Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Singer: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Oru naalil vaazhkkai inge
This is an excellent article I found at Cricinfo, written by Sanjay Manjrekar –
Over the last few days MS Dhoni has been fending off questions about his team’s fitness about as frequently as some of his young batsmen have had to fend bouncers in England.
I’m certain Dhoni has his own views on fitness, and I would love to hear them one day, for he is one of the fittest men in international cricket, but as captain – well, he has to say the right things, doesn’t he? His patent response to questions about injuries to his key players has been that they are unfortunate and there is nothing one can do. I agree with him that injuries are indeed unfortunate, but I hope he does not really mean it when he says there is nothing one can do about them. There is plenty you can do about injuries, and there is a very good, logical explanation for why some cricketers suffer more of them than others.
When a player gets injured, it is often termed unlucky, and he is generally spared criticism, on the assumption that it was beyond the poor cricketer’s control. I have seen, during my playing career, cricketers take advantage of this mindset of the fans and media to tackle their insecurities as players: you would often find a short period of poor form quickly followed by an injury absence.
Except in obvious cases, like where fingers are broken while batting or fielding – like with Yuvraj Singh at Trent Bridge – I really think most injuries should be held against players, as you would a poor performance on the field. Injuries too largely happen because of poor performance – off the field. A player who does not forget that he is a top-level international cricketer, even when he is not playing matches, simply does not get injured often.
Kapil Dev, the great Indian allrounder, who I had the privilege of playing with, was one of the fittest Indian cricketers there has been, and there is no better role model of a fit Indian cricketer than him. Was Kapil lucky that he could play 131 Test matches as a fast-medium bowling allrounder, missing only one Test in between, when he was dropped for playing a wild slog at a delicate stage in a match? No, he wasn’t. There was a good reason for why he was so durable.
Kapil’s greatest asset was that he was an outstanding athlete. Unathletic cricketers tend to suffer more injuries than athletic ones, and there are numerous examples in Indian cricket of fast bowlers who were talented but not good athletes. Should the lack of athleticism of a player not be held against him? Wouldn’t the lack of a natural flair for numbers be held against a chartered accountant who keeps bungling up balance sheets?
Kapil was a superb athlete, and admirably, it was an advantage he never took for granted. He may not have given you the impression of being a thinking batsman, but when it came to his bowling, fielding and general approach to fitness, there was no one quite as sharp. He knew his body well and he made sure that he never pushed it beyond a certain limit, but he was also careful to not keep it in cold storage for too long.
During fielding drills, even before matches, Kapil would always throw the ball back to the keeper with real pace, while most fast bowlers I saw, would want to rest their bowling shoulders. Kapil thought different. He made sure his shoulder was always ready and never surprised – in case he had to throw hard for a run-out first ball of a match, for instance. Damage to a body often happens due to such sudden acts, resulting in the player missing games because of an “unfortunate” injury. Mind you, Kapil was not injury-free through his long career, but he planned the rehabilitation well, so he was always ready and raring to go for the next Test. Playing for India meant a lot to him.
Kapil did not let anyone influence him into changing his natural bowling action – though it had the potential threat of creating lower-back problems. He believed that if his body was allowing him to bowl without discomfort, it had to be the right action for him. I wonder, when I watch some of our Indian seamers who keep breaking down, whether they have strayed from their natural actions so much that their bodies have started protesting.
Rest to the body, as we know, is as critical as physical training, for a long, relatively injury-free career, and that is the big challenge for modern-day players: to get time off to rest their tired bodies. But it is also true that a cricketer opting out of an international series is not as big a deal as it used to be; players are usually given their time off without it being held against them. There is always a tour of West Indies or Bangladesh to take a break from, as we have seen.
I saw a couple of Indian players come into the England Test series off a period of relaxation, with chubby faces and bulging midriffs. That’s not something you’d ever see with Rahul Dravid. The only international cricket he plays these days is Test cricket, and he often has to come into the team off long periods of “inactivity”, but each time he turns up, he looks lean and mean. Dravid is another player with an excellent record of long-term fitness in Indian cricket, and he does not even have great natural athleticism to thank for it. What he has plenty of, though, as we all know, is discipline. He is the perfect example of that cricketer I mentioned earlier, who even when he is not playing reminds himself every day when he wakes up that he is still an active international player, only waiting for his next international assignment.
Players who are willing to make sacrifices, I have found, sustain fewer injuries than others, so the next time we see a cricketer suffer yet another pulled muscle, let’s pause for a moment more before saying, “That’s unlucky.”
It’s been a long time since I’ve written a movie review. Avan Ivan, directed by Bala, starring Vishal, Arya and others, is a film where the maverick director ventures into a genre, less explored by him. Inexplicably, this film doesn’t live up to its hype. Set in the villages of Tamil Nadu, Vishal and Arya are stepbrothers, constantly bickering, cursing each other, shouting (and insulting their father, which is quite hilarious). They work for a king, whom, they affectionately (or otherwise) call ‘highness’ (I could make out the word only when the king took a group of foreigners for a trek. Until then, I didn’t understand what they said. It sounded like INS). Ok, let me get this straight –
The bulk of this movie concentrates on humor, which could be easily shunned if not for the performances of the actors. Bala’s films already have a taste of humor which led to the question of why a maverick director like him needed to make a full-length feature film which trusted on humor alone, while skipping the storyline. The movie had incredible scope for a great story, which is unfortunately, not built upon. There are quite a couple of occasions where a brief history between the court case against the ‘highness’ could have been explained. It is all too apparent to observe these potholes.
