Saturday, May 24, 2008

A late Friday evening post

I just felt like writing in a space that I hold dear and to my heart since its my space! The week started off with us losing a close cricket match to TCS by 2 weeks on a rainy Sunday afternoon far away from the din and dust of the city . There were positives from the game but we landed up on the losing side . Hope it doesn't repeat again in this tournament.

New issues popped up at the work place during the week and had decent set of calls and some amount of slogging to do before things looked brighter . So the week ended on an upbeat note with a cricket match to follow.

Also got a chance to read this book ,"3 mistakes of my life" , from the writer , who my cousin thinks is my favorite English author - Chetan Bhagat. I didn't like it as much as I did 5 point someone and also gave me the idea that any person can actually become an author if he has a nice story to tell and someone can publish it . The story is woven around these 3 friends and set in the backdrop of Gujarat . One of the reasons why this book might be a hit is because it covers lot of things that happened during the 2000-2002 period including the Bhuj earthquake , the India Aussie test series and the Godhra incident. I would call it a time pass book and I liked a few sections of it for its sense of wry humor but definitely not as good as 5 point someone .

Chats with friends, gyaan sharing with friends , eating lovely mangoes apart from work formed the remaining content of this week. And yes, I forgot , I played TT with this guy today and he was so exceptionally good . I haven't been beaten that way for ages now . The table was cranky as well as it was broken but even with that he beat me big time . Told him will play him another time but today he beat me outright.

Oh ya, how can I forget IPL ? A match a day keeps the doctor away ? Well some of them have turned out to be crackers . I also felt really happy that Royal Challengers Blore finally won and maybe that would signal our team's win as well in tomo's game. Apart from that felt sad Mumbai lost in a last ball thriller .Didn't watch the remaining games as I didn't feel like watching them !

I got bored writing this entry and I am sure you got bored reading as well . Will blog something more interesting next time! cheers.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Together we excel

"Its been a while" since I blogged. "Its been a while" since I penned my thoughts. "Its been a while" since I even visited my own blog . But I have some thoughts today to pen down. I have ended up as the captain of the cricket team of the division I work for and previously we had a disastrous tournament (in Dec) where the only match we won out of 4 was a walkover ! I had even said "I quit " as a captain but the team stuck with me and helped me through it as I was really depressed with that. We flattered to deceive.

Ever since, we have put in constant efforts in order to play better cricket and have had better practices and have tried out different combinations. We even organised weekly quizzes on the mailer and "Crowning" the winner of these quizzes to raise awareness about cricket and slowly from the usual religious 5 people who used to turn up for practice, we had constantly around 8-10 people coming in. And to add to it, we just did not have the same old people , but we had new faces as well. What this has taught me is that constant effort will definitely bear fruits , so far it has in terms of all that I mentioned , but the real test starts next weekend when we play a tournament .

We had to struggle real hard with the management to get the money to play the tournament or even buy a bat and finally got the money after promising them that we will win atleast one match. My inspiration has been Rajasthan Royals from IPL, who have shown that planning and more importantly executing that plan has great impact. We have a better team with better skills and dare say, better team spirit as people have gotten to know each other better coz' they actually come on Saturday mornings ( thats right! After a whole week of hard work, getting up and coming on Saturday mornings especially for family people is a very tough ask and people have been doing it).

And so the tournament starts on May 17th and I am nervous and silently confident that this time our preparations have been much better than before and we should perform better as well and have a good amount of fun on the field .

And our anthem for the tournament - its the blog heading - "Together we Excel".