Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pakistan tops ICC test cricket ranking


It is a great day for Pakistan to top the ICC test cricket ranking chart for the first time in its history - something that is more than securing a gold in the Olympics.

Pakistan secures 111 points after playing 25 matches and tops the ICC ranking chart with India at the second place with just one point less.



The ranking has been bettered by the superb performance of Pakistan cricket team during their 4 test series against England in their on going English tour. Well done team Pakistan.

Chart Courtesy ICC
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pakistan beat England by 10 wickets at the Oval

It was a great day for Pakistan at the Oval when they beat England by 10 wickets to draw the series 2-2. Thus England missed an opportunity to win a series against Pakistan on its home grounds.

Pakistan just needed 42 runs to beat the hosts with superb performance of skipper Misbah and batsman Younis Khan. Younis (218) also became the second double-centurion of the series after Joe Root.



Younis Khan was declared man of the match while Misbah became a joint sharer of the man of the series award.While the batsmen played brilliantly, so did the bowlers bowled superbly, specially Wahaab Riz and Yasir.

Well done team Pakistan - a victory on the eve of independence day of Pakistan.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

I bought Google yesterday

Please do not take for nuts or something for saying that I bought 'Google' yesterday. Because I really mean it and I did buy google yesterday.

Let me tell you how - because I know you are still taking me as someone out of my minds or something. So please read this post till the end to find out whether I am OK or ...

Well this the season of humidity and rains and when it is not raining and sun is shinning, the weather become too humid and it makes difficult to breathe both for people and other living beings on or under the ground. Those over it find some shade and have a temporary escape from the sun, yet still sweating profusely due to timidity, the living beings living inside the surface are compelled to get out to breathe and find somewhere cool enough to sustain the weather.



One of these living beings are snakes - the dreaded crawlers that come out of their holes and try to find a cooler place. As this is also their breeding season, their offsprings, tiny and many, also are on the move and find the gap between doors to crawl inside the rather cold houses. 

Over the past many days, I have killed many such crawlers who were enjoying free hospitality under sofas and chairs, hidden from direct observation.

You may be wandering what Google has to do with the snakes and humidity. Well if you are still doubting my mental health for having bought Google, let me now reveal the secret.

Well yesterday my wife asked me to go buy Google - I momentarily thought she was asking me to Google and find an answer to the snake kiddies coming into our house. So I sat on my computer and tried to find some solutions. Seeing me not moving, she came and asked me as why I do not go and buy Google? Well I told her that I am trying to find the answer by Googling it. 

A smile came on her face and said, "I am not asking you to Google it on the net - go and buy Google from some store. And then it dawned on me what she meant by Google. She was asking me to buy 'GOOGAL' - a herb that when burnt on coal gives out smoke that repels snakes and other insects. So I went to an old shop selling Eastern herbs and bought Googal for Rs. 80 for 50 grams. The shopkeeper also advised my to buy 'Hermal' and leaves of 'Lehri' and burn these along with Googal and smoke the areas for frequent crawling places of snake kiddies.

Would it work, I do not for sure, but the fact remains that I bought Google or Googal yesterday for Rs. 80. Hows that!!

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Let us not be a prisoner of our past


There are people around us – or should I say most of us are prisoners of our past, living each day with the memories of miseries we endured at some point in time in our yester years. To many, living a nightmare life is taking a heavy toll of their health and happiness – sometimes finally ending in a suicide or becoming a criminal to avenge. 

We all have our bad and good days since childhood. I mostly read people coming from tougher backgrounds, hard life and then finally doing good and settling down for a full life ahead.

But most of the people are not willing to forget their difficult life or even prepared to forgive those who made their lives miserable. Some even continue to blame their parents for robbing them of their innocence for they could not afford them a better living or for not protecting them from the wrongs at the hands of the bad.



Though it takes real guts to forgive and forget, we should still try our best to forget the bad and tough days and start forgiving those who were unfair to us. If we do not do that, we will continue to be a prisoner of our past and would never have a happy life ever.

