Wednesday, September 20, 2006

a random update....

Hey guys.. Its been quite sometime since I updated... quite alot of things going on in my life... Anyway, taking things one at a time...

jus a random update....
  • I had been to Bangalore Marathon 2006 with my friends last Sunday. We ran the Celebration run for 7kms.. It was great fun... We did it without having much trouble.. Next year probably we r planning for half marathon for 20kms.. lets plan n practice chandu n pv.. :)Sometime back I also did a crazy thing - cycling for 30kms.. :D jus for fun...

  • At the Bangalore Marathon - The Contenders :D
    At the Bangalore Marathon - The Contenders :D

  • My sis, bro-in-law and my cute li'l nephew have come from US. They are here for the past 3 weeks and will be leaving this weekend.. My nephew is very fond of Superman, Spiderman and
    Batman... For him, he is Superman and I'm the Spiderman.. when we play :D
    Spiderman is missin' Mary Jane :P
  • Spent my Onam at home with them and also had been at home for 8 days in the past 2 weeks.. It was nice to spend Onam with the whole family together after quite some years..

  • Pookalam done at our house for Onam
    Pookalam done at my house for Onam...

  • As for cricket, Tendulkar has come back very well... Was fabulous to see his innings against the West Indies.. but now they've got their back against the walls.. would have to win both the games.. lets see...
  • And Hockey World Cup was too gud. I would have been happy if India had lost against South Africa too... we would have been first from the last then :)) Its going to be too hard for us to shine in this sport again..
  • Formula 1 is gonna be thrilling.... The last 3 races are gonna be really decisive as Schumi n Alonso are jus 2 points away from each other.. Am looking forward for the last 3 races... Lets hope Schumi retires with a Championship....
  • And i've not seen Lage raho munnabhai yet :( All my friends have seen it without me :(( since I had gone home for most of the last week... I also want to see Ahista ahista and Pyar ke side effects... this one seems to be a fun flick.
  • And the songs of Bas Ek Pal r toooo gud.. Have been listening to only these songs for the past 2 weeks.... Tere Bin is tooo gud and Atif delivers another Woh Lamhe type hit.. KK has also sung beautifully in other songs... All in all a very gud album
  • Am looking forward to lots of things in the coming month... will update this space then..

Ending this post with a picture of a beautiful rainbow which we saw during the Bangalore marathon...

A Beautiful Rainbow...
Isn't it Beautiful??

Monday, September 04, 2006

UPDATED: Legends do live forever - A tribute to Andre Agassi...

A tribute to Andre Agassi - The legend....
From an ardent fan....

Am writing this post jus minutes after Agassi's career ended with a third round loss in the US Open 2006 against Benjamin Becker.

Watching the match live, I could gather that this could be his last match, as he was struggling alot to even get to the ball. But still his love for the game egged him on n on... Atlast, he had to give it up once for all...

With tears in his eyes, he bid farewell to all the ppl there in the stadium...

"You have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I could never have reached without you.
Over the last 21 years, I have found you, and I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life."


The final few moments brought tears in my eyes as he blew kisses one final time to all the ppl there who have come to witness one of the greatest Tennis legends of all times...

Agassi bidding farewell...

Agassi's Achievements:
Andre Kirk Agassi
(born April 29, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada - US)
  • One of the five male players to win all four grandslams in tennis.
  • The first male player to win all four grandslams in different surfaces (Australian Open on Rebound Ace, the French Open on clay, Wimbledon on grass, and the US Open on hardcourts)
  • He is also the only player in the open era to have won every Grand Slam singles title (8 Grandslams in all), the Masters (which is considered to be the fifth grandslam) , the Davis Cup (twice led the US team to Davis cup victory), and an Olympic gold medal(1996 Atlanta Olympics).
Agassi's professional tennis life is so different from any other player you would find.
He was a hippi-kind, a rebel when he came to the professional tennis in the late 80s. He made strong fashion statements, had a longgg hair and had a personality which many of the teenagers would love to have.
I saw his first grandslam Wimbledon 1992 victory live... It was a great match against Ivanisevic...

