It was just a regular run-of-the-mill day, or so I thought. I have my best conversations with dad when I am driving, and he is on the passenger’s seat. As much as possible, I try to keep the mood light for he is a person with a tender heart, also making him susceptible to be tense real quick!

That was soon to change, when close to a turn, we saw a little boy of not more than 2, standing on the road, oblivious to the passing machines! My dad let out a loud enough sigh, and we both scanned the road to see if the little explorer had a guardian around him. None! As my car raced closer to him, I could notice the two-year-old bending down, picking something and in the act of tasting that ‘treasure’ he found from the road. It will be a good time to add that it a ‘treasure’ that was lying terribly close to the industrial waste dumped nearby! My dad kept asking, “Isn’t anyone with him?” And I could just mumble something under my breath with the sight from my rearview mirror showing me the little ‘lost’ boy taking small strides that only his tiny feet could take.


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Wowrinka!

Stan Wawrinka just won his third Grand Slam, making him the oldest in 46 years to win the US Open. Here’s an profile-feature I’d written on Stan Wawrinka for The Teenager Today magazine almost two years ago. He had only won the Australian Open in 2014 then. Add two more to that, and this Swiss star who does not respond to the name ‘Roger Federer’ has proven once again that he ain’t another ‘run of the mill’ Tennis Champion! And once again, I am so happy at the way I concluded this one!


When you’re a Swiss sportsman of this era, you’d always be second best to a certain legend, no matter how good you are. And if you are a Swiss Tennis player of this era, you’d be constantly living under the shadow of a certain Roger Federer. Yet, Stanislas Wawrinka has rightfully earned his place as one of the very best to come out of one of the most beautiful countries in the world.


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Now that the euphoria of yet another Olympic Games is over, let’s look at some of the common reactions of the average Indian Sports Fan! These conversations are purely fictitious and any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental, but not impossible.


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This is a profile-feature I had written a year ago for The Teenager Today magazine, after some research on Carolina Marin. No better time to post this online, now that she is also an Olympic Champion!

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A left-handed Racket wielding Spaniard has been in the news in recent times for all the right reasons. Winning trophies, being the top-seed, defeating the best in the business, this southpaw has done it all. And it’s not Rafael Nadal. We’re talking about another champion who plays another racket sport and responds to the name, Carolina Marin.


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Almost every person who is connected to social media or the Internet will know that UNESCO has declared India’s national Anthem (Jana-Gana-Mana – for those unaware) as the Best National Anthem in the World. In fact, UNESCO has been declaring Jana-Gana-Mana as the best ever since the days we’ve all had email IDs, and those flood of forwards started hitting our Inboxes with the subject line that started with ‘FWD: FWD: FWD: Fwd: FWD: FWD: Fwd: FWD: FWD’. Recently, our online nationalists had much to rejoice about as UNESCO named our Honourable Prime Minister as the Best Prime Minister in the World. Going with this trend of ‘everything-Indian-is-unbeatable’, here are a ten (plus one) things that that we may hear soon, which will be music to our ears.


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Less than a week ago, a young man became the first earthling to cross the four-digit mark in an inning, making Pranav Dhanawade a household name. Accolades from the who’s who of the cricketing world followed. Comparisons, albeit prematurely, with the greatest followed soon after in the social world.

After the fairy-tale-turning-into-a-reality story had calmed down, few articles [First Post, SACricketMag, SportsKeeda] surfaced online, the ones that put things into perspective and looked at the other side of the Pranav special. While their points were pertinent, it was a bit unfair on them to criticize Pranav.


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So, Onam’s here, and Mallus the world over are now doing what the rest of India does during Diwali and Independence day – shop! Apart from shopping, here are some of the other benefits that Mallus enjoy during Onam.


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