Saturday, December 26, 2020





Friday, December 18, 2020


 Cricket  was a very different kind of a ball-game in the 1970's...unlike what it is  now. Test Cricket was the order of the day and One-day matches for all practical purposes were unheard of. A season of Test Matches were a festival season with kids and adults alike looking forward to it with baited breath. I would classify Cricket into three era's.The era of Radio Cricket  the 1950s to the 1980's...The era of TV cricket from the 1980's to may be 2000...and presently thre present Internet era of Cricket. Radio cricket was basically Test matches...TV Cricket is the one-day version of the game and the present era of 20-20 matches.

In the 1970's the Test team of India comprised of people like Sunil Gavaskar, Chetan Chauhan,Dilip Vengsarkar ,Gundappa Vishwanath,Brijesh Patel,Erapalli Prasanna ,Kapil Dev,Madan Lal, Karsen my days and people like Ajit Wadekar amd Anushman Gaekwad,Farookh Engineer,B S Chandrasekar in the decade before.

In this era of Radio Cricket thrived Sunil Gavaskar.His contemporaries were Alvin Kallicharan, Andy Roberts,Gordon Greenidge,Lance Gibbs,Clive Lloyd in the West Indies...people like Zaheer Abbas,Muddasar Nazer,Abdul Qadir,Imran Khan in Pakistan,Tony Lewis,Tony Greg,Mike Gatting,Ian Botham,David Gower in the United Kingdom, People like Jeff Thomson,Alan Border, in Australia and Dennis Lilee in NewZealand.I have just named a few I can remember.

Test matches were a very long drawn affair lasting for five days most of the time without a precise result. The all-time great Gary Sobers was from the earlier decade of Sunil Gavaskar and  Gavaskar must have played in at the most one or two series against Sobers.

When we talk of India in World Cricket  Sunil Gavaskar would stand out as a legend of this era and maybe eras to come. GAVASKAR was the finest Test Opener the World has ever seen. Gavaskar was not a great hitter of the ball and may not fully qualify to be in the league of Clive Lioyd or Zaheer Abbas for he never made three centuries in his battle with the game but he brought great poise and discipline as a opener and hit many centuries with classical elegance and technical prudence which the basic tenets of Cricket is all about.Adequate credit has not been given to his mate in most of these ventures in Chetan Chauhan.It appears to me Gavaskar shared a fine rapport with Chetan Chauhan and whenever Gavaskar is spoken about Chetan Chauhan must be remembered too.Chetan Chauhan though he had a long stint with the game never made a century and was once out at 97 against the West Indies making many adherents of the game cry.

I dont know what is the future of Cricket. I definitely  don't see the fanfare that existed in the 1970,s today...will it fade into an Englishman's past-time cant say.People today live in a different environment of Internet and all the paraphernalia that goes with it and the attention span   works in a spurt of small durations over diverse things lacking in the patience to sit in front of some media for long hours to watch one thing in a fixated way. 

With the advent of one-day Cricket Gavaskar hanged his boots ,it was simply not his cup of tea but what is memorable is that he was part of the Indian victory of the Prudential Cup in 1983 and the Benson and Hedges trophy in 1984.His experience and expertise must have helped the Indian side achieve these victories.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Friday, December 11, 2020


 I  paid a short visit to the Manchanbele dam which is on the Arakavathy river technically within Magadi I had earlier written about the Arakavathy river...which definitely has its origins from within the Magadi hills.  The river is a result of rainfall on the vast stretch of Magadi Hills and flows downward towards the the other rivers that join the Cauvery river at Sangam near Kanakapura.

There are many theories about the Manachanbele dam. But  much of it is clear to me. The Arakavathy river on its downward flow forms a natural catchment area of a very large kind storing water thereby and the exit point from this catchment area by and large is a small aperture found on the downward side of the lake. In the event of rain there could be flooding if the water is not stored and hence the engineering idea of damming the outward flow with two  large gates. When it rains it is likely the gates are closed increasing the water level of the reservoir and preventing flooding downstream and the water carefully let out onto the canal while maintaining the level of the reservoir. It is a very essential control system here to prevent flooding thereby serving the twin purpose of maintaining a reservoir and preventing flooding.

Two views of the reservoir and its precincts  are truly endearing. The view of the reservoir itself from the main road with a wonderful array of hills in the background is truly a gift from nature and the other view is the twin gates of the dam down the slope.

Manchanbelle dam is off the mysore road. The two nodal points in one's access to this place is first the dodda alada mara and  chandrappa circle. It could be some twenty kilometers from Mysore road.

Thursday, December 3, 2020