Thursday, September 29, 2005


Hi !

I wrote this in response to an article which appeared on the Economic Times today titled "Dear Chappell, revise your management lessons" by one Lopmudra Ghatak (Click here to read it). It was a scathing attack on the style, approach & recent developments concerning Greg Chappel-The Indian Cricket coach.

Though I am not a keen follower of the game since the last 5-6 years but as recently I have been following the Greg Vs. Sourav spat closely on the news channels (moreover you can't really take Cricket out of an Indian male), somehow I was unable to hold myself back. In the end I did manage to write this piece to the editor.

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I was surprised to read this article on a respected business newspaper as the "Economic Times". I just hope the views of the author do not necessarily mirror the views of the Newspaper.

Mediocracy has no place in today's competitive world, of which cricket too forms a very important part, especially for a country as ours. On one hand the top teams including Australia, England & Sri Lanka have been light years ahead of the Indian cricket team in terms of fitness & performance on the field, on the other hand teams such as Zimbabwe also have been surprising & surpassing the Indian team on performance.

Given these set of conditions, the Indian team & players have no second option but to fall in line with what the coach is trying to achieve. I don't find anything wrong with the approach of Greg Chappel. Why the hell are we so afraid of trying new players, every time its the same old Ganguly, Tendulkar etc. etc.... Though I agree that both Sourav & Greg could have talked & attempted to settle the issues but the matter of fact now is that Ganguly's situation is as bad or worse than when you need to make a visit to gotta go when you gotta go. Ganguly needs to go !

Just because Ganguly has been fairly successful as a captain in the past doesn't mean he will remain to be so forever. Every tiger ages. The Bengal tiger cannot play "bad" cricket & the team afford to be on a losing streak forever. Or we may as well say Bye Bye to the "World Cup-2007" just now.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005


This easily is the topic closest to my heart. In this post I have attempted to put here some of my closest friends I have made in my life so far....My friends are my pillars of strength. The listing is in a reverse chronological order:

# Rajiv - I have learnt a lot from this guy and I respect him for what he has achieved in life so far and also he is capable of achieving. He has unparallel people / interpersonal skills and convincing abilites. I came to know him during my stint with Gujarat Gas at Surat. We usually used to spend the evenings just outside the office discussing just about anything under the sun over countless cigarettes. We must have made 'kaka' (the shop owner) atleast a millionaire if not a billionaire. We used to share our experiences, vent our frustrations, discuss on the future etc. etc.. After moving to Vadodara also I am in regular touch with him, now whenever I go out for a smoke, I am in 9 out of 10 cases found talking to him over phone.

# Manjeet Sodhi - How can I forget this gentleman. He is a full 12-13 years elder to me but we connected well. He used to work at the State Electricity Utility but he was a passionate user of the Internet & the quality I liked about him was that he always was not satisfied with the status quo. He started his own Cyber cafe in 2000 with one computer & I happened to be amongst the first customers. It was a cyber cafe closer to home than any I had been going to before. I often used to visit him after reaching home & used to stay there till it was time for him to close at 11:00 PM in the night. We used to discuss so many things.

After some time he got an additional computer & had two connections. Some time later he got 8 computers & expanded in a big way. I remember he had bought a SOHO (Small Office Home Office) internet sharing hub for connecting all the 8 comps. & he toiled hard to configure the LAN system for 2 full days. I bailed him out the third day by bringing his comp & the SOHO device to my home & we finally successfully configured the thing around 3 or 4 am in the morning. Next day we configured the total system at his cyber cafe & that day we finished only around 5 or 6 am in the morning (all this even as I had my office from 8:30 am). Sometimes we used to go for a cup of tea after 11:00 PM and the cigarettes too, to a nearby place which used to remain open whole night (it was near the Makarpura Octroi naka), we used to sit there discussing for hours together our common passion "Internet" and a lot of other things, life etc. he used to coax me to go an immigration to Canada (something which I never did ultimately). He himself was a 'mona' Sardar & you would not make out. Those were some times I will never forget.

Of course after I got married in Feb. 02, frequency of visits to him & the cyber cafe decreased. I left Vadodara for Mumbai in October 2002 and lost touch with him (I never bothered to have his any other details except the local phone nos. & mobile no.). Then in 2003 I heard (on a trip to Vadodara) that he had left for USA. After coming back to Vadodara in April 2005, I went to inquire about him at a shop adjacent to where his shop existed & the guy told me that Mr.Sodhi had come back. Mr.Sodhi hopefully will get in touch with you again sometime.

