After Championship glory last summer, Essex should now focus on white-ball cricket

The battle lines have been drawn and the stage is set for the English cricketing summer to begin. Last year, Essex turned things remarkably to lift the county championship after 25 years. What worked well for them was a fresh and exciting breed of homegrown cricketers including the likes of Jamie Porter, Dan Lawrence, and Nick Browne. Jamie Porter topped the list of wicket-takers by picking up 75 Championship wickets in  13 matches at an impressive average of 17.

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Love in the times of insecurity…

Today, allow me to talk about love. Love isn’t the easiest thing to do.  A lot has already been written about love.  Playwrights such as Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)  Garcia Lorca (Blood Wedding) have written volumes about love. It is perhaps one of the most abused words in the Oxford English dictionary. If pop culture is taken into consideration, then every second film we get to see has an element of romanticism. But I am not trying to describe the way in which the entire concept of romance is portrayed on the big screen, and neither do I want to describe the kind of love that inspires renowned lyricists such as Gulzar sahib and Irshad Kamil to write heart-warming lyrics.

As a guy with a thin and lean built, I would like to write about a 24-year-old guy who struggles with insecurity and physical disability, a guy who has never had the privilege of dating a girl. Let me tell you what happens when a moron like me falls in love.

For the most part of my life (well, I am just 24), I was an introvert (I still am), but when love finally happened, I tried all that I could to live up to the expectation. I tried to materialize a date, but that didn’t work out. We tried reading a good book, containing romantic quotes and saying, but that didn’t work out either as she liked Instagraming and Whatsapping more than anything else. I tried cooking (well, boys do cook). I cooked an omelette, but eventually gave up the idea because she didn’t like it at all. Shortly after the break-up, I realized our excessive and rather unnecessary involvement in each other’s lives and careers had led to emotional attachment. The consequences were bound to be catastrophic.

I tried playing the typical Indian romantic hero, but I was scared. I wasn’t worried about her leaving me. I feared that my physical disability would make me unlovable. I was anxious. I was worried that she was tolerating me out of obligation. So, I started hiding behind work and online shows.

I must admit I am shy. I am shy of eating in front of too many people, quite unlike the guys who can eat without getting nervous. I am an introvert. I prefer sitting at home instead of going out and drinking beer with friends. I hate traveling long distances simply because I know I’d get tired pretty soon.

I would love to go out on an adventure with a lovely young lady if ever I get a chance. I would love to go out on a dinner date, and would love to eat sitting right in front of a lovely young woman if ever I get an opportunity. But somewhere at the back of my mind, I know that I am a lonely, boring, and an emotionally fragile guy. Every single day, I have to deal with an enormous amount of regret and guilt for not being able to deal with people. Many of you might think I am pessimistic, but I strongly feel that I am a bumper package full of sadness and boredom. I am not saying this because I am pessimistic, but because of my previous encounters with women (or girls), which, in all fairness, have been disastrous.

I have been in love and I know it is not tailor-made for a loner like me. To be honest, I think I have reached a stage where I wholeheartedly accepted my disability for I know I’d be consumed by my disability one day, but till that happens, I’d happily live with it.

Falling in love with me is difficult. My mood swings like a pendulum and I can’t help it. I find it quite hard to believe that I can be at the receiving end. But despite despondence, I try to get a bit closer to it. I’d like to be prepared for it when it comes looking for me.


Watch Sajjan Singh Rangroot for Diljit Dosanjh’s Powerful Performance…

Diljit Dosanjh is back, this time as a Sikh sepoy fighting the Germans in WW1. Fighting a war and laying down your life for the sake of your motherland is considered the highest sacrifice. But, the question that arises is: Would you sacrifice your life for the very people who colonized you?

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Love per Square Foot is a light-hearted love story with a pinch of salt and pepper

In a city as big and crowded as Mumbai, owning a big house is not the easiest thing to imagine. This is exactly what forms the heart and soul of Love per Square Foot, a light-hearted rom-com set in the city of Mumbai. The film tells the story of Sanjay Chaturvedi and Karina D’Souza.  Both the principal characters aspire to buy a house of their own. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Anand Tiwari, the film is India’s first mainstream feature film to be available online across 150 countries. Continue reading “Love per Square Foot is a light-hearted love story with a pinch of salt and pepper”

Virat Kohli’s fearless approach is the key to India’s success…

August 18, 2008, I remember a 20 something lad opening the innings for India in a One Day International against Sri Lanka at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. He looked fresh and naïve, quite similar to a first-year college student. His stance was natural as he stood there, wide-eyed, to face his first delivery in international cricket. His stay at the crease was quite ordinary as he could only score a dozen runs before being trapped by Nuwan Kulasekara. The disappointment on his face was screaming aloud as he silently made his way back to the dugout.

