Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Here's some blog-love...

...for this extremely useful post on Girish Shahane's blog.

It's on travel to Iran - and is an useful primer. You might want to take a closer look at his blog for his detailed entries on his trip.

It also answered the berry pulao question I'd had in my mind for a while now.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

The most profane...

...wii videogame in the world is House of the Dead: Overkill. It's brilliant. To put it in a nutshell, it's like being in your own Quentin Tarantino movie. How can you refuse that?

But I digress.

The most profane cricket blog in the world is CricketWithBalls. And he has a book out. It promises to be fun. In a Quentin Tarantino meets cricket sort of way. Without the one-legged Rose McGowan.

Go read all about it here and buy it.

No, I'm not getting paid for the plug. But there's a reason. If you bought the book already instead of touching yourself during the strategic timeout, you'd know, wouldn't you?

More about House of the Dead later.


Saturday, May 23, 2009


...Mahaquizzer Announcement here. No, it's not on when the game is. So you might as well put your Sunday to good use.

Mahaquizzer 2009

We will hold the fifth edition of Mahaquizzer on Sunday, 24 May 2009. The cities where centres are being offered are Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Thrissur, Mysore and Panaji. Some quizzers in Singapore will also attempt the quiz.

Mahaquizzer is the National Quizzing Championship. It is open to single entrants. There is no entry fee. Contestants are required to answer 150 questions over 90 minutes.

Mahaquizzer 2009 has been set by Arun Hiregange, Dibyendu Das, Thejaswi Udupa, Avinash Thirumalai and Ochintya Sharma.

Four prizes will be given out in each city: Best Quizzer, Best Woman Quizzer, Best College Quizzer and Best School Quizzer.

The person recording the highest score across all centres will hold the title of Mahaquizzer for 2009. She/he will also be awarded the Wing Commander G.R. Mulky Trophy for Quizzing Excellence.This trophy will be given in June 2009 during the KQA 26th Anniversary event.

You can have a look at previous editions of the quiz (2005-2008) here: http://kqaquizzes.org/quizzes/

Email registrations will no longer be accepted. On-the-spot entries will be accepted only if we are able to accommodate them–this decision will be made by the city coordinator at each of the venues.

For clarifications or for more information , please call Arul Mani at 97312-14519.
All the details:

Mahaquizzer 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Reporting Time: 0930hrs
Schedule: 1000hrs-1130hrs

Venues and Coordinators


New Block
Cathedral Composite Junior College and High School
Richmond Road

Coordinators: Dibyendu Das (94485-37014) & Mitesh Agarwal (98452-59423)


Classrooms 10 A, & 10 B
PS Senior Secondary School
33 Alarmelmangapuram, Mylapore, Chennai 600004

Coordinator: Joshua Muyiwa (99162-64323)

For directions to the Chennai venue, please call Kiran Vijayakumar (99400-74259) or S.P. Rajen (98846-20531)


Innobox Systems Pvt Ltd.
#G19, Ground Floor,
Swarnajayanthi Complex,
SR Nagar, Hyderabad -73

Coordinator: Satyajit Chetri

For directions to the Hyderabad venue, please call Nitish Khadiya (98856-79460)


Govt. College for Women, Vazhuthacaud

Coordinator: Arul Mani (97312-14519)


Landmark Bookstore
Infiniti Mall, No.619, New Link Road
Oshiwara, Lokhandwala
Andheri West
Mumbai - 400 053

Coordinator: Arun Hiregange (98452-03004)

New Delhi:

2 LT-2, IIT-Delhi

Coordinator: Ashwan Lewis (98185-28426)


Engineering Science Building
2nd Floor, Physics Room
Gate No. 3,
Behind Central Library
Jadavpur University
SC Mullick Road
Kolkata 700032

Coordinator: Rudradeep Bhattacharjee (98363-44694)


Symbiosis Law School Auditorium,
Symbiosis Law School,
Senapati Bapat Road,
Pune - 411004

Coordinator: Vishwajeeth Narvekar

For directions in Pune, contact Ramanand (9764258560), Salil (98231 12258), Aditya (98811 01291).


KIIT Keol Campus,
Patia, Bhubaneswar

Coordinator: Abhishek Kar (91-99371-90000)


Department of Botany
(A C Dutta Bhavan),
Cotton College,

Coordinator: Ochintya Sharma (99725-92053)


Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi School
Ramakrishna Ashram Lane

Coordinator: Siby Kuriakose (99001-22880)

for directions to the Thrissur venue, contact Hrishi Varma (09995103806)


Site No. 1 Chamundi Hill Road
Siddarthanagar Post
Mysore 570 011

Coordinaor: Thejaswi Udupa (98867-25754)

for directions to SDM-IMD, contact Varun Shenoy (9611355311)


Hotel Manvin’s,
Municipal Garden,
Panaji Church Square,
Coordinator: Nithin Manayath (98860-81269)


Friday, May 22, 2009


...is unbelievable. My man Corporate Whore put this list together. Can't help not sharing it with the world. I think he used this page at cricinfo

Here goes:

"I'm not an Incredible Hulk, like Danny Morrison. I'm a thin guy from the subcontinent."
Ramiz Raja tells the world just what he is

"If we have a Super Over then super things can happen."
Ramiz Raja captivates the five-year-olds who form an important part of his
audience with some cunning wordplay

"While Hodge seems pretty clear about what to do... his mind uncluttered... it's a hodge-podge from Albie Morkel"
Ramiz Raja unearths the link between two players on opposing sides

"Chase, chase and the ball wins the race... RP Singh falls on his face."
Ramiz Raja discovers a talent for doggerel and lets the world know

"How well he has managed to mitigate this innings in the last few overs."
Ramiz Raja has fun with the English language

"This over has been full of action. All this action is sponsored by [pause] our sponsors."
Ramiz Raja knows just who is at the bottom of what you see on your screens

"Nannes... he's been a menace for the opposition."
Ramiz Raja rocks a rhyme y'all

"Farveez Maharoof is busy doing nothing."
Ever the diplomat, Ramiz Raja, while interviewing Maharoof, doesn't put too fine a point on the fact that he hasn't played a game in the tournament so far

"He's not a big hitter of the ball."
Ramiz Raja lets us in on a secret about Karan Goel, a man who scored at a mere two runs a ball or so in his first innings of the tournament


Thursday, May 21, 2009


...can be wildly interesting, when done well. Like in the video for Oren Lavie's 'Her Morning Elegance'.

That song's a bit of an earworm, "...as she fights for her life in the train..."

From the brat.


The Debt of...

...Milk. Breast Milk.

As it is with these videos, there's nothing I can add to it, really. The clip speaks for itself, while leaving me speechless.

I found it on Nehavish's blog.


Monday, May 18, 2009

What are...

..the chances that two of the cartoonists I read regularly riff on Jar-Gun this week?

Makes me feel a touch nostalgic, while I continue to get sucked into the Matrix again.

via Brand Camp and Dilbert, respectively.