September 29, 2003

Wireless at last...........

Anil (my roomie) and I have been thinking of getting a wireless router and a wireless card for my laptop for quite sometime........but that was all planning and no implementation. this weekend (thanx to the postponment of the cricket tournament) we decided to finish our mission.

So our mission for the weekend was "Going wireless". We set out to accomplish our mission by getting the necessary hardware. We bought the wireless card and router from BEST BUY, an electronic goods store. we were glad that we got some rebates on the stuff we now that we had the raw material for the project we had to set up the network....once we got home both of us got to work.....he started setting up the router and I setup the wireless card for my expected my job was easier than his as my laptop detected the wireless card immediately but we had difficulty setting up the router and configuring it. But we managed to get the whole thing working by evening.....then we realised that we were HUNGRY !!!!!! ......we had not eaten any thing since breakfast so we ordered pizza. We had a satisfactory meal as we had the network up and running....yeah!!!!!!! But all this came at a cost.......I could not see my favorite College Football and win against Northwestern.

Later that night we were going to attend the "garba" organised by ISA and ICAGA (indian students and community associations of Akron)......Bhaddhu had come home and Anil said that we wasnt Bhaddu, Sindhu, Prathyusha, renu and I decided to go to the Garba at 7:15pm. Most of my friends were attending the Garba organised in Cleveland...but we decided that we will attend the one in Akron.....if we dont attend that then who will......also I know how much effort goes into organising an event of that sort. but at 7:10 i get a call from Rajesh (secretary for ISA) that there were hardly anyone at the Garba in Akron........he wanted to know if we would be interested in going to the cleveland one with Hari, Sunny, Sirish, Dhanraj and Avinash !!!!!!!! So we had a change in plans and attended the Garba in Cleveland.......the entry fee for Garba was $5 (per person) and $2 for a set of Dandiya's. man!!!!!!! that was expensive. But its fun attending the event as it was paisa vasool !!!!!!! All of us had fun. I find Garba very very confusing.....I mean the normal steps are fine.....but the ones which need u to turn confuse me a lot. How many ever times I learn that dance I always forget the steps.....but thats ok....I usually get a hang of it in 10-15 minutes...

there were a lot of people at the Garba.....mostly Gujju's...we had fun....all the guys from Akron formed a small circle for ourselves and we had our on version of Garba.....Some of us had the courage to join the main circle....but it was very very hard to follow the they were changing them every 5-10 mins....i mean, we are not by the time we got hang of the steps they used to switch to another one. but it was fun....then after a break we had was fun too (expect that I got hit on my knuckles with the stickes) still hurts.After the dance they had arranged for "Aarthi"..for Ambe maa

After all the ceremonies...Nisha, Amol and the rest of us went to Eat-n-park for dinner. we were very very hungry and our order was delayed due to the large crowd atthe restaurant. Sindhu and I then dropped Prathyu and Renu home and joined Bhaddu, Amol and Nisha for a game of Monopoly at Bhaddhu's place....It was a fun game...Nisha had the most unfortunate game I had ever seen.......Initially she went into Jail and repeatedly went back into it...the effect was such that she coudlnt manage to get a single ticket on the board...eventually she gave up...but there was some consolation for her as Amol won the game !!!!!!!!

September 22, 2003

Its already an year......

On Saturday night at 2:00 am Sindhu and I celebrated our first anniversary (the day she said yes to my proposal).......ever since my life has changed.....I cant say exactly how its made a difference.....but it has been different. Before we even realised one year haas flown by and now at the end of the first year we feel that we have known each other for a long...long....time. We wanted to celebrate the occasion at 2 in the morning becoz that was when she actually said YES to me..... uske pehle mera chehra dekh ne laaayak tha....pooora phata hua halat mei that mei.....but the relief and happiness I experience afterwards was unbelievable.......

On saturday....I went to play cricket !!!!!!! What a way to celebrate the occasion.....that too alone....she had to study for her class and also had to attend her friends Mehendi.... Our cricket team hasn't had any luck over the past year when we travelled to columbus....this year we are still without a win in Columbus after 5 games!!!!!!!! The last one was no different.....we got there at noon....and had to park 15 mins away from the ground due to the OSU home football game....great!!!!!!! BUt Hari, Rajesh and I had a great time in the car....we had discussions on many topics but the conversation used to always end up with us talking abt cricket.... Phani....was the visiting captain of the team from Connecticut ......yes .....he was the visiting captain as he had driven 8hrs to Akron on Friday to play on Saturday and then drove back for 8 hrs on Sunday!!!!!!....thats what is called...Enthu....

