Browsing All posts tagged under »Ahmer Naqvi«

Welcome to the Greener Side

April 4, 2011 by

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The first time I realised my youth was over was in a dentist chair. It had nothing to do with the procedure, but a TV placed above it, where a news channel splashed blood-red graphics promising a special speech by the country’s military ruler. Musharraf had assumed power when I had just turned 16. When […]

Prescribed Ettiquettes and Attitudes for TGME (The Greatest Match Ever)

March 26, 2011 by

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# 1: Please don’t make tiresome bullshit political analogies. Lazy bloggers, opportunistic Aman Ki Asha-ists and op-ed writers, we are looking at you. It takes the gloss away from this mighty cricket match. #2: This match will NOT defeat terrorism, nor it will root out any extremists on either side of the border. Also, keep […]

Pakistan: A reprise of 1992 or 2007?

February 11, 2011 by

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Brian Philips, in a recent post of his (which is perhaps the kind of blog that pays off all that money wasted on your liberal arts degree), asked if “story [is] something a lot of sports-writing struggles with? I mean story at the simplest level is, the this-happened-and-then-this-happened level, the level of basic immersion and […]

The Imperatives of Tragedy, or why Kallis isn’t great

January 27, 2011 by

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It is sometimes difficult to fathom how truly awesome Woody Allen really is. Apart from the latter day paedo-incest charges against him, the man’s range is quite extraordinary. He started off as an outstanding stand-up comedian, but his true mark, as we all know, was made in films. It’s fascinating to see how many amazing […]

On the Aesthetics of the Game

November 26, 2010 by

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Sid Lowe is an amazing writer, and a very intelligent man. So when he fears that the sun might not rise after Monday night’s super clasico, you don’t dismiss it as pure hyperbole. There are many derbies, and almost all of them are impregnated with history both political and cultural. Many have religious and classist backgrounds. […]

Meat-Eaters can’t bat

November 9, 2010 by

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Do you remember when East Timor was created? It was a very strange event, considering that it was the newest country in the world at the time. I mean, unlike the tedium and relentlessness of new versions of Starbucks frappucinos, or ‘Greatest Hits’ by the Rolling Stones, countries don’t pop up every other day. So […]