Monthly Archives: June 2008

Got Game?

Thought only Torres or Ballack or Arshavin can play the game? Very Wrong.


The Top Ten Lies Told by Graduate Students

The Top Ten Lies Told by Graduate Students taken from the Harvard Crimson:

10. It doesn’t bother me at all that my college roommate is making $80,000 a year on Wall Street.

9. I’d be delighted to proofread your book/chapter/article.

8. My work has a lot of practical importance.

7. I would never date an undergraduate.

6. Your latest article was so inspiring.

5. I turned down a lot of great job offers to come here.

4. I just have one more book to read and then I’ll start writing.

3. The department is giving me so much support.

2. My job prospects look really good.

1. No really, I’ll be out of here in only two more years.

Incredible India?

Incredible India?

Incredible India? Surely. Child Bear or Chilled Beer: The man behind it surely must have thought that the shop-owners are gonna deal in bears or beers, heck the spelling.

Hollywood Lessons


~It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts: your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one, dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.

~Honest and hard-working policemen are traditionally gunned down three days before their retirement.

~All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach the armpit level of a woman, but only the waist level of the man lying beside her.

~At least one of a pair of identical twins is born evil.

~Most laptop computers are powerful enough to override the communications system of any invading alien society.

~All grocery bags contain at least one stick of French bread.

~Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their arch enemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gasses, lasers, and man-eating sharks, which will allow their captives at least a half-hour to escape.

~You’re very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

~A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating, but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

~If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before long.

~If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises in their most revealing underwear.

~Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.

~All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they’re going to go off, but luckily you’ll always blindly choose to cut the right wire.

~A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.

~Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.

Don’t Quit

“This is a very lovely and heartening poem I found the other day while skimming through my sister’s diary, but it is copied, obviously”

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you are trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When you might have won had you stuck it out,

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tints of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,

It’s when things seem worse, that you must not quit.

Turkish Delight

Turkey have superbly transformed themselves from no-hopers to a team to watch out for in the UEFA Euro 2008. I had not anticipated Turkey to go beyond the group stages, a belief which I assume to had shared with millions of soccer fanatics worldwide. But not only the Turks have proved us wrong, they have done it in style. First they overcame the likely second-favorites Czech Republic of their group to cruise into quarter-finals, in what I believe to be one of the greatest comebacks I have ever seen in soccer. Then it was Croatia who bore the burnt of the Turks mighty confidence and self-belief. Croats probably deserved to be in their shoes right now, but they are heading back to their country after being knocked out following a gritty performance by Fatih Terim’s side. Kudos to them! Though heart will miss Slaven Bilić’s hip-attitude.

But Turkey’s real test comes on 25 June when they come across the mighty Germans in St. Jacob Park in Basel, who look detemined to earn the European glory. I don’t offer Turkey much odds on this one, but would be looking for an excellent semi-final. And enjoy the Turkish delight…or even Rote Grütze!


Coldplay is back. With some hot compositions. With a bang. BOOOOOOM.

Viva la Vida ( or Long Live Life) is the only song which I am listening to ever since I heard it for the first time three days ago and croaking it all the time forcing my sister to gag me (nah, just joking). After listening to this song, I actually felt that I was a monarch ruling the world, heck to my downfall.

But the music is impressive, foot tapping and hummable. Great stuff. Download this song here.