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My Googling Stats January 30, 2009

Posted by Karan in Personal.
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I thank Zenwalker for tagging me 😀

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Observations:

1 ) Account created only in July
2 ) Sleep hours around 1-7
3 ) Afternoon sleep at around 3
4 ) Peak activity at 5-8 in the evening and 9-1 in the morning
5 ) Search activity down in October and November, when I was preparing for CAT
6 )Search activity at its peak in December, when I was preparing for placements
7 )Search activity low on Sundays.
8 )Search activity highest on Tuesdays, in fact much higher than other days. Thats probably when I relalise that Sunday is over 😛

Now I tag:
Mythalez, Kunal, Ankit Garg, Aakanksha, Deepti, Pankaj, Sambhav, Daka, Aniket, Arctic Monkey, Sainani, Siddharth Chandra, Rohit.
(Anybody else wants to write? Just ping me, I’ll add the tag 😀 )

Beyond The Blues: A review January 27, 2009

Posted by Karan in General.
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Being an Indian cricketer is hell in many ways, because of the intense scrutiny you are subjected to by a billion people. But not being an Indian player is worse”.

In more ways than one, this is the defining statement of Aakash Chopra’s first book, “Beyond the Blues”. An assorted collection of Chopra’s diary entries, this is one interesting read for all cricket lovers. It’s quite different and surprisingly frank & on your face. Without being concerned about ruffled feathers, Chopra gives a frank assessment of the domestic cricket structure and system in India, something which most viewers would have no idea about. It is certainly not a rosy picture that’s portrayed, and that is where Chopra needs to be commended.

Weird selection policies, unimpressive umpires, callous associations.. the book talks about them all. Without naming the guys, it more than gives a hint about who is to blame (from the author’s point of view). The book does get dry at times, with too many details about domestic matches, but well, doesn’t that show our general attitude towards these tournaments? We lap up anything written about international cricket, but who cares about the domestic cricket tournaments? It is this attitude that Chopra laments, and rightly so. After all, it’s the domestic structure of a cricketing nation which gives it the players to represent her for international tournaments. The other problem with the book is that Chopra ends up rambling about too many things. He comes across too cynical a person at various phases in the book. But apart from that, the book is an eye opener in more ways than one.

All in all, a good read. Indian team or no Indian team, Aakash Chopra is a decent author.

PS: I’ve personally always felt that Chopra has been given a raw deal. I think he deserves to come into the national team, maybe at number 3.