However, some of the positive scenarios included a wonderful display of acting by Vishal and Arya – though the latter didn’t have much scope, Arya tried to justify his role and must be critically applauded. Vishal’s acting, though flawed, seemed to capitalize on the scope and the platform laid by the story. Perhaps, Vishal must be taking on less-commercial films and must try to focus more on building his career by establishing himself as an actor who doesn’t give just commercial films, but also critically-acclaimed movies. And he’s teamed up with just the right person in this venture. Arya, as always, gave his best shot and lived upto the scope of acting offered by the role. If not for the subtle acting, the movie might not have justified the ticket’s price.
Bala, being one of the trend setters in Kollywood, is just 5 films old and has a long career ahead of him. It would be unfair to negatively criticize him in venturing into a genre not suited to him – rather, not explored by him. He has tried his hand at a new genre that would add variety to the otherwise dark films that he’s directed (it should also be noted that you don’t miss the presence of Bala in the film as the gripping last 30 minutes of the movie was typical Bala’s tale that ends with a twist in the tale). Bala, I’m sure, must have learnt a lot of things and took away a lot of points from this movie.
Despite numerous negative reviews, I’d say that Bala hasn’t refrained in a corner and avoided a good story altogether. It’s just that he’s failed to build up on the plot, which isn’t a big crime – come on, let a man make mistakes sometimes. One cannot argue that the movie isn’t spectacular in the visuals. His direction isn’t bad at all. Considering the number of occasions that he’s revived the careers of many actors like Vikram, Surya, Arya and now, Vishal, it’s best to give the director a break and let him think things over so that he continues to deliver the kind of movies that he does.
Yuvan Shankar Raja can be easily forgotten in this movie as his background music doesn’t live upto the expectations, atleast not for me. His father, the Maestro Ilayaraja, could have handled it better. Again, Yuvan Shankar Raja must have explored a lot from composing music set in the villages.
Overall, the film is interesting, but has failed to live up to its expectations. The actors have given a performance of their lifetimes. It is safe to say that Vishal’s career would take a turn. It’s a great learning experience for the others.
Verdict: Good performance let down by a loose storyline.
The Rorschach inkblot test is a method of psychological evaluation. Psychologists use this test to try to examine the personality characteristics and emotional functioning of their patients. The Rorschach is currently the second most commonly used test in forensic assessment, after the MMPI, and has been employed in diagnosing underlying thought disorder and differentiating psychotic from nonpsychotic thinking in cases where the patient is reluctant to openly admit to psychotic thinking.
There are ten official inkblots. Five inkblots are black ink on white. Two are black and red ink on white. Three are multicolored. The psychologist shows the inkblots in a particular order and asks the patient, for each card, “What might this be?”. After the patient has seen and responded to all the inkblots, the psychologist then gives them to him again one at a time to study. The patient is asked to list everything he sees in each blot, where he sees it, and what there is in the blot that makes it look like that. The blot can also be rotated. As the patient is examining the inkblots, the psychologist writes down everything the patient says or does, no matter how trivial. The psychologist also times the patient which then factors into the overall assessment.
Using the scores for these categories, the examiner then performs a series of mathematical calculations producing a structural summary of the test data. The results of the structural summary are interpreted using existing empirical research data on personality characteristics that have been demonstrated to be associated with different kinds of responses. Both the calculations of scores and the interpretation are often done electronically.
A common misconception of the Rorschach test is that its interpretation is based primarily on the contents of the response-what the examinee sees in the inkblot. In fact, the contents of the response are only a comparatively small portion of a broader cluster of variables that are used to interpret the Rorschach data.
This is an interesting article I found here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Ebooks-Versus-Paper-Books-The-Pros-and-Cons. Here is an excerpt of the article –
What Makes a Book?
In essence, the two formats are very similar. Both allow you to do the most important thing – read a book. The text is the important thing, not the medium. Reading Sumerian legends on clay tablets can feel more “authentic”, but doesn’t necessarily enhance your understanding of the subject matter – just your experience.
Depending on the type of material you’d like to read / look at, however, one does have advantages over the other.
The “Classic” Paper Book.
Paper books offer multiple advantages:
- They’re easily obtainable (Bookstores are everywhere).
- They’re easily portable.
- They don’t normally cause significant eye-strain.
- They’re cheap.
Okay, that much was obvious. Specifically, some types of content paper books are better for are:
- Textbooks (or any books which are generally large-format).
- Picture / Photo books.
Another factor to bear in mind is that paper books don’t need power to function. They can be read anywhere with sufficient light, and are perfect travelling companions for exactly this reason.
The rest of the article can be found on this link.
Everyone would have created a Yahoo! mail account and probably left it untouched for years. The main reason for this is the interface and functionality which is irksome in yahoo! when compared to Gmail. Gmail have been ruling the email world and is considered the most functional email client. But Yahoo! has done a recent breakthrough with its new Yahoo! Mail Beta which is still under testing and has a beta tag. But it is tempting the trial user to shift his focus towards it. The interface is simply beautiful and smooth.
But the problem is that many people in India have not got the invitation to try it out. Only some countries have received the invitation. So now I describe how to get the new yahoo! mail beta without their invitation.
Open your Yahoo! account.
Go to your account information page (by Clicking Your name hyperlink and then "Account" below it)
Go to "Account Settings " tab and click "Set language, site and time zone "
Set the "Regional Site and Language" to "Yahoo! UK"
Then save the settings and log off.
Log in again and go to the mail page
There an invite to get the new Yahoo! beta will be present next to your name hyperlink
Click it to get the new Yahoo! mail beta.
After all this , set your "Regional Site and Language" to "Yahoo! India"
Now you are all set to enjoy the new yahoo! mail beta. Good luck !