Archive for June, 2010


John Isner

Finally after 11 hours and 5 minutes of battle on the court Isner defeated Mahut in the first round of the Wimbledon 2010 championships. The match consisted of 183 games, this was by far the longest match in the terms of the number of games played as well as the duration of the match. This match was completed in the space of 3 days. In fact the fifth set alone lasted for 8 hours and 11 minutes. The final score read 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68.

Previously the record of number of Aces in a single match was 78. In this match both Isner and Mahut crossed this mark. Isner hit a world record of 112 aces while, Mahut was not much behind with 103 aces. This match is definitely the greatest match ever in the history of Tennis. None of the two players gave up, and as there is a saying they fought like tigers till the last drop of blood. In this case till the last amount of stamina.

Unfortunately the game is played in such a way, that only one can win and go ahead, but definitely we can say that none of them can be called a loser. But the irony of the game is such that Isner had to win and after a long battle Mahut lost. But at the end definitely tennis emerged as the winner.

People who watched this match will remember it all their life. And with this both these players have entered the record books, a place where it will be difficult for pair to break the record.

In the end I congratulate both the players for the amazing feat. But I really have a question, this was the first round of the tournament, Isner has won the match but now does he really have the strength left to go till the end?

Nicolas Mahut

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India finally wins the Asia Cup after 15 years. With this they also win a multi-nation series after some time now. Incidentally the last time won a multi-nation tournament was a tri-series tournament in Sri Lanka. Win this win the team would probably go to the second spot in the ICC ODI team rankings.

Everybody played well in the series, whether it is the batsman or the bowlers. In the first game, it was the bowlers who stole the show, then in the second match it were the batsman who took away the show. In the third match both of them failed and then in the final match both of them came to the party, winning the cup for the team.

Gautam Gambhir performed well in the start of the series, while Dinesh Kartikh did well in whatever opportunities he got. MS Dhoni has been very good in the series, both with the bat and behind the wickets. Surprisingly the bowlers have done well to, especially the faster bowlers (something that is not the strength of the team). In the finals India defeated Sri Lanka with a big 81 runs. In the bowling department, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh and Jadeja were good, but Nehra and Zaheer Khan were outstanding on the day. They picked up early wickets and at regular intervals, something that the team is not known for. In the batting department too, Kartikh was very good up at the top who laid the foundation for a decent score to defend. But the bowlers made this score look a mountain task to achieve.

Finally I would like to congratulate the team for the achievement and wish them best of luck for the future series. They play Sri Lanka in a test series in some time. Now we will have the return of legends, Sachin and Dravid in the team adding that extra strength. I hope they would win the series and maintain their stay at the top of the ICC Rankings chart.


Sachin Tendulkar soon will be conferred the honorary rank of Group Captain. Yes he is all set to join the Indian Air Force. This is very good news for all Sachin’s fans. I must say this is another feather in his cap. As a fan of Sachin I am very happy for the honour he is being given, it certainly is a big achievement for him.  This is not something new, even Kapil Dev was conferred Indian Army’s honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

But if I look at it very personally, I am not very sure of my emotions. I myself being from an Army background, know how hard is to live in such a life. The road to become a Lieutenant Colonel or a Group Captain is not very easy. So in some way I can say that it is not really fair to grant such high honorary rank’s to them. Though both Sachin and Kapil have served for the country in a similar manner the defence personals do. But the main difference is that they have not really been or guarded the terrains the Indian Army people live in. Living in some of the terrains is almost next to impossible, but they live and give away their lives happily for the country. Probably what the government can do is given them titles of “Sir” something like the British do.

If these acts are a way to promote the Defence Services, I would say that all this is not really required. Defence Services is such an institution that it really does not require any promotion. Today also many people join the armed forces for the honour and love for the country. Also I really don’t think that many people would get influenced by this act.

Anyways, as I said earlier I am not sure of my emotions at the moment. As a fan I am really happy that Sachin is given such a big honour. While as a person from the Army Background I am a little disappointed. But in the end I would like to congratulate Sachin on this achievement, and also wish him best of luck for the life ahead.

Here is the complete article from MSN.

I’m proud to be part of IAF family: Tendulkar

Not really new to awards and honours, Sachin Tendulkar will be conferred Indian Air Force’s honorary rank of Group Captain and the star cricketer said he is proud to be associated with the “dynamic” IAF.

“Under the provision of grant of honorary rank by Armed Forces to eminent personalities acknowledging their contribution towards the nation, the President and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of India is pleased to confer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar the honorary rank of Group Captain of the Indian Air Force,” the IAF said in a statement.

