England Win Test; Moin Ali Gets his 6th Wicket; India All Out –178

Rahane will be looking at a possible but vanishing 50. This is Moin’s first five wicket haul.

Rahane hits two fours on Moin balls through the network of players crowding around him.

Rahane is 48 and now on the non striker’s end. Pankaj Singh gets a close shave. Loud appeals. Not out. One run to Pankaj Singh opens his test batting career.


Four for Rahane gets another fifty. He is a Dravid doppelganger.

Quiet and Patient.
Wow, a four from Pankaj. He does look like the legendary Bheem. Another four for Pankaj. He is enjoying it spoiling Moin’s figures.


Pankas Singh Bowled; Moin gets his sixth.

India and England are now one/one going into the fourth Test.

Indian Batsmen face 12 Opponents on the Field


The fifth day has begun and India is reeling after beginning at 112 for 4. Rohit Sherma fell by the wayside felled by a bad umpiring decision. Dhoni committed hara-kiri. Very disappointing for this was an opportunity for the captain to throw anchor and save his team.
Enter Jadeja and on the other side is steady Rahane on 21. The much hyped battle between Anderson and Jadeja continues for the moment. The bearded left hander must be regretting being docked for half his match fee and his eyes will be on Anderson’s bowling. This indeed will work in England’s favour for Jadeja will be tempted to try a roundhouse shot.
Anderson has an unbridled tongue which is prone to blurt rude comments at Indian batsmen. Yesterday he taunted Rahane at the end of play. When the umpire moved in he put in a great act of innocence and amazement. India should have made their bats talk as Anderson is doing the talking not only with his tongue but with the ball too.
It is going to be a tough day with India playing against twelve dedicated gentlemen on this last day. Jadeja should come true today with Rahane. He is floundering right now but let’s see.

India have a target of 445 runs after England declared again at the total of 206. Current Indian score 140-6. Jadeja on 12 and Rahane on 26.

England Do Not Follow On; Bat for a Big Total

England do not enforce the follow on. Will try to bat again and make 500 runs before putting India in to bat. India all out for 330. England earlier declared at 569 for 7. Robson and Cook arrive to open. Anderson grabbed five wickets in a not so good batting display by India. None of the Indian batsmen sticking on to save the situation. Dhoni scored fifty. Kohli and Rohit Sherma failed to live up to their big reputations. Pankaj Singh looks like a runaway freight train. Someone needs to harness this workhorse. He did not connect once with the bat and was rather unlucky with the ball.
Almost two days to go and a royal battle is on. The fifth day shall almost be like a one day match.

England And ‘er Sons get the Putsch at Lord’s

England And ‘er Sons get the Putsch at Lord’s

Look at the news! The villains are winning everywhere.

Thus it is good to see a boor get his comeuppance.

On the fourth day at Lord’s, the 20th of July, 2014, Jadeja made England eat humble pie.

It was good to see England And ’er sons being given the Putsch. Now having lost four wickets and made a little over a hundred, England need to fight through the fifth day to make three hundred something to win.

English Andersons will know better when they next decide to push and shove their opponents in the corridors of cricket power.

Jalianwala Bagh-Well of Death




In 1919 the Butcher of Amritsar, General Dyer made his troops fire at innocent civilians

gathered for Baisakhi. In order to save themselves from the merciless barrage of

bullets many people jumped into this well. General Dyer had gone into a manic rage

which he never regretted till perhaps his death when he wrote, ‘So many people who

knew the condition of Amritsar say I did right…but so many others say I did wrong. I only want to

die and know from my Maker whether I did right or wrong.’

The well has been given this roof and gallery and it serves as a Monument to the Innocent who

died facing the white supremacist regime of England.

 Wikipedia reports that the “Westminster Gazette wrote a contrary opinion (to the Pro-Dyer

obituaries on his death): “No British action, during the whole course of our history in India,

has struck a severer blow to Indian faith in British justice than the massacre at Amritsar.”






Rudyard Kipling did no good to his own image by supporting this blackguard and helping collect 26000 pounds for his benefit.

Unsocial Tea Bags Killed the Tea Pot


Unsocial Tea Bags/Green tea

Tea drinking in the past was a social event. A pot of tea was an invitation for friends and family to have a sit-down and a pleasant chat. Today the demise of the tea-pot has been caused by damned tea bags. Tea has fallen on segregated days, even coffee is more social. The desire for fast food has spawned the tea bag, I feel.

Tea is still not so universally accepted in the Americas. Coffee it seems rules the roost. Otherwise tea adapts to new locations. In Tibet they have it with butter and salt. People have it with sugar and milk. The British had a lot to do with spreading tea culture. The British have always been wise in their commercial tactics. Tea showed that the English were not only penny wise but Pound wise too. Tea was a great commodity to make a profit out of.

The tea bag is a modern contraption. It allows you that superb moment alone with your tea cup. This is a creation of advertising. It is also a creation of our single existence. The desire for a half an hour alone undisturbed by anyone or anything is becoming all pervasive.
Surprisingly the big boy of tea consumption in the world is Turkey. Number two is Morocco. A surprising third position is bagged by Ireland. Number five is UK. India produces and consumes a lot of tea but because of the vast population and poverty the per capita consumption is very low. Tea is called chai in Turkey and India too. Tea consumed in Turkey is not imported but of a local variety grown near the Black Sea. Chai has become a universal alternate name for tea.

China seems to be the most ancient user of tea. Japan only developed its own tea drinking ceremony when it was brought to the country by wandering monks. Chinese Emperor Shennong discovered the tea leaf in the year 2737 BC.
In ancient China tea was compressed in molds and sold in the form of bricks. Bricks of tea also served as an alternative currency. Imagine dipping a dollar into a cup and drinking it.
Tea was brought to Japan by one of its monks named Eisai who brought the plant to his homeland from China and planted it in his garden. The monk had gone to China to learn about Zen but came back with the knowledge of tea which eventually developed into the world famous tea ceremony of Japan.
In England the popularity of tea drinking was allegedly enhanced by the Duchess of Bedford. Anna the Seventh Duchess had a sinking feeling in the late afternoons which she cured with tea and some tit-bit to eat. Later she began to invite some of her friends to this late afternoon tea.


In Russia tea infiltrated as a gift from a Mongolian king to Tsar Michael I. The Russian potentate was reluctant to accept nearly seventy kilos of what looked like dry leaves. He relented when the Mongolian envoy insisted that the Tsar accept the gift. This was in 1636. Tea drinking has become a favorite pastime of Russians since then.
A samovar is a central piece of equipment in Russian tea drinking. A quaint practice of holding a sugar cube between teeth while sipping tea existed in the nineteenth century.


The villainous tea bag on the other hand is only a hundred and six years old. It really became popular when Tetley saw the commercial possibilities of the product and began selling tea bags seriously from 1953. The tea bag was inadvertently invented by Thomas Sullivan in 1908 in New York. He was a tea merchant and sent samples of his tea in small sachets of silk to possible clients. The clients seeing this tiny sack containing tea dunked it with alacrity into their tea cups. They were too lazy to open the tiny sacks. Thus was born the tea bags industry. It sounded the death knell for the tea pot and the samovar.