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Sachin interview from last week

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Just finished reading this rather exhaustive interview with Sachin on Hindustan Times, published a week after Sachin broke Gavaskar’s record of 34 test match hundreds…

Part 1 [appeared on Dec 17, 2005]: ‘There was a moment when I just couldn’t talk’ – Sri Lanka in India 2005: HTCricket.com

Part 2 [appeared on Dec 18, 2005]: Unfortunately the direct link provided in HT website is not working [‘Captaincy affected me as a person’: HindustanTimes.com], and managed to sort of re-create the same in two parts from two sources — Page 1 from Google Search Cache and Page 2 from Yahoo! Search Cache.

Hope you too would find the interview interesting.

Written by Proto

December 27, 2005 at 00:30 hrs

Posted in Cricket

The week that was

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As the Xmas day draws to a close, I thought it was time to deliver on what I promised about posting regularly about the life and times of Proto :). So here is a quick wrap-up of the week that was:

At work, for most of them it was a relatively quite week, though a few of us are having our hands full with some analysis work for the versions ahead. Nothing special to write home about except that we are in the process of infusing fresh (not “fresher”) blood into our team, and so the next version is going to be a bit challenging.

At home, parents are doing fine. We are planning to go to Courtallam sometime in January to visit the family God, Annavi Pillayar in the Courtallam Temple. Dates haven’t been finalized yet, though it will mostly be during either Pongal weekend or the R-Day weekend. It has been one of the traditions in our family ever since I was born (to be at Courtallam during my birthday), something we adhered to steadfastly till we moved out of Trivandrum.

I have sort of kick-started the house-hunt in full earnest, and will keep you posted about how I am doing. I have a feeling that it will be a rather demanding process thanks to the self-imposed restrictions including water availability, decent locality, and proximity to Mount Road.

I have been seeing movies galore ever since I landed in Chennai, and continuing the tradition watched a couple of them over the weekend: Flightplan and Kanda Naal Mudhal. Flightplan was an excellent story with a twist, as rightly reported in the Hindu Friday Review. KNM didn’t quite live up to the “great expectations” that I had built up based on various reviews (Hindu, Madhan on Vijay TV). But of course, KNM was a good, decent movie; it is just that it doesn’t make it to the great movie club. I highly recommend the title song ‘Kanda naal mudhalaay’ which is a fast paced adaptation of the classical version. Nice fusion work by Yuvan, though I think we owe it to ARR for being the trend-setter here.

This one for those who love collectors’ editions (I am one): all the major magazines are out with their year-end/anniversary specials, and I highly recommend the Anniversary special of India Today. It, as you might have already seen in the ads run on TV or elsewhere, takes you through the path-breaking, history-shaping events of the last 30 years (or the first 30 years of India Today), as covered by India Today down the ages.

Tomorrow being the Boxing Day, we can look forward to another classic tussle between the Aussies and the Proteas. May the better team win! [Disclaimer: The just mentioned rule is not applicable when India plays; then the rule is slightly modified to: May only India win!; Disclaimer2: I am not a true fan of cricket, I accept ;-)]

Thanks for reading thus far. Have a great week ahead.

Written by Proto

December 25, 2005 at 23:23 hrs

Posted in Random Ramblings

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and I tend to agree, not so much after seeing Hemanth’s blog: WYSIWYG. Boy, am I happy or what! This is the first time my writing has been quoted (or should it be copied) on the web, and that too not by a friend who knows me and about my blog.

Thanks, Hemanth, although I would rather have preferred you linking to my blog post with your introduction about why you liked the post, something that I had been careful enough to do every time I post something. Anyways, that is how it goes, I suppose, in the wild world of web. WYSIWIC (What You See Is What I Copy :).

Update: It is Xmas day, and just now saw that Hemanth has left a comment in my blog not exactly apologizing, but trying to chill things down. Fine, I guess it is time to move on, as there are better things to do than dilly dally over this issue. But before I let go, here is an interesting post on blog content theft, as experienced by Michael Arrington.

Written by Proto

December 25, 2005 at 00:15 hrs

Posted in Random Ramblings

Merry X’mas, folks!

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Happy Christmas, folks! May this season leading to the New Year bring you lots of cheer and happiness. Looking forward to a week of relatively more activity at work, since we are kick-starting a new version soon, mostly on Monday.

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December 24, 2005 at 23:26 hrs

Posted in Random Ramblings

Management Techniques of the Bottom 95% of U.S. Corporations

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Nice one. Read it in full here: YAPH: Management Techniques

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December 23, 2005 at 01:36 hrs

Hey guys! I am back!

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After a few weeks of break, I think I am back to regular blogging mode. This hiatus helped me to dwell upon life as such, about my work, about my future and a few other things too personal to write about here. Anyway, I think I have found some peace at last (within me) and so you can expect a deluge of posts over the next few days.

PS: Thanks to Apple for waking me up with a timely reminder, quoting a part of my own opening post:

The main reason for starting this blog was this: I am finding it really difficult to keep in touch with all of my buddies, to the extend I would like to, thanks to the demands of my professional and personal life. Even if I manage to be in touch with a few of them, I am unable to share all the news and views with them.

Touche!.

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December 23, 2005 at 01:23 hrs

Most generous donors of 2005 — an amazing list!

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A couple of days back MSNBC carried this nice article about the most generous donors of 2005, be it for charity or educational purposes. I was amazed to learn how much these great people donate to charity, and I just hope this inspires lots of us mere mortals to give back more to the society.

Excerpts:

If you have a few extra dollars in your pocket (it doesn’t have to be a billion) and you’d like to share some of your financial good fortune with others who are in great need, we invite you to join with us in supporting some impressive Foolanthropies. Remember that:

* Fully one-fifth of humanity, some 1.3 billion people, struggles to survive on less than $1 per day.
* About 40% of humanity survives on less than $2 per day.
* More than a billion people around the world will go to bed hungry tonight.
* Life expectancy in some 32 countries is less than 40 years.

Read it in full here: Can You Edge Out Bill Gates? – Motley Fool – MSNBC.com

Written by Proto

December 23, 2005 at 01:12 hrs