Phani lost the toss....useless fellow....they always used to curse me for losing the toss...but FYI....PHANI hasnt won a toss so far......4 out of 4 losses!!!!!!!!! I am much better...... we were put into bat....for the first time I was without any pressure.....its true....believe me!!!!! did make a lot of difference to me mentally...thru out the game....I was much more relaxed and enjoyed the game like never before in the season.....though there were some incidents which did upset some of us. Brijesh and Kiran opened.....Brijesh has been trying to find form for some time....he has been scoring runs but not very comfortably....he needed to spend some more time in the middle.....but he went for an extravagant (I didnt see the was described by the others)...and was caught behind....In came "Hurricane" Hari....he has been struggling too....Kiran on the other end has been gaining confidence with every knock.....Hari was bogged down by some good bowling....he couldnt get his usual he went for an attacking stroke and was caught in the slips (rather short thirdman).....he made 8(33) that was very very unusual of him. Phani..who had not touched the bat in 3 weeks...walked in....he wasnt very comfortable at the beginning but he started middling the ball pretty soon...all this while Kiran was playing bea...u..tiful shots and scoring freely.....Phani then came into his usual self and was settled...all was going well.....when he suddenly decided to take on the bowling and got caught at the long-on boundary.....the fielder was moved up so Phani was decieved...10(30). I walked in with the score reading 83/3 in 20 overs. Kiran in his usual way asked me to stay till the end (well...thats what I usually try..heheheh). A spinner was bowling.....I got a short eyes lit up ( the way is my favorite shot)...I pulled the ball to the legside boundary.....yeah!!!!!! That was a confidence booster...i always like it when i get off the mark straight away.....Kiran then finished his fifty.....thats his 3rd fifty as an opener...way to go Motu!!!!!!! immediately....he got caught in the short thirdman region off the spinner....that was a meek was a tame end of an attacking knock 55(57) came avinash..both of us have a good understanding for running between the wickets...that fact that both of us trust the other person's call helps a lot while running....we started running aggressively and started pushing for 2's and 3's where there were only 1's and 2's. we decided not to slog till the 28th or the 29th didnt make sense to heave at the ball miss it and then heave at it again....instead play sensibly and get 2 runs of those 2 balls and save ur wicket tooo. I was playing welll.....I hit my first boundary on the first off-side boundary in 3 years!!!!!!! can u believe that....the second one soon followed......I was delighthed.....avinash started lofting the ball too.....he plays the lofted shot brillliantly by going down on his knees....its a treat to watch that the process of increasing the run-rate in the 29th over....i got a top edge and was regrets....31 (28)......Avinash soon got out tooo he played extremely well for his 25 (23)....Sunny tried to use his long handle shots but wasnt very successsfull......Hemant went in but never got a chance to play....we finished with 155 runs (5-10 runs short of what I was expecting).......

We didnt bowl well and didnt field well either...we gave a lot of wides initially and on the whole dropped 5 catches (one of a no-ball)....but a catch is a catch...and missed an easy run-out chance. Raj bowled very well and sirish showed some glimpses of good control with the new ball..he needs practice....we lost it in the last over....i didnt have a great day with the ball I must have gone for 6 -7 runs an over.....i think i need to do something abt this bowling thing..i havent been bowling well lately.....Phani was pissed off due to some decisions made by the people on the field against his liking....over all...we had another close match which we lost....time to win some...

on our way back....Rajesh, Phani, Hari and i ....had a blast...we took a 1 hr break at waffle house to have dinner and we had non-stop non-sense and fun in the car....once I got home I met Sindhu and we spent the rest of the evening (10:45pm to 2:30 am) together.....I made up for this the next day.....Took her to the temple and took her shopping and for a movie!!!!!!!!

