Saturday, January 15, 2011

Australian Open - Rivalry continues

It is January 15, 2011 and the Australian Open will be starting just in 2 days i.e. January 17. First grand slam of ATP tour begins a new year of grand slams for each individual tennis player and another fun filled year for tennis lovers.

Australian open for a tennis player is similar to a Shankhnaad for a warrior. In Melbourne each player gives his best shot to win a match contesting best of 5 sets. As each player has to battle out at least 3 sets, against some one who is among top 100 players, it increases the intensity of match and tests the endeavour and stamina of an individual. As this outcome of this battle affects lot other individuals (Followers, Supporters and family), it really tests mental strength of the player. Indian tennis stars, Sania Mirza and Somdevberman, are living under such mental burden.

Each individual player starts his tour with a specific goal. A few players try to enhance their existing ranking by the end of year, where as few target just the rounds of Slam and for few it is the matter of their reputation and rivalry. For a person who lived his life as a king is now fighting to reclaim his crown, where as the person who ousted the king, is to battle out to prove the unworthiness of previous king.

Next two weeks will feature tennis at its best. Players who could knock the door but could not win, Murrey and Soderling, are hungry to achieve their first. Whereas kids who could win only once, Potro and Navak, have lot to prove yet. But again everyone is looking for a clash of titans. When these two titans meet in final, it increases the intensity and competition to seventh sky and environment of the court is enigmatic enough to explode nerves of a high blood pressure patients.

Rivalry between these gentlemen is not new for tennis. Every great has come across such rivals in his career. Pete Sampras faced Agassi, Borg was against Mcenroe. But both Fedx and Nadal are contenders of greatest of all time and this fact tells why matches between them are more ferocious and entertaining than matches in past. Though I want to see Federer winning but not before another great game of rivalry.

But we are forgetting few folks who have potential to spoil the treat. In this era of these two great players we have ignored few other good players. So it is not totally impossible to see final featuring none or one among Roger and Nadal. Roger will fight with Navak whereas Nadal will face Soderling and Murrey, before securing their place in final.

In the aura of great and good players it is possible to see upsets and As Paul, the octopus, has already died, it is not possible to predict the future so easily, So lets wait and watch the game of tennis.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Some classic movies from my past

Today me and my roommate were discussing classic old Bollywood flicks. I do not remember how did we start the discussion but we ended up counting n number of great movies. Due to perishable brain memory I could recall only a few. These recalled movies are always fresh in my memories so I dint have to stress much to remember them back. Among these movies a few changed the momentum and Bollywood trend, a few were edited and acted exceptionally well and the magic these movies created was not ever recreated in any other movie, a few were greatest dose of laughter, a few were great emotional drama and a few were just simple enough to watch and enjoy.

A Few of the flicks, that I could remember yet, were the following.

Anand - This was the first to strike to my mind. Melodious songs, awesome theme and superb acting of tragedy king were awesome features of the movie. There were moments in the movie which were memorable and touching and those moments are still fresh in memories.

Chupke-Chupke - Baap of all comedy movies. You can watch this movie n number of times and can laugh on the same dialogue again n again. Apart from that Darmendra dint use his pet words "KUTTE MEIN TERA KHOON PI JAUNGA".

Andaj Apna Apna - Wow, one more to compete with Chupke-Chupke. I think this was Salman's best onscreen performance ever and Aamir's one among best performances.

Sholey - There was basanti, there was drama, it had action and it had love. Was there something which was not part of the the movie? Epic of all time. Gabbar sequences, Darmendra water tank drama, holi songs and amitabh's coin have not staled yet.

Golmal - Amol Palekar, what an actor he is? His acting had spread magic in the movie. Watch anytime, you will enjoy every part of it. I feel Palekar dint receive what he deserved...

Jane Bhi Do Yaron - It was best Dropadi cheer haran. Another great comedy to watch anytime either of TV or laptop.

Dosti - This is my personal best from my childhood. This movie has very settled story line. 2 friends, one blind(Mohan) other PH with leg(Ramnath) are on Indian roads begging for living. All of the sudden one teacher finds one guy intelligent and teacher's philanthropy injects venom in friendship and with that movie speeds up to end happily after few events.

I barely recall other movies now but there are many more which changed the Bollywood movie tracks and were the blockbusters of past and are the blockbusters of present