Celebrity Cricket League AKA Me, Me, Me

Watched a bit of CCL stuff while at a bar. Self-indulgent, ego-maniacs, actors posing as sportsmen and squeezing as much more tv time as possible. It is so fake that silicon boobs & porn stars look genuine by comparison. Each time a player hits a 4 or a 6, cameras pan to some chicks who jump up & down, bouncing their only useful assets and then do a typical, stupid dance routine when they know that the cameras are on them. Hugging & kissing. Even more dumber blond women cheerleaders with their un-choreographed dance routines so out of step with each other. And the stupidest names for the teams!

Imagine if you are a sportsman in any of the other sports – football, hockey, athletics, table tennis, tennis etc – you would be pissed off at all this unnecessary show off stuff happening in Indian television. Look at the sponsorships happening. Look at the money spent. Look at the tv coverage. Now imagine you have toiled all your life trying to achieve a certain level of excellence in your field of sport. Indian is a huge country, with the second largest population in the world (over 1.21 billion as per numbers from 2011) and with making babies not diminishing, we are projected to overtake China in less than 30 years or so. Surely there are enough people to support several sports and bring in viewership and money – oh no, cricket takes precedence over anything else. With all the matches that India plays, then then have state level and then IPL and now CCL. Where will the other sports be? Sidelined with occasional bouts of headlines!

So yes pretty women with glamorous looks and bodacious bodies bouncing about, hugging & kissing whenever a 4 or a 6 is scored, making a spectacle of themselves – and the channels don’t try to hide it, even putting these scenes in slow motion replays – is good for gathering viewers. Cricket is by far the main sport in India and hence it’s natural that these actors who want to keep hogging the limelight will look for ways to add themselves into the mix. Team owners as team captains, Face of the team, glam doll actresses as brand ambassadors (yes only in India people) and interviews with these actors on the pitch, off the pitch, before the game, during the game, after the game. Women checking to see if the camera is on them and then instantly becoming the most passionate fan that this short lived team and league could ever hope to have. Oh the humanity! The worst thing to happen to India is Indian cable tv channels!

The Saga Of My PAN Card

Finally I got my long awaited PAN (Permanent Account Number) Card. In the history of PAN cards (which is not that long but still) mine is the one that has taken the longest from the original date of application. I should have taken my PAN card a few years ago but always failed to fill the application form after taking one (I took 6 forms at different times from 2007 to 2011) and never applied till November of last year. So let me tell you the saga.

On November 11th, after my applications for a credit cards being rejected due to not having a valid PAN card, I finally decided to get over myself and go and apply for it. There are several agencies through which you can apply for the PAN but I chose the route via my bank – Federal Bank. That was mistake number one. Most people choose their bank route as it is a lot easier but the service at my particular branch of Federal Bank has been horrendous and I should have been wiser. Anyways, I went there got a form, filled it out and gave them my ids forms – my voter’s id card (as an identity proof) and my apartment’s landline bill (which is in my father’s name) as the residence proof. On being told that the application would get rejected as the landline bill wasn’t in my name, the bank AM had a suggestion – use the bank statement which a lot of people are doing. So I did, remitted the money for the application and they said that they would use the statement. I was to wait for a month – well the agencies have promised the card in 7-10 days but alright!

30 days passed by and no card. I waited some more. On December 28th I called the bank and asked them the status. My application had been rejected – why? because my id proof was not valid. I asked “Did you send the bank statement like you said that you would?” “Oh, we forgot!” Suffice to say, they said that they would resend the application once the form gets back to them. January 18th I get a text message saying that my application was in progress! Yippee! I waited till just a week back and went back to the bank and asked them the status. “You should get it in a week!” And then this happened!

This morning as I was leaving the apartment building, the security guard from the building opposite mine called me and showed me a crumpled, dusty envelop with a person’s dusty partial shoe print on it. The envelop contained my PAN card and luckily it was well covered and hence not damaged. The post man must have dropped it on his way there. This envelop is a registered mail and ideally he should have got someone from my residence to sign for it, in case I wasn’t at home. Luckily for me, a handyman at the next building say it and gave it to the security guard as he recognized me! What the fuck!

Anyway, I now have my PAN Card and have applied for a credit card this afternoon!

My 500th Facebook Friend Gift Giveaway

500th friend give away. I’m at 499 friends on Facebook at the moment. Never thought I’d get that many. So I’m going to give away a gift.

The 500th friend request that I receive and approve (no duplicates please) will get a little gift from me. Whoever it may be (unless it’s someone I already know and do not like the person at all). Ofcourse you will have to send me your address so I can mail it to you. Who will it be?

Update: I went through my Facebook friends list and found 20 dead accounts in it and deleted / de-friended them. No need for that shit. And I’ve only gained one friend since then. The search for the winner is still on.