Nelson Mandela, when leaving the prison after spending 27 long years of his life in there recalls: “As I walked out of the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I did not leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

This is how great men are born – not living in the prison of their past. Please ponder over it!!

Photo: Pixabay
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Pakistan's leg spinner Yasir Shah ranked No. 1 after his devastating bowling spell against England at Lord's


Pakistan's thrashing of the hosts England at Lord's after 20 years has many other records in the making. While Misbah became the oldest player to score a century (at 42 years), there is someone more deadly in the Pakistan's squad - leg spinner Yasir Shah.

Yasir Shah bagged 10 wickets in the first test match against England at Lord's and moved from no.4 ranking straight to the top of the ranking chart to be first leg spinner in 11 years to reach to the top. He thus displaces England's James Anderson from the No. 1 spot in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers.



Before Yasir Shah's superb performance, it was Shane Warne who rose to the no.1 ranking slot in 2005. He is also the first Pakistani bowler since Mushtaq Ahmed who reached to this glory in 1996.

Cricinfo informs that Yasir has 86 wickets from 13 Tests - the most by any bowler after that many games - and has a chance of breaking a 120-year old record - the fastest to 100 Test wickets. George Lohmann, the England bowler, had reached the mark in 16 matches in 1896.

After Yasir's scaling the ranking list to the top, the present order of bowlers stands as under:

1 Yasir Shah, 2 R Ashwin, 3 James Anderson, 4 Stuart Broad, 5 Dale Steyn, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Trent Boult, 8 Josh Hazlewood, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Vernon Philander

Well done Yasir Shah - we pin our hopes on you to bag more victories for Pakistan in present England tour and beyond.

Source / Photo: AFP
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pakistan wins the Concours D’ Elegance trophy at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) Show


It was a great day for Pakistan when its specially decorated C-130 aircraft won the Concours D’ Elegance trophy at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) Show 2016 at Royal Air Force Base Fair Ford in the United Kingdom.

The exclusively painted or so to say 'tattooed' C-130 with the theme of Zarb-e-Azab, the on going Pakistan Army offensive against the terrorists in Pakistan drew special attention at the air show, where more than 200 aircraft from 50 countries were participating in the competition.



It may be added that The RIAT show, one of UK's premier events and one of the largest military air show, was held from July 8-10 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pigeons, letters and SMSs


Last night and rather late at night while returning home, I switched on to FM 94 and they were playing some very old songs - I mean songs of 50s. And suddenly the song came on the air in which the beloved was asking the pigeon to take her letter to her lover and make sure it is delivered. I hope some of my friends would recall the song: "WASTA E RAB DA TU JAEIN VE KABOOTRA by Munawar Sultana for Film Dulla Bhatti."

And listening to the song I just smiled. The song was of an era when telephones were rather non existent in our villages and even letter took days or even weeks to reach the destinations. And then time started to change - pigeons were replaced by black telephones and letters and postcards. But the the time delay still irritated the lovers as it would take time for letter to reach and book a call on an already heavily overbook exchanges.



And then the present days - the days of social media and SMS. Now one does not have to wait as the messages are delievered in real time and one can even live shat with one's lover or Dhola at any time - no matter the distance - even far across the seven seas.

This is the quantum jump we have witnessed during the last five decades. I wonder if people who left this world in the 40s and 50s are to live again, how would they react to the modern means of communications and instant messaging and live video chats!!

Happy texting.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A prayer for all times


Many of us have a belief that if we offer a prayer with true heart and conviction, it is most likely to be honoured and accepted by the Almighty God and that our wishes will come true.

But in order to pray, one must first repent one’s wrongdoings and seek forgiveness for the ill deeds one has committed in one’s earnest and then expect God to redress our grievances.



