By Saloni N If you thought T-20 cricket was a game where winds could change quickly, you are wrong, just ask the under fire Indian captain MS Dhoni and the Indian team who had to settle for a draw in the Wellington test and hence lost the two match test series 1-0 to New Zealand. After the fantastic triple ton (302) by Brendon McCullum, century by debutant Jimmy Neesham and the unforgettable record 352-run partnership between McCullum and Bradley-John Watling for the sixth wicket, it will be difficult to swallow that it was advantage India in the first two days of the test. In the first test at Eden Park, New Zealand registered a 40 run win, and wicket-keeper Walting was a major player, with nine dismissals. Despite heroic efforts by Shikhar Dhawan (115) and Virat Kohli, Neil Wagner took four wickets in the Indian second innings and the Indian side fell short of the 407 target. It was India’s failed bowling that allowed the Kiwis to score 503 in the first innings and their superb bowling leading to India being dismissed for 202 in the first innings. In the second test, on Day 3 the Kiwis were 94-5, with 130 more runs needed to make India bat again and the missed catch of Brendon McCullum led to India’s downfall. This tour has relight the debate, Is India a...Read More
Rebecca G IIIT Hyderabad is going ahead full throttle with Felicity 2014. With a staggering participation of 2300 from over 25 countries in its online events in January, students can now look forward to its campus events from 21st to 23rd February. Felicity 2014, the annual college fest organized by International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is focused on showcasing talent in various fields; technical, literary, art and culture. This year’s theme being vibrant villages will have visitors exploring life in the countryside through cultural expositions in the campus. The Campus events The fest will begin with a...Read More
Keshav Vivek The race to the top in the La Liga is getting tighter by the day. The trio of FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are almost neck to neck and there’s little chance for error. Barcelona put forward their claim with an emphatic win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. The thumping 6 – 0 margin underlined the excellent form of key players Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas. The opening goal was by Adriano. Messi and Fabregas then combined to put the Catalan club 2 – 0 ahead. The goal was another milestone for the Argentine playmaker, his 227th in the Primera Liga, a tally that brings him on par with the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano. They now jointly occupy the position of the fourth highest scorer in La Liga history. That both donned the Argentine jersey, were of Italian descent and plied their trade in Spain only adds to the charming anecdote. The Argentine turned provider as Barca sealed the points in the opening minutes of the second half. But the Catalans were not content. Again it was Messi who provided the breakthrough, setting up Alexis Sanchez for the third goal. Fabregas and Iniesta supplied Pedro to bag Barca their fourth. The limelight shifted back to Messi who completed his brace in the 68th minutes to leave Di Stefano behind and draw level with Raul Gonzalez...Read More
Saloni N. A lot of people have an insane fear of heights and lack the ‘adventure gene’ but things like rock-climbing and rappelling is not for adrenaline junkies alone. It is a way of building mental and physical strength. On September 6, 2013, in order to promote adventure tourism in the state, a rock climbing school was launched at Bhuvanagiri, a joint initiative of the AP Tourist Department (APTDC) and Transcend Adventures. Bhuvnagiri, popularly known as Bhongir is located 48km from Hyderabad and is famous for its hilltop fort. The school aims to be a centre for training in...Read More
Kedar Nadella It is not every day that one witnesses a conversation with a Bollywood filmmaker turn into a discussion on ants and God. But then again, not many people will associate Anand Gandhi with the mainstream Bollywood. His movie, Ship of Theseus (SOT), that released last year and won accolades in many international film festivals, is still widely discussed in film circles. Sitting in the library of Annapurna Film School at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Anand Gandhi explains about his foray into films and his creative process. As a child he had an interest in a lot of things....Read More
Nalme Nachiyar For a person hailing from a small town in Karimnagar, 30-year old Venkataramana Mallojjala’s determination to make it big in the photography industry has surely paid rich dividends placing him as one of the most sought after photographers in South India today. Better known as Venky among his family, friends, colleagues and clients, he was born into a family of poojaris but his keen interest and passion towards photography drove him to Hyderabad to get a BFA degree in the subject from JNTU College of Fine Arts. Recalling those days Venky says, “I would accompany my father...Read More
Rebecca G Ever since its announcement, a phone that has captured the headline of every tech news company is Motorola’s Moto G. Announced in November 2013, enthusiasts and gadget geeks have been waiting for the phone and it was sold out the first hour after its launch in India. This frenzy leads one to ask – What is so special about this phone? The segment for mid range (10,000 to 15,000) smart phones in India are dominated by Micromax, Karbonn and Xolo with the other dominant players being Lenovo, Nokia, Huawei and Alcatel. Although they do not sell huge numbers like the...Read More
Nalme Nachiyar True to its spirit, the Valentine’s day this year at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) was celebrated through cultural programmes that represented the union of two souls – India and Pakistan – through plays, poetry and dance from both sides of the land. The India- Pakistan Culture Connect Programs for Union of Hearts was organised by Confederation of Voluntary Association (COVA) and Centre for People’s Foreign Policy in South Asia in collaboration with UoH in the DST Auditorium on 14 February. The event saw the performance of a play, a folk dance and a Bharatanatyam recital by...Read More
Rebecca Vargese Michael Schumacher, who is still in coma, has contracted a lung infection according to reports. Two months since the accident the Formula1 driver still remains in a coma. Rumours of the seven time F1 champion’s death filled the internet early last week following which the hospital where he was being treated had to release a statement denying the claim. The end of January saw an announcement by Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager stating that the former world champion was being lifted out of the artificially induced coma. However, till date he has not shown signs of improvement or...Read More
Donboklang Majaw Thrash metal has always seemed to be a product of the past. Indeed as we look back to those albums of the yester years, we tend to hear a very definitive 80s sound that tends to lend its vibe onto the late 90s. Aided by the extreme speediness of the crossover phenomena, thrash metal somehow survived the onslaught of the grunge movement, specifically: Alice in Chains, who had single handedly snatched the popularity that was thrash metal in the early 90s. Even the 2008 documentary film ‘Get Thrashed’ attributed thrash’s disintegration to grunge’s rise after the ‘Clash of the Titans’ tour. Ever since, veteran thrash bands of the 80s either sold out of thrash (eg: Metallica, Kreator) or went underground (as in the case of Overkill, Slayer, Vio-lence) as if to plan for a grand re-surfacing. Which brings us to the post-thrash metal movement in the early start of this millennium. Though it was a direct product of groove metal (Pantera, Exhorder) in the early 90s, this new sound defines the modern Thrash Metal boom and would go all the way to bring back the lost glory. Armed with bands like Warbringer, Havoc, Municipal Waste, Evile and lot more others, this movement became so phenomenal that it was named – the New Wave of Thrash Metal. This review, however will not dwell on the characteristics of this...Read More
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