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Monday, November 26, 2007

What is ICL or Indian Cricket League?

The Indian Cricket League (ICL) is a proposed private cricket league that will run parallel to the existing cricket league managed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The format of ICL is currently Twenty20. Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula, a place near Chandigarh will be hosting the ICL for season 2007. This stadium has 20,000 seating capacity and ICL is planning to lease this stadium for 10 years.

History

Zee Telefilms (part of Subhash Chandra promoted Essel Group) bid for the telecast rights of the biggest international cricket event - 2003 World Cup. Although the highest bid, it was unsuccessful. Subhash Chandra again bid for telecast rights again in 2004 and ended up in an inconclusive court battle. Last March, he bid again for the 2006-10 rights and once again lost. His response: the ICL. “They denied us the cricket content,” says Himanshu Mody, business head of ICL and Zee’s sports channels.

“So, we had to create our own content”. On Zee Telefilms announced that it would be partner with infrastructure major IL&FS to create a new ambitious cricket league, Indian Cricket League (ICL). This league will have a prize money of $ 1 million for the winner.
ICL was set up with a Rs. 100 crore (Rs. 1 billion) corpus, and would initially comprise six teams to be expanded to 16 in three years. This will make ICL the richest professional league in the country with an annual prize of $1 million (Rs. 4.4 crore). ICL has already signed a number of major players but is yet to reveal their names. On July 24th, some great international names cropped up such as Brian Lara. The ICL has confirmed that Brian Lara and Inzaman-Ul-Haq has signed up and will be joining the league. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board warned its players to stay away from the league. Imran Farhat though chose to opt out of his Pakistan Central contract to sign with the Indian Cricket League. Former captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team Javed Miandad said he is not able to understand why PCB is not allowing its players to play in the league and even threatened players with a lifetime ban.

League Structure

Each team will be coached by a former India player and will comprise four international, two Indian and eight budding domestic players. Essel Group is also planning to set up cricket academies all over the country. BCCI has been assured that it is free to draw from ICL's talent pool. The league will be functional by July-August 2007 and will start with Twenty20 format matches in November 2007.

Only professional, paid and accountable people have been hired to run the ICL. There will be no "honorary-positions" such as unpaid selectors. Former international cricketers including Kapil Dev, Tony Greig, Dean Jones and Kiran More have been hired as board members of the Indian Cricket League. The board positions will be paid positions.

2007 Session

The inaugural season for the Indian Cricket League was scheduled to begin in October 2007 but later shifted to 2nd week of November with six club teams.

Six teams of private clubs : -
1) Mumbai Champs - Sandip Patil (coach)
2) Chennai Super Stars - Madan Lal (coach)
3) Chandigarh Lions - Balwinder Sandhu (coach)
4) Hyderabad Heroes - Moin Khan (coach)
5) Kolkata Tigers - Darryl Cullinan
(coach)
6) Delhi Jets - Michael Bevan
(coach)

### Each team will have a paid mentor, media manager, psychologist, physiotherapist
### US$ 1 million for the winning club team
### Twenty20 format
### Ombudsman will look into grievances of players

Click here for more info.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Gouri Sen - The Ultimate Bengali

Lagey Taka Debey Gouri Sen”, is a famous aphorism among we Bengalis. Gouri Sen is a disposition that has come down along with the day-to-day dealings of Bengalis. Gouri Sen might be some affluent personality, who is dead long time back, but he is immortal among those who speak the axiom “Lagey Taka Debey Gouri Sen”.

Gouri Sen’s soul finds its place inside every wealthy man/woman. Whenever an underprivileged man is in need of funds, he finds Gouri Sen inside the well-off man. The affluent man becomes Gouri Sen to him, it does not matter whether he ultimately gets the aid or not.

*** USA becomes Gouri Sen to countries like Pakistan, which suffers downfall of their economy every now and then.

*** The Centre (Delhi) becomes Gouri Sen to those states of India, which are struck with flood, famine, earthquake or any other catastrophe.

*** Charity Shows where Filmstars join their hands to donate funds for a social cause also identify Gouri Sen in their own might.

*** At the opening ceremony of Durga Puja, Political Leaders become instant Gouri Sen, who donate a piece of cloth/shawl to every beggar, who stand with their hands folded to receive it from their Gouri Sen.

*** Sometimes wealthy businessmen also become Gouri Sen to the poor family of their daughters’ lovers, when their reputation is at stake among their rich society.

