Monday, March 29, 2010

Clarifications from 4th wise lady...

I'm running out of wise ladies...but here's another one. And she really is a wise one...

"loads of difference
expecting means u implicitly want it without actually expressing it.
and if u get it u wud feel good
but if not u have a way of telling urself that u expected it but maybe expectations didnt materialize
but wanting something is clear cut
u want it means u want it
there are no 2 ways about it"

I thought when she started out, she would have the same opinion as mine...but alas!!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Clarifications from 3rd wise lady...

I guess you guys have guessed it right...clarifications on the same old post. This time it's my good friend from school. When told that this was for my blog, she demanded that I give her credit for the opinion she has given. According to her it's morally incorrect that I refer her simply as a "wise lady". Yeah..whatevaaa..

Well...here is her wisdom.

"expecting something means u r hopeful bout something and wanting something means u desire it.. expecting has more probability of happening while wanting may happen may not happen"

Note the use of the word "probability"...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Change of Home...

My best friend is changing her home...her 14th home in her entire lifetime. That's like almost a new house in every two years. To put that in perspective, I've stayed in one house for all my life...all my memories are in one place...

So many memories...of childhood, of school days, of college life...I hurt my head in this house for the first time and I rode my first tricycle in this house. I used to leave at 7 for school and get back at 4...knowing that my mom would be waiting for me back home. I remember how afraid I was to come home when I had my first beer...

In college, I would leave in the morning and come back late at night. I remember studying for exams late into the nights...walking around the house from one room to another. I remember the house getting renovated twice...the smell of fresh paint...the smoothness of marble. This is the place where we fought against my father's illness and where he died...

I've never been away from home for a long period of time - the maximum being two months for my internship stint with American Express in Gurgaon (that place still gives me jitters).

My house does not talk to me like it does to some...but I have memories in every corner.

Clarifications from another wise lady...

Got some more clarifications from another wise lady on the "expecting" and "wanting" post...this is what wisdom she imparted...

"u might not want what u r expecting...it might still happen...i am expecting bad news....but i dont want it"

"expecting is what mught happen..it has prob of happening or not happening...wanting..u want it with prob =1...wanting is stronger than expecting"

We MBAs have a habit of using such terminology...probability and so on.

Meanwhile, my doubts still remain...

Friday, March 26, 2010

22 minutes...

22 minutes...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Clarifications from a wise lady...

Got some clarifications from a wise lady on the "expecting" and "wanting" post...this is what wisdom she imparted...

"hmm wanting is only from ur perspective...hmm technically speaking not much of a dif

"expecting u ...shift the "whtever" on someone else...so if the thing doesnt turn out to b ur way u always hav someone to blame...but wanting u dont"

Deep!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Scholes or Zidane...who's better??

Quite honestly this is a no-brainer. Zidane was and always will be the definitive creative playmanker of his era...he won't just be remembered for his headbutt but for the way he would dictate the game...and make things happen.

But honestly, Scholes is not far behind. You look at what he has achieved with United over his career and that speaks for itself. But it's not these achievements...he has never been a publicity starved player...how many times have we seen his interviews??

But a look at his game and you know why he is definitely one of the finest playmakers in this era. Neat one touch short passes...and ability to pick out wide players with unerring accuracy...a mean stinging shot...and an immensely gifted footballing brain. That he can't tackle just adds to his skills...no player can be that perfect.

Is he better than Zidane?? I would say he is on par...definitely up there with him

Expecting and wanting...

Is there a difference in "expecting something from someone" and "wanting something from someone"?? I really think these two things are different...

When you expect something, it means you are taking it for granted that the other person will do it for you. When you want something, it's just that...you just want it, you don't feel bad if it does not happen...unlike when something you expect does not happen...

Agreed there's a thin line...but they are two different things in reality

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Aye zindagi...

Aye zindagi gale laga le...

Humne bhi tere har ek gam ko gale se lagaya hain...

Hain na??

Somehow can't stop playing this song right now...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Back to childhood...

I spent a better part of my weekend going through my childhood pictures...I don't know what made me do that...it was so unlike me...even my mom was kinda surprised...

As I was going through them I realized that somewhere in this maddening rush to be something in life, I had consigned my childhood memories to the deepest recesses of my mind. I forced myself to grow up without ever really growing up.

I now realize that I still am that kid who was afraid of darkness...

Manchester United vs Liverpool - Old Trafford

Finally we've had our revenge. It wasn't a real classic nor did we drub them but still...we were very much in control of the game except for maybe the first 5 minutes and the last 10 minutes.

Both teams had an incentive to win...Liverpool needed to win to cement their 4th place while we had to win to go top of Arsenal. Massive motivation for both sides. But no surprises when the line-up for both teams was 4-5-1. Fergies prefers this line-up now for the big games and in Europe, while I was a bit surprised to see Rafa go for 4-5-1. Liverpool needed the win more than us I would say.

The opening was smashing and gave us a hope that the game would be a classic. Torres showed just why Fergie made a mistake in not signing him. He continued his run...drifted in behind the defence and then smashed in a superb unstoppable header past van der sar. Shocking defending.

We got our equalizer soon - ofcourse aided by some astonishing luck. There'll be controversy whether it was a free-kick or a penalty since the tackle started outside the box. But what was Mascherano thinking when he did that...and what was Agger doing. He just let Valencia glide past him. Rooney netted the rebound...massive luck there again.

From then on till the next goal, the match was a simple chess game. Both teams just tried to work openings, although United were definitely more aggressive in the second half. The second goal was well worked...Neville overlapped...Insua just hesitated and Fletcher delivered the cross any stiker would love. And Ji-Sung Park hit a brilliant and brave diving header.

Thereafter Liverpool chased the game and should have equalized when Torres got the ball in the box but fluffed his lines.

Not a classis at all...in fact I'll soon delete the recording as well. But 3 points and some respect got back. For Liverpool, 4th place looks difficult...I honestly can't see Gerrard and Torres playing Europa League again.

Man-of-the match: Ji Sung Park. United's big game player alongwith Fletcher. He was everywhere on the pitch...attacked...defended...scored. 9/10

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A beautiful dream..

I had a strange dream last night...I dreamt that it's a Barcelona vs Manchester United UCL final (could become a reality seeing the draw!!!) and I miss the first 25 minutes as I fall asleep...

When I wake up the score is 11-2 to Manchester United...Barcelona have Xavi, Pique and Puyol sent off in the first minutes itself as they all wrestle Rooney to the ground...

Scholes has scored 7 of the 11 goals...

I could not get the remaining stats as I woke up to my mom screaming at me...

DO early morning dreams come true??

Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's not just football...

For me, the weekend game of football is not just a game of football...it's a way to release pent up emotions of the week gone by. A way to truly, if only for an hour or so, be myself...express myself...

There's an insane joy in running with a football at your feet...the sudden acceleration as you try and get past your marker...delaying the final pass until the final moment...or playing the perfect pass that leaves the entire defence stranded...the one-on-one with the keeper when each of you is trying to figure out the next move...it's pure unadulterated joy.

Wish I were a kid again...

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Germans are coming...

Old foes get re-United...it's been really long since we played Bayern Munich in Europe. Who can forget those two minutes of madness way back in 1999 at the Nou Camp...and this one promises to be another spectacle...

Bayern Munich might not look intimidating to most people. Actually most people are predicting a United win and an easy route to the finals at the Bernebue...but I believe Bayern are gonna be tough...Germans are always tough to beat. They will approach the game with discipline and good tactics.

Tough game...can't really pick a winner.