It was not the usual T20 match that you would expect but nevertheless it turned out to be a nerve wracking game. Gambhir playing his first match as an IPL captain was cool as a cucumber as he guided his team to a straightforward chase with an old-fashioned innings full of sensible strokeplay. Delhi were the firm favourites but T20 is so unpredictable that you just can’t take things granted in this format. Had Pathan taken the catch of Manhas at a crucial moment in the match the result might have well been in favour of Preity Zinta who wore a traditional Punjabi dress.
“I’ve played cricket for 21 years and I have seen Sachin Tendulkar as the best batsman against whom I have played as he has murdered attacks and hit them all over the park. But today was the best innings I have ever seen,” No Guesses for who made that comment. Yes the spin wizard Shane Warne showering praise on his team mate Yusuf Pathan who almost won the game single handedly with his ferocious 37 ball 100 which also happens to be the fastest in IPL and 2nd fastest in the history of T20 cricket.
It is that time of the year once again when Movies take a backseat and theaters wear a deserted look and instead people will be glued to their television sets for 45 days while the grounds are jam packed with crazy fans and loyal supporters of their respective franchises. Yes we are talking of IPL which is in its 3rd season and more importantly back in INDIA.IPL boss Lalit Modi sees his baby becoming bigger than the NFL, the NBA, and the English Premier League. Sounds very ambitious and futuristic but hey he might not have a degree from an IIM but he is the right salesman for the right product (IPL) and has a belief in the power of the market.
On the 26th of JAN when INDIA celebrated its 61st Republic Day I had written a post titled “ Phir mile sur – Mile Bollywood hamara ??” where I was (atleast sounded to be) critical of the fact that too much of Bollywood was a part of the Video and that not much screen space was given to the sportsmen and the defense forces. Today I was pleasantly surprised to see a video thanks to my friend Kiran.
The long awaited Apple’s new touchscreen tablet was finally unveiled by Steve Jobs on 27th Jan 2010 at a jam-packed theater in San Francisco and it is named iPad and not iSlate as was being speculated. Apple has this unique distinction of revolutionizing the industry into which they step into. iPod arrived in 2001 and it replaced the Walkman. iPhone showed up six years later to give a new dimension to touch screen mobile phones. With iPad, Apple does not intend to replace anything but instead complement the devices that already exist in the market which seems a risky strategy but Hey this is Apple who like to do things differently.
Today INDIA celebrated its 61st Republic Day and like every other republic day I was glued to DD, the only time most people will switch to the national channel as they don’t have any other option. The capital was enveloped in thick fog but that didn’t deter the spirit of the delhities who had turned out in huge numbers to witness the parade. The military and paramilitary contingents marched perfectly which was followed up by the 21 tableaux, representing 12 states as well as Central Ministries and Departments showcasing the nation’s culture, art forms, Scientific and technological progress and rich resources.
If you thought Google was only into Software then you are absolutely wrong. You might have been right before 5th Jan 2010. However with the launch of its Smartphone – Nexus One a device with speech recognition, Google has finally announced its entry into the Hardware market.
Google and Hardware
Google’s decision to come out with a Smartphone is not surprising but I guess they have taken a bit long considering that they jumped into the mobile market with the announcement of developing a free Smartphone operating system(Android) 2 years back. Some of the readers might be interested to know why a search and Web Giant like Google would enter the Hardware market.