Sunday, February 27, 2005

Sania Mirza - The next big thing in Indian sports or what?

For all of us who are heaping praise after praise on an 18 year old who hasn't achieved 10% of what the likes of Krishnan's, Amritraj's, Paes, Bhupathi have done in the past is plain stupid.
Like always we get carried away with small flashes of brilliance and we don't even want to wait for the results to show up.

At best Sania Mirza deserves a column or two on the sports pages describing her journey from the first to the third round in the Australian open, but here we have pages dedicated to some one who has not won a single tournament of repute. I am fine with all this praise after Sania has won a grandslam or has even entered the last 4 (semi finals of a major tournament).

Till then i guess i will just try and keep away from the news papers and television channels that are going overboard to praise Sania Mirza!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Infrastructure - our biggest hurdle today

The roads are narrow, there is hardly any space to maneuver more than a mid sized car with out causing a tiny traffic jam. In spite of obvious reasons to stop further development (industrial, residential both) in already cramped areas of the town, there is in fact a string of large complexes coming up in the same areas.

The administration should learn from the mistakes of cities like Mumbai, where excessive aggregation in certain areas (and of course regulations like the ULCA, Rent act) have rendered the place inhabitable. Places like Bangalore will be able to do a lot of these adjustment and remove the strain on the already stressed infrastructure. These are of course actions that can help prevent things in the future. The real problem at hand today is what can be done now to ease the already worsening situation. The answer is of course build better, wider roads and the mantra is to build it fast. There are flyover bridges being built for the last 2-3 years, nowhere in the world does one see such inefficiency and lethargy at work.

If B'lore wants to retain its place on the world map as the silicon valley of the east, it better compete with the likes of S'pore and Shanghai, rather than rot itself in its fading past glory.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

PHL - Ek naya junoon

Have never seen it for live, the impact a great marketing exercise can have on the people.
PHL-Premier Hockey League is catchy, new rules are creating tension through out the game and it keeps the audiences riveted.

Kudos to the people behind this move. Now the only thing left is to see how and when the administrators restructure their mind sets and attitudes.

Last seen, 4 kids about 5-6 years old playing hockey in J P Nagar in B'lore :)) PHL ka naya Junoon, i am sure.