When enough is not enough

DNA has a slide show on all the new goodies Mumbai cops have acquired or will acquire post 26/11. And while on that, Time magazine served up a timely aide memoire when it looked at whether India had learnt the lessons of 26/11.

The reordering of agencies under the NIA, however, has been more warmly received. Creating and training new units — not simply recycling old officers with new titles — has been vital, according to Raman. “For a change, it’s not simply cannibalization. So it’s not about the same officers being given more jobs. It’s about new officers being posted and new units being raised. All of that is happening.” Still, the process of getting more boots on the ground, police on the streets and, perhaps most important, ships at sea, remains a perilously long one. “It takes 18 to 24 months to get a fully trained sailor, about three years to get a fully trained officer,” says AK Kumar, former director general of the Coast Guard. “There’s no shortage of volunteers in our country, but by the time the effects are seen on the ground, it will take two to three years.”

There are delays — and then there are delays. In the immediate wake of 26/11 when public anger was at its peak and an election loomed, Home Minister P Chidambaram was committing to all sorts of things, when he wasn’t apologizing for various omissions. The anger has abated, the elections are over, PC is back as Home Minister in a government that claims a clear mandate to work sans impedence by troublesome allies. Heard anything further on initatives like this, lately?

Joy at bay

Continuing the theme of this post from earlier today, check this out:

The victorious Pakistan team arrived in Lahore in the early hours of Tuesday amid security so tight that hundreds of fans who had gathered at the airport failed to catch a glimpse of them. The champions of the ICC World Twenty20 in England were whisked away to another terminal, leaving the fans disappointed.


The fans couldn’t hide their disappointment, considering that they had gathered at the terminal long before the 3.30am arrival. Earlier, thousands took to the streets across the country and celebrated Pakistan’s eight-wicket win against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Sunday.

“Not only me, every one present here is hurt,” Zeeshan Qaiser, a fan, told AP. “We just wanted to have a glimpse of them, we are tired from shouting slogans in praise of them and now they didn’t show up.”

Nothing illustrates the poignant state of Pakistan cricket as much as this, that the team returns triumphant, having recorded its first win at a world-level competition in 17 years and only the second win of its history, and the situation is so bad the heroes of the win can’t be feted by their fans.

If Pakistan’s cricketers at the height of their glory are so unsafe, what chance then for touring sides?

I’m not arguing for Pakistan cricket’s continued isolation — host the team on away tours and/or even allow Pakistan to use international stadia as neutral venues, by all means. However, when the likes of Younus Khan ask, in the flush of victory, that teams tour Pakistan so the young there can continue to watch and be inspired, he asks for the impossible.

Until gravity do us part

I have got, as you know from this post yesterday, weddings on my mind. So this story, and related video below:

And then they came back to earth — which could be an ironic if unintended commentary on the state of the institution.

Elsewhere: I now pronounce you man and wife — you may kiss the bride take her temperature.

And closer to home, frogs are getting married, bringing fresh hope to those farmers who have not yet committed suicide in the region. Note incidentally that the frogs are being picked up from different ponds, presumably to prevent the possibility of incest.


You're the one that I want

You're the one that I want

The nice thing about being a print/internet journalist, as opposed to a television commentator like my friend Harsha Bhogle, is that having hair is not an additional qualification.

Baldness was never an issue for me, therefore — until I saw this pic.

Goddamit! Always wanted a tatoo, but never found one that was fun enough to be worth the trouble and pain — till I saw this. And now it turns out the one thing I want is the one thing I cannot have. 😦

Hmm… how about if I do this with my beard? [Pic from here]

And here’s some other art that’s way cool — but again, the problem is I don’t have the necessary, what’s the word? — infrastructure.

Fresh catch

A Chinese man has hired 30 of his village friends to help him build the world’s coolest kitchen.

Li Huiyan now never has to leave home again, courtesy of a 20m stairwell leading down from his kitchen to his favourite fishing hole.

See now, