TrASH CANnes

There is a reason why one picks up on former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan each time she steps on the red carpet in Cannes and she has been doing so for no less than ten years now. Reasons being many ranging her faux pas in the forms that we talk about her figure to pout to designer choice to gown colour to walking partner and so and so. And all of these universally critically analysed and unanimously agreed upon over the verdict conferred each time. Verdict: Largely flop, handful appreciated.

How does she manage it? As i tweeted: Either there is a problem with the designers’ bad designing or at least admit your choice is consistently gross. The most beautiful woman in the world has to or must look perfect all the time, the pressure is immense, the expectations from her colossal, therefore it usually ends up falling flat on the ground and viewers are held up yearning forever. Have compiled her each presence on the red carpet from the year 2001 to date. Now weep.

Photo Courtesy: Various websites.

Most clicked woman in the world: Lady Diana

Now if one is going to be updating the blog after almost an year, none other than the most beautiful person that ever lived on earth would have inspired/motivated me to do so. Yes, she is Princess Diana. With the Royal wedding of Prince William with a commoner college love Kate Middleton that just got over last week, Princess Diana’s absence was indeed the most conspicuous.

The one woman whose each image speaks reams & reams & is worth a million, one just cannot but stare at each for hours and still not get enough. The unmatched, the invincible fashion icon, the diva who inspires each woman who can only dream to be born with that grace in the next life as one can never be like her or imitate to come even close to that aura she was blessed with.

Have just collected some glorious pictures from the net and compiled an album for you all to view and be in awe of. So just enjoyy!!! Photo courtesy: Various websites.

Deutschland tör

South Africa 2010: Five weeks, 32 nations, one dream – World Cup. Amidst massive heartbreaks, unimaginable  turn- arounds, crushing defeats, shattering egos, magnanimous display of nerves, brutality of moments, unfortunate decisions, awe-struck numbness, failures of superstars, absence of megastars, wholesome hysterics, deafening vuvuzelas, jubilations and tears, Maradonas and Dungas, superstitions and Octopus Paul Oracles, a truly deserving  winner emerged –  SPAIN, the reigning Eurocup2008 Champions. Muchas Felicidades.

Brazil, Argentina, England, France, Italy, Portugal were those which shocked the whole world by their unprecedented exit. Some humiliating, some lack-lustre with reasons best known to them returned home, hoping that they do some serious reality check. Whereas Paraguay, Ghana, Uruguay, Slovakia showed grit and determination to prove their worth on the biggest spectacle of the king of sports.

The one team which stole the hearts of millions by their stunning display of the game, the youngest of the whole lot, the most inexperienced side in the World Cup, with their uninhibited exposition of courageous football was Germany. Headed by their (handsome ;)) coach Joachim Löwe, the team reached semi-finals beating England in pre-quarters, Argentina in quarters only to be defeated by the prospective champions Spain in the semis. This brilliant team were also known to be the most multi-culti assemblage comprising Pudolski, Lahm, Klose, Özil, Khedira, Müller, Neuer, Friedrich, Schweinsteiger, Jansen, Mertesacker, Boateng and others altogether who scored 16 goals in all, highest in number in the tournament. The 20 yr old Thomas Müller outshone the most with 5 goals and 3 assists in his name was awarded the Golden Boot as well as the Hyundai Best Young Player Award. Miroslav Klose came as close as 14 goals, one short of Ronaldo with 15, for the most number of goal scorer in the history of World Cup.

Deutschland Mannschaft

Surely I am biased towards Germany, but everyone  seems to be agreeing with the way I feel. The team who brought Rooney’s England crashing out 1-4 and hung Maradona’s head down in disbelief after a 0-4 defeat for Argentina, surely got standing ovation by the entire world. Finally they came back home grabbing the bronze medal by beating Uruguay in a thrilling 3-2 which everyone claimed was the actual final in all footballing terms.

Would like to quote @mojorojo here for his brilliant tweet during the final between Spain and Nederland – “So basically Germany won, Uruguay are 2nd, and the lamest 3rd place game EVER is currently on.” Also @FinancialUAE –“ Frankly neither team deserves to win after this dreadful display. Let’s give the cup to #Ger instead.”

And that’s all I wanted to hear 🙂

(Pic Courtesy: FIFA website/GettyImages)

Isner-Mahut historified

Wimbledon > Thursday, 24 June 2010 > Second round > Men’s Singles > Nicolas Mahut FRA vs John Isner USA (23) created history, a record which will remain etched in all the world’s record books unlikely to be ever broken. They played longest match in the history of tennis which lasted 3 days comprising of 11 hrs and 5 mts. The final match scoreboard roared  6–4, 3–6, 6–7(9-7), 7–6(7-3), 70–68 in favour of John Isner.

Nicolas Mahut and John Isner

Nicolas Mahut and John Isner, pose for the cameras after the longest ever Grand Slam match. Pic Courtesy: © T. Hindley/Prosport, http://www.wimbledon.org

John Isner recently appeared in David Letterman’s Late Show to do a ‘Top 10 list’ on the thoughts that went through his mind while playing that historic match. It can’t get more hilarious than this, just read on.

  • 10. “I’m exhausted”
  • 9.   “We’ve been playing so long, I’ve forgotten –am I Isner or Mahut?”
  • 8.    “Remember when i said I’m exhausted? That was 8 hours ago!”
  • 7.    “Wonder if I’ll be sore tomorrow.”
  • 6.    “I’m gonna lay back until 51-50 and then make my move.”
  • 5.    “I’m asleep
  • 4.    “Why couldn’t I have played Federer it would’ve been over in 15 minutes.”
  • 3.    “Cramp!”
  • 2.    “Honestly I don’t care if I win or lose—I just don’t wanna die.”
  • 1.     “Larry King has had marriages that didn’t last this long.”

Here’s the video. Enjoy!

Remembering MJ

Michael Jackson25th June, 2010 It’s hard to believe that Michael Jackson is no more. We have completed one year since he left us forever. But we know he shall continue to reside in millions of hearts till eternity. He was a legend who is born only once. No one before or after can ever replace the stature, the zenith, the pinnacle of creativity, talent, success that he touched through his inimitable mélange of music, songs, lyrics and dance. He was that magician when came on stage, we cried, we lost senses, we reached heavens. We thank God endlessly for having given MJ to us in our lifetime.

We don’t care what certain people think about you, we loved you for your music and will continue to do so. You had a bitter personal life, but you emerged stronger and larger than life out of all those turbulences. Till the last breath you fought trying to win over all the negativities surrounding you, not many can do so.

You will inspire generations. Music bows to you, is grateful to you. We thank you MJ, you will be missed. Forever.

I shall end my special tribute with one of my favorite videos ‘Dirty Diana’. Enjoy!

GNTM by Heidi Klum 2010

The winner is Alisar. Thumbs Down. Obviously, both the finalists weren’t of my choice. Having Leyla and Victoria in the top 10 and letting them go is exactly where the show became a failure. Sorry to say, Heidi you couldn’t nail it this time. Successor of Sara Nuru – Alisar. WTH. Some more Sara Nuru pics. Now, you decide.


All Images Courtesy: http://www.prosieben.de

Journey to Wolfsburg – Part 1

22nd May, 2010

Small joys of life, travelling by train is certainly one of them. If one hasn’t been on a Euro-rail even once after being in Germany for five years, it is a pity indeed. So when husband told me that we have travel to Wolfsburg by DB [Deutsche Bahn (railways)] and drive back with my new car from Volkswagen Autostadt, I was more than just thrilled. How different is it from a train in India? What a question?

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn

We reached the Geilenkirchen station half an hour before time didn’t seem to be a good idea as it was extremely cold. 8.37 am and DB almost always arrives on time.  We could sit anywhere as the trains are never crowded. That early it is usually the students going to universities who we find in there. Cosy. Neat. Spacious. This train was till Düsseldorf from where we had to change into the Intercity. This looked close to business class flight seats roomy, spick and span, each seat was reserved and on top of each was specified digitally from where the person is boarding and to where he is travelling. Therefore no confusion, no trespassing. We had to travel for three and a half hours with two children in a silent compartment was quite a task but kids were sort of sensing the muteness and imbibed it well. Both slept.

Was just the right time for breakfast, Raj got up to get some sandwiches and coffee from the pantry. And me as usual began checking tweets and the neighbours around us. Men in the backseat, one of them, have I seen somewhere? No, all three of them. Tcheh! Where have I seen them? Pondering is always a futile excercise for me. The one which I was very sure of was reading a book. Ok, just peek carefully and unpretentiously what is he reading? About some music band. Yes, They are a band. Which song? Bettina? Yes Yes..but which band? Blank. Oh No. My amnesia is at its peek. iphone, my savior. GOOOOOGLE. Bettina, the rap song. Enter. Images. Enter. Yes they are them seated right behind me. OMG!!! They are Fettes Brot!

Fettes Brot

The German Rap Star Band 'Fettes Brot'

Took out my pen and the train ticket and quietly slipped onto their table. Smile. No I still don’t know what their individual names are, but they seemed surprised to receive that piece of paper, as in the entire compartment, me, an English speaking Asian was the only one who had recognized them. Cutely he asked, ‘You want autograph?’ Me like a schoolgirl recited all that I did in that past five minutes to find out who they were and ‘Can I have a pic of you all?’ Obliged. They got down at Hannover and didn’t forget to say a goodbye. Smiles.

The journey so far. Super hit.

PS: Here’s for you the superhit video of their song ‘Bettina, zieh dir bitte etwas an’. Enjoy!

Top 7, 2010

Germany’s Next Top Model by Heidi Klum has shortlisted their top seven stunning ones – Leyla, Pauline, Neele, Louisa, Laura, Hanna and Alisar. Here take a look and select your favorite. My hot favorite is Leyla.

Photo Courtesy: Ralf Jürgens – ProSieben

Pic of the decade

Nita Ambani celebrates as she is lifted by Harbhajan Singh of the Indians after defeating the Challengers during the 2010 DLF Indian Premier League T20 semi final match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore played at DY Patil Stadium on April 21, 2010 in Navi Mumbai, India. Nita Ambani owns Mumbai Indians franchise. (Photo: IPL2010/Getty Images)

#sachinisgod

24.02.2010 Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the God of cricket, the unstoppable, the invincible, the ageless, yet again creates history. The only batsman to score a double ton in an ODI. At an age when others conveniently call it a day, Sachin at just two months short of 37, is uncontainable. The remarkable record was created by him in Gwalior while playing against South Africa, surpassing the previous record of 194 by Saeed Anwar. What the final score was, who finally won remains insignificant against such a monumental achievement.

Sachin Tendulkar

God thanking God. Pic courtesy: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters

I had twitter to look upto for exact scores, it was almost ball by ball commentary by around 2000 ecstatic tweeple all over India. Although most of the live streaming were dead by the time Sachin was about to touch the elusive, I was lucky to capture the moment on one of the links. The euphoria was as of never before, the frenzy was maddening and thanks to the maniacal congregation, I did not miss the way I used to watch cricket together with folks back  home, roaring.

Would like to share some lovely tweets from the twitterati done in the honour of Sachin. Enjoy.

  • @Riteishd: Am praying for sachin’s double century. Ganpati bappa morya…
  • @chitraraj #sachinisgod #sachin tendulkar #sachin‘s ..same name trending 3/10 has never been in the history of twitter
  • @chitraraj: O Sachin To Thee I Pray, Increase my knowledge day by day #sachinisgod
  • @arjunvj: Reducing the number of atheists in India since 1989 – Sachin Tendulkar!
  • @sumit_kagrawal SACHIN TENDULKAR isn’t GOD… GOD is Sachin Tendulkar…
  • @sagarikaghose: Bharat Ratna for Sachin tendulkar!
  • @AshikOnFire: lo meri office ka ek table ek bande ne tod diya chadh gaya table k upar or nachne laga tha #Sachin
  • @AshikOnFire: Do we really need to prove to the world tht we r here n force to reckon, jus one man can make whole diff, we r billion plus. #sachin
  • @IshanManjrekar: Finally a 13 year old record which was set against India is broken by an Indian #SachinIsGod
  • @OmkarDash : 3/10 topics on twitter are dedicted to Sachin! This is history! Not even obama could do it! Not even apple or google!
  • @juniorbachchan SACHIN, YOU GIVE US INDIANS A GREAT REASON TO BE PROUD. AND THE REASON IS YOU!!!
  • @raghuonrails: I think India should have a 200 rupees note now with Sachin embossed on it #sachinisgod

Finally, I shall not write about the endless achievements of the master blaster, the legend, we all know it. I only want to express my state which is at its elevated best today, so thank you Sachin. I only want to thank Sachin’s parents for giving us the God of cricket. I only want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to live in the era when Sachin performs magic with his willow. I only want to say that I feel proud that he is an Indian.

We salute you Sachin. Take a bow.

As Sunil Gavaskar said ‘I want to touch Sachin’s feet’.

Tweets courtesy: Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan, Sagarika Ghosh, Arjun V J, Sumit Kumar Agrawal, Ashik Gosaliya, Ishan Manjrekar, Omkar Dash & Raghu