*** Every parent identifies themselves with Gouri Sen when the demands of their kids reach ultimate heights.

So as I have said before, getting funds from Gouri Sen is the secret aspiration of every human being. On the other side of the coin, every human being would like to be a Gouri Sen and help the needy for self-satisfaction or social recognition.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sweden - A Tribute to the Great Land

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden (Swedish: Konungariket Sverige), is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. It has been a member of the European Union since 1995. Its capital city is Stockholm.

At 449,964 km² (173,720 square miles), Sweden is the third largest country in Western Europe and fifth in all of Europe. Sweden has a low population density except in its metropolitan areas; 84% of the population lives in urban areas, which take up only 1.3% of the total land area. The citizens enjoy a high standard of living and the country is generally perceived as modern and liberal, with an organizational and corporate culture that is non-hierarchical and collectivist compared to its Anglo-Saxon counterparts. Nature conservation, environmental protection and energy efficiency are generally prioritized in policy making and embraced by the general public in Sweden.

Sweden has a long tradition as a major exporter of iron, copper and timber. Improved transportation and communication allowed more remote natural assets to be utilized on a larger scale, most notably timber and iron ore. In the 1890s, universal schooling and industrialization enabled the country to develop a successful manufacturing industry and by the twentieth century, Sweden emerged as a welfare state, consistently achieving a high position among the top-ranking countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI). Sweden has a rich supply of water power, but lacks significant oil and coal deposits.

Modern Sweden emerged out of the Kalmar Union formed in 1397 and by the unification of the country by King Gustav Vasa in the 16th century. In the 17th century Sweden expanded its territories to form the Swedish Empire. Most of these conquered territories had to be given up during the 18th century. In the early 19th century Finland and the remaining territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were lost. After its last war in 1814, Sweden entered into a personal union with Norway which lasted until 1905. Since 1814, Sweden has been at peace, adopting a non-aligned foreign policy in peacetime and neutrality in wartime.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Vaijayanta-logy Part 2

1) The more you will try to pull somebody closer to you, the more she/he will get farther and farther away from you.

2) People of West are always more developed than people of East and in the same way people of South are more developed than the people of North. (This phrase applies for both India and any other place in the world)

3) This world is controlled by 3 Powerful Gods a) Bramha b) Vishnu c) Maheshwar. This is called the magical power of 3.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Kolkata fuming with angry Mob

It has been very difficult for ambitious people to stay here in Kolkata. This is because of the several incidents occuring here for some time now. First of all the Nandigram issue made the opposition call for Bandhs, Achals, chakka jams and many such political steps by the opposition to show their no-confidence in the government. Ther has been several such Bandhs and Strikes in West Bengal. If such situation prevails, the existing multinational companies would run away form Kolkata and no new companies will ever come here to set up their base here. It is going to create problems for the future of Bengal.

An incident popularly known as the Rizwanur Case has kept the people living in this area stay at their toes. They fear anytime an angry mob would start breaking cars, buses, trams, and hitting people whoever they see before their eyes. Thus common man fears to travel through Park Circus. It has been difficult for the City Police to tackle angry mobs.

Several such cases are causing Bengal to die a premature death. I would recommend all Bengalis living outside Bengal not to return to Bengal anymore and I would like to tell them that they are much better off there in other states.

Just as I am writing this post, people are fighting in Park Circus(bridge no 4), AJC Bose Road, CIT Road, Moulali, Park Street, Ripon Street over Nandigram issue and Taslima issue with police smashing 150 cars in the area. Street fights have become common in Kolkata where people fight with the police like born fighters.

It is not known when the peace-loving Bengalis have started becoming violent to put forward their demands. Bengalis were always peace loving lazy people who kept away from violence. But not anymore.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sweet Project Manager

It happened such that in some Software Company (XYZ Pvt Ltd), the Director (Mr. XX) recruited his brother (Mr. AA) to be one of the Project Managers. The brother Mr AA before joining this company had a sweet shop (mishtir dokan / mithai ki dukaan) and he did not know anything related to software. His sweet shop was closed due to some unknown reasons. Still he was appointed the Manager due to brotherly compassion by the Director Mr. XX.

Mr. AA did not have any software exposure because he was managing his sweet shop. He could understand anything related to sweets and nothing else. Whatever he told his subordinates, he made them understand citing examples from sweets and sweet shops. His subordinates came to understand this and if they wanted to make him understand anything related to software, they had to do so again citing examples from sweets and sweet shops. Otherwise he could not understand the concepts. So by now you can understand what and how much Mr. AA might have understood when relation between software and sweet shop was drawn to make him understand some software concepts.