Here is one such prayer that I pray every day and I am convinced that one Day I shall be pardoned of my sins and wrong doings. Here is how it goes:
O’ my dear God and CreatorIf I have erred or have sinned, please do not punish usPlease do not burden us as were sinful people burdened before usAnd do not put that burden on us, which we do not have the strength to liftPlease forgive usPlease bless usAnd please have mercy on usFor verily we are the weak, sinful and the wrongdoers
And believe me when one approaches one's Creator in all truth and earnest, the prayers are answered. However, it may be remembered that one may not get a redress exactly the same way as prayed for. Rather it may turn up into a different form for our general good, for the God Almighty knows what is best for us, though we may not know it.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Interior of lone surviving German U Boat 995 Type VII of WW-II

U-Boats were hellish small submarines of the WW-II which caused panic in the Allied navies during the WW-II. We no longer use the word U-Boat for the submarines of today, but the lone surviving U-Boat of WW-II of German Navy still stands majestically on the shores of Baltic Sea on the German seaport of Laboe, near the Laboe Naval Memorial, reminding us the days of its glorious past.
In October 2014, I went to Laboe, while visiting my son studying in the nearby city of Kiel, and was awe stricken to see a vessel that was once much dreaded and feared. Although I had a chance to go around it as can be seen in the photo above/below, but could not go inside as it was already five in the evening and the boat visiting hours was closed.
Day before yesterday, my sons visited Laboe on a bright sunny day and strolled on the sands along the seashore and finally to the U-Boat. I was watching them moving to the boat, thanks to the 4G and social media networks that allow us to view each other live everyday. And I requested them to take a few snaps from the inside of the U Boat to complete my earlier post: Laboe, Germany – home to the lone surviving U-Boat 995 Type VII



Now, herein under are the exclusive photos of the inside of the U Boat. The photos show the good order in the boat is kept as if ready to sail with its deadly torpedoes. One of the most difficult thing in Germany is that there are no English translations and it is only by using the online German-English translators of one's smartphone one can understand the displayed information. I have tried to translate the display boards for my readers who do not understand German (like me).




A close up of some mechanical parts

 Machine room: The two E - engines fed by batteries with 375 hp brought the submerged boat to max 7.6 kn

The only usable toilet on board ; to use in submerged condition only up to 25 m water depth (Translation of the above notice board)
 The radio room
 
 A selfie with numerous gadgets of the boat in the background
 Once deadly torpedoes that scared the Allied navies now resting in eternal peace

 Front torpedo room (could not translate the rest as being blurred)
 
Crew living and sleeping space bow compartment, so says the board above

I tried to translate the remaining - but since I did not have the German alphabet keyboard, the translation was a bit jerky and I tried to correct it to the best of my English: "Could 27 or more men live, eat and sleep here ? Yes ! The torpedoes were withdrawn daily to be serviced. On and beneath the floor plates were six reserve torpedoes - on them survived the submariners.

 
A much needed rest after the visit

So this is it - my earlier post stands completed today. But hopefully once day when I visit Germany to meet my sons, I will try to go to Laboe once more and 'in time' to see the interior of this historic vessel myself. 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

World Earth Day Today


It is World Earth Day today, a day that is celebrated on 22 April every year to address issues and create awareness among people to save the earth from choking and destruction.

The world was a peaceful place till the menace of polythene bags surfaced and started chocking earth. Despite world wide efforts, nothing could be done about choking of earth and destruction of forests to make space for expanding cities and roads and highways. The vanishing forests have changed the world temperatures altogether and the weather has seen a great drift to hotter temperatures and dust filled high winds.

No one knows for sure where we are headed. Despite the awareness, the global warming due to deforestation and use of chemicals that damage the earth atmosphere and thus the Ozone layer continues. It is a pity that nations where research is being carried out to save earth are the major culprits themselves for creating chemicals and allowing uncontrollable emissions that is destroying our earth. Scientists fear that the rising world temperatures may result ion faster depletion and melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.



The polythene bags cannot be destroyed naturally and thus are making layers over layers on the surface of earth, thus not allowing earth to breath and let it destroy in the process. We often see picnic places littered with such bags that are blown away to near water sources and pollute the water beside layering on earth.

We need to understand the menace we are freeing every day into atmosphere and on earth by littering to save earth. Countries devoid of trees and forests are at greater risk of hotter climate in days to come. Rise and join millions around the world in saving earth by participating in local save the earth programmes and impressing upon others how to save earth - it is for the future of our generations. 

Read more: Are we choking the land?
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