September 19, 2003

Classic Definitions & Cool Meanings:

1. Cigarette : A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end & a fool at the other.

2. Love affairs : Something like cricket where one-day internationals are more popular than a five day test.

3. Marriage : It's an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her master

4. Divorce : Future tense of marriage

5. Lecture : An art of transferring information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through "the minds of either".

6. Conference : The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

7. Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

8. Tears : The hydraulic force by which masculine will-power is defeated by feminine water-power ..

9. Dictionary : A place where divorce comes before marriage.

10. Conference Room : A place where everybody talks, nobody listens & everybody disagrees later on.

11. Ecstasy : A feeling when you feel you are going to feel a feeling you have never felt before.

12. Classic : A book which people praise, but do not read.

13. Smile : A curve that can set a lot of things straight.

14. Office : A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.

15. Yawn : The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.

16. Etc. : A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.

17. Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.

18. Experience : The name men give to their mistakes.

19. Atom Bomb: An invention to end all inventions.

20. Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead.

21. Diplomat : A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

22. Opportunist : A person who starts taking bath if he accidentally falls into a river.

23. Optimist : A person who while falling from Eiffel Tower says in midway "See I am not injured yet."

24. Pessimist :- A person who says that O is the last letter in ZERO, Instead of the first letter in word OPPORTUNITY.

25. Miser : A person who lives poor so that he can die rich.

26. Father : A banker provided by nature.

27. Criminal : A guy no different from the rest... except that he got caught.

28. Boss : Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.

29. Politician : One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.

30. Doctor : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you with his bills.

31. Computer Engineer : One who gets paid for reading such mails......

September 17, 2003

Roomie's Birthday

Its my new room-mate Anil's B'day today....we had the usual midnight b'day celebration by having all our friends over to our house. We had fun.....especially becoz Anil wasnt suspecting anything of that sort.....he had gone to bed and I had not come home till 11:40pm...he thought something would happen but when he didnt even see me at home he went to sleep 11:40 Adi, Sindhu and I sneaked into my apartment with the cake and the party 11:55 all my friends had come over without making any noise....then we woke him up with 2 mins to mid-night.....he was surprised and was forced to get up in the middle of his peaceful slumber.....then we had the usual cake lit with candles and the happy b'day song....but the absence of Mr. Ravi Ayyer was felt...mainly becoz he is the expert in singing the "Happy B'day song"....but Bhushan made up for that by singing the normal song and adding "Many Girl friends to you......".

My Apartment is a small the doesnt have a living has 2 bed-rooms, 2 bath-rooms and a even if we have 2 friends come over the palce looks crowded.....and yesterday we had 15-20 people in the same house....just imagine how it must have been!!!!!!!!! It was like a market place back home in India where you have to invariably rub shoulders with the person next to you when you move !!!!!!!!!

Before all this happened there was a mystery......when is anil's b'day.....I mean 17th or 18th ??? moving into the house only a month ago didnt know when his B'day was......I asked mikki....Anil's old roomie....he said "shayad....17th ya 18th but pakka yaad nahi hai " I called Adi...." shayad 17th ko hai"...but not how do we know when his b'day exactly is ???? I thought I will ask Badri....anil's roomie 2 yrs ago...but he lives in arizona .... a different time zone and he was at work...I only had his home number....what to do???....then the Genius in me and Adi agreed to the same thought.....he solved the mystery!!!!!!!! guess how ???..... we asked Anil himself when his b'day was !!!!!!!!!! can u belive we did that !!!!!!!! but anyways we had fun at his b'day thanks to adi...who invited all the friends home as I had gone to the cleveland temple in the evening....

September 16, 2003

New blogger

Hey guys....welcome Rajesh to the world of blogging....he has started writing blogs too....I guess like me he has been inspired by our own Hemya... hey buddy u have introduced the world of blogging to the desis in Akron...hats off to u. Rajesh has taken over from me as the official match report writer...check his blog out for the match report on the Saturday game.....

I heard a great deal abt the performance of the team on Sunday.....I have been told by some that it was the best performance given by an Akron team.... i am glad to hear now I am happy that my decision to step down will not have a great effect on the team. The team did better when I wasnt the Captain...probably thats what the team needs.....a new captain....though I feel happy that the team has started coming togther...I feel sad that i could get the team to perform at their best. Had we seen the level of enthu and team spirit that we have been seeing of late we would have done much better in the Mid-west tournament.

well....In life everything doesnt go how u want it to here begins one more chapter in my cricketing years at Akron......

