Aussie media digging up statistical dirt

January 13, 2008

The Sunday telegraph reports that the Indian cricket team is worst behaved in world cricket. Now see who is playing the “tit-for-tat” game; also perhaps another instance of “ready to dish out but can’t take it back.” The report is based on the number of book offenses against players in the last ten years.  India tops the list with 43, followed by Pakistan, South Africa and Australia with 39, 27 and 25 offenses respectively. According to this report, Sourav Ganguly, India’s father of “lets-give-it-back-to-them” aggro-cricket leads this “list” with 12 individual offenses closely followed by Pakistan’s Inzaman-ul-Haq with 11.

I think we know better than to believe such claims as they are merely statistical. If we were to count the number of instances of Aussie bad behaviour including dissent and abuse which went without notice, the report will read differently :).

The report comes in the wake of renowned English umpire Dickie Bird’s statement about Indian cricketers being gentlemen and a week long flurry of predominantly negative reactions in the media to the Aussie team’s behavior in the Sydney Test.

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Chennai Book Fair 2008

January 13, 2008

Just returned from the Chennai Book fair 2008 at Kilpauk and I must say I was rather impressed. Given the 200+ stalls hosted in the book fair I thought it was well organized (by Indian/Chennai standards). One of the nice things about this was the placement of snacks and refreshments – not outside the main book fair hall, but within it, and at approximately the same co-ordinates for each column of stalls. For those who like to indulge, there is a full-fledged canteen outside the book hall area, but I was not brave enough to try anything from there.

The stalls cover a wide range of books in English and Tamil. Categories range from Educational, Exam Prep to Sporting, CDs, Art and Religion.

Some of stalls I liked the most:

  • Jaico Books
  • India Publishers
  • Cambridge University Press
  • ISKCON (for the art)

There were many Tamil book stalls too. Though I didn’t spend too much time there, other members of my family did and were pretty happy with it. Noteworthy among Tamil stalls were:

  • Vikatan
  • Nakkeeran
  • Ramanashram

Some of the books I bought:

– Time Management from Jaico Books
– Pathanjali’s Yoga sutra from Krishnamachari Yoga Mandiram (KYM)
– Vijayanagara from Cambridge University Press

Most stalls offerred a 10-20% discount. If you are a book lover, this visit is worth both the hassle to get to Kilpauk and the effort to look through the several thousands of books to find stuff you like.