Archive for December, 2009


December 13th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Electing to bat, the Lankans lost Tillakaratne Dilshan (1) early with Ishant Sharma producing a delivery to knock down his leg stump and the crowd went into raptures.

Ishant managed to pick up 2 wickets for 42 runs and Yuvraj managed to bag 3 for 23. India once again put up an extremely sloppy fielding display to allow Sri Lanka to post a mammoth 206 for seven in the second and last Twenty 20 international here on Saturday. (more…)


December 10th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   No Comments »

President Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize from Thorbjørn Jagland, Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman, at a  glittering ceremony on 10th.of December,2009, held at Oslo, Norway.

Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama, walked into Oslo City Hall at 1 p.m. to a trumpet fanfare and applause.

Barrack Obama

Barrack Obama

Thorbjorn Jagland, Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairman described the tasks achieved by Obama and defended the award of Nobel Prize to Obama as its recipient even though he was less than a year into his Presidency.

After accepting the award he said, “I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility,” Obama said. “It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations, that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice”. (more…)


December 9th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Political   No Comments »

In yet another attack on Indian students in Australia, a 23-year-old youth, a taxi driver, was stabbed in the chest by unidentified assailants in Melbourne on Wednesday, reports Age. The student, who is also a taxi driver, was attacked and left to bleed on a Brunswick West street, police said.

The name of the victim has not so far been revealed by the press. (more…)


December 6th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »


India have become the number one team in ICC Test rankings after winning the third and final Test against Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs.

After conceding a huge 333-run first innings lead, Srilankans were struggling at 274 for six at close on the penultimate day. Needing just four wickets to record an emphatic victory, the Indians took just 40 minutes to clean off the visiting team’s tail to record their second consecutive innings victory.  (more…)


December 4th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

In my yesterdays’ post I had said that cricket is the game of uncertainty. Virendra Sehwag , the fastest player in Test Cricket today, missed his third triple century by 7 runs. One can make 293 but those 7 precious runs are sometimes very illusive. This is called unpredictability of cricket. Had he achieved it, he would have been the only batsman in Test history to establish the world record.

Although Virender Sehwag narrowly missed it, there was no respite for the Sri Lankans as the Indians rattled up their highest-ever total in Tests before declaring at 726 for nine at the end of the third day. (more…)


December 3rd, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Replying to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 393, the 31-year-old Sehwag set the Brabourne stadium on fire by plundering runs at will to post a record score of 443 for one at close of second day’s play.

Sehwag notched up his 17th Test ton, his sixth 200 plus total,and laid the platform for India to push for victory which would take them to the number one position in the ICC Test rankings. Even though cricket is unpredictaable – Sehwag has set his eyes on the third triple century which will another feather in his cap. Sunil Gavaskar, who was in the commentators box, jokingly asked his colleague – is this a net practice or a Test match? A great compliment to Sehwag. (more…)


December 2nd, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Life   1 Comment »

Set in the mountainous terrain, the plush green forests, tall trees, the cool breeze,  dust free environment, flowers and their odour, the beautiful clean roads, the pollution free city –  is  Seattle. It is located between an inlet of the Pacific Ocean to the west called Puget Sound and Lake Washington to the east and is  about 100 miles South of the Canada – United States border. 

It is the Headquarters of Microsoft and Boeing companies. The people there are well educated and the weather during August to October (summer and fall  days) is the best in the year. The leaves on the trees turn from green to light yellow and then to brown after which they fall.

Recently we got a chance to re-visit Seattle and would like to share its beauty and grandeur with my readers. (more…)