In the name of history, we are ruining our present

Violent clashes have erupted in Maharashtra. Widespread unrest has engulfed the entire state. The rioters are running berserk. Vehicles have been set ablaze, public property has been damaged beyond repair, and above everything else, normal life has been crippled.

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Tiger Zinda hai is over dependent on Salman Khan and his charismatic star power…

First and foremost, Kindly allow me to apologize for coming out with an extremely delayed review. The unbelievably long queues outside the multiplexes are to be blamed for this delay. Buying a couple of tickets for TZH was a real task. Anyways, here I am with a delayed, but elaborate review of Tiger Zinda Hai.

Overview:
 Salman Khan, Bollywood’s and controversy’s favourite child is back, bigger and better.  The much-awaited Tiger Zinda Hai has finally hit the screens and it’s as stupendous as ever. Salman Khan is back with a bang after the failure of Tubelight.  The film is inspired by a real-life incident where a group of 46 nurses were kidnapped by the ISIS. The film deals with how Salman, along with a bunch of Indian as well as Pakistani agents, rescues the kidnapped nurses from the jaws of a dreadful militant named Abu Usman. The Indian authorities are given seven days to rescue the kidnapped nurses by the American authorities. The head of the Indian Intelligence, Shenoy (Girish Karnad) believes Tiger is the ideal man to execute this rescue operation. Tiger, after some amount of persuasion, agrees to spearhead the operation. The rest of the film deals with how Tiger and his men overpower the ISC in a bid to rescue the trapped nurses. Continue reading “Tiger Zinda hai is over dependent on Salman Khan and his charismatic star power…”

Bollywood Rewind 2017…

2017 was yet another year which saw some solid hits being churned out. Right from veteran actor Sridevi’s power-packed comeback in “Mom”, to Irrfan Khan’s brilliant comic timing in “Hindi Medium”, to Akshay Kumar’s one-man show in “Jolly LLB 2”, we were treated to some mouth-wateringly delicious films throughout the year. Let us take a look at the very best of Bollywood in 2017. Continue reading “Bollywood Rewind 2017…”

Cramping for room: Congestion’s on an all-time high in Delhi

Travelling to work in a city like Delhi is a major concern. Every morning, countless people can be seen making their way to the office. Take my example: I live in West Delhi and make my way to Gurugram every morning via the metro. Taking a cab does no good as traffic tends to crawl like a snail in the morning. This is perhaps because the use of personal vehicles to travel to work has increased significantly. Moreover, the metro is no less crowded and a journey spanning across 40 stations takes nearly a couple of hours.

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History is often showcased through a lens of sentimentality for it to sound relevant to the present generation

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has become controversy’s favourite child these days. His latest offering Padmavati, a fictional reconstruction of the life of Rani Padmini, is finding itself in troubled waters. The film is facing widespread violent protests in the northern parts of India. Over all these years, art has generally been the softest target, but the present wave of unrest has surpassed all acceptable limits of fair criticism.
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The Indians are keen to rekindle their bond with county cricket in England

It certainly won’t be a hyperbole to say that the game of cricket undergoing significant changes right from the advent of day/night test matches to the countless franchise-based Twenty20 leagues popping-out every now and then. It is a time when national loyalties are fading away and test match cricket has for the country has taken the backseat. Continue reading “The Indians are keen to rekindle their bond with county cricket in England”

Murder on the Orient Express: An old-fashioned detective thriller to take you back in time

Director Kenneth Branagh is here with a lavish remake of Murder on the Orient Express. The film is an adaptation of a novel written by Agatha Christie.  Detective thrillers are known for their jumbled plotline, unanswered questions, a significant breakthrough, and above everything else, a considerable degree of solemnity and thrill. Branagh’s latest offering is a blend of all these elements and to put the icing on the cake, Branagh, who also plays Hercule Poirot, succeeds in stealing the show with his calm and sophisticated demeanour and an old-school moustache. Read on to know more: Continue reading “Murder on the Orient Express: An old-fashioned detective thriller to take you back in time”