Andre Agassi in his early 20s as a long-haired rebel

After winning a couple of grandslams, his form went down and ppl said that he would no longer be the same great player.
But, in came the reformed Agassi.. with clean shaven head.. and more appropriately a calm n cool head... :)
He proved all the critics wrong by winning more and more grandslams.. even in his early thirties... From a ranking of 141 , he came back to No.1 position again in the late 90s. Such was his determination... and he was always the crowds favourite....

As for his playing style, there is no player in this open era who can return a service as strong n accurate as Agassi.. His return of serves are considered to be the best.
Agassi always believed in playing from the baseline. He is never comfortable with the serve n volley kind of play. But still with his strong baseline play and heavy powerful hitting, he used to weary his opponents and win the matches in styles.

I must say there is one player currently who looks great to beat lots of records and who has a great allround play with a lethal backhand which will make you wonder if he were playing table tennis instead of tennis. He is none other than Roger Federer and I bet you all would have guessed it by now.

I would not do justice if I don't bring this point abt Agassi. His rivalry on court with Sampras (another legend) is considered to be one of the best..
Those matches are always special. I've seen most of their matches live and every match would be sooo special... Both players will give their heart out in those matches.

Agassi n Sampras - The rivals on court

His personal life is another talking point among the fans. He was married to Brooke Shields (a famous Hollywood actress) for a couple of years before they got divorced.
Then, he dated and married Steffi Graf (a legend in women's tennis). They now have a son (Jaden Gil) and a daughter (Jaz Elle)

Agassi with his wife Graf and son Jaden Gil

Agassi has come a long way to achieve all these. His love for tennis and his love for the people who support him is always evident...
Its true.... LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER... And Andre Agassi is one legend who'll always be there in ppl's heart.

Andre Agassi - The Legend...

Hail the legend... Long live Andre Agassi....

Friday, September 01, 2006

taggie tag....

A tag post.... tagged by Anjan....

I am thinking about • A treasure island... :P confused?? heheee...

I said • "I want to go home!!!"

I want • to go home and celebrate my Onam with my whole family.... play with my nephew...
btw, am leaving tomorrow evening to my native for the same...

I wish • to get hold of tht treasure island soon...

I hear • “Sab Bhula Kai.... - Call - A Pakistani band... ” on my earphones. Pls do listen to this song if u've not... its a beautiful song...

I wonder • If I'll get the ticket tomorrow to go home for Onam. Actually had got a ticket to go only till Coimbatore. But luckily today my friend said he has a ticket till Ernakulam. So, if I get that I'll get down at Thrissur :) so, hoping to get tht ticket tomorrow....

I regret • for not having booked my tickets earlier to go home for Onam... for having wasted so much time when I could have brought some meaning to my life...

I can’t • see injustice handed over to the poor n needy.. esply li'l children... somehow feel God is really unfair as he doesn't give each n every child an equal opportunity to play, study n grow like every normal person...

I am • simple... fun-loving... li'l sensitive... very friendly...

I dance • Dance is something which I dread alottt.. the last time I danced in a stage was way back in my fourth standard and tht too with a girl :))))
Otherwise, I dance (actually, jump alot :D) whenever I go for partying outside with friends... and also at home when I feel happy..

I sing • at home... :) singing is something which I like alot.. wanted to learn it in my childhood days.. but couldn't...

I need • to organise myself.... and try to do lots of things which I wish to...

I cry • when I feel lots of pain.... not the physical pain... the last time I felt tears in my eyes was when I saw the picture in rediff of a guy pushing a trolley of a couple of children who died in Lebanon due to bombing by Israel... I can't take such things...

I make • my own rules n break it myself too :D

I write • I rarely write nowadays.. its all typing :P When I write, its for probably signing some document...
In one way its gud.. cos when I write, I make sure(or rather happens) that whatever I write... it can be read by only the person who wrote it yeahhh.. its ME :D

I confuse • when I think alot abt why things are not happening the way I want.. :)

I miss • my school n college days alottt.. and I miss being at home with my parents... my sis, nephew.... my princess whom I see everyday in my dreams :P

I will • get my dreams into reality someday or the other...

I should try • not to be as lazy as I'm nowadays... :)

I tag • shama, ricky, jaya and nidhi - do take up this tag.. and to all those ppl who are willing too...