov 17-20, 2009
Baroda 234 and 331; Uttar Pradesh 240 and 8/1
Latest Points Table
Ranji Trophy Plate League 2009/10 - Round 3
Group B: Andhra v Madhya Pradesh at Vijayawada - Nov 17-20, 2009
Madhya Pradesh 308/5d; Andhra 145/6
Group A: Assam v Jharkhand at Guwahati - Nov 17-20, 2009
Jharkhand 261 and 247; Assam 298 and 99/9
Group A: Goa v Rajasthan at Margao - Nov 17-20, 2009
Goa 338 and 212/9; Rajasthan 225
Group B: Jammu & Kashmir v Kerala at Jammu - Nov 17-19, 2009
Jammu & Kashmir won by 194 runs
Jammu & Kashmir 164 and 244; Kerala 133 and 81
Group A: Vidarbha v Tripura at Nagpur - Nov 17-20, 2009
Vidarbha 222 and 217/6d; Tripura 151 and 73/4
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Labels: Cricket, Ranji Trophy, Updates