The rise of Jannik Sinner: This young boy has what it takes

Innichen, in Italy, called the Pearl of the Dolomites, is one of the most popular skiing destinations. The most famous resident of Innichen is a young teen named Jannik Sinner who was brought up in Italy's largely German-speaking province, South Tyrol. Sinner, at age 8, won a national level skiing championship but from age 13 concentrated solely on tennis. His coach since then is Ricardo Piatti, who also played a role in shaping the careers of Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova as a part-time coach, and has been…

The Familiar Meander

By Samahit Bal Reading has always been a significant part of my life. Writing too, albeit destiny’s harshness in not offering enough bandwidth for writing. However, wrote this piece in sweeping meanders of 1996 while driving with my sinuous loops from Delhi to Bhubaneswar. Pragativadi was kind enough to print this out then. Twenty-five summers have whistled past since then, altering the landscape and the protagonists as well. Some unknown thrill intrigued me to inject some new thoughts and re-present the experience…

Of Fairy Tales and the Brisbane Breach

Fairies don’t live in bio-bubbles, zombies do.  Fighters get sent to hospitals for sewing and mending, not fairies. Fairies don’t get hit frequently by leather balls while playing with their mates, like Indian batsmen did. Fairies have it easy- their hamstrings don’t get pulled, backs don’t become stiff, wrists don’t get sprained, fingers don’t get squished, arms don’t break; perhaps their hearts do, but it is not the same. The pain is much less, not quite enough to get one ruled out of a test match that he so…

Cricket in New India: An Absconder for the Captain & His Loyal Dog as the Coach

Eleven players get selected to play in a cricket match. One of them leads the side. The order of these two statements is never reversed. A captain is not given a commission to raise a standing army. There are no stand-in captains, only captains. The former is just a management ploy which utilises feudal practices to keep some favourite’s chair cosy and warm. “He has been with us, despite not being here.” There are no non-playing captains in cricket either. One might invoke his legacy, which we shall also discuss,…

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Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like…

Rafa Nadal’s fortress on Clay; Breached by very few

An asteroid has been named after him. Shakira put him in her music video for being an extraordinary world champion as a teenager. Reportedly, he is 10% owner of football giant Real Madrid, but he modestly calls himself a simple football lover. Well, modesty, humility, and simplicity are definitely his middle names. We are talking about an extraordinary tennis champion, the one and only Rafa Nadal. When Rafa won his 11th Barcelona tournament with an easy 6-1 6-1 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2019 edition of the…

Upgrade to a high-tech BBQ with these 7 must-have products

Everyone is looking to lose weight these days, but most people miss the one key to just how easy it really is: eating more fiber! While you need protein, healthy fats, and many vitamins and minerals for overall health, the one food that can help you stay fuller longer and keep your weight down is fiber-rich foods.

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‘Bam Bholle’ song has superb energy & a very positive vibe: Akshay Kumar

Singer and rapper Viruss is on cloud nine as he is making his Bollywood debut with superstar Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film ‘Laxmii’. His original rap ‘Bam Bhole’, which was released by ACME MUSIC three years back, has been recreated by the emerging singer for this movie. Sharing his excitement and the pressure of working with such established people, Viruss said, “The original song ‘Bam Bhole' was already a hit with more than 350 Million+ views when the makers approached us. Everyone was already in love with it. However, they…

Rafa Nadal’s fortress on Clay; Breached by very few

An asteroid has been named after him. Shakira put him in her music video for being an extraordinary world champion as a teenager. Reportedly, he is 10% owner of football giant Real Madrid, but he modestly calls himself a simple football lover. Well, modesty, humility, and simplicity are definitely his middle names. We are talking about an extraordinary tennis champion, the one and only Rafa Nadal. When Rafa won his 11th Barcelona tournament with an easy 6-1 6-1 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2019 edition of the…
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