# Golu, Mohit & Keya - I came to know them through Brijesh (more on him later) during his second year (1997-98) at college, they were his batchmates. Over time we have come so close that I had to think hard to remember how I had come to know them. They have been there whenever I have needed them. We have had some very good times when I was a bachelor (they also used to be till about 5 months back when mohit & keya got married, golu still is an eligible bachelor). I had been working for more than an year then, brijesh's parents had gone to visit his sis' in the US. My house (dad's i mean) anyways was empty as me alone was staying ever since I started working in 99'. So every weekend we used to have a blast at my place. Those were the best days of my life. Summer of 01'. These guys are in the UK now.

# Vishal - Vishal used to stay in the same colony (our dad's worked for the same organisation) and though I came across him when we used to play as kids in the playground or the sports club, we came close after school. He also is a doctor. Every parent will love to have a son like him. I have not been in touch with him after I left Surat & he left for Noida / Delhi to join a hospital there as a Consultant (he specialises in the Eyes). Kidhar hai bhai....

# Brijesh - The title of the "best friend" undoubtedly goes to this guy. I have known him from the time we were in our Vth Grades but we came close during our secondary and even closer once we got out of the school. We used to go together to school on our bicycles. In school he was the undisputed king of the class, people used to compete with him for the Ist rank, though I was happy always being in the top-5 so there never was any conflict of friendship, so to speak :)

I still remember once we were on our cycles (VIII or IXth Grades), back on our way to home from school, I was on his right side and got hit on the hand (where one holds the handle) by a speeding auto rickshaw. For a moment I did not realise how much damage had been caused to my hand till I saw blood gushing out of my right palm. We stopped immediately, I parked my cycle on the side of the road & this guy took me on his cycle to the dispensary like mad, we must have covered that distance of around 3 kms in 5 minutes flat. I will never forget the incident.

After we passed out from the school, he was the only one who got into an MBBS course & me into the mechanical engineering at Vadodara. Though we had planned that both of us would go to Trichy REC for doing Mechanical Engineering together. Need I say he backed out at the last minute in deference to Aunty & Uncle's wishes that he be a doctor. We stayed quite closeby. Our dads too worked for the same organisation (though that's not how we came to know each other). He is in the UK now ever since March this year when he went there after his MS for greener pastures.

We were & are an antithesis. He was your smart, intelligent & flamboyant guy next door (as I heard most of the girls in his college were mad after him & all the girls in his group have proposed to him one time or the other :-) and I was the silent, intellectual, hardworking types but I am thankful to God that our frienship has endured the test of time. I remember we had a lot of fun when we went for Baboo didi's wedding (his elder sister) to Agra. Happened to see the Taj that time.

I also wish to thank him for the birthday parties, in which I was always invited also in which he made sure to call all his friends who happened to be girls from his medical college. I swear I have never seen so much glamour at any single location since those days :-)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Songs / Album:

1. Hindi:
# Aaja Nachle - Sung by Hans Raj Hans & music by Balli Sagoo
# Chhaiyan chhaiyan from Dil Se - Music by A.R.Rahman

2. English
# Best of me - Bryan Adams
# Come undone - Duran Duran
# Saltwater - Chicane
# Greatest Hits - Kenny G


1. Hindi movies i just loved....

# Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
# Swades
# Sadma
# Munnabhai MBBS

2. English movies i liked....

# Patch Adams
# There is something about Mary

"Quotable Quotes

These are some really fantastic quotes I have happened to remember over the years ...

" Experience is not what happens to us, experience is what we do with what happens to us " (This somehow has stuck in my brains after I read it in a mail by an old friend "Sindhuja")

" Weak minds talk about people, Average mind talk about events & Great minds talk about ideas " (I don't remember from where I learnt of this)

" Even if opportunity knocks at the door, One has to get up & open it "

" Every man thinks of the woman he could not have had & every woman thinks of the man she could have had "

" In the past I lived in present, presently I live in the past" (An Original from me)

" Marriage is a price man pays for Sex, Sex is the price woman pays for marriage." (Read this on one of the other posts....with due regards to copyrights with the author)

Some all time favourite phrases from Jagjit's Ghazals...of course all credit goes to the respective poets / shayars.

# Dafn kar do hame ke saans mile, Nabz kuch der se thami si hai; Waqt rehta nahin kahin ruk-kar, iski aadat bhi aadmi si hai....

