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FIFA World Cup Final: The mind says France, but the heart wants Croatia

FIFA World Cup in France, way back in 1998, might not be my first recollection of football’s biggest event, but it surely is the most vivid one. Les Bleus came out victorious in the final against Brazil on their home soil, winning their first FIFA World Cup trophy. Majority of the people would remember this particular final because of Zinedine Zidane’s brace in the final against the Canaries at the Stade de France. There is also a small chance that they might remember it for (original) Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima’s bizarre omission and then his subsequent re-instatement 45 minutes before ...

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Can Saad Haroon be the ‘Funniest Person in the World’?

Comedian Saad Haroon has been making people laugh for over 10 years now, and he now stands on the cusp of achieving something truly great. Saad is representing Pakistan in the finals of the inaugural ‘Funniest Person in the World’ competition and this weekend saw him perform in front of legendary comedians at Los Angeles’ ‘Laugh Factory’ – a venue that has hosted top performers such as Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and Robin Williams. It was wonderful to see Saad don a sherwani for his semi-final performance and to entertain an American audience with quips about biryani and the hospitality of Asian parents. Ahead ...

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Two and a Half Men and my list of expectations from the final season

Two and a Half Men premieres its 12th and final season on October 30, 2014. Twelve seasons. Even comedy giants like Seinfeld and Friends didn’t make it this far, getting nine and ten seasons respectively, clearly showing how successfully this show has been received by the audience. A lot of the fame can be attributed to the star-studded cast the show has; with the controversial yet famous Charlie Sheen being in the lead role for the first eight seasons, to getting Ashton Kutcher taking over “the ashes” of Sheen. Meanwhile, many huge celebrities also made regular appearances on the show, some prominent ones being Sean Penn, Megan Fox, Steven Tyler and Mila Kunis. Despite the ups ...

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Australian Open 2014: More surprises?

When I wrote a preview for the Australian Open 2013, I foresaw a relatively comfortable passage for the top players of tennis into the latter stages of the tournament. Major upsets at Grand Slams had been few with the result that two of the Big Four were still left standing come the final. But recent events in Melbourne have shredded to pieces the perception of tennis becoming a predictable game. In the past fortnight, many a Goliath tumbled while many a David triumphed, to the surprise of all. It all started on the men’s side with the departure of the big-hitting Argentine – Juan Martin del ...

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Post your BB Pin to Facebook! Seriously, it’s the ‘it’ thing to do!

At the beginning of 2013, when the demise of BlackBerry (BB) was fairly evident, BlackBerry CEO Thorsen Heins first announced, in May 2013, that the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) application will be soon be available to all non-BlackBerry devices as well. This was the final farewell. Or so I thought. By June, rumours of the release date went viral and in mid-October 2013, to the delight of many of my friends and family, BBM became available to Androids and iPhones. Perhaps now would be the best time for me to toss in a disclaimer that I am no tech expert, but the ...

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IPL6: Finally, it’s Mumbai’s turn

Lately, off the field controversies have stolen the limelight and it seems as if everyone has forgotten about the IPL 6’s final that took place on Sunday. This match was played between two of the strongest sides of the tournament; Chennai versus Mumbai. There was something peculiar about these two teams playing in the final and Lalit Modi’s suspension in the previous IPL stood witness to that. Though the rowdy crowd at Eden Garden had not forgotten this, it was as crowded and boisterous as ever. For Chennai Super Kings (CSK) the match itself was nothing new; this was their fifth ...

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Pakistan vs India: Silencing the match-fixing rumours

The match-fixing rumours started spreading after India’s victory over Pakistan in the Asia Cup match that took place on March 18, 2012. The match was played in its real essence – a typical Pakistan-India match that contained everything: high scores, long partnerships, centuries, nervousness, misfielding, bad shots, huge sixes, all round performance by the top performers of both the sides, two heroes, two villains from both sides, tense captains and a nerve-wracking experience that a match between arch-rivals usually instigates. But still, they say, it was fixed and their reasons are: Cricketing authorities want a Pak-India final, to earn millions of dollars and ...

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Chelsea’s detrimental obsession

Another year has gone by, and Chelsea still waits to win the European Cup. The Blues were well beaten by a Manchester United team who Marseille manager Didier Deschamps claimed lacked fantasy and who Spurs boss Harry Redknapp stated were winning the league by default. It was a disappointing exit for Chelsea who have been banging on the door year after year but have not been let in despite spending millions and changing managers. It was built up to be a classic all-English quarter-final between two giants that were in no mood to miss a chance to reach a London final. ...

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Pakistan vs India: Afridi’s men start off as favourites

As the much-awaited semi-final clash between India and Pakistan draws closer, both captains will be under pressure to make some difficult decisions. Often teams have the tendency to make strategies keeping the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses in mind, rather than playing according to one’s own. This is a tendency that Shahid Afridi will do well to avoid. India’s much vaunted strength in having brilliant players of spin, must not deter Pakistan from relying on their in-form spinners, who have played an important role in the 1992 champions’ spectacular run in the tournament. At the same time, the clamour that there has ...

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Team Pakistan has arrived: De Ghumaa Ke

Not so long ago, Team Pakistan was at its lowest ebb. Poster boy Mohammad Amir, Test captain Salman Butt, and prodigious swing-bowler Mohammad Asif were suspended from the game for their alleged involvement in spot fixing. They were subsequently banned. As the team was recuperating from this shattered trust, another blow was delivered by  Zulqarnain Haider. It was a dark time in Pakistan cricket with the end looming imminent. In the face of innumerable controversies and the scrutinising eyes of the cricketing fraternity watching their every move, the team managed to find a way through and won its first test and ODI ...

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