Random: TZP, Rab Ne, Cricket, Israel v LeT

Watching “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” in the multiplex and “Taazre Zameen Par” on TV over the weekend brought out the difference between the ordinary and extraordianry. RNBDJ was disappointing fare, considering that it was made by Aditya Chopra. The story just did not make sense, and even though Shah Rukh Khan did his best as Surinder Suri, the only solace came after “The End” with the photo story with the credits! TZP was a movie I had seen last year when it was released but watching it again on TV showcased what a great movieis all about.

The India-England match is beautifully poised — and that is what Test Match Cricket is all about. A T20 or a one-day international doesn’t lend itself to analysis on the possibilities the way a Test Match does. One day to go, India needing 256 to win with 9 wickets in hand, the fifth day pitch doing a little — one couldn’t ask for more. And that is why I feel it will be a mistake to overdo the shorter forms of cricket at the expense of the 5-day Test Match.

One aspect of the recent Mumbai attacks hasn’t been discussed much. It is what happened at Nariman House. Even as India ponders what to do and appears quite helpless on the action front, I think the Israelis will avenge the deaths of the Rabbi and his wife by the LeT — and do us a favour. Quietly, and sooner rather than later. They are not the ones who take any attack against their people anywhere in the world lightly. That is something India should learn. Talking only will get us so far.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.