Archive for June, 2009

GOOD BYE – MICHAEL JACKSON

June 30th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   No Comments »

The super-star is no more and the world is mourning his sudden demise. In fact the world was eagerly waiting for his return to the  stage in July in UK, when news of his death  broke out.   The King of Pop, the icon, Jackson died suddenly on Thursday at his LA home after suffering cardiac arrest

The TV, the internet the media, the paparazzi  have all contributed in making him  a sensational  star. He had started his music carreer  alongwith the advent of the internet boom and became immediately popular. (more…)

LIFE’s LIKE THAT

June 28th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Life   4 Comments »

Life is neither very easy nor very difficult. My best period was school which was followed by college. After studies, it was the office. After a few years of performing office duties I got married and took care of the two kids, their education, their wedding and then one fine morning I got an order on my table that I was going to retire on January 31st.

My life went past like a machine and as it is said in any new car advertisement “0 to 60 in 10 seconds”. Yes my life was just like that. In 10 seconds I was 60 years – retired but not tired, still possessed the zeal and stamina to live it all over again, if permitted. I am a human being; I have my desires which are still unfulfilled. I wanted to learn the guitar and play the drums, join the gym, but could not due to the paucity of time and lots of duties. (more…)

A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON

June 26th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   No Comments »

Mega pop star Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest in his home. His personal doctor and the para-medics tried in vain for 90 minutes to revive him The effort to save him was  continued by  the ambulance personnel also as he was driven to UCLA  Medical Centre in Los Angeles. He was  pronounced dead at 2:26 pm (0256 IST) local time.

 Michael Jackson was, undoubtedly, one of the brightest music icons the world has ever seen and was regarded as a genius. He debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of ‘The Jackson 5’, and began a solo career in 1971. (more…)

YOGA – THE PATH TO PERFECT HEALTH

June 25th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Life   1 Comment »

How to stay fit and healthy? One would say jogging is one way of staying healthy, exercise is the other – but I would say here that yoga makes you a healthy and a complete person. Yoga is a unique gift from India to the world and its benefits have not been understood by many. It is the simplest, easiest and inexpensive way of staying fit.

Path to Peace

Yoga teaches you the unique methods to combine the mind and soul together and brings these two as one, resulting in a perfect blend of physical and mental alertness. Please note that everyone on this earth has his due share of problems, you included, and a free mind is very important for maintenance of good health. (more…)

ICC T20 FINAL – Pakistan vs SriLanka

June 21st, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

BULLETS IN LAHORE – DEFEAT AT LORDS

Pakistan won the ICC world Twenty20 tournament in an exciting finish at a packed Lord’s Stadium when Sri Lanka’s total of 138-6 was overhauled by them with eight balls remaining. It was a great day for Pakistan.

Mohammed Aamir’s first over, which was a wicket maiden, gave the required impetus to Pakistan to look forward to the smell of victory.

Batting first, Srri Lanka made a dismal start and at one stage were 70 for 6, but  some positive running between the wickets from Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews saw nine runs come off a Saeed Ajmal over and then Gul was slammed for 14 in an over. (more…)

ICC T20 SEMI-FINAL-II

June 20th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

SRI LANKA THROTTLE WEST INDIES

Tilakratne Dilshan’s 96 ( not out) paved the way for Sri Lanka to victory over the West Indies in a one sided Semi Final match of World Cup T20 played at Oval on June 19,2009.

Sri Lanka was put into bat after West Indies won the toss and decided to field first.. Openers Dilshan and Sanat Jaisurya piled up 73 for the first wicket and Jaisurya was out c Taylor b Bravo for 24.. In the same over Bravo got the scalp of Sri Lanka captain Sangakara. Soon afterwards  Jayawardane also departed  scoring just 2 runs and the Sri Lankan front line then looked in shambles. (more…)

ICC T20 SEMI FINAL -I

June 18th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

PAKISTAN vs SOUTH AFRICA

The knock out stage has arrived and the first semi final was played between Pakistan and South Africa at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. They opened their batting with Kamran Akmal and Shazab Hasan. It was a dry track and Pakistan were 22 for 1 after 2 overs losing Hasan and later Kamran was caught by Morkel of Styen for 23 runs. Spin was introduced in the 8th over and both Van der Merve and Botha bowled well and after 11 overs Pakistan were batting at 86 for 2. Afridi played a gem of an innings and was caught by de Villiers b Duminy for a well made 51. Pakistan had nudged the ball around and managed to get singles also. The South African fielding was far from satisfactory and it appeared that the men in green were absent wherever the ball went. Boundaries flowed frequently. Shoab Malik was out for a well compiled 34 caught by Botha of Van der Merve. Younus and Razzak were not able to hit boundaries in the last five overs as the South Africans held them back and Pakistan could compile only 149 in the allotted 20 overs setting a target of 150 runs for SA to enter the final. (more…)

INDIA OUT OF WORLD CUP

June 18th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   1 Comment »

India is out of world cup T20 tournament 2009. I still don’t know what happened but India were cruising along smoothly at 48 for no loss against South Africa (who had made only 130 runs) when I slept hoping for sure that India would at least win this match and save their faces.  But the 8 AM news next morning told me that they had lost by 12 runs.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Someone out there had to tell Dhoni and company that they need to improve their game and not to be too complacent. Do you know what would have happened had India won this tournament? Had India won the T20 title, Lalit Modi would have announced eight IPLs in one year. What would have happened then? Utter chaos. (more…)

THE INEVITABLE END!

June 13th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Life   3 Comments »

Are you scared of death? You should not be because this will happen to every one of us on the face of this earth, then why worry?

What will happen after you die? You had been very popular with family and friends and the social circle and used to gossip with people of your age on the cemented bench in the park outside your flat and people should care. So, people should care and miss you after your departure for the heavenly abode. What will happen? How will the world react once you are gone? Everyone will worry? Remember, this departure from the face of this earth has to happen to one and all irrespective of one’s status in society and there is no exception to the rule. Do you really want to know what will happen thereafter? Please read the succeeding paragraphs.

In the downtown suburban block, an elderly person who was quite popular with fellows suddenly passed away. They fondly called him Sharmaji.  A lady residing in the flat bang opposite to Sharma’s flat was cooking lunch when she heard loud cries from outside her house. She immediately switched off the gas, removed her apron, covered the utensil of milk with a lid and went out to find out what the commotion was all about. (more…)

THE DARLING DAUGHTER

June 7th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Life   2 Comments »

Fortunate are those who are blessed with a daughter. It is the biggest gift from the Almighty to the parents. A daughter is an apostle of love, affection, laughter, cheerfulness and by her playful attitude keeps the whole household on their toes. Not only the parents, but the entire family is also attached to her being affectionate as she always is. Why would anyone in their right senses even think of killing their own daughter? Would you?

Thirty five years ago, we brought our daughter home from the nearby nursing home and we started collecting the paraphernalia essentially required for her day to day necessities. Little did we then realize that we had brought home a bundle of joy! Days passed and every day something new was happening. After about a year she became a mobile mischief and both of us kept running after her, caring for her, telling her stories, playing with her toys and making her laugh (or was it the other way round?) (more…)