Saturday, September 27, 2008

On Getting Hit On The Bollocks

Those who've seen it happen would agree - there isn't a funnier sight in cricket when the wicketkeeper throws the ball back to the bowler, and the ball hits a well-placed pebble on the ground, changes its direction and hits the unsuspecting batsman straight on his bollocks.

It's funny as hell - until you get hit yourself.

I've played a bit of backyard cricket in my life. Rubber ball, heavy tennis ball, light tennis ball, cork ball, cricket ball, sponge ball, rolled-up newspaper ball ... I've knocked around all of them. And I've never, ever got hit on the box. Or, at least, never got hit bad enough to care.

Today, for the first time in my insignificant cricketing life, I got hit on the bollocks.

It felt like the end of the world.

Shyam was bowling. The tennis ball was heavier than usual, the kind that hits you hard on impact. The ball pitched around leg on a length, stayed low, took an inside edge and crashed into my unprotected groin.

In half a second, my mind registered what had happened. I fell on my knees clutching the bat with one hand, and my groin with the other.

I've known what pain is. The most painful experience I've had was when, as a 11-year-old, I fell from a three-foot-tall wall, fell on my left elbow and fractured it. I had felt breathlessness, nausea, dizziness, and above all, an incredible amount of pain.

Today, those memories came flooding back as I hobbled to a bench on the park. I felt like I was about to throw up and pass out at the same time. I had visions of Jeff Thomson hitting David Lloyd and turning his guard inside out. I feared I would lose my shot at fatherhood.

Next time when I see a batsman getting hit, I'll think twice before bursting into spontaneous laughter.

Never Leave Home Without One

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tom Hanks in that joke from Catch Me If You Can


Tom Hanks is one of my favourite actors and this scene here from Catch Me If You Can is one of my favourite film moments.

It goes something like this:
Carl Hanratty: Well, would you like to hear me tell a joke?

Earl Amdursky: Yeah. Yeah, we'd love to hear a joke from you.

Carl Hanratty: Knock knock.

Earl Amdursky: Who's there?

Carl Hanratty: Go f*** yourselves.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

First look at Google Chrome


Houston, Mountain View, we have a problem.

Make that 'problems'.

My point here is, these websites are working perfectly well on my other browser.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Pichle Saat Dinon Mein - Rock On!! - Lyrics

I have a new favourite song. It is titled Pichle Saat Dinon Mein, and it's from the film Rock On!!

Don't blame me for those ugly exclamation marks; that's how the film was named.

Anyway, here's the uber-cool music video.

And here are the lyrics. Sing along!

Meri laundry ka ek bill
Ek aadhi padhi novel


Ek ladki ka phone number
Mere kaam ka ek paper


Mere taash se heart ka king
Mera ek chandi ka ring
Pichle saat dinon mein maine khoya

Kabhi khud pe hasa mai or
Kabhi khud pe roya

[Chorus x2]

Present mili ek ghadi
Pyaari thi mujhe badi


Meri jeb Mary Jane ka ek packet*
Meri denim ki jacket

Do one-day match ke passes
Mere naye sunglasses
Pichle saat dinon mein maine khoya

Kabhi khud pe hasa mai or
Kabhi khud pe roya

[Guitar solo]

Kaise bhooloon saatvaan jo din aaya
Kisi ne tumse ek party mei milwaya
Kaisa pal tha jis pal maine tumko pehli baar dekha tha

Hum jo mile pehli baar
Maine jaana kya hai pyaar
Maine hosh bhi khoya, dil bhi khoya

Kabhi khud pe hasa mai or
Kabhi khud pe roya

[Chorus x2]

Maine pichle saat dinon mei yeh sab hai khoya

I saw the film this weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Farhaan Akhtar may not cut it as a singer but his vocals work in the context of the story, which is about an amateur rock band called Magik.

* Thanks Anon, for the correction.