Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Federer - The ATP Tour Champion

Federer delivered a great tennis to outclass Murray yesterday. In the process, he became only the second player after Ivan Lendl to regain the ATP tour champion title. It is always difficult for one to regain a world number one title after losing it. It takes high motivation and competitive spirit to achiever that. Federer just has them in him. Apart from that, he raises his game to astronomical levels when he is put under pressure. This is the hallmark of great champions who appear very rarely.

Federer, without any argument, is the world's best male tennis player ever to have played the game. This achievement just shows that he has it in him to scale newer heights in the years to come. However, for a fan the most likeable thing about Federer is that he has entertained and made them enjoy his unmatchable tennis over the past few years. Some of the grandslam finals he played are still etched in my memory. My sincere wish is that he continues delivering such a visual treat for few more years.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Federer inches closer!

With Federer coming from behind to defeat Verdasco, he has almost sealed the year end No. 1 ranking. Another factor which favors him is that Nadal lost in straight sets against his nemesis Soderling. For Nadal to displace Federer, he has to defeat both Djokovic and Davydenko in his next 2 matches. For Federer, he needs to win atleast one of the matches against Murray and Del Potro. Then, he need not worry about Nadal's mataches.

Today's Federer-Murray match is significant as Murray has a 6-3 record over Federer. If Federer wins today, he will be the second person after Ivan Lendl to regain year-end No 1 ranking. Can Federer rise to the occasion to regain the ATP tour champion title?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mohd Rafi - The Singing Legend

Mohd Rafi was a brilliant singer who has offered us a lot of ever-green melodies. Rafi was the voice of Bollywood music for 3 decades. His voice is so unique and it is extremely difficult to match his finesse. He has sung even very difficult songs with minimal effort. His best songs were for Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor. I am a great fan of his timeless melodies. He is the best male singer of Indian film music without any doubt. In this blog, I list some of the melodies of Rafi which I love the most. Watch them in YouTube and enjoy!

  1. Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaatha (Hum Dono)
  2. Dil Ka Bhanwar (Tere Ghar Ke Saamney)
  3. Diwana Hua Baadal (Kashmir Ki Kali)
  4. Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyaan (Jab Jab Phool Kile)
  5. Aaj Kal Tere Mere (Brahmachari)
  6. Aaja Aaja (Teesri manzil)
  7. Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan (Pyar Ka Mausam)
  8. Chura Liya Hai (Yaadon Ki Baaraat)
  9. Kya Hua Tera Waada (Hum Kisise Kum Nahin)
  10. Dard-e-dil (Karz)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

2 States by Chetan Bhagat - Quick Review

Chetan Bhagat has always been an entertaining modern writer ever since his first novel "Five Point Someone". His novels are usually full of fun in every page. His latest offering "2 States" is no different. This novel narrates the love and marriage of Krish and Ananya from Punjab and Tamilnadu respectively. Though the basic theme of the novel is reminiscent of a latest tamil flick "Abhiyum Naanum", the novel is very different in the content.

Chetan switches to IIM Ahmedabad as premise for this novel and carries forward a character from Five Point Someone. The happenings at the management school set the tone for the novel. However, the ultimate fun starts when Krish joins Citibank after completing his post graduate diploma in IIM. Krish's encounters with his stupid boss Bala, who makes Krish scapegoat for his blunders, are a treat to read. Also, Krish's entry into Ananya's family evoke a lot of laughter. Romantic sequances between Krish and Ananya is much westernized which is not that realistic. It may be due to the fact that they are students of IIM.

The major factor which makes this novel realistic is that Chetan uses all real world entities like IIM, Citibank etc. He does not even spare SPB and Hariharan. Chetan even takes a dig at the atrocities of the auto rickshaw guys in chennai.

On the whole, this novel is a very light and worthy read. I loved every page of this novel. I strongly recommend this novel to any one who likes to chill out for a while on a weekend.

ATP World Tour Finals 2009 - Preview

Barclays ATP world tour finals are about to start from tomorrow. This tournament is famously dubbed as the year end championships. This year it is held in London. Top 8 seeds participate every year. The winner of this tournament has more probability of becoming year end world No 1. This year this tournament is more significant as Federer and Nadal have the chance to achieve year end No 1 rank.

The tournament is divded into two groups of 4 each and there is a round robin stage. Group A has Federer, Murray, Del Potro, and Verdasco. Group B has Nadal, Djokovic, Davydenko and Soderling. Top 2 from each group would reach the semi finals. Here is the scenario for Nadal in the world tour finals to regain world No 1 crown (Federer is No 1 at present).

Group A is the tougher group. Federer is not in form as he lost to Del Potro in US open finals, lost to Djokovic in Basel finals, and lost to Benneteau in Paris Masters over the past few months. Though he seems vulnerable, he can lift his game at any moment. Murray also is not in good shape. He will find it difficult against Del Potro and Verdasco apart from Federer. Del Potro had an injury scare few weeks back. But having won the US open, his confidence will be very high. Verdasco is the dark horse in this group and can upset any of the other 3 on his day. I expect Federer and Del Potro to march into semi finals, though the matches would be very close.

Group B boasts of 2 great players: Nadal and Djokovic. Nadal is not at his best after his knee surgery. He lost in straight sets to Del Potro in US open semis. He lost to Djokovic in Paris. Further, Nadal has never done well in the world tour finals previously. With world No 1 up for the grab, he might find his groove. Djokovic is the man to beat in this tournament. He won both Basel and Paris in last 2 months and is in great form. Davydenko is a fighter but is vulnerable if the opposition plays to his best. Soderling became a hero when he upset Nadal at Roland Garros. He is also an amazing player. I think Nadal and Djokovic would move to semi finals without much of a fuss from Group B.

Semi finals and finals can be anyone's game. I plan to watch the important matches of this tournament. It is surely going to have some great tennis played. As a Federer fan, I hope he wins this tournament and seals the World No 1 crown for few more months. It would require a huge effort from Federer which makes this world tour finals even more interesting.