Once it happened that a new candidate was to be interviewed and Mr. AA was asked to take his interview. As always, Mr. AA asked the guy, everything about sweets and their composition and their demand in the market. He even asked the guy, which sweets he liked, which sweet shops in Kolkata he liked and why he liked them. Just imagine, it was a interview of a software engineer and the guy was asked about sweets. This guy was really amazed seeing a Project Manager asking him about sweets and sweet shops. He was already fuming in disghust.

After a tight session of interview related to sweets and sweet shops to a software engineer, Mr AA asked the guy now tell me, “In what manner did you do your job in your last company?” The guy said, “I used classes and objects to do my job so that the coding is carried out in object oriented approach”. Mr AA understood this sentence in his own way and he replied, “Look Mr, you will have to sit with all other employees to do your work, we cannot provide you any class (read as cubicles or cells) or things like that to do your job in this company”. Hearing this, the guy was really ashamed seeing the knowledge of the recruiter regarding software. He left the room at once disgusted and irritated.

My Sunsign Libra

Libra is my sunsign and it says that people like me: -

1. Loves to chat. (Yeah, I like to chat with people even while at office through gtalk, msn and yahoo messenger. I also love to chat with Bibhu, the xerox guy of our locality and the para friends like Sandip, Arjun and others)

2. Loves those who love them. (I have a good relation with all the people who love me, and even with those who hurt me like Gandhigiri)

3. Loves to takes things at the center. (That is why I have my blogs)

4. Inner and physical beauty. (I think I am Gandhiji from inside and SRK from outside, lol [:D])

5. Lies but doesn't pretend. (I lie a lot to my parents about my girlfriends)

6. Gets angry often. (I get angry with people who are hypocrites)

7. Treats friends importantly. (I think Gaurav, Kalyan, Rajarshi, Anirban, Sujoy, Sucharit, Amarjyoti and others are very important to me)

8. Brave and fearless. (I was never afraid to fight 7 goons in Rabindra Sarabar Lake)

9. Always making friends. (The range of friends vary from the man who serves tea at my office to the Director of the company)

10. Easily hurt but recovers easily. (I feel bad when someone shouts at me like Mamata Banerjee does to the CPIM cadres, but later think, this is not the end like the moral of Om Shanti Om)

11. Daydreamer. (Sometimes I dream, as if I am the king of the world.)

12. Does not care to control emotions. (I feel like saying what comes to my mind like Medha Patkar, without a 2nd thinking)

13. Unpredictable. (Just now I like something, just the next moment I hate it. )

14. Extremely smart, (I am extremely smart like SRK, koi shak?)

15. but definitely the hottest (I am hot like hot cakes being sold at Kookie Jar)

16. and Sexiest of them all. (I think myself to be more sexy when compared to Tom Cruise, Enrique Iglesius or Salman Khan)

Monday, November 19, 2007

New Faulty Tata Indicom Handset & Connection (Episode 0002)

I am really upset with the kind of treatment I had undergone by the Tata Indicom people and their people associated with them. I never expected such indifferent attitude towards a customer by Tata Indicom. I am really disappointed.

I will advise my family, my relatives, friends, friends of friends, their friends and their friends not to buy any Tata Indicom mobile set as they have really bad customer relationship. Their attitude towards their customers is not professional (very unprofessional). They do not know what is customer satisfaction. What they know is a big show off towards te ignorant people of India.

I am going to spread this news in orkut and other online communities and forums so that common people like me are not fooled again in the name of low-priced mobile connection and handset.

I am going to relate the whole story in my next post.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Palace of Raja Subodh Mullick

What an architectural beauty it is? It reminds me of Renaissance of Bengal. It reminds me of the affluent Bengali classes of British Raj, the Swadeshi Movement, the Revolt against British and the Highly Educated Bengalis of those times.

Everyday I see the pompous structure while going to office and coming back from office. Whenever I see it I feel like staring at it for long. It is like an old lady whose beauty at her young age, I can imagine by looking at her face. I get afraid, seeing the dilapidated state of the building. It reminds me of the old burnt building of Om Shanti Om where Shantipriya was burnt alive by Mukesh Mehra, but she could not be saved by Om Prakash Makhija, who also dies due to injuries.

It is the house of the Late Raja Subodh Chandra Mullick who is popularly known as Raja Subodh Mullick. After him there is a park just opposite to his house called Raja Subodh Mullick Square which was formerly known as Wellington Square.

Raja Subodh Mullick’s once palacial house, a three storied magnificient structure, situated in 12, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, Kolkata 700013, is under shambles, bearing the status of a disputed property. A tablet put up near the entrance by Calcutta University, which is in possession of the building, says that Sri Aurobindo usually resided in the building when he was in Calcutta, up to 1907, as a guest of Raja Subodh Mullick. The building, now bearing the look of a haunted house, is said to have boasted of intricately designed interiors and French paintings, among other expensive furniture.

