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March 9, 2011

Hope India makes it to the Finals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2,2011 in the ongoing ICC Cricket ODI World Cup…because I was just confirmed a ticket!

Phew !….. Betting on a Multibagger on BSE carries more conviction than betting on getting a Ticket for the World Cup Cricket Finals on April 2,2011 at the rebuild from scratch Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai !….Millions have been chasing a few thousand tickets

….just got confirmed a ticket !…in a ballot for privileged tickets allotted to cricket clubs for its members and which are affiliated with the Mumbai Cricket Association… fact it’s a combo…no options but to buy the ticket for all three matches that will be played at the Wankhede Stadium…..two preliminaries featuring New Zealand in both…Day Match against Canada on Sunday March 13,2011 and a Day & Night Fixture against Sri Lanka on Friday, March 18,2011…and then the Day & Night Grand Finals on Saturday,April 2,2011

…..Preliminary Matches Tickets have been released while the Finals Tickets will be released month end….may not go for the preliminaries…so if anyone out there is interested in the March 13 and 18 Matches do let me know…will give them to you at cost

…..India  beat Netherlands today and thus becomes the first team from Group B to have qualified for the Quarter Finals….regardless of our final position in Group B after the Preliminaries and as per World Cup Rules,being the Host Country and also with a higher ICC World ranking for ODIs if it comes to this,we will play this Q F in the venue allotted for a Q F in the host nation……This happens to be Ahmedabad on Thursday,March 24,2011… per official format A 2 plays B 3 in Ahmedabad…but this now becomes irrelevant…..

Always have prayed that India make the Finals and win it….Now that I’ve a ticket my prayers have intensified  !

“Sachin ! Sachin !…Sachin ! Sachin !”….the last time we shall get to chant his name as this should be his last World Cup…a record Sixth……the Mexican Waves….the constant whistle,horn and trumpet blowing….the flag waving….the witty banners……the charged atmospshere….the energy and deafening roar of 33000 spectators….their indignation when Umpiring Decisions are seen as unfair and even biased against India !….most of them crazy and passionate and knowledgable about the game of Cricket….screaming to Dhoni to change his bowling or field setting……pushing and jumping over people and benches to get to your seat….getting up often to breathe as your bench is now crammed with 50 and on it’s way to a record 100 !….the legendary ‘kaka’ who legally and lovingly distributes free icecream to spectators when he wins in illegal betting that goes on!…… and that really pretty girl asking “What happened ?” every over….Cricket being an insect for her !….. try catching this on even a 33 Inch TV Screen !….you just cannot compare a World Cup Final Live at the Stadium with Live on TV !…and those who say they prefer the latter is probably because they’ve not got tickets ! read more

Two Thought Provoking Perpectives in differing Contexts on Life and Living….by Rick Warren & Thomas Freidman

One goes through Midlife Crisis….you can say with the Sensex going nowhere today it’s a midweek crisis !

Thought ,like I did,maybe you too have enough time to ponder over two lovely and relevant perspectives in different contexts on Life and Living put forward by Rick Warren & Thomas Friedman…and both of which I received today in the email from those who think I needed these perhaps !…reproducing them below for you

You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer, and him having ‘wealth’ from the book sales.


This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, ‘Purpose Driven Life’ author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California.

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said: People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond:


In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven. One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body– but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity..


We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.

Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one..

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy. We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness. This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer. I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life..

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. read more

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