“In recognition of Sachin’s glorious achievements as a cricketer and sports icon par excellence, IAF had mooted a proposal to confer the honorary rank of Group Captain.

“Besides the recognition, his association with the IAF will motivate the younger generation to join the Air Force to serve the country,” the statement added.

Elated with the honour, Tendulkar said he was proud to be part of IAF family.

“It is indeed a great honour that I have been considered for honorary Group Captain in the IAF. As an Indian I am proud to be associated with the dynamic force and I shall do my very best to be brand ambassador for the force,” Tendulkar said in a statement from London.

“Modalities for the event are being worked out. I’m looking forward to familiarising myself with the IAF and I once again salute IAF for the great honour bestowed on me,” added the cricketer.

In 2008, India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev had received the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the Territorial Army. Till now 21 eminent persons have been granted honorary ranks by the IAF. The first person was Raja of Jawhar, Raja Yashwant Rao who was conferred Flight Lieutenant rank in 1944.

JRD Tata was made an honorary Air Vice Marshal in 1974 and the last one to get such an honour was another industrialist-cum-aviator Vijaypat Singhania who was made an honorary Air Commodore in 1990.

Tendulkar is the first sportsperson to be conferred this honour. He is also the first person with no aviation background to have got this honour.

Tendulkar is arguably the best batsman in the history of cricket, having amassed some 31,000-plus runs in Test and ODI cricket with a staggering 93 international centuries under his belt.

The 37-year-old is hailed as perhaps the most complete batsman in the history of the game with no real chink in his armour. He is not only the highest run-getter in both Test and ODI versions of the game but also the only player to have scored a double century in 50-over format.”


Day 1 at the Wimbledon turned out to be very dramatic, as many high seeded player in both men’s and Women’s section either lost or almost got a scare. In men’s round, Marin Cilic was the biggest casualty, while Ivan Ljubicic, Stanislas Warwinka, and Tommy Robredo also lost in the first round of the tournament itself. What was more surprising was that Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko, Novak Djokovic all were pulled up to five set games. Both Federer and Davydenko in fact were two sets down, before they came back to win. Warwinka lost in a five setter game while Cilic lost in straight sets.

In the women’s round, the biggest casualty was Francessa Schiavone, the one who won the French Open earlier this month. The only other seed to lose out was Kateryna Bondarenko. Ana Ivanovic also crashed out in the first round. And also the only Indian contingent Sania Mirza did not surprise many by losing in the first round. Schiavone played well in the first two sets, but was completely outplayed in the decider set. Bondarenko also lost in a three setter match while Ivanovic and Mirza lost in straight sets.

If we come to the wins, Andy Roddick was the only player in men’s round in the top seeds to win very comprehensively. While Venus Williams, Shahar Peer, Marion Bartoli, Nadia Petrova, and Kim Clijsters in the women’s round in the top seeds won their matches very comprehensively. But I must say that Clijsters looked in top form and so did Venus Williams. Though one must say that Venus Williams is always in top form at the Wimbledon.

Today Rafael Nadal will play his match, and I hope he wins very comprehensively.  Not like Federer, who could have become the only defending champion ever to lose out in the first round. I hope that Nadal goes deep in the tournament as that would help him increase the lead in points to keep him at the top for a longer time.


Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the Wimbledon yesterday, suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Shahar Peer. I am very disappointed with her performance since I was expecting a little more from her. A first round exit is something one does expect from a grand slam winner. One can say that she got a very tough draw, as she had to face the world no. 13 in her very first round. But then she had to win to redeem her lost pride. She lost this game 6-3 6-4. She was not at all that confident on court, one can say nowhere near even half the form she was two years back.

After her second round exit in the French Open earlier this month I was not expecting much from her anyways, and then on top of that she was given a hard draw. So I will not really say that I am heartbroken this time again. But I now feel that I think I was expecting at too much from her this time, she is really not on the top of her game.

Ivanovic has slipped down the rankings to 45th rank in WTA rankings before the start of the tournament. When she won in Paris, two years back she had climbed to the world number one spot. With the first round exit one can expect her to fall down even further in rankings, maybe even out of the top 50.

Well with Wimbledon gone, I can only hope that she comes back very strong later this year on the hard court in US Open. She did reach the finals of the Australian Open (hard court) in 2008, so one can expect some showing from her, something that could redeem her awful show so far this year.


