Thursday, April 09, 2015

How They Ended Up Here

Every few years I get this urge to find out what legacy am I leaving behind through this blog? Whose curiosity does Google fulfill by leading them to this online corner store? And the Internet rarely disappoints. 
Image via http://webmasterformat.com/blog/whois-search

Back in 2010 I held my nose and dove into the crevices of Google Analytics to find the answers to the questions above. What searches landed people on my blog? Here's what I found then. Yes, my blog was that bar where people came when "one of my clients said i am fat and ugly". Also for some innocent questions like "effects of loitering at cyber cafe".

Wanted to see if I have been providing able support to similar seekers of truth over the years, and so this evening I conducted the same exercise after five years. What keywords are leading people to my blog now? Was not surprised to see that the majority came from android, app download, johari window, and cricket related queries. Not surprising given the flavour of the majority of my content. Then came the the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. Here's to the hungry, and the foolish.

1. "kurkure dharosh bhaja" [Translation from Bangla "crispy okra/ladiesfinger fritters"]

As a self respecting pot-bellied Bengali I take it as a matter of pride that my little online diary has been providing life's answers to those craving eternal bliss.

2. "www.saftware.com" (from a mobile browser)

If one keyword search embodies the story of the new India, this is it. In saftware we trust.

3. "sourav ganguly ki hindi me onki bate wo kisi insaan the"

I will assume that this person got carried away midway through her search and shared her deepest thoughts with the Internet.

4. "mouth full of cum at work"

Having worked at only two companies I really had no clue about what goes on in other offices.

5. "when arijit singh 23 year old where he did work"

Not sure who Arijit Singh is, but now I absolutely need to know about his early stage career choices.

6. "who is suhel banerjee"

Have to admit this was an ego boost. Someone out there wants to know all about me. What do I have for breakfast? Which is my favourite IPL team? What do I stand for? What's my online banking password?

7. "why srk absent from filmfare 2015"

This is a little ironic because I have wondered about this question a few times this year, and apparently I am one of those who has the answer to this. Wah Google!

8. "www suhel sex"

While I am flattered, I have a nagging feeling it's about that other Suhel who lives in TV studios.

9. "शुरत शे गोरखपुर तक कनफरम शीट अवथ एकशपेरेश" [Translation from Hindi "From Surat To Gorakhpur confimed seat in Avadh Express"]

After a point you just stop refreshing IRCTC and go to the site least likely to help you book your train tickets. I think that's what happened here.

10. "ugly fat bhoomihar girl"

And finally we come to the one that's bothered me the most. Did they find her? Or if it was a self search, did she overcome the complex? Is she alright?

The search is on...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Minnow's Day Out - World Cup Upsets

In 40 years of World Cup cricket, spanning over 350 games we have had just a dozen odd real upsets. For the purpose of this post an upset has been defined asany nation outside of the Top 8 (Aus, NZ, Ind, SL, Pak, SA, WI, & Eng) beating one of the top 8. The close calls were Zimbabwe's victories over India and South Africa in 1999 as they were in their best form at that time and not sure if they counted as minnows anymore.

Having watched 10 of these 12 games so far I will pick two that stand out for a couple of reasons. The biggest upset in terms of shock value would be rank outsiders, Kenya, playing in their first world cup (not considering East Africa in the late 70s), beating once superpower West Indies in 1996. In terms of the quality of cricket played by the so called minnow I feel the clear winner is Ireland's toppling of England's impressive 325 in the 2011 edition. It remains the only upset with the less fancied team chasing a score of 300+. Will continue to update this list.

All photos are courtsey ESPNCricinfo.

