Thursday, July 3, 2008

THANK YOU FOR THE MAGIC!


Finally Euro is over and it’s a looooooooooonnnnnnnnnggg time since, to be writing about it. But I wish to thank some people who made it possible for me to enjoy the tournament.

First, I thank Mr. Steve McLaren and the entire English team for NOT qualifying for the Euro and making life easy for (non English) football fans in India. Had England qualified, I would have had to wake up everyday in the morning having to look at the ‘expert’ analysis of the world’s most overrated team everyday. Trust me, newspapers in India are obsessed with everything that is British, walks on two legs and kicks a ball.
Newspaper people, get some real writers for football. Your people suck. Get someone whose area of interest and expertise expands beyond ManU, Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Not to mention the hoopla the news channels would have made over them and their WAGS. And they are not exactly great at the game either.

Coming to the WAGS, even without the English, the media still did show lots of pictures of them posing in, ahem, less clothes. Might seem good eye candy for once but later you get sick of it. You don’t want to see them on TV when there are so many other mouthwatering prospects (read ‘matches’) on offer. HToday compared the WAGS of Holland and Italy when their match was to be played later that night. Are they going to play? So WAGS, thank you for showing up in solid support for your better halves.

Russia, thank you for defeating Holland (*sobs) and bringing them back to reality.

Turkey, thank you for showing me that it’s never over until you say it’s over. I bow to you.

France, all I can say is LOL and thank you for not going through (ya right!). I would have had to skip your matches.

And lastly, Spain, thank you for winning the cup and reaffirming my faith in Spanish football. You rock.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

No Clear Deal?


Anxiously counting down to the final outcome of the most talked about pact in recent Indian history, I can not help but equate the UPA’s state to a mother whose child is hell-bent on getting his way. The Left, after weeks and months of threats has decided to pull out their support which will cause the downfall of the UPA government provided they fail to gather support from other parties.

About the deal itself, I know not much about it but I certainly know that it will certainly help India progress and that the proclivity of the deal towards India’s interests is almost unbelievable. Uncle Sam has recognized India’s potential as a powerful player in world politics (if not a superpower) and thus is prepared to offer their resources to assist in the process. But as usual, like in every democracy, someone has a problem.

This time, it’s the Communists. They feel the deal will leave India at the mercy of the US. But every pro has a con. Every coin has two sides. If the deal is done, the degree of technological advancements in the power, defense, science etc. will be so large that the aforementioned ‘risk’ has to be taken. The deal should go through or we would have squandered yet another chance of progress, like we have in the past. We have the tendency to shoot ourselves in the foot and then crib about it later. Anyway, this is not about the past.

The UPA has now realized that the Left is not the only ones with seats. The SP and RLD have agreed to support the deal and bail the government out and prevent early elections. SP has 39 seats in the Lok Sabha and Mr. Mulayam Singh has met the Congress and held talks. I think we have had enough of Prakash Karat’s antics and that he has to be shown the door if he wants to leave.

If the govt. manages to hold its own, it shall be a slap in the face for the Left and they will be truly ‘left’ out, trying to heal their wounds and their egos. Here’s looking forward to a deal between SP and UPA.

Mr. PK, kindly take your support and go home. You will need it to mend your broken ego.

Let the child be abandoned. Unlike real life where the child usually has his way.