The Sinhgad Fort

Well today I went for a trip to Sinhgad fort, along with a group of friends and I must say it was the most enjoyable trip for quite some time. For the start this plan was made in a few seconds but also was much planned, and of course had a lot of confusion attached to it. I know it sounds very odd, but it has been made in such a way. It all started on Monday evening when I and Vishal, were returning home. It was raining heavily, and we thought it could be great if we could have some tea and snacks (Bhajji as we call it). But we could not find it anywhere, and suddenly I said that it is the best time to visit Sinhgad. And within seconds we decided to go there on the weekend.

That's Vishal, Raman, Umesh, Me, and Aman

From the next day I got down to plan the trip. I and Vishal were confirmed, I called Aman and he too confirmed. I then asked Mihir, Raman, Bhadre, Sachin, Joshi, Umesh, and Najim. Has they all joined we would have had a count of 10. But Mihir as every week had planned to go home this weekend as well (I really don’t know why does he go home every weekend). Bhadre had a very important commitment and so could not join. Sachin too had a prior commitment. Apart from this Umesh too said he could not join. And with this we had a count of 6, which was decent, but now the problem in front of us was we did not have enough vehicles. In fact we all even thought of postponing the event for a day, so that we could arrange the vehicles by then. Then as I said lot of confusion followed, Joshi and Najim said no (I really doubted and was surprised when they had said yes), Umesh agreed to join. So we had a count of 5 and I decided to take my car so that all can go comfortably. We decided to leave for Sinhgad at 5 a.m. on Saturday. With everything decided we started planning the other details for the trip. But to a shock on Friday Vishal said that he was not sure if he would be able to join on Saturday. Now everything again for a toss, but luckily by the end of the day he said he was available, and the trip was on. So we all decided to meet up at 5-5.30 a.m. the next day.

That's Vishal, Umesh, Aman, Me, and Raman

Well the only problem I felt that was my getting up that early. But again to my surprise, I got up well in time (something I still cannot believe), in fact I was the first amongst everyone to get up. So after picking everyone up by 6 a.m. we started our trip (Me, Aman, Umesh, Vishal, and Raman). The road to fort was amazing, and since the fort is on the hill top, I always knew the drive was going to be great. But it was not just great it was spectacular, there were clouds all on the road, and the fog was very dense, one can say almost zero visibility (I never expected it be so beautiful at all). The more the environment got better (fog got denser), the driving got even more difficult. It had driven in such a terrain before but that was on my bike. With the car it was first encounter with such driving conditions. In fact at one place, I felt as if a Heavy vehicle was in front of me, but it was not moving. And when I came at striking distance to it I realised it was a board at the end of the road, in fact I needed to take a U-turn there. We all had a great laugh at this incident, but somewhere beneath my heart I knew, that since I was very careful we were all safe, had I been a little careless that could have been the last journey for all of us.

The Zero Visibilty

Driving out of the Clouds

We all enjoyed the trip up to the fort stopping at many places clicking pictures of the beautiful scenery around. Finally we reached the fort around 7.30.  After that we climbed up the fort visiting almost all the corners of the fort. Captured as many  pictures as we could, and the weather also helped us a lot in it. There were clouds and fog all around and we had a great time trekking and roaming around the fort. Vishal had been to the place here a few times in the recent past, so he took us around all round the fort for some good sight seeing. Had he and Umesh not been there I can definitely say we could not enjoy even half the of what we did up there. One of the most memorable moments up there was when we saw a crab and Vishal picked it up. Finally after roaming around for almost 2 hours, we all decided to have some snacks and tea (remember this was why we planned to trip). This is the place where I one of the most expensive teas, almost thrice its regular price. After this we all planned to visit the Panshet Dam. In the meanwhile to a very pleasant surprise, Bhadre called up and asked if he could join, to which we all very happily asked him to do. It was past 10 a.m. and yet there was no sign of sunlight. In fact there were still clouds and fog around. It gave a feel as if the time was still somewhere around 5-6 a.m. After this we all left for the Dam, Bhadre had to reach that place directly and we all had to meet at Panshet. When we reached there, we tried finding him a lot but were unsuccessful. Then tired we thought of relaxing for sometime in resort nearby. Again to our surprise, Bhadre was waiting for us in that very resort. We all sat for a long time there to have lunch and a long chat.