September 15, 2003

I stepped down as the Captain

I had been the captain of Akron CC for the past two years and I had a great time. I enjoyed the captaincy and I learned a lot abt the game and abt captaincy. But of late I have not been enjoying being the Captain as there has been lots of pressue and lot of resposiblities and due to lots of incidents that have irritated and frustrated me.

I first started playing in my rookie season along with Badri, DK, Dabba, Kiran, Ram, PDP, Anand, Hemant Shah, Sudipto, Guru, Chirag, Puneet etc.... I hadnt played a lot of season ball cricket in India but here i was gladly accepted into the team (though I earned my first match due to the only reason that I had a car!!!!!!)...but from then on I earned my spot with my bowling and fielding....I used to bat at No.8 (or something like that).....the next year I took over as the captain !!!!!! I was surprised too.....but I put in more effort in my batting and played decently....this year I had a great season (for my standards) with the bat, ball and on the field......but this year there have been lot of instances that have collectively had their toll into making my decision to step down as the Captain. I used to enjoy the sport in the first year.....but the past two years theye have been a lot of pressure on me concerning the compsotion of the team and abt player's batting and bowling positions.

This year there have been a lot of ego clashes on the team and there have been a lot of other incidents on and off the field that have made the game less enjoyable. Some of the incidents (I am not taking the names of the players involved in the incident to protect their privacy but the people can easily identify themselves).......

A player gets drunk the night before inspite of million reminders that we have a game the next day.....then doesnt get up in time, doesnt lift the phone (reminds of Ram of the previous season).....I had clearly told people in both years that nobody will go to anybody's house to wake somebody up. It becomes atleast the moral responsibilty of the person to get to the game on time. But both the years the same person against my will went and woke up the drunk guy. Last year i had dropped Ram in the similar scenario....but this year I was forced by the team members not to drop the drunk guy.....he claims he is fit to play.....he is a good player....but a good player without discipline is worth nothing.

A player who had been dropped from the side gets angry and stops talking to me and gets pissed off.....what did i do personally to him?

A player who had never batted at position X before but insists that he wants to bat in the world am I to guess that he will excel there.....I mean think abt it....a good batsman is going thru a lean patch....and hasnt been scoring a lot and had been throwing his wicket away in time crunch time....when he approaches me and says probably I will keep my head down and play if u let me play at position X ???????? What am i supposed to think??? That a particular person will only bat well if he is sent at position X?? is that kind of a black mail???? whats worse......the other people supporting the reason that he will put his head down at X ??? why??? cant he put his head down and play wherever he is sent in????? is that kind of mentality good for the team??

Players constantly complaining that their arms are hurting and they are injured some way or the other and that they want to stand close-in !!!!!!!! if u are injured why play the game ???? let someone else who is 100% fit play the game !!!!!! why should the captain be pressurised to change his field becoz u are complaining???? Due to this reason.....I had to field in the deep for most part of two years!!!!!!!! How many captain do u see controlling the team from Deep mid-wicket, long on, long-off positions???????? I enjoy fielding there but I want to field close in tooo.....if any one thinks I dont have the reflexes and anticipation to stand close in....please get on the court with me in Badminton and racquetball......I can show what reflexes and anticipation are !!!!!!!!!!

A player is down with flu and he had been fielding in the deep for 20 overs......he is tired so he asks a teammate "can u switch with me" the player declines !!!!!!!! Have atleast a humanitarian consideration!!!!!! The same tired guy later played one of the best knocks I have ever seen on the cricket field.....the commitment he showed cannot be equalled. He was tired, down with flu, had a sore throat, had cramps during his batting.........but he was ready to run twos but the new player who came in isn't ready!!!!!!! thats ridiculous....considering the fact that we lost the game by 1-run !!!!!!!!

