Saturday, July 16, 2005

Champions will always remain champions. Maybe I guess they can’t be anyone else. The way these people raise their game when they are playing an epic match bewilders one and all. They may have scraped through the early stages of a competition but when it comes to crunch game like a World cup final or any other title-clincher they seem to strike their mercurial form out of no-where.

The epic Wimbledon 2005 final just confirms Roger Federer’s place as one of the greatest players to have graced tennis court. Maybe it’s too early to say that; but with 5 grand slams already in his kitty he won’t belie my claims. This young Swiss seems impregnable on grass. His record of 36 unbeaten matches just confirms his majestic presence. This lanky lad is immensely similar in style and finesse to another champion and current record-holder for most number of grand slams (14) “Pistol” Pete Sampras. The way he goes about his business will definitely invoke fan-worship that will stay for several years to come. The way he thrashed Roddick, a thoroughly competent player by all standards, one feels that Federer just disdains his opponent ( I am talking only when Federer is playing the match).

Another true champion that has been my role model till date is Sachin Tendlya. Incidentally, the only wall poster I have is his. People tend to gauge his magnificence by the way he plays on field but it is the training nets where real Tendlya comes to life. It is his tenacity, that has carried him for so many years. Tendlya and Kambli were the real boy-wonders that India ever had(in sports arena). Remember the record breaking partnership they put on at a tender age of 13 yrs and few months. Both made their debut at the same age. But everybody knows what happened to Kambli. Yet another case of “gem lost in obscurity” only because he couldn’t discipline his talent. I think that is the only difference between “genius” and “champion”.

Another glorious person who is never talked about in this part of the world is Maradona. If there was any “God of Soccer”, it has to be none other than DIEGO MARADONA. At one point of time he was the sole reason why Argentina breathed together as a nation. Maradona was always prima donna of world football but he could never be a role model. He always remained messiah of the people living in shantytowns of Argentina. He symbolized for them, the fight against establishment. There still exist areas in Argentina where u have a “Maradona Church”. These people celebrate 30th October( Maradona’s birthday) as a holy day. But Maradona could never command the same kind of respect as Pele` or Beckenbauer or for that matter Paolo Maldini. He will always remain most adorable brat of soccer.

I have realized that the list (e.g. Brazil national football team, all conquering Aussies, Steveda, Rahul Dravid etc. etc.) can go on forever with every person worth several thousand words but my humble abilities are not suffice to that.

Friday, July 01, 2005

A Rocking “BAND(HEH)ish”

“Finally the mourning of the mortal beings of Bibwewadi were heard,
I gazed at CFL Philips bulbs being lit up by our very own MSEB”.

These days, I feel that electricity flowing through those coated copper wires through our houses is not merely a service provided by MSEB (which we actually pay for, at rather exorbitant rates) but an act of magnanimity on MSEB’s part. OH! Sorry mates, I was just belching out my anger. Actually what happened next was rather fulfilling. Finally, I could switch on my PC. I could listen to “ Bandheh”, a wonderful rendition of typical Indian Rock song. For those who don’t know it, it’s a song composed and performed by a prime Indian Rock Band, “Indian Ocean”. This song is my current “ always enqueued song in Win amp”.

It has all the ingredients of a great rock song. It has symbolic and meaningful lyrics that gel together with the central theme of “ Black Friday”.( I haven’t seen it. I dare to claim this from the storyline that I have heard and review I have listened to from Bidi.
I couldn’t identify any central riff associated with this and I suppose it doesn’t have any( Bidi or Chetan, let me know if it has one).

The song kicks off with an opening that resembles that of a typical Indian classical song. The song continues to follow a rather middle tone for first couple of minutes with a lead and bass chords that blend well with soulful voice of. At 3.41 on Win amp clock comes the part with a “ classical Indian alaap” that I always eagerly wait for. Its definitely a joie de vivire. The song reaches its crescendo with a cool solo and a rather punctuated drumming.

If u like this song certainly try out band’s second album, “Kandisa” and the next one, “ Jhini”.I was going to throw Kandisa in the trash-bin. These days, I have kind of rediscovered it and can’t listening to it when I am driving. I don’t mp3 version of the album. Let me know if anybody has one.

This song just confirms that we can certainly hope for wonderful work being performed on Indian Rock scene, which definitely needs a fillip. Else, we would see several “Agni”s, which remained obscured on a larger spectrum.