Drive, he said

In Nicholas Winding Refn’s rather good movie Drive, the unnamed driver wears a bomber jacket with a scorpion embroidered on the back. It obviously meant something as Refn provided several lingering shots of it throughout the film, but it wasn’t at all clear what that meaning was. At first I thought it might be some kind of Tarantino homage as it seemed quite Quint, but during the bloody final scenes,…

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Serbia want Italy replay

Serbia will seek a replay of their abandoned Euro 2012 qualifier against Italy. Tuesday’s match was called off after just six minutes because of violent behaviour in the Serbian section at Genoa’s Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Serbian Football Association president Tomislav Karadzic said in Belgrade today the body will ask UEFA to have the game staged again. He said: “We’ll ask for match to be replayed. That would be (in the…

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Elegy For KP

Last year a writer I liked very much died. Jonathan Rendall published three books, one of which, Twelve Grand, is among my favourites by any author. He was a boozy, melancholic soul with a low-lit style and his obituaries didn’t hold back on his dissolute, sometimes chaotic life. His writing was admired by Tom Stoppard and he won a Somerset Maugham prize but almost every piece on him noted his…

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7 Possible Reasons Why England Axed Pietersen

It cannot be just a coincidence that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to get rid of Kevin Pietersen in the same week that saw Azam Khan’s buffalos disappear and reappear under mysterious circumstances. Neither Azam Khan nor ECB could offer convincing reasons behind the extraordinary circumstances that led to the disappearance/sacking of the sacred cows. While Doosra cannot pinpoint the exact reasons behind Pietersen’s shock sacking, here are…

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10 Indian state/cities and their ideal names

For reasons known only perhaps to Azam Khan’s buffalos, Doosra was not consulted when names for Indian cities/states were decided. As expected, they did a job more botched-up than Anushka Sharma’s lips. Below are 10 places and ideally what should have been their names: 1. Punjab = Sikhim. 2. Kolkata = Bhaatinda. Or Machhlipatnam. 3. Patna = Gutkhaland. 4. Post-AAP Delhi = Jhadukhand. 5. Kerala = KathMundu. 6. NCR =…

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The Great Kurukshetra Warrior Auction

Many suspect it was under pressure from N Srinivasan that Vyasa left out what was indubitably the most fascinating chapter of Mahabharata. Well, Doosra can reliably reveal that an IPL-style auction took place on the eve of the Battle of Kurukshetra and Lalit Modi merely plagiarised the concept later on. The Pandavas and the Kauravas staked every gold coin they had as auctioneer Vidur introduced the players. Lord Krishna was…

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A day at Newbery

What is it with bats, those inanimate chunks of wood that somehow, sometimes appear to live in the hands? I wrote a piece about the myths surrounding Sachin Tendulkar’s for ESPN’s book on the maestro – the bat he used for the great rush that took him to ninety-nine international centuries, its grain split open and darkened by the dye of a thousand cricket balls, told a story of obsession….

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