Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
India won the cricket world cup in 1983 and the whole country rejoiced and such an unprecedented event and sporting victory Kapil Dev's team. Naturally India began showing interest in Cricket, to be precise the Indian Public. In 1984 color television was introduced in India by the Doordarshan. This was the time of Commonwealth (if I am not wrong) games in 1984 held in Delhi. Later on all broadcasts were in color and the era of black & white picture ended. Naturally this revolutionized the television culture in India and people began being glued to the television. Cricket was followed by a larger section of India with this broadcasts and this made the game a public madness.
At the same period if we see the situation of Indian Hockey, it was a gloomier picture. India began seeing the dusk at the horizon for Hockey. India won its last gold at Olympics for Hockey in early 1980's. It’s in 1982 if I am not wrong. Later on it was only down slide for Indian Hockey. When India was its zenith of performance in '60s & 70's Indians had least access to viewing it. It was never a possibility to be broadcast to the public. So the inspiring performance of eight consecutive gold at Olympics hardly could excite the public in India. And when the public had the access to broadcasts, free fall for hockey had begun.
Naturally people would like to cheer and associate with the winning side and deserted the loosing side. from early 1980's it was the uprising of Indian cricket and so was the people following it. 1990's saw likes Sachin, Saurav bringing glory to cricket while old hero's Gavasker and Kapil reined on.
While Hockey in 80's & 90's saw defeat after another. We saw the Indian team even fighting and struggling for 8-9th position in a tournament. This continued for decades which was a complete turn off. Youngsters never picked up a hockey stick nor did they cheer the ones who picked it!
So can you see a link for the popularity of two games? I guess I can see. None is to be blamed. When India was at its glory that never touched us and when it did, we hardly touched the glory! An irony or a bizarre twist of fate!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Monday, April 25, 2011
The Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus), also known as the King Crow, is a small Asian passerine bird of the drongo family Dicruridae. Previously considered a subspecies (Dicrurus adsimilis macrocercus) of the African Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis). It is a common resident breeder in much of tropical southern Asia from southwest Iran through India and Sri Lanka east to southern China and Indonesia. It is a wholly glossy black bird with a distinctive forked tail.
Feeding on insects, it is common in open agricultural areas and light forest throughout its range, perching conspicuously on a bare perch or along power or telephone lines. The species is famous for its aggressive behaviour towards much larger birds, such as crows, never hesitating to dive-bomb any birds of prey that invades its territory. Smaller birds often nest in the well guarded vicinity of a nesting Black Drongo.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Pelicans being larger birds fly quite low. Another reason here it is flying very low is, its fishing :). Thanks to this, the light reflecting off the lake has created nice effect on Pelican's Belly!