After sometime, we decided to head back home, but decided to stop at the Khadakwasla Dam as well which would fall on our way back home. While leaving for the first time we saw the sunlight that day. We all headed towards Khadakwasla, and reached there around 1 p.m. We all went down to the lake, and entered the lake to have some fun. Though most of us wanted to have a swim but since the water was not that clean we decided to avoid it. Finally at around 2 we all decided that it was high to get back home. On the way back I, Umesh and Vishal (the bloggers) also discussed about writing a post on this trip. Finally we all reached our homes sometime around 3-3.30.

Now we all have already started planning trips to Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar in coming months. In the end of the day I am writing this post, just thinking of the most memorable trip. I am really tried writing this but when I start thinking of the time I spent a few hours back, I somehow get refreshed all over again. I can remember everything, the drive, the pictures, and the scenery, almost everything. I guess that the only thing that went wrong on the day was that we had planned to come back by noon, and since we got delayed Umesh had to miss one of his important exams. Apart from this everything was perfect on the day, especially the weather. It did not rain, but yes it was exactly the way we all were hoping it to be, cloudy, with a lot of fog around. In fact it was much better than we were expecting.

I already have started thinking of the next trip. In fact I am going on a ten day trip to the eastern most part of the country (the states of Nagaland and Tripura) next week. I will be joining my family there, and I am already planning to have a trek to the eastern Himalayas there (Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya). I will probably write about that trip once I get back. Till then I will probably just try and relive the moments I spent during the day today.

I have uploaded the rest of the images on Picasa for everyone to view. And as I had said before, Vishal has written about the history and many other features of the fort. Here is that article.

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Well today I went for a trip to Sinhgad fort, along with a group of friends and I must say it was the most enjoyable trip for quite some time. For the start this plan was made in a few seconds but also was much planned, and of course had a lot of confusion attached to it. I know it sounds very odd, but it has been made in such a way. It all started on Monday evening when I and Vishal, were returning home. It was raining heavily, and we thought it could be great if we could have some tea and snacks (Bhajji as we call it). But we could not find it anywhere, and suddenly I said that it is the best time to visit Sinhgad. And within seconds we decided to go there on the weekend.

From the next day I got down to plan the trip. I and Vishal were confirmed, I called Aman and he too confirmed. I then asked Mihir, Raman, Bhadre, Sachin, Joshi, Umesh, and Najim. Has they all joined we would have had a count of 10. But Mihir as every week had planned to go home this weekend as well (I really don’t know why does he go home every weekend). Bhadre had a very important commitment and so could not join. Sachin too had a prior commitment. Apart from this Umesh too said he could not join. And with this we had a count of 6, which was decent, but now the problem in front of us was we did not have enough vehicles. In fact we all even thought of postponing the event for a day, so that we could arrange the vehicles by then. Then as I said lot of confusion followed, Joshi and Najim said no (I really doubted and was surprised when they had said yes), Umesh agreed to join. So we had a count of 5 and I decided to take my car so that all can go comfortably. We decided to leave for Sinhgad at 5 a.m. on Saturday. With everything decided we started planning the other details for the trip. But to a shock on Friday Vishal said that he was not sure if he would be able to join on Saturday. Now everything again for a toss, but luckily by the end of the day he said he was available, and the trip was on. So we all decided to meet up at 5-5.30 a.m. the next day.

Well the only problem I felt that was my getting up that early. But again to my surprise, I got up well in time (something I still cannot believe), in fact I was the first amongst everyone to get up. So after picking everyone up by 6 a.m. we started our trip (Me, Aman, Umesh, Vishal, and Raman). The road to fort was amazing, and since the fort is on the hill top, I always knew the drive was going to be great. But it was not just great it was spectacular, there were clouds all on the road, and the fog was very dense, one can say almost zero visibility (I never expected it be so beautiful at all). The more the environment got better (fog got denser), the driving got even more difficult. It had driven in such a terrain before but that was on my bike. With the car it was first encounter with such driving conditions. In fact at one place, I felt as if a Heavy vehicle was in front of me, but it was not moving. And when I came at striking distance to it I realised it was a board at the end of the road, in fact I needed to take a U-turn there. We all had a great laugh at this incident, but somewhere beneath my heart I knew, that since I was very careful we were all safe, had I been a little careless that could have been the last journey for all of us.

