Nov 26, 2012

A-Z of Bongs

Here is one post I couldn't resist sharing once I stumbled upon it! It's aptly titled the A-Z of Bongs.

A is for Apish (Office). This is where the average Kolkatan goes and spends a day hard(ly) at work. If he is in the Government he will arrive at 10, wipe his forehead till 11, have a tea break at 12, throw around a few files at 12.30, break for lunch at 1, smoke an unfiltered cigarette at 2, break for tea at 3, sleep sitting down at 4 and go home at 5. It's a hard life!

Nov 21, 2012

On Roberto di Matteo

Credits: CTCS1905

An unfair loss against United. A draw at Swansea, which is a difficult away fixture. A last minute win against Shaktar. A draw against Liverpool. A loss against West Brom, and then against Juventus. 4 points adrift of the top spot in the Premier League, and qualification depending on the Shaktar-Juventus fixture in the Champions League. No matter what happened in the past, atleast, at this moment, there is very little a manager can do regarding the Champions League spot.

Roman Abramovich has done it again, sacking Roberto di Matteo, who won the maiden Champions League trophy for Chelsea just six months ago! I am not gonna say much- just that it was grossly unfair. I am sorry to say, as a Chelsea supporter, Abramovich, you have definitely let me down.

As for RdM, he will always be a legendary figure at the club, much like what King Kenny is for Liverpool or Guardiola for Barcelona.

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Nov 20, 2012

Why India needs a Superhero: Part II

India Today cartoonist Narsim's take on the Shiv Sena vs free speech tussle.

Although the core idea is quite different from what I wrote here, this is sort of a continuation.

As a child, I remember my teacher once said- India is the largest democracy. He took great pride in the statement. A decade later, I wonder how correct he was.

Let me just tell you something as an example. You probably know this, but let me just tell you anyways. On 17th November, Bal Thackeray passed away. He was a politician and the founder of local party Shiv Sena, and had a big following- well, that is what the funeral pointed to.I would not like to say anything about his life or what he did, as that is not what I want to post on this.

Nov 17, 2012

Strikers in Russian Era and on Falcao's chances

2003, the Russian Rule began. The target was to conquer Europe. Generals have fallen: Ranieri, Mourinho, Grant, Scolari, Villas Boas. A new leader emerged. His gladiators did what David did to Goliath. And finally, victory was theirs.

The path to the holy grail was, however, not so easy and straightforward. Chelsea have had better teams, bigger chances- Liverpool semi final, Barcelona semi final, Moscow 2008! But against all the odds, 2012 was to be the year when Europe was painted blue. Here's a look at the strikers in this period.

The Great Indian Schools

This post is sort of a continuation of one of my previous posts.

With a country where about 35% of the people are under 20 (Source: Census of India), the educational institutions are of utmost importance. In such a situation, CBSE, the largest education board of the country, has failed to make sure that quality education is being provided to the children- the future workforce of this nation!

Nov 16, 2012

The Third Floor Anomaly

It was a fine May afternoon when it was room allotment for Radhakrishnan Bhawan was to be done. I go into the room, take a chit out of a big box, and it said '316'. Although this hostel had a smaller room, less space and absolutely no greenery as compared to my previous one- I was still happy moving into RKB. The reason? Fast internet (and less number of dogs). Everything else can be forgotten and forgiven!

Nov 15, 2012

Sher Dil- The Courageous One

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Nov 12, 2012

The Duliajan Chronicles: The Badminton Days

The Assam Gas Company Campus, Duliajan
Back during my school days, when my dad worked in Duliajan, we would have a badminton competition among the families of the employees of the company. Staying in a town like Duliajan, this was a good opportunity for the people to stay fit (and the goodies you would get on winning were superb as well- sponsored by Aeicorp), which is why there was overwhelming participation year after year after year.

Nov 11, 2012

Ganguly's retirement- No more Dadagiri?

Amidst the controversial match(es) at Stamford Bridge, something significant happened in the cricket world, which football fans might just have missed- Sourav Ganguly opted out of IPL 6, and Ranji Trophy, retiring from all forms of Cricket. No more cheering for Dada, no more anticipating matches of Kolkata Knight Riders, or Pune Warriors for that matter. Cricket, as I (as well as a large chunk of Bengalis) knew it, is over.

Why Gangnam Style did better than Kolaveri Di?

Kolaveri Di died down a long time ago, and Gangnam style is still on the rise! Here is a comparison you might want to see!

From Hero to Villain- The Dark Side of Cricket

Cricket was once considered a gentleman's game. In fact, it still is! It is one of the most popular sports in the world (although Football edges past it easily). Cricket is considered a religion in the largest democracy of the world, and Cricketers Gods! However, there still remains a dark side to the beautiful game- the match fixing, the bookmakers, and those unfortunate players, who were once considered heroes, get lured into this vicious cycle!

How to customize your new Blogger blog?

So you just started blogging? You have decided a name and completed atleast a single post? Just in case you haven't, you can get a step-by-step guide on how to do it in Beginning to blog using Blogger and Writing your first article in blogger.

Now is the time to make it look better... I have compiled a list of things to make it look better and improve the experience of you as well as your readers!

Nov 10, 2012

Lord Heskey

Emile Heskey- the bad ass of English football. With 62 appearances for the national team,  he finally decided to call it quits after the 2010 World Cup. Having played for Liverpool and Birmingham City in the past, and after Aston Villa did the blunder of releasing him as a free agent earlier this year, he signed for Aussie club Newcastle Jets, and is the top scorer in the league now. He is perhaps the most trolled football player, only after Balotelli. Here is a collection of them.


If would require a few minutes of your time. If you ever liked my blog, or put a profile picture which I clicked, or if you are very generous, do go through the following lines. KLIX is an online photography contest, a Pre-Thomso event, which is the cultural fest of IIT Roorkee. To vote for me, do the following.

1. Like the page Thomso 12.
2. Like the following two images.

That would be all. Thank you.

Update: Competition over. Thanks, nonetheless.

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How to become a Manchester United fan?

On an unrelated note, here's a fun post(no offense intended, just for laughs).
  • Try ending every argument with '19'.
  • Try to write GGMU wherever possible, especially at the most unexpected of places. For example, in a discussion involving the El Classico, say GGMU!
  • Be a little arrogant in arguments. Well, don't consider the word 'little'.
  • Keep dreaming about Champ20ns.
  • Write "MUFC" in your name even if you can't name 10 players from the squad.
  • Live no where near Manchester. 
  • Mention how your youth academy is better than even better than La Masia.
  • Say how the best players in the world would love to play for United. Also emphasize why Guardiola would love to succeed Ferguson.
  • Say Sir Alex is the best ever and have no clue about who Matt Busby is.
  • Put Christiano Ronaldo's picture as your Profile/Cover Pic, and hope for his return, which ain't happening.
  • Accuse Liverpool fans of talking of history, but never stop talking of the '19'.
  • Brag about the 8-2 against Arsenal, but forget about the 6-1 against City just weeks later.
  • Look the other way (or pretend to do so) when referees favour United and say 'can we call it square' when one decision goes against them.
If you do atleast 5 of the things listed above, congrats, you are a Manchester United fan.

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Nov 1, 2012

Lessons from Chelsea's Capital One Cup win over Man Utd

After a disappointing match that most Chelsea fans, if not all, were left feeling cheated, a win over the same opponents at the same ground did bring a sense of satisfaction! Here are my conclusions from the game.