An ode to United

Here’s a man who goes by the name Arunaldo..
True to his pen name, he is as fleet with his pen as Ronaldo is with the ball at his feet …
So without much further ado,
I give to you …

An ode to United …
A must read for all United fans …


p.s By the writer’s own high standards, this is still work in progress and should be called version 1.0 ..
For the rest of us, a treat !!!!

Crossie part 1

Crosswords … Those black and white grids that appear on the newspaper everyday .. Those cerebral word games that only a few people even look at .. Or is it ??
Crosswords are a wonderful passtime and also equally importantly, a way to build up vocabularies .. All it needs is a little time, and oh yeah, a bit of lateral thinking …
I am by no means an expert in solving crosswords.. I can safely say that I am half decent.. But thats beside the point …
This is sort of a guide for starters to start solving crosswords and exercising those grey cells ;)

Well lets begin, shall we ??
Right …
First of all, 2 terminologies that you should know …

Crossie … Simple enough .. stands for Crossword …
Cruci …this is short for Cruciverbalist, or a crossword setter ….

Now the typical crossword has a grid with certain squares blacked out ..
The idea of the backed out squares is that those are the excess squares that are not for our consideration ..
Next, some of the squares are numbered … These indicate that the answers to the clues begin at that square …
Now coming to the most important aspect of the crossie ..


These are found to the left of the grid or below it and are primarily of two types …

Across and Down

Now, the typical clue will be of this form :

1. The Language of the Britisher(7)

The clue basically has 3 parts :
The number
The clue itself ..
The no. of letters in the word …

in the above clue, the clue’s number is ‘1
this denotes that the answer to the clue must be filled into the squares starting from the square numbered 1 …

Next is the clue … this is usually a sentence or a phrase that gives you the clue to the answer…

Finally the number in the bracket ..
this denotes the number of letters in the solution to the clue…

this is the basic overview of all that you need to .. well, to atleast look at the crossie next time you flip through a newspaper ;)

Clue solving strategies coming up shortly ..

Vote for me !!!

Filmstars maybe campaigning for political parties, and some of them maybe stirring up controversies, may well be to prolong their acting careers. Other actors that get into politics are at the other end of the spectrum. They know that, for all practical purposes, their acting careers are over and to preserve the wealth amassed, they get into politics.

This time around, there is a new campaign in which filmstars are appearing. This is one that asks you to vote, and not abstain from voting just because you are disillusioned with the entire way in which the country is run. This is quite a noble idea, I must admit, but then, the question arises… Who do we vote for ? In my view, its like askin a person to choose between the Devil and the deep sea. If you had this choice, which would you choose? The Devil, maybe ? and hope that he shows mercy or that he is in a good mood ? Or the deep sea, hoping that somehow, somehere there, you’ll be maybe rescued? Tough choice aint it?

There was once a proposal that a ‘NO-VOTE’ button be placed in the EVMs. Now that was a truly wonderful idea, which, like all other worthwhile ideas, was made to bite the dust. Imagine if there truly was an option to simply ‘not vote’. Now, that would give us a fair idea of how disillusioned the public really is. Right now, people simply vote for what they believe to be, the lesser of two evils. Its almost to say that, “we are resigned to our fate. Kindly show some mercy on us and do something for the good of the country!” I am not for one moment suggesting that absolutely nothing is being done to develop the country. On the contrary, many many wonderful schemes have come about but then again, why not more and more importantly, why not earlier?

It takes an incumbant govt about 4 years to start really aggressively implementing their manifestos and this rush is simply because of the forthcoming elections. All said and done, public memory is indeed short and the recent achievements are looked upon with great admiration and respect. This is then used as leverage for the next campaign. Sad as it may sound, it’s what happens.

So what then can we do about it? Not vote? That would be a waste of a fundamental right wouldn’t it? I mean, what is the point of being a citizen then, if we cant vote? So what is it gonna be? The devil or the deep sea?? Personally, I think I’ll take my chances with the de……
Go figure !!!


After The Villa rollercoaster

Liverpool left it late,
United were far from great.
The defence leaked and the attackers werent in their pomp,
Does it matter? Three points and we’re back on top !

The backpass was comic,
The finish, classic.
The’keeper was left marooned;Normal service, it seemed, had resumed.
Villa’s first was simple enough,
Gary marking the giant Carew was always gonna be tough.
For the second, Carew’s cross was perfectly on cue,
Gabby gladly obliged and got the goal he was long overdue.

After 80 minutes, the game looked lost ,
United needed a victory at any cost.
Up popped Ron, and with his left, he scored,
At 2-2, parity was restored.

Stoppage time, and the scores were still tied,
Looked like the title was inching toward Mersyside.
Up stepped Macheda, with a turn and a shot,
The back of the net rustled; the final twist in the plot.

Old Trafford erupted,
O’Neill’s men were devastated.
Ron and Kiko orchestrated an improbably Houdini act,
Well done United, a pat on the back !

Glory Glory Man United