Archive for June 18th, 2015

Taught to hate: How Nazi schooling amplified anti-Semitism in Germany

June 18, 2015

Interesting and terrifying bit of research:

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How English ODI Cricket has transformed itself overnight and why England pitches are becoming so flat?

June 18, 2015

One could watch any match in cricket but not a One Day International involving England. I don’t know but the team has never been exciting to watch. Infact why just the audience even the players seem to be disinterested. However, the team was different while playing in whites where atleast there was some intensity to fight. It was difficult to figure why Eng was so poor in shorter formats. They had a decent county cricket setup where ODIs were played as well. It may not have been test level quality but should not have been this poor in ODIs.

But boy, how things have changed. And that too in overnight. There were talks of English Cricket Board building a new team for ODI but those talks have been on for ages. Just that this time, they have  actually walked the talk. More than them, it is the players who have for a change delivered and that too with such gusto. It has surprised one and all.

The recent ongoing series between NZ and Eng is easily one of the most exciting series ever to be played. More so, coming from a team like England. We all thought NZ has set the bar really high in terms of attacking cricket. But this Eng team wants to prove a point and they are doing it really well. It has been one superlative performance after the other. It is one thing that admin gives you licence to kill (and thrill), completely another that the team actually takes the licence seriously and goes on a spree.

In the first ODI they fired a 400 plus total first time for England.  They followed this will three 300 plus scores in all the following three matches, another record. Y’day they chased 350 with such ease in just 44 overs. In the 3rd ODI they made 302 in 45 overs and were all out. If they batted all 50, they could have set NZ a much higher score to chase and perhaps won the match.

And guess what the Eng captain Eoin Morgan said post match yday (he was man of the match as well):

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Book Review: 1971 – A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh

June 18, 2015

This is a terrific book by all means. How an academician ends up writing a war thriller is a huge achievement. Dr Srinath Raghavan also has a unique background of serving Indian Army before dipping into academics. So, he brings the essence of war politics like few can.

This book is on how Bangladesh was created and the dynamic (and tragic) global politics around the 1971 that led to creation of the country. The book undoes many a myths in the process like Indira Gandhi wanted to control both West Pakistan and East Pakistan  (Indian polity was more bothered with the huge influx of migrants; they actually erred by not interfering in the war earlier), Nixon/Kissinger played a crucial role (the duo actually messed up the whole affair), China did not play a role due to extreme winter conditions (this was a really lame myth by all means, China did not play a role as it was worried this would antagonise Soviets with whom it fought a recent war)..and so on..

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