Harsha Bhogle: Better bowlers, better Test team | Opinion | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo

One-day captaincy is much more about instinct and short-term rewards, which we in India are naturally adept at extracting. We see opportunities quickly, we rush in, we are satisfied. A space opens up in a crowded local train and we edge in there, a new counter opens at a bus station and we are first in the new queue; our eyes are forever darting around looking for an opening because if we miss it we may not get another. As a wonderfully instinctive person who has his wits around him, Dhoni revels in these conditions. A five-day game is more like booking your ticket early and reserving a seat rather than charging around looking for one.

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Interesting version of Ramayana

A young second generation Indian in the US was asked by his mother to explain the significance of “Diwali” to his younger brother, this is how he went about it…..

“So, there was a guy called ‘Ram’, this dude had a big cool kingdom and people liked him. But, his step-mom, or something, was kind of a bitch, and she forced her husband to, like, send this cool-dude, to some national forest or something…. Since he was going, for something like more than 10 years or so…. he decided to get his wife and his bro along…. you know…so that they could all chill out together. But

Dude, the forest was reeeeal scary shit… really man…they had monkeys and devils and all the shit like that. But this macho dude, Ram, kicked them with darts and bows and arrows… so it was coool.

But then some bad gangstar boys, some jerk called Ravan, picks up his babe (Sita) and lures her away to his hood. And boy, our man, and also his bro, Lax man,were reeealy pissed off… all the gods were with him… So anyways, we won’t mess with gods. So, Ram, and his bro got an army of monkeys…

Dude, don’t ask me how they trained the damn monkeys…. just go along with me, OK…

So, Ram, Lax and their monkeys whipped this gangsta’s ass in his own hood….Anyways, by this time, their time was up in the forest… and anyways… it gets kinda boring, you know… no TV or malls or other stuffs. So, they decided to hitch a ride back home… and when the people realized that the macho dude, his bro and his babe are back home…. they thought, well, you know, at least they deserve something nice… and they didn’t have any bars or clubs in those days… so they couldn’t take them out for a drink, so they, like, decided to smoke and stuff … and since they also had some lamps, they lit the lamps also…so it was pretty cooool… you know wIth all those fireworks and puff…. Really, they even had some local band play along with the fireworks… And, so dude, that was how, like, this festival started.

The mother fainted………