We all enjoyed the trip up to the fort stopping at many places clicking pictures of the beautiful scenery around. Finally we reached the fort around 7.30.  After that we climbed up the fort visiting almost all the corners of the fort. Captured as many pictures as we could, and the weather also helped us a lot in it. There were clouds and fog all around and we had a great time trekking and roaming around the fort. One of the most memorable moments up there was when we saw a crab and Vishal picked it up. Finally after roaming around for almost 2 hours, we all decided to have some snacks and tea (remember this was why we planned to trip). This is the place where I one of the most expensive teas, almost thrice its regular price. After this we all planned to visit the Panshet Dam. In the meanwhile to a very pleasant surprise, Bhadre called up and asked if he could join, to which we all very happily asked him to do. It was past 10 a.m. and yet there was no sign of sunlight. In fact there were still clouds and fog around. It gave a feel as if the time was still somewhere around 5-6 a.m. After this we all left for the Dam, Bhadre had to reach that place directly and we all had to meet at Panshet. When we reached there, we tried finding him a lot but were unsuccessful. Then tired we thought of relaxing for sometime in resort nearby. Again to our surprise, Bhadre was waiting for us in that very resort. We all sat for a long time there to have lunch and a long chat.

After sometime, we decided to head back home, but decided to stop at the Khadakwasla Dam as well which would fall on our way back home. While leaving for the first time we saw the sunlight that day. We all headed towards Khadakwasla, and reached there around 1 p.m. We all went down to the lake, and entered the lake to have some fun. Though most of us wanted to have a swim but since the water was not that clean we decided to avoid it. Finally at around 2 we all decided that it was high to get back home. On the way back I, Umesh and Vishal (the bloggers) also discussed about writing a post on this trip. Finally we all reached our homes sometime around 3-3.30.

Now we all have already started planning trips to Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar in coming months. In the end of the day I am writing this post, just thinking of the most memorable trip. I am really tried writing this but when I start thinking of the time I spent a few hours back, I somehow get refreshed all over again. I can remember everything, the drive, the pictures, and the scenery, almost everything.

I already have started thinking of the next trip. In fact I am going on a ten day trip to the eastern most part of the country (the states of Nagaland and Tripura) next week. I will be joining my family there, and I am already planning to have a trek to the eastern Himalayas there (Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya). I will probably write about that trip once I get back. Till then I will probably just try and relive the moments I spent during the day today.

 


Blackle is a website powered by Google Custom Search, which aims to save energy by displaying a black background and using grayish-white font color for search results. It is also a search engine and uses the same database used by Google so there is no difference in the results displayed by the two sites. I just came across this site recently, so I thought of it being a new concept of Google. But no I was completely wrong. This was created by Toby Heap in January 2007 (more than three years back) and is owned by Heap Media, Australia. It is only powered by the Google Custom Search. Also it is available in as many as six languages: English, Portuguese, French, Czech, Italian, and Dutch. As it is not as commonly known as Google I thought of writing something about this. But that is not the real case, it too is pretty famous and is ranked in the top 6000 sites by Alexa. 

The basic concept behind Blackle is that the computer monitors can be made to consume less energy by displaying much darker colors. Blackle is based on a study which tested a variety of CRT and LCD monitors. Although there is dispute over whether there really are any energy saving effects. This concept was first brought to the attention of Heap Media by a blog post, which estimated that Google could save 750 megawatt hours a year by utilizing it for CRT screens. The homepage of Blackle also provides a count of the number of watt hours that have been saved by enabling this concept.


After Dr. Atul and Dr. Naina it is the turn of two other interns that is Dr. Yuvraj and Dr. Suvarna to exit from the show. Although I got this news about a week back, but could not get the time to write it down here. Today in the show they showed both these interns shifting to a different location (branch in the USA), which means that they have said goodbye to the show. So I thought of finally writing it down.

But one must say that a lot is happening in the show thesedays, I am not really sure if it is good for the show or not. Now the situation is that the show which originally showed the life of the interns only has two interns left, that is Sid and JP. And out of these two Sid does not look like an intern anymore. I do not know where is the show exactly heading towards. But yes I must say that by getting Shilpa Anand back on the show the producers have managed to get a lot of lost viewers back (including me). It has been sometime that she is back on the show, but her identity has not been revealed as yet, so who knows she might be entering as a new intern.

Well coming back to the original topic, two more people have left the show. To be honest I don’t think there is much left in the show and with just focussing on the main characters and twisting the story, the creatives are just turning DMG into just one of the other boring daily soaps. Well I just hope that leaving both of them specially Yuvraj (I think he played his part very well till now) would be a correct decision.

In the end all that I can say is that I wish both these actors best of luck and for the show all I can say is, Keep watching!

Here is the original post where I had got this news from:

“Madhura Naik and Sehban Azim are the latest actors to quit Dill Mill Gaye. The show post leap seems to be undergoing a lot of changes. While some actors are being given a breather, some are willingly bowing out. New characters are being brought in, old faces are being recalled — in short there is a lot happening in DMG.