# Mujhse bichad ke khush rehte ho, meri tarah tum bhi jhute ho....

# Munh ki baat sune har koi, dil ke dard ko jaane kaun....

# Koi fariyaad tere dil mein dabi ho jaise, tune aankhon se koi baat kahi ho jaise....

# Dil dhoondta hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din....

# Tamanna phir machal jaaye agar tum milne aa jao....

# Yeh to nahin ke gham nahin, haan meri aankh nam nahin; Tum bhi to tum nahin ho aaj, hum bhi to aaj hum nahin....

# Dard se mera daman bhar de ya allah, phir chaahe deewana kar de ya allah....

# Tere khat aaj main Ganga mein baha aaya hoon, aag behte hue paani mein laga aaya hoon....

Saturday, September 24, 2005



This is my daughter Khushi. An absolute "Cutie".


Thursday, September 22, 2005


This was a poetry I actually created for my first blog,

Friendship is a lovely story;
Of friends essentially not their glory;
Shun their negatives adopt their positives;
And you have googol for a plenary.

Give it time and it will bloom;
Just as sunshine emerges from clouds of gloom;
Just as a bird emerges unscathed from the maze of a room;
Just as a banyan tree which grows from cracks of a dilapidated old tomb.




This is one of my poetry titled 'You'.


You were the only source of inspiration;
You were my only salvation,
I know not what holds you from being in my arms;
You will be here, someday you will fall for my charms,

I have loved & I have lived;
Loved & lived though have not together,

This birth you could not be mine;
Next birth hope things will be fine,

If my love was true, you will be with me;
This time or next time it matters not,

Live in death, I will till such time.
I wait for the day you will be mine.

(11:35 AM; 10.09.2005)

Why are we a sleepy nation ?

This is what I composed somedays back...

Today I received a chain e-mail from one of my friends asking to refrain buying petrol on 22nd of September 2005 and he had asked me to forward it to as many friends & acquaintances as possible, which I eventually did. But that incident set me thinking. There is so much power in the electronic communication and all we need to do is explore it to the maximum. Supposing an individual has 50 people as acquaintances / friends. These 50 people will get to know instantly of an issue we want to convey. They will be talking around in their neighborhood & can spread this through word of mouth. They might also be talking to their siblings in other cities or their parents in the villages and relatives in some more other cities. So even by conservative estimates a single person can communicate this to 100 other people. These 100 people can then reach out to as many people as they possibly know and covering the entire population or even 70-80% of it should be an easy task. 70-80% of the population adds up to a sizeable number in absolute terms. This kind of collective voice no one can ignore, not even our apparently deaf politicians, civic utilities etc. This means can be used to communicate your point of view on different issues of general interest, politics, issues involving the ‘common junta’ (‘junta’ is always common by the way) etc. This model can be adapted to any neighborhood, city, state or country. There are so many things we want to speak about, speak against, injustice meted out to us or to our acquaintances by a shopkeeper, a departmental store, politicians, our company etc. and we tend to keep quiet thinking that nothing will happen even if one takes up the cudgels.

Let us collectively take an oath that we will be responsible citizens always fighting for our rights, justice and anything that ought to get attention of common man. I am not a great leader like APJ Abdul Kalam who can give inspiring speeches, I was always taught in life to be silent, a good listener and take all things in life with a pinch of salt. I was taught that all things in life are not meant to be yours, you may or rather will not get or supposed to get some things in life. I was always asked to keep my feet within my ‘chadar’ (‘mattress’ for the uninitiated). Somewhere along my adult life I have now realized that life has endless opportunities for those who will explore, who will not be intimidated by their circumstances, who will fight & lose than not fight at all.

Jai hind !

Empowering India

This is what I feel about empowering India...I posted this article to Indian Express.

India empowered to me means every person has the opportunities & resources available to him/her to reach and exceed his / her capabilities helping us to build an impeccable India worthy of being an able successor to the ‘so called’ superpowers of this world. We have a long way to go on this journey. This inevitably has to begin with alleviating the poverty, providing education to all those who cannot afford it & impressing upon those who can afford it, its importance. Every child in India needs to be educated and every person in India needs to be independent financially so that he / she can take care of the basic needs of his family concerning food, cloth & shelter. Only beyond this they can manage to contribute in terms of intellectual capacity & intelligence for nation building.

Rising above the petty differences & reasons, the collective soul of the nation has to bind in a common purpose of building India. Each person has to ask himself what I can contribute for my country, only then we shall have a truly ‘Empowered & Strong India’.


Hi ! This is Santosh..

Welcome to my blog. I thought why not begin my own blog and let the world know what I think of them & on the issues concerning me, I & myself.
Shall attempt to keep you in good humour.