A bowler has bowled 4 wides down the leg-side and is having trouble controlling the ball.....instead of encouraging him and urging him to bowl well and finish the of our own players taunts at him in fornt of the other team "off-stump karke cheese hotha hai uske upar daal.....nahi hua tho sirf khada rehke daal"

i ask people to run 4 rounds of the ground during practice, people come up with great excuses for not running. There are some guys who religiously and sincerely run 4 but there are others who run 1 or two and stop and no questions should be asked why he didnt run!!!!!!! some people say "i played basketball and now i dont need to run", "I played racquetball", "I will bat and run", "I cant run today becoz my feet hurts and if i run today i cant play in the game tommorow (they why play at all!!!!!!)"

i drop a lplayer from the team he gets pissed off......takes it home with him and shows his anger on the roommates!!!!!!!! his poor roommate calls me up and tells me that he was droppping himslef from the team to let the pissed off guy play.

I make a bowling change it clicks in one game and make the same bowling change in the next game and it fails people say "that was a bad move, u should have atleast asked one of us".....what were they doing when i was making the bowling changer???? Am I unapproachable on the field???? Am I a hilter??? do i dictate terms on the field and not listen to ideas???? If u have an idea let me know...I will implement if its good. Dont criticize the captain later for the thing u think he should have done (when u didnt tell him on the field)....thats what is called player participation!!!!!!

I make somebody stand in a particular position he is like "yeah position bahut boring hai....4-5 overs mei ball ek baar atha hai u can put player Y here I will stand there".....why should player Y stand in such a position???? will he not feel the same!!!!!! I know what my resources are and i know who will do well where.....for that player "fielding doesnt only involve stopping the also involves catching the ball and cricket is abt catching the few balls that come in ur direction and waiiting for them in patience"

I drop somebody for player X who had been playing the team for more than a year and had performed well previously but is going thru a rough patch....that somebody throws tantrums.....u played welll...but u are new on the team and it will take the Captain sometime to get confidence in you. Its like....u have a friend for 4-5 years and there is this new guy in the town....I hang out with him one day I enjoy with him but the next day.....both the old friend and the new guy call me at the same time who will I give preference?????

Player X goes for a catch drops it and shouts at the guys standing next to him "u scared me!!!!!" what is that supposed to mean??? when u catch the ball only u are supposed to be near it??? I mean its a cricket field with 11 players on it and when u call for the catch people will not go for it but dont expect them to get out of ur sight. the least u can say after the drop is "Sorry"

During the game i ask volunteers for umpiring!!!!!! I get one....only Raj (I have taken the name becoz he was the only guy who used to come forward) people are volunteering but not very enthusiastically....the answers I get "I umpired one game already","i am tired","I have go to the loo"etc......are I and Raj not tired????? We field, bowl some overs and we are as tired as u are .....dont we need rest before we go into bat....try fielding for 35 overs (bowling 5-6 overs), stand on the bournday line all game, umpire for 20 overs....get into bat when u have more than run -a-ball situation and u have to run like crazy and keep ur wicket and get to the target

For the all-star game some people werent too happy with the nominations!!!!! I felt really bad that people didnt feel that the nominations taken by vote werent completely accepted.....Hari, Adi (any doubts???), Brijesh (he was having a great season till then), me (u have any problems please let me.....I can justify myself....rather my stats can do the justification)

I can go on and on with all these situations but by now I have wasted 2 hrs writing so I will stop here

I know that by this time I would have hurt somebodies feelings......but I put in all the things that had irritated me and that I personally felt werent right. I would like to apologise if I hurt ur feelings...but it was time that I got this out as i was unable to bear it by just keeping it to myself

but before I quit...some good words:

Hemant, guru, Vikas, Sirish.......U guys have been on rotation for most of the season....u guys performed the few times i had asked you to step up. U guys are great....I would like to thank u all for taking some decisions sportingly. i know that its hard to be on rotation but its just time before u get permanent and someone else is on rotation

September 11, 2003

Cricket News.....

Our Cricket season came to an end about three weeks ago when we lost to OSU Alumni team in Columbus. I will put up the reports abt the matches later (may be!!!!!!). WE had a double header which was just a formality as we were out of contention for the playoff's.

The final four games of the season were not good ones for us....we lost three and won only one. We lost to WVU by one-run !!!!!!! Lost to Cleveland by 5 wickets .... that loss put us out of the tournament. Then we beat Cleveland2 in an inconsequential game....but that game recorded the first century with which AkronCC was involved (though it was scored against us). The last game of the season was with OSU and we lost that in the last over. It was a good game which turned kind of rough towards the end of the game when some of their players started taunting us and vice-versa.