Sources say both Naik and Azim were not happy with their roles for some time now and there were discussions about the same but nothing seems to have come out of it. The actors confirmed to TellyChakkar about their exit. Now how will the story progress, considering both of them played an important role in the show? Sources say that the track will show both of them going abroad for further studies. Meanwhile, Shilpa Anand (who earlier played Ridhhima) is back in the show.

With so many entries and exits it now appears that fans will keep watching out of sheer curiosity.”


This is one of the most shocking disasters in the recent times. An explosion in British Petroleum’s offshore oil rig at Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico has led to this massive oil spill. It has caused  It is causing a lot of loss in the economy, and that is not it, in fact it harming a lot of life in the sea, the birds, the fishes  and the other marine ecosystem. Here I am putting in some background of the oil spill.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also called the BP Oil Spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or the Macondo blowout, is a massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. The spill stems from a sea floor oil gusher that started with an oil well blowout on April 20, 2010. The blowout caused a catastrophic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling platform that was situated about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of the Louisiana coast in the Macondo Prospect oil field. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others; another 98 people survived without serious physical injury.

Experts fear that due to factors such as petroleum toxicity and oxygen depletion, the spill will result in an environmental disaster, damaging the Gulf of Mexico fishing industry, the Gulf Coast tourism industry, and the habitat of hundreds of bird species. Crews are working to block off bays and estuaries, using anchored barriers, floating containment booms, and sand-filled barricades along shorelines. There are a variety of ongoing efforts, both short and long term, to contain the leak and stop spilling additional oil into the Gulf.

More than 400 species live in the islands and marshlands at risk, including the endangered Kemp’s Ridley turtle. In the national refuges most at risk, about 34,000 birds have been counted, including gulls, pelicans, roseate spoonbills, egrets, terns, and blue herons. As of May 30, dead animals collected from the spill include 491 dead birds, 227 sea turtles, and 27 dolphins.

I saw an article in The Hindu of 1st June, showing some images of the disaster. I am put up the images here.

OIL BLANKET: A supply vessel passes through an oil sheen near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana.

LEAKAGE: This is an image of the video grab provided by BP PLC shows oil continues to erupt from the remains of their oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. After their latest attempt to plug the leak failed, BP is looking into other means of dealing with the leak.

PROTESTS GALORE: Protesters gather for a rally against BP PLC and the Gulf oil spill, in Jackson Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

TOURISM TAKES A BACKSEAT: Workers head to the beach to clean up oil residue in Grand Isle.

CLEANING IN PROGRESS: Workers clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Pass a Loutre.

FAILED EFFORTS: Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, off the southeast tip of Louisiana

OBAMA’S NEW HEADACHE: U.S. President Barack Obama and LaFourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph take a tour of areas impacted by the Gulf Coast oil spill in Port Fourchon.

THREAT TO WILDLIFE: Birds scatter along the shoreline where oil booms were placed in preparation of the looming oil spill of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

WILDLIFE IN DANGER: A dead sea turtle is seen along the shoreline in Breton National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife in the region is vulnerable to the looming oil spill.

LONGING FOR WORK: Out of work fishermen wait to sign up to help lay oil booms in Shell Beach. Fishing has been shut down East of the Mississippi River due to the oil spill.

Well this pictures made me write about this disaster. it is very sad to what has happened. Though everyone there is trying to sought out this problem but it has not enough. The issue still persists, and I hope that it is solved at the earliest.


Rafael Nadal wins the french open. He defeated Robin Soderling in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Finally Nadal is back, he gets a grand slam. It has been more than year that he last time won. In fact it has been the injuries that have been the cause and not the form.

He won his 7th grand slam title and his 5th French Open title. Again what was amazing in the tournament was that he did not lose a set. Something special in the final was that Nadal held his every serve, something that is not his strenght, and when that happens no one needs to guess what will be the outcome of the match. This victory broke many records and myths. First of all, I must say that Soderling played very well in the tournament till the final match, until he had to face the king of clay, Rafael Nadal. Well to his credit one can say that Soderling is the only man on planet to have ever defeated Nadal in French Open.

