I abhor nationalism: George Steiner

A self-hosted blog allows you the freedom to post interesting things that you read from other sources. This is a small excerpt from a full interview of George Steiner for the Winter 1995 issue of The Paris Review. The full interview is free for reading and available on the Review's Website.   Ours is one of the blackest centuries in … [Read more...]

Mechanical Raonic spoils the big Sunday

In more than a few post match interviews Milos Raonic spoke almost similar sounding words: I got to focus on the next match, the job is by no means done, the entire team is here for the same objective (winning Wimbledon) etc etc. He was getting ahead of himself. After the win against the graceful artist that Federer is on grass even now, Raonic … [Read more...]

Bradman’s key statistic is actually the dramatic decline in his average

“From many, so very many, infamously mangled sentences, this was my favourite. It got the title because it was the autistic author’s sole and pitiful attempt to explain away The Don’s key statistic, the one that’s unarguable, his deviance from his peer group’s mean average. Winner: The difference between the average of Bradman and the next best is … [Read more...]

Kohli the best clutch player ever

(First published on my Times Blog) Virat Kohli has been doing it for some years now but his 82 not out against Australia has cast it in iron that in the shorter formats there has never been a player like him under pressure. He is the best clutch player that cricket has seen for some time now and recent evidence on bowler friendly tracks has been … [Read more...]

Roger Federer may win his 18th Grand Slam title today

Novak Djokovic owes a lot to Roger Federer. And I'll risk everything and say that Roger Federer will win his 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday and I'll give you my reasons for it. I love the Joker on every occasion against anybody but not against Roger Federer and not on grass. Let's check what both the players have said about tomorrow's … [Read more...]

The Ulysses

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." – Anais Nin There is a secret to The Ulysses by James Joyce. You just need to read a page or so properly and the book tells you to keep it down and go raise your standard. You are expected to have a high-standard to get that message in just a page otherwise you won't return to … [Read more...]

J. Krishnamurti: A Star In The East—Part II

This part is surreal. You can approach it like a game. The real in it is what I can talk about through direct perception plus the biographical part and the unreal is what only K can say through direct perception. The content of consciousness is consciousness and this content is the same for all human beings no matter where they live. I am using … [Read more...]

J. Krishnamurti: A Star In The East—Part I

Foul-mouthed, volatile, grotesquely fat and reeking of the cigarettes she continuously rolled and smoked Helena Petrovna Blavatsky's influence was seminal in the development of what is today known as the New Age Movement. Madame Blavatsky was a legendary occultist who co-founded the Theosophical Society in New York with Henry Olcott and William … [Read more...]

India’s Daughter: First Break All The Rules

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society—J Krishnamurti I broke a non-existing rule that you can't stop a cricket series that you started in parts mid-way after evoking interest and not giving anything to the cricket fan apart from assurances that his interests are primary and go onto something else. I broke … [Read more...]

South African Cricket And Choking Hacks

They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing—The Merchant of Venice I don’t remember the last time I saw a cricket match and it has been well over two years since I did a match report on the game that has three formats—an abnormal situation for someone who lived and breathed cricket. There is some reason to believe … [Read more...]