The only positive abt the last 4 games is the emergence of Kiran as an attacking opener...his scores in the three games that he opened were...24,66,84 !!!!!!!! Thats a great string of scores and with that unbelievable performance at the end of the season he tied for the batting honors for AkronCC with Hari, both of them finished with 222 runs. The other bright spot is the 5-wicket haul of Adi in the last game....he finished the season with 16 wickets and he stood 8th in the overall standings for the Mid-west tournament. Phani tooo scored a fifty in the game against cleveland2. I had a decent finish to the season with the scores of 17(not out),23,7,19 (not out). This season I had a decent showing with the ball, bat and on the field. I fiinished with 155 runs (5th on the team), 11 wickets (2nd on the team), 7 catches and 2 runouts (1st on the team and 7th in the Midwest tournament). The complete stats for the AkronCC team for the 2003 season have been posted on the web, Stats on the midwest site. Both the stats differ due to the incorrect or incomplete scorecards and the washed out games.

We had the all-star game in Columbus. Four members from AkronCC were selected to represent Group B in the all-star games. Adi, Hari, Kiran (based on his brilliant battting in the end) and myself. The chief guests for the all-star games were Faoud Bacchus and Larry Gomes. Both of them as most of you know represented the Westindian team of the 70's and 80's. They were a part of probably the best all-time test team. we had the privilege of playing with them. Actually Adi and I have had some memorable moments tooo.....

I had the privilege of bowling to Bacchus (250 Highest test score !!!) the first ball was dispatched for a four, the next ball was a wide....I thought "Gaya....meri tho abhi band bajegi". But fortunately.....I found my rythm sooon and I started bowling my usual wicket to wicket stuff. I bowled 4 dot balls in a row!!!!!!!!! i couldnt believe it. Then the next ball is the ball I will remember for the rest of my life......... I bowled my slower delivery that deceived Bacchus and induced an Outside edge which the wicket-keeper collected safely. I was very confident that he would walk or that the Umpire would give him out.....but to my disappointment he was given not-out. Everyone on the field heard the edge. But I was later informed by one of my team-mates that they had decided not to give bacchus out in the first 7-8 overs....and I bowled the 6th !!!!!!!!!! I was very very delighted and now I have some memories to last for a long time.....but my joy was short lived as I was spanked for 16 runs in my next over!!!!!! That was the end of my participation in the all-star game. I had one more positive thing.....I was not out on 10 at the end of out batting when all the other all-stars on our team struggled to get runs. I was in there for 4-5 overs and must have run 25-30 runs easily.

Now to Adi's memory.....Adi bowled a maiden over to Larry Gomes (the west-indian Mr.Dependable)....bowling a maiden over to a world-class batsman in a limited overs match is not a small achievement!!!!!!!! Its a memory to cherish for a lifetime. I many times do we get to play on the same stage as the international superstars in our lifetime???? and in that how many times can u get them out or bowl a maiden to them???? thats what I was talking abt. I wasnt there for the game so cannot write anything abt the over else I would have given a ball-to-ball description.

Kiran and Hari had a good outing too. though Hari was disappointed for not being able to bat much.....he selflessly gave-up his wicket in an attempt to increase the scoring when the others to follow took their own time to get their runs!!!!!!! Kiran on the other hand had a good day with the bat. he scored well in both his knocks. he scored 44 in his first game and 35 in the second. He was simply amazing to watch.... I mean his strokes were breath-taking. So good were his strokes to watch...that even Bacchus acknowledged him in his speech at the dinnner later that night.

Group B lost to Group A in the first game, Group C beat group A in the second match and Group B massacered Group C in the third......Groups A and B played the all star final in which Group A beat Group B comfortably.

We wanted to watch the big scorring Hammad mallik and Hammad Bhokari in action....but we were very very disappointed to see that they were very very unsportsmanly and played with little sportsman spirit. They were sooo bad that later I was told that when Kiran hit Hammad mallik for a six the whole team of Group C was very very happy (Group C was the group for whom mallik was playing or rather captaining).

