2015 in review (a summary of my blogging activity)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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A Question to God

It is highly disturbing that we humans are nothing but little specks of insignificant dust-motes floating in this vast universe which may be just another dust-mote in an ever bigger universe. I recently read a quote of the great saint Ramana Maharishi which was kind of depressing.

Your duty is to be; and not to be this or that.

Shouldn’t we have any aspirations? Is destiny a lie? Are our lives completely and utterly pointless? Why were we put on this unholy mess that is this planet? Yeah, Earth is beautiful, but one wrong step and you could end up with your guts splattered all over the place. We have been imprisoned in this planet for some reason which only God understands. I don’t think humans have the intelligence to understand God and so I am not going to judge God for what he has done to us. But to think that our sole purpose is only to realize God and reach him is kind of hard to digest. I see so many things happening around me and I want to do something, be something, but what is the point? This is all an illusion, a scene in God’s dream, and I am being told that there’s no point in altering something that is not real. This may be a maya, an illusion, but when it hurts it really hurts. I cannot live a life that is pointless. This life is boring and I need a mission. All I need to know is this: What should I do with my life? What should I do next? No, meditation is not helping. I am not hearing you speak to me when I meditate; they told me that I would. Is there anything that I need to do? What do you have in mind for me? Maybe you don’t because I am just another little speck of dust that is pointlessly floating inside this endless creation of yours. They are telling me that I should be grateful for what you have given me in this life. But I don’t like this life. I am grateful to you for what you have given, but you have also taken away so much from me. I don’t even know what to think. But I am being told to be blindly grateful to you because you know what’s best for me and that this is part of a plan or a learning process.

Okay, God, I am getting tired. Now just tell me what I should do.

Why Indian pitches are indeed poor and why we should stop celebrating these pre-prepared “victories”

I had high hopes that Kohli would lead Team India to new highs in test cricket, but it looks like our test cricket is going to sink even low after the losses that we suffered under Dhoni’s leadership. The pitches that were prepared for the matches with South Africa are poor and there should be no question about it. But yet we still are seeing people like Kohli, Ashwin and Ravin Shastri defending them along with “patriotic” Indian fans. The reasoning is: “12 wickets fell on the same day in Adelaide and that is a good pitch and our pitches are bad?” Kohli himself has stated that teams get out cheaply when batting in South African pitches and how come such pitches are not criticized.

Please understand people, the Indian pitches are not being criticized for the fall of quick wickets. Doesn’t Kohli understand this? Or is he acting that he doesn’t get this? Let me explain.

People argue that teams like Australia and South Africa prepare pitches that suits their fast bowlers and what is wrong in India preparing pitches that suits our spinners. It is wrong. It is wrong because:

1. We will never produce quality fast bowlers with these kind of pitches

2. We will continue to lose test matches overseas

3. Test cricket is boring when spinners bowl for longer periods of time. Fast bowlers are the MAIN bowlers and spinners are supplementary. Why can’t you people understand this? One of the main points of attraction in Test cricket is when we see fast bowlers swing, seam and bowl at a fast pace. IT IS BORING to watch spinners bowl for long periods of time. There I said it. You may not agree, but then, do you really sit and watch Test cricket?

You can ignore my third point as it is subjective. But what about my first and second points? This is exactly why preparing spin-friendly tracks are such a bad idea. Doesn’t people like Kohli and Ravi Shastri understand this? I bet they do, but they just want to win matches to keep their positions. Cricket is not just about winning, there is so much beauty in it and these idiots are destroying it. Let us not support this madness.

Thought for the day: Let’s always make decisions based on what is right. Let us not cloud our judgment and logic by favouritism or by being “patriotic”.