Friday, March 30, 2012

My heart will go on Violin theme

Amazing attempt by

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pakistan won the Asia Cup Final .. by mistake!

No where in the game till the last bowl did Pakistan look like a winning combination by any means possible. There seemed to be no real dedication in the players and the whole outlook of the team was simply lazy. Just like Misbah ul Haq the current Captain of the team.

Leaders are so important in any field of life and the whole Pakistani Cricket Board is filled with uneducated and incapable people who don't know anything about management and discipline.

I don't know who thinks Pakistan has a very good playing unit. There are so many players in the team that are not fit for cricket at all or at least for one day cricket. I always thought Misbah isn't a good option for one day cricket. Same goes for Younis Khan. I don't know why they keep him around in the team anyway?

Younis Khan has only managed to score 6 fifties in 2011 out of 24 innings. He hasn't scored a hundred. Which shows that all of his knocks were pretty ordinary. He comes in to chip in for some balls. Mostly wastes diliveries. If he is not getting enough runs on the board at least he should be scoring them at a faster rate. His overall strike rate is only 75.81.

With that sort of a track record I wouldn't want somebody coming at number 3 or middle down the order. He's not a match winner by far when it comes to One Day Cricket.

I don't even understand how Misbah ul Haq is even considererd as a candidate for being in the team, let alone the Captain of the team!

Misbah hasn't scored a century in One Day Cricket out of his 86 innings to date. He only has 19 Fifties! We're getting the same kind of pattern here. Someone who blocks deliveries, uses time and does not take the team to finish. His strike rate is 75.22.

Are these the kind of players you select for your anchor role? We really should have players that can control and dominate the game rather than block and stop the ball and call it another day type of cricketers who don't even understand the game.

But besides all the drama, here are the happy winning moments. :)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ancient Mariner by Coleridge

Sometimes I think that we give old poems too much importance simply because they have gotten popular over time. We should consider the fact that most writers writing something quite extraordinary, in other words, a word that is out of the norm and not ordinary might just be having a fit of anger or hillucinations when they were writing something that we now think is quite inspirational.

I think Coleridge had a really twisted mind and could have been crazy as well to imagine such things as he did in the poem 'Ancient Mariner'. A mariner having to tell a story to any apointed man he sees otherwise he will feel a huge burden over his soul that he cannot encumber at all? Spirits coming from water into the bodies of dead crew and sailing the ship? Huge bird, the Albatross attacking and eating all what they had and the Mariner killing it then feeling guilty for it?

The whole thing shows how twisted his mind was once he was writing this poem. Probably he was disturbed to such extent that he could not fathom that life had something sweet or charming about it. That's why he had to spoil a good occasion like the marriage party those three young men were walking to and simply tell them the most horrific story he could come up with. Leaving the man who actually heard the story sad and desolate for his life.

This also shows that Coleridge must have been suffering from mental delusions and was not able to concentrate on good things of his life for much long. Mariner first finds all the creatures of the sea ugly and wants to kills the Albatross as well, which is in reality probably a very beautiful bird. Then he learns to appreciate all the beauty of those creatures later on once everyone on the ship dies and he has to confess for the first time all what he has been through to the Hermit.

I think that was not the original theme of the poem. He introduced this idea later on to make the readers acknowledge the beauty and appreciation of the creatures of God. This was a second thought that must have come to the poet's mind after he had written a scary and sick piece of work. He wanted public appreciation of it as well that’s why later must have changed some lines.

The real theme that comes to my mind from this poem is that Coleridge thought that life was not worth living, people were always alone in life and they had no partners. We can relate these deep routed feelings with his life as well. Coleridge in his childhood was sent to a school where he was mostly alone and had to face harsh and strict environment where his teacher made him read all kinds of poetry as punishment. He was rarely allowed to come back home and meet his family which can leave damaging affects on a child’s heart and mind.

 His marriage wasn’t that successful which left him alone and loathing in the end.

Considering all that I think ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ is not a great work of art but ramblings of a person who was suffering deep inside with no hope and love for this life. He needed help that’s why he had to stop people right in their tracks to talk to them in his poems and tell them stories of no hope and desolation.