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

JK

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

Leslee Udwin

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...]

Cricket: The mathematics, the reality, and the statistics—Part I

This is a normal distribution graph of data selected from a inherently suspect data about the abilities of people and their chances of movement in life. The real distribution for it would be complex and difficult.

The nomenclature of one of the most-common and horrendous mistake of statistics is so perfect that you can in a good mood, on a bright sunny day when you're feeling large, use the term 'average' to describe that completely-useless and 'way-below-the-average' statistical tool calculated by dividing the sum of some arbitrary or non-arbitrary … [Read more...]

South African Cricket And Choking Hacks

Dale Steyn

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...]

The Castrating Shadow of Saint Garta

flauberts-parrot

There is a lot of literature on what is literature that I ignore buying for my anti-library. What I enjoy is the user manuals: the novelists talking about the novel, talking about the history of the novel. The novel is a passage towards truth. Some areas are dark, others semi or well-lit, there are novels that are breezy and those that are closing … [Read more...]

On Greg Chappell's deliberately-defective timing

Sachin Tendulkar of India hits out during the second Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 30, 2011 in Nottingham, England

A few selective leaks have come out of Greg Chappell’s new book called Fierce Focus and are doing the rounds in the international sports media. What Chappell has said is not a startling insight into the secret world of Sachin Tendulkar as the lead paragraph of the Herald Sun story proclaims. Allow me to show how it is, in fact, another glimpse into … [Read more...]

The Joker’s New York Redemption

Djokovic before the 2011 Wimbledon final

For years the cheeky impersonator, Novak Djokovic is finally discovering the joy of being oneself. Remember the exuberant 20-year-old who came to the Big Apple in 2007 and had everyone at Arthur Ashe in splits with his impersonations of some of tennis’ biggest stars. His ingenious acts starred Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Roddick. … [Read more...]

Brutally hammered India must make radical changes

Stuart Broad was relentless against India

The aftermath of the Test series in England must lead to India questioning the ethos of its cricket. The basic building blocks from where players emerge. In the practice nets a couple of decades ago the batsman was given the last few minutes to open his shoulders and hit out. That fun time has become the serious business and the tour of England has … [Read more...]

Spoilt By The Cricket World Cup

Gary Kirsten with MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar

The hangover of that historic Saturday in Mumbai refuses to leave the bloodstream so soon. There has been little time to ponder over it and to enjoy its aftertaste. Cricket albeit has moved ahead with such nauseating speed that in less than a fortnight since that spontaneous eruption of joy on the streets of the country a different buzz is trying … [Read more...]

Dhoni’s Audacity Won The Cup

Yuvraj Singh (L) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni after winning the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai.

It wasn’t a hundred. Though it was by far the innings of the tournament considering the odds stacked up against its possibility and the fear of falling at the last hurdle if it didn’t come off as its background. What Indian captain MS Dhoni showed late on Saturday evening at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai was courage under fire. To be nervous in … [Read more...]