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Questions aplenty as Nirav Modi pulls off a dramatic heist…

The big news is that despite the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) claims that public sector banks are well-prepared to deal with monetary frauds post the infamous Vijay Mallya fiasco, jeweler Nirav Modi has been able to dump the authorities by stealing somewhere close to INR 11,500 crore in driblets of foreign currency.  What comes as a bigger surprise is the fact that neither the internal auditors nor the people in power were able to unearth the fraud. Continue reading “Questions aplenty as Nirav Modi pulls off a dramatic heist…”

We tend to become vulnerable as we grow older

There was a time when even an introvert like me used to make a lot of friends. Not that I was the most extroverted person out there. I mean no one ever saw me dancing madly in the middle of a big, fat Punjabi wedding, but I, like most teenagers out there, enjoyed getting along with people. I remember meeting a lot of people and making a lot of friends while roaming around aimlessly. Almost every single day, I used to bump into countless known faces. What followed those encounters were incredibly lengthy conversations that just refused to end.

I remember having a big bunch of friends who used to order my favorite food without having to recall it. There were those who understood silence. And then, there were those who organized last minute birthday parties full of fun and frolic.

Being someone’s friend and being friendly with people are two entirely different concepts. You can be friendly with your colleagues, but your colleagues might not be your friends.

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Here’s how you can keep your marriage intact

Note: This blog was published first on Bonobology

“Marriages have become more complex than ever. There’ love, there’s trust, and there’s fun, but all of it is marred by misunderstanding, chaos, and countless ego clashes.” said my best friend as we were undertaking a leisurely stroll. Then, she told me how her husband screamed at her when she had accidentally lost her wallet which contained her husband’s pen drive. This young girl had tied the knot in October last year, but I could clearly see the fading splendour.

Then, there’s a male friend of mine who works as a copyeditor for a leading financial daily. His hectic schedule keeps him occupied even on weekends with a weekly off being the only saving grace. But surprisingly, he takes out time whenever he can in order to take his wife out for parties, get-togethers, and shopping.  He and his wife are happy with the way things are going and there married life is nothing short of perfect.

The concept of marriage is viewed differently by different people. Some people take it as a responsibility while others consider it to be nothing more than a burden. Ask 10,000 people about marriage and you’d surely get 10,000 different answers.

Whatever the definition of marriage might be, but the aspect that forms the essence of marriage is a couple’s ability to not just be delighted when they’re together, but also be derive joy and happiness out of the tiniest of things they do together.

Here are a few tips that might come in handy to keep your relationship on track:

Keep interacting with your partner: Communication helps keep misunderstandings at bay. Keep sharing the smallest of happenings with your partner. Take out some time to talk during the evening while you enjoy a hearty cup of tea. If you want to take the romance quotient a notch higher, then you can perhaps smile into each other’s eyes. Keeping these tiny bits and pieces intact would help you keep the relationship on track.

It’s perfectly fine if you aren’t available all the time: It’s a given fact that people are attracted to those who are beyond grasp.  It’s advisable to make sure that you have an exclusive set of friends. This would give you a set of exciting things (instances, photographs, and videos snippets) to share with your partner. Distance, at times, tends to bring two people closer.

It’s good to keep yourself well-groomed: It doesn’t always mean you have to keep up the make-up all the time. When I say well-groomed I don’t mean being groomed in the physical sense. Stay updated in order to keep the conversation sparkling and exciting.

Create a world that’s secure: It’s always good to keep certain things confined within the four walls of your house. Don’t hesitate to share your private moments with each other. Talk to your partner if you are feeling depressed. If there are things you don’t like, then it’s advisable to talk and sort them out.

Stop looking outwards: Your partner is the best match for you. As long as both of you keep respecting each other, you don’t need to search for ‘janam-janam ka pyaar’ beyond the one you already have. As long as you nurture this belief that you and your partner are made for each other, you’d be at peace with everything that you may come across.


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.

 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…”