One more thing abt the all star game........The Legend of DK....the last couple of years the players of AkronCC must have heard abt the legend of DK a lot from the veterans on the team. It goes like this....DK, an Akron Alumni....a stylish batsman....used to open for akron and had only one significant knock (in the one year that I played with him). He used to play himself in and get a measure of the bowling ....standard procedure for a good batsman...then play a brilliant shot ...which will be applauded even by the opposition....infact only the opposition applauds as his team mates knew what was coming next....he used play a stupid shot outside offstump and get caught either in the slips or by the keeper.......this was a usual thing to happen. He is very famous in Akron for his standard 15 min stay at the wicket. The all stars from Akron got to see him in action and he did exactly what he was famous for......the standard DK time in the middle and got out caught behind!!!!!!!! Kiran and I had already mentioned to Hari and Adi what Adi would do but they werent too sure abt that.......but the man, DK, himself wrote the whole script to convince them......convinced they are!!!!!!!!

September 10, 2003

Job situation seems to be improving :):)

Yes....I think the job scenario is improving slowly but steadily. For the past year of so there havent been a lot of jobs available and I hadnt heard abt a lot of people getting jobs but in the past couple of months there has been a good change in that scenario (atleast among my friends!!!!!!).

Phani (Polymer engineering) got a job in Connecticut, Hemant (also in Poly Engg) got a job in Akron, Ekta (Biomedical Engg) got a job in Philips Medical Systems in Cleveland, Rajiv (Stats) got a Job at Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Aanchal (stats) got a job in New Jersey, Saswati (also in stats) got a job at Mercer in Cleveland. Thats a lot of jobs in the past couple of months. I guess the people who are looking for jobs now should consider this as a good omen and continue their job search with new vigour.

My advisor is getting better by the day so I feel happy and most of my thoughts had been revolving around his recovery as my future depended on it. But now I think I have made a couple of decisions with the help of friends and family which will help me decide my path from here on.

September 09, 2003

I am back !!!!!

I would like to apologise to all my friends who read my blog regularly. I had been pretty busy of late and with the classes starting I wasnt able to find time to write anything on the blog. The fact is that I had made two posts earlier but at the crunch time the computer crashed!!!!!! That was a waste of 3 hrs combined :(:(

Anyways, from now on I will be updating my blog regularly and try to get some interesting stuff so that u dont get bored just reading the cricket reports:). For today I wanted to start on an easy note so I copy pasted from a forward abt the Mumbaiyya terminology....I am sure that most of you guys who find undersdtanding the mumbaiyya language will find this very very useful and and enjoy......

1. There's a minor problem- Arre yaar, "Waanda" ho gaya

2. There's a big problem - Arre yaar, "Jhol" ho gaya

3. There's a huge problem..(unsolvable)-Arre yaar, "Raada" ho gaya

4. You'll be surprised . Ekdam "Hill" jayega tu

5. I am going out of this place Chal apun "Kaltii" marta hai.

6. Don't make a fool of others Dekh , tu "Shendi" mat laga sabko

7. Just get out of here,you oversmart fool!!-Chal e shane, "Hawa" aande

8. I am not a stupid out here - Apun kya "ALIBAUG" se nahi aaya

9. There's some misunderstanding-Arre kuch "Galat Faimili" ho gayi

10.Do u drink daily? Tu kya roz "FULL TO" hota hai?

11.See, You are afraid.. Dekh , teri to "FAT" gayi

12.Shall I just bash u? E Du kya "Kharcha Pani"?

13.Just take him into a secret place -Use jara "Khopche" me leke ja

14. O .. What a beautiful lady !! - Kya "Zakaas Item" hai yaar!!

15.Don't just bluff....OK?= E Jyaada "RAAG" mat de..

16.Ya..she is staring at u.. buddy!!!=Kya sahi "LINE" deti hai "Bhiduu"!!

17.Don't take much tension.. Jyaada "LOAD" nahi leneka kya??

18.Your clothes are very awkward!!=Kya "ZAGMAG /DHINKCHAAK" pehna tune?

19.I don't care about it much..!!=Abe yaar , "Hata Saawan Ki Ghata"

20.Please don't overbore me....== Jyaada "PAKAA" mat be tu

21.All this must be done without anyone's notice Sab kaam "SUUMDI" me hona chahiye...kya?