Twenty20 and the rising cult of freelance cricketers

There was a time when having an illustrious cricketing career was all that mattered for a cricketer. Back in the 1990’s and the early 2000s, if cricketers didn’t have a successful international career, it used to be the end of the road for them. It was a time when playing cricket for the country was on top of a cricketer’s priority list. It was a time when test match cricket dominated the international cricketing scene and it was a time when pride was way more important than money. Continue reading “Twenty20 and the rising cult of freelance cricketers”

You learn so much out of your own failures

“If you’re mentally unhealthy in the first place, it’ll definitely affect your body. The first thing you need to do is to accept it, and go through the difficult part thinking it’s a part of a much bigger scheme of things.” Continue reading “You learn so much out of your own failures”

Decoding Ravi Ashwin…

The game of cricket has transformed by leaps and bounds. From Test Match Cricket to 50 over matches and now, from 50 over matches to the bang-bang Twenty20 matches. Cricketers need to adapt. They need to perform well across different conditions and formats. The pressure to perform consistently has never been this high. Being a good batsman isn’t enough; you need to be an excellent fieldsman and a more than useful bowler as well.

The Indian National Cricket Team’s so-called ‘never-ending’ search for a genuine test all-rounder seems to have finally ended. The transformation of the tall and lanky lad from Chennai (Ravi Ashwin) has been nothing short of exceptional.  The thing that makes him one of India’s most valuable cricketers is the fact that the bowler in him can think like a batsman, anticipating what the opponent is trying to do. Furthermore, the handy batter in him can think like a bowler, avoiding treacherous deliveries.

Ashwin has been appreciated by cricket pundits all over the world his wicket-taking abilities. He has further gained appreciation from critics for his ability to make valuable contributions down the order, but his inability to replicate this prolific run on foreign soils has been criticized.

You can’t be called a complete cricketer just because you pile of the runs and pick wickets on your home soil. Don Bradman, one of the greatest cricketers ever to have played the sport, isn’t considered by some cricket pundits to be a complete cricketer for having played in only two countries.

Ashwin’s rise as a genuine all-rounder has a variety of reasons. First of all, his ability to stay firm at one end while batting. Secondly, his technique, which is quite okay (remember he’s a guy who bats at seven or eight). Thirdly, he is someone who has almost all the orthodox shots in his kitty. While he has the ball in hand, his variations make him a lethal weapon capable of destroying even the world’s best batting line up.

Of late, he has found a lot of success in the longer format of the game. With 44 scalps from 8 test matches, 2017 has been Ashwin’s year. But, his form in the limited overs format has gone for a toss. The 31-year-old could hardly come to terms with the flat decks on offer during the 2017 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in England. A dip in form in white ball cricket saw him being replaced by the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuz Chahal. In his bid to widen his skill-set and prepare for the upcoming tour of England, the 31-year-old flew all the way to England to try his hand in English County Cricket to play county cricket for Worcestershire.

The key to understanding and realizing Ashwin’s value lies in understanding the evolution he has gone through. He started his career as a batsman who could bowl occasional medium pace. Now he has transitioned into one of the finest off-spinners the game of cricket has ever seen. He was the first one to realize that his physique isn’t built for seam bowling. He isn’t the quickest guy on the field but has spent considerable time ensuring he has a safe pair of hands when it comes to catching.

Ashwin has altered his bowling technique on more than one occasion. From the time he starts from the mark, builds the momentum towards the crease, then loads up, pivots up and releases one of his many deliveries.

Talking of records, Ashwin is the quickest to reach 200 test wickets. He has amassed 292 wickets in 52 test matches with 26 fifers (as of October 2017). That is sheer greatness. His all-round displays are an asset. The man who seems to have perfected the art of bowling a ‘carrom ball’ does not believe in going after records. He keeps on dismissing batsmen and the records keep tumbling as well.

Ashwin has already had some stellar performances to his credit. Considering his rising stature and the kind of bowler he is, best may just be around the corner. A long home season awaits Ashwin as he’ll be seen flexing his muscles against the mighty Proteas in January 2018. We’re surely in for a tour de force or two from this prodigiously gifted and talented all-rounder.