1. 1983 (Jun-9): Zimbabwe 239/6 beat Australia 226/7 by 13 runs [Scorecard]

Zimbabwe celebrate their surprise win over Australia in their first ODI, Australia v Zimbabwe, World Cup, Trent Bridge, June 9, 1983
2. 1992 (Mar-18): Zimbabwe 134/10 beat England 125/10 by 9 runs [Scorecard]

Eddo Brandes gets rid of Graeme Hick, England v Zimbabwe, 1992 World Cup, Albury

3. 1996 (Feb-29): Kenya 166/10 beat West Indies 93/10 by 73 runs [Scorecard]

Wicketkeeper Tariq Iqbal and Aasif Karim celebrate as Brian Lara is caught behind off the bowling of Rajab Ali, Kenya v West Indies, World Cup, Pune, February 29, 1996

4. 1999 (May-19): Zimbabwe 252/9 beat India 249/10 by 3 runs [Scorecard]

Henry Olonga traps Venkatesh Prasad lbw to seal an amazing comeback win by Zimbabwe, India v Zimbabwe, World Cup Group A, Leicester, May 19, 1999


5. 1999 (May-29): Zimbabwe 233/6 beat South Africa 185/10 by 48 runs [Scorecard]

Neil Johnson celebrates a wicket, South Africa v Zimbabwe, World Cup, 26th match, Chelmsford, May 29, 1999


6. 1999 (May-31): Bangaldesh 223/9 beat Pakistan 161/10 by 62 runs [Scorecard]

Bangladeshi supporters swamp the pitch after their heroes beat Pakistan, 29th match: Bangladesh v Pakistan, World Cup, Northampton, May 31, 1999 

7. 2003 (Feb-24): Kenya 210/9 beat Sri Lanka 157/10 by 53 runs [Scorecard]

World Cup, 2003 - Kenya v Sri Lanka at Nairobi, 24th February 2003

8. 2007 (Mar-17): Bangaldesh 192/5 beat India 191/10 by 5 wickets [Scorecard]

Bangladesh celebrate another Indian wicket, Bangladesh v India, Group B, Trinidad, March 17, 2007

9. 2007 (Mar-17): Ireland 133/7 beat Pakistan 132/10 by 3 wickets [Scorecard]

A buoyant Ireland do a victory lap around Sabina Park, Ireland v Pakistan, Group D, Jamaica, March 17, 2007

10. 2007 (Apr-7): Bangaldesh 251/8 beat South Africa 184/10 by 67 runs [Scorecard]

A few Bangladesh players celebrate the victory from the viewing area, Bangladesh vs South Africa, Super Eights, Guyana, April 7, 2007


11. 2011 (Mar-2): Ireland 329/7 beat England 327/8 by 3 wickets [Scorecard]

John Mooney and Trent Johnston are overjoyed, England v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Bangalore, March 2, 2011


12. 2011 (Mar-11): Bangladesh 227/8 beat England 225/10 by 2 wickets [Scorecard]

Bangladesh celebrate their thrilling win against England, Bangladesh v England, Group B, World Cup, Chittagong, March 11, 2011
13. 2015 (Feb-16): Ireland 307/6 beat West Indies 304/7 by 4 wickets [Scorecard]

John Mooney and Niall O'Brien are jubilant after the victory, Ireland v West Indies, World Cup 2015, Group B, Nelson, February 16, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Filmfare Awards 2015 - Exit Poll

For the past few years I have been conducting this Filmfare Exit Polls after the nominations are announced. This is just for fun and to see how we, my circle of Bollywood loving friends, think of the year gone by. 

Below are the actual Filmfare Awards and also the results of the poll conducted below between Jan 23-31, 2015 where 87 people responded. There was 100% correlation in the Best Movie, Director, and Actors awards (male/female, leading/supporting), however the music awards seemed to be a little all over the place. Results and details below.

