Stories about performances

The rise and fall of Dhoni and Clarke

It is often said that success is easy to obtain but very difficult to maintain. Winning the World Cup was the biggest thing that happened to Indian cricket in recent times. It was a rather young side that went on to scale new heights a few months ago. Maintaining momentum and hunger after such a spectacular achievement was a big challenge for India. Sadly, the team failed to live up to that challenge. Looking at India’s overseas record in Tests since the World Cup, it is evident that the fizz has gone out of their performances. Also, considering the current scenario, it ...

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Team Green: In good form for the World Cup

Spot-fixing trials – criminal-charges – banned – guilty – cheat – bhabi-e-millat – IPL discards – conspirators – Veena Malik – home-advantage. If you Google “cricket” and  “Pakistan” with parameters set to results from the past year, the words above would probably be the key terms generated by the search engine. One cannot blame Google for stating the obvious. Talented Pakistan Despite the banning, cheating and media -hyped shaadis cricket fans in Pakistan do still have reasons to love this game. The domestic conveyor belt of talent is continuously producing new players which, alongside the legends, gives us plenty to be optimistic about ...

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I mourn the death of Australian cricket – its Ashes will remain in England

A demolition – no other word better suits England’s victory over the Australians by an innings and 71 runs. Actually, I believe demolition is a milder word too for so complete was England’s dominance that Australia must be wondering whether they were playing against the Australia of the Steve Waugh era or the West Indies of the 80’s. The roles have been reversed. It is Australia who cannot bat, cannot bowl and cannot field and are being left high and dry at home looking for an inspiration. This is a situation that England are used to. But since South Africa ...

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Kuch Khaas open mic night: Good times in Islamabad!

Last weekend I attended an open mic night at Kuch Khaas, a famous social enterprise in Islamabad. The occasion held all the promise to be yet another “mass brain cell genocide”; a phrase I use fondly each time I end up at one of these gigs. I had anticipated a night filled with tone-deaf kids hopped up on drugs, with couples leering in the corners and of course bad karaoke music. But I was wrong on all counts. This open mic night has to be one of the finest youth events I’ve attended in a long time. Kuch Khaas is located ...

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They like to move it, move it – yet more insolence at Kuch Khaas

The Insolent Nights returned to Kuch Khaas, bigger and better this time with the Madagascar-inspired theme on June 12. ‘Movement’ was the order of the day and it came full circle with performances punctuated by classical dance, musical recitals, tongue-in-cheek pieces and more insolence brought to the table. Shayan Afzal Khan, patron of Kuch Khaas, encouraged the audience to “get rid of (their) inhibitions and contribute to the cause”. She stressed that the art scene would go on with support from the people who appreciate it and who would like to see more of it. The donations go not to ...

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