With this victory Nadal has improved his record to 38-1 victories in French Open (the only loss was to Soderling last year). And with five French titles he is only behind Bjorn Borg who has six. Well Soderling can remember this tournament as he could finally defeat Federer, who for the first time in six years could not make it to the semi-final stage of a grand slam. Also if I remember in the last five six years (as he has always made it to the semi-finals) either Federer has won the title or the person who has defeated him has won, Well this is the first time that Soderling who defeated Federer could not win the tilte. Now Soderling has become the runner up in two consecutive years.

Now coming to the most importatnt fact, Nadal with his victory here will become the world No.1 player when the rankings get updated in a few hours from now. It took him less than a year to get back his no.1 spot. And to add to that since he had missed the Wimbledon last year, the result in Wimbledon this time will not affect his position at all. Also if it does it will only help in increasing the gap between no.1 and no.2 position. As last year although being the defending champion he did not participate because of an injusry, so now if he does play he will only strengthen his position.

To be honest I was just hoping for this result, but I would have been happier if he would have defeated Federer in the finals. But if that would have happened he could not have taken the No.1 position in the rankings, so I am not complaining at all as this has just become a bonus gift for every Nadal fan.

Well this victory has been special because for the first time I think, Nadal was not being considered the all right favourite to win the title. Seeing his form till now got many doubts in everyones mind (in the last year he had even slipped to no.4). But his recent back to back wins on clay court last month did bring in some hope. Well this year no one was being called as the favourite since almost everyones form was questionable. So I guess when it comes to clay it has got to Rafael Nadal (well he only loses once in six years).

In the end I would again like to congratulate Nadal for his victory and also for getting the world no.1 spot again. And I wish him all the best for Wimbledon which starts in the end of the month.


India again lose in a tri-nation tournament. Well this is not something new for the team, in fact I had written a post on it earlier as well when the team lost a tri-series. Something that is different this time is that Indian team were the favourites to win the tournament, and they could not qualify even fo the finals. This is more shocking when you see that Zimbabwe was the third team. It gets even worse because India lost both its matches with Zimbabwe.

Yes I can agree with the fact that seeing this series, the selectors thought of resting it’s major players, and sent in a second string team. This team was very inexperienced, and so one can say that it was tough for them. But with Zimbabwe as a team and then even Sri Lanka were not full strength, loosing like this is not exceptable. Specially seeing that they lost both their matches to Zimbabwe, and in fact in one of them they even gave away the bonus point.

The team that was sent only had Suresh Raina as the player who is a permanent playing XI player. Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthikh, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan are more or less injury replacement players. A lot was expected from them. As most of the others were new on the scene. Rohit Sharma played two good knocks but they were not sufficient. Jadeja also contributed well, specially after his pathetic performance in the T20 world cup. A lot was expected form Karthikh, Raina (the captain), and of course Yusuf Pathan. But they all could not contribute substantially. The bowling was weak, as almost everyone was a new face. Three fast bowlers and a spinner made a debut in the series, This itself speaks about the lack of experience in the bowling department. And with this the batting also failed, making the team face such a result. Overall six players made debut in the series, this really shows the lack of experience in the team. Virat Kohli was named the vice captain for the series, he had hardly played 25 matches before the series.

I am not sure what the selectors have to say on this. Were they over confident in regard with this series? Well I am not sure, as giving rest to the senior players is a good decision, but you really cannot give rest to top 10 players of your playing 11. I think this is ridiculuos. With this they not only lose the series, but might have to fall down in the ICC rankings as well, because they lost matches to teams ranked much below them.

Anyways what has happened cannot be got back. Even we cannot say that the players should be sacked from the side for their poor performance as most of them will be dropped to get back the main players who were rested for the series.

If we take out the positives from the series, then they definitely have got to be Rohit Sharma and Pragyan Ojha. Ojha really bowled well throughout the series. Sharma got back to back hundreds, and finally proved that he is not just an IPL player.

In the end I will wish the team (the team with the best playing 11) all the very best for the future tournaments.


Robin Soderling defeated Roger Federer in the quarter finals of the French Open 2010. 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Soderling started scratchy but displayed some great game to get past the World No.1. I am a fan of Federer, but to be honest I like Nadal more, and here is a chance for Rafeal Nadal to pick up his 5th French title.

If I remember this is the first time in some years (last 5-6 years) that Federer has not qualified for a Grand Slam semi-final. For the record if he would have won the match he could have made it to his consecutive 24th Grand Slam semi-final. Also Soderling has proved his critics right, that it was not just a fluke that he defeated Nadal last year. Federer who defeated Soderling in the finals last year, to win his 14th Grand Slam title (equaling the world record), and also completed his overall Grand Slam (winning all four titles at least once), lost to him in the quarters this year.

Something that amazed me in the match was that Federer had entered into the quarter-finals without dropping a set, and suddenly he lost 3 in the same match. His loss gives Nadal the great chance to win the title. Although I would have loved to have seen Nadal defeat Federer in the finals, but it is not a problem even if he wins without defeating Federer. Well anyways I must say that this was completely Soderling’s day. Federer had defeated him 13-14 times in a row, well I must say what a time to take the revenge.

One statistic that scares me the most is that in the past four years, the winner of a grand slam has either been Federer or the player who had defeated Federer in the tournament. Well if this continues Soderling could well win his first Grand Slam tiltle.

In the end I would like to congratulate Soderling for his great victory, and also wish Nadal best of luck for the title.


Well BCCI has decided not to send any of the Indian cricket teams to the Asian Games. Well this means that India will definitely come back with two medals short. Which could have been two Gold Medals as well. Though seeing the form of the Men’s cricket team I really don’t think they had many chances of a Gold there, but yes, a medal anyways was very much expected. India has a very competitve team in the Women’s format and certainly the country would be missing them there.

Here is the news from the BCCI:
“The BCCI has announced that it will not send either the men’s or the women’s cricket team for this year’s Asian Games in China where the game makes its debut in its Twenty20 format.
The 16th edition of the Games will be held in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to 27 and the BCCI’s decision means loss of potential medals for the country.
“We would not be able to send our team, both men and women, for the Asian Games in China because of international commitments,” BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty told reporters here.
“We have communicated the same to the Indian Olympic Association,” he said.
Cricket’s debut at the Games was approved at the Olympic Council of Asia’s General Assembly in Kuwait recently and yesterday was the last day to confirm participation.”

I hope that India will win a lot many medals up there in Asian Games, so that the country will not feel bad of the loss to the two medals from this event.


Well I am very excited in writing this post, but I am just praying that this news is true. Well I have found this article from the source I have believed on for the past year or so. Since it comes from this source I do believe that this is finally going to happen. Shilpa Anand is coming back to the show as per the source. Not as Riddhima but as a different doctor, to be paired with Karan Singh Grover.

If this happens this will be great news for the Dill Mill Gayye fans. I just hope that this is not a rumor or marketing stunt from the creatives, as otherwise it will hurt a lot of hearts around. I had also written a post sometime back, on the possibility of her comeback, but was not sure that if it was really true.
Here is that article:

“As You all know Star one has confirmed that Our Shilpa Is finally back in dmg. This is what i got from my source.
I do not have frndz working for media or anything for that matter, but I
have sources who themselves are KaSh fans but with deeper connection with
the parties concerned. Since no media is involved in my matters, it takes
time to get a concrete news. Nevertheless, I have some good news for you
guys

A) News from Shilpa’s front
Shilpa has given her consent for DMG after that long meeting that took place
few days ago. Shilpa and her mum were happy about Sidharth Malhotra’s way of
dealing things. The meeting was held to discuss about Shilpa’s character,
future track and her contract. Karan was present throughout the meeting.
Apparently both the parties are happy. And Finally the contract has been
signed. Shilpa will start shooting in 3-4 days. It might take less than 3-4 days, but YES CONTRACT HAS BEEN SIGNED.

B) News from CVs side
Sidharth Malhotra is quite confident about SA’s come back. CVs wanted to
bring SA as a new character named Dr Henna. But Shilpa suggested to change
her character’s name to Dr Shilpa. So, may be Shilpa’s onscreen name will be
Shilpa only. There were discussions regarding Shilpa’s entry as Ridhima’s
step sister. But this is not 100% confirmed, since Jennifer might leave once
Shilpa enters. And incase Jennifer sticks to the show, according to Sidharth
Malhotra two parallel storylines will be show, one a KaSh love story and the
other Shilpa-Ridhima’s step sister bonding and all.”

Well for a long time I have been reading and also have received a lot of comments that Shilpa should come back, she was the best Riddhima and many such more. I would be lying if I would say that I too did not feel the same thing. Though as I have always written that neither of the other two Riddhima’s disappointed me, but yes neither of the two could create the magic Shilpa did on screen.

I guess it is very good that she is coming as a different character and not Dr.Ridhhmia because, the Creatives have already damaged completely the character since the time she has left. Also I am very sure now people will love to see Karan and Shilpa together, much more than they would have been seeing Armaan and Riddhima.

Ending this post I just hope that all this news is true. I had stopped watching the show a couple of months back, but if she returns I will definitely come back to the show.