This property which is said to have been donated by Nirad Basu Mullick provided his son Hamir did not have any children in his lifetime. Nirad Basu Mullick was Subodh Mullick’s brother and related to the Basu Mullicks of Pataldanga. Currently, Mishras, a tenant of the building stays there. A dispute over property is going on between Calcutta University and the Mishras over tenancy in the building. As things stand, nothing can be done till the court case is resolved.

The building is accessible from the back entrance and the front entrance is closed. In the same premises the servant quarters can be seen behind the original building. These quarters now accommodate class four staff of the university. KMC has put a notice board on the building saying “Shabdhaan Bipod-jonok Bari” declaring it as an insecure structure.

There lies a broken lift made of iron maybe by the British/French Technology, on the right hand side of the entrance, which The Raja might have used to climb the 2 floors. Apart from being in shambles, the building has its doors and windows of 2nd and 3rd floor open both day and night. It is not known when the last time these doors and windows were used by humans.

The windows have their glass panes broken. Thick roots of Banyan trees have grown on the walls all over the building making the building look haunted. These roots have reached the footpath adjacent to the building from the 2nd and 1st floors. The rooms of the building have not seen sunlight for centuries. It feels really sad to see such a grand building of The Great Freedom Fighter of India in shambles.

It is my earnest request to the Honourable Court to resolve the matter by handing over the heritage property to The University of Calcutta and converting the building to a museum that will uphold the long lost glory of Bengal during British Period and also getting a proper rehabilitation for the tenants. I am really eager to enter the heritage structure and view the interior designs, the French Paintings and expensive furnitures.

Raja Subodh Mullick

Heritage house entangled in legal web

Topview of the house of Raja Subodh Mullick

Thursday, November 08, 2007

New Faulty Tata Indicom Handset & Connection

Last Thursday that is on 1st November, 2007 I had taken 2 Tata Indicom Mobile connections one for my friend and another for me so that we can talk seamlessly at low rates. But I was really dissatisfied with the connection. Now I can understand that my Hutch or Vodafone connection is the best connection I ever had. Airtel Connection takes the second place followed by BSNL connection. I had used all these connection in some time of my life for certain purposes and that is a different story altogether.

The latest addition to my connection record is the Tata Indicom. I took the connection from a Tata Indicom franchisee shop at Surjya Sen Street in College Street - Amherst Street area and the name of the shop is Rupashree.

I took two 999/- connections. The handset they offered me is "Kyocera" which of inferior quality compared to any of the major handsets that are available today like Nokia, Samsung, Sony Erricson.

Lets talk about the handset. The handset is itself of a very poor quality, which is not expected from a company like Tata.

1) It gets hot after talking for 5 minutes.

2) It has a poor battery backup. Its only about one week, and I need to charge the handset twice a day to talk freely. If I talk for one hour continuously, the battery shows no charge from full charge. This is ridiculous.

3) Suppose I switch off the phone and then I charge its battery, just when I switch off the power, the phone automatically turns ON. God know why. I find this very strange. No other set in the world behaves in such a queer manner.

4) Suppose I turn the "Lights Only" mode ON, then after sometime I find the phone ringing at the top of its volume. This is a threat to my individuality.

Talking about the connection I would like to say that the connection is of inferior quality. Most of the time the voice from the other side, breaks and we are bound to speak the same line twice, thrice or more than that. Sometimes we don't get proper connection and cannot reach the person on the other side when ever we like.

I want my Kyocera handset to get changed with a Samsung Set by the Tata Indicom people. For that I might visit the shop today or later or visit the Tata Indicom website and lodge my complaint. If they cannot change my handset then I'll have to write few more blogs about this and think what my next step will be.

Whatever it is I honestly want my handset to be changed. I have a great respect for the Tata and Tata Indicom being a part of Tata must look into customer satisfaction. If they satisfy me I'll surely write a satisfactory blog about them.

If any of the Tata Indicom people want to contact me, they can do so at my E-mail id: vaichatt@gmail.com , vaichatt@rediffmail.com

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Vaijayanta-logy Part 1

1. Girls who are beautiful give birth to daughters.

2. Girls who are not beautiful give birth to sons.

3. A daughter is born when the couple gets too much pleasure during sexual intercourse.

4. A son is born when the couple do not get too much pleasure during sexual intercourse.

5. Every person needs a "Jaadu Ki Jhappi" at least once in a day to free himself/herself from all kinds of tensions and anxieties.

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