Best Movie:  Queen (Filmfare Award), Queen (Poll Result)

Best Director:  Vikas Bahl - Queen (Filmfare Award), Vikas Bahl - Queen (Poll Result)

Best Actor (Female):  Kangana Ranaut - Queen (Filmfare Award), Kangana Ranaut - Queen (Poll Result)

Best Actor (Male):  Shahid Kapoor - Haider (Filmfare Award), Shahid Kapoor - Haider (Poll Result)

Best Supporting Actor (Female):  Tabu - Haider (Filmfare Award), Tabu - Haider (Poll Result)

Best Supporting Actor (Male):  Kay Kay Menon - Haider  (Filmfare Award), Kay Kay Menon - Haider (Poll Result)

Best Music:  Shankar-Eshaan-Loy – 2  States (Filmfare Award), Amit Trivedi - Queen (Poll Result)

Best Lyrics:  Rashmi Singh – Muskurane ki wajah (CityLights) (Filmfare Award), Gulzar – Bismil (Haider) (Poll Result)

Best Playback Singer (Female):  Kanika Kapoor – Baby doll (Ragini MMS 2) (Filmfare Award), Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran – Patakha guddi (Highway) (Poll Result)

Best Playback Singer (Male):  Ankit Tiwari – Galliyan (Ek Villain) (Filmfare Award), Ankit Tiwari – Galliyan (Ek Villain) (Poll Result)

Poll Results:

Summary

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE)

Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran – Patakha guddi (Highway)3136%
Kanika Kapoor – Baby doll (Ragini MMS 2)1517%
Rekha Bhardwaj – Humari atariya pe (Dedh Ishqiya)1011%
Shreya Ghoshal – Manwa lage (Happy New Year)2428%
Sona Mahapatra – Naina (Khoobsurat)78%

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE)

Ankit Tiwari – Galliyan (Ek Villain)4349%
Arijit Singh – Mast magan (2 States)2023%
Arijit Singh – Suno na sangemarmar (Youngistaan)1113%
Benny Dayal – Locha-E-Ulfat  (2 States)22%
Shekhar Ravjiani – Zehnaseeb (Hasee Toh Phasee)1113%

BEST LYRICS

Amitabh Bhattacharya – Zehnaseeb (Hasee Toh Phasee)1821%
Gulzar – Bismil (Haider)2832%
Irshad Kamil – Patakha guddi (Highway)2124%
Kausar Munir – Suno na sangemarmar (Youngistaan)910%
Rashmi Singh – Muskurane ki wajah (CityLights)1113%

BEST MUSIC

Amit Trivedi - Queen3136%
Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Honey Singh, Mithoon and Pritam - Yariyaan33%
Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Bros Anjjan and Honey Singh – Kick56%
Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari and SOCH – Ek Villain2630%
Shankar-Eshaan-Loy – 2  States2225%

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE)

Amrita Singh - 2 States1922%
Dimple Kapadia - Finding Fanny56%
Juhi Chawla - Gulaab Gang89%
Lisa Haydon - Queen67%
Tabu - Haider4956%

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE)

Abhishek Bachchan - Happy New Year1315%
Kay Kay Menon - Haider3641%
Riteish Deshmukh - Ek Villain2023%
Ronit Roy -2 States1315%
Tahir Raj Bhasin - Mardaani56%

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (FEMALE)

Alia Bhatt - Highway910%
Kangana Ranaut - Queen5766%
Madhuri Dixit - Dedh Ishqiya22%
Priyanka Chopra - Mary Kom1517%
Rani Mukerji - Mardaani45%
Sonam Kapoor - Khoobsurat00%

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE)

Aamir Khan - PK3945%
Akshay Kumar - Holiday00%
Hrithik Roshan - Bang Bang00%
Randeep Hooda - Rang Rasiya11%
Shahid Kapoor - Haider4754%

BEST DIRECTOR

Abhishek Varman - 2 States56%
Anurag Kashyap - Ugly910%
Rajkumar Hirani - PK2832%
Vikas Bahl - Queen2933%
Vishal Bhardwaj - Haider1618%

BEST FILM

2 States45%
Haider910%
Mary Kom00%
PK3237%
Queen4248%





















Here are this year's nominees across the ten categories. Will share the final Exit Poll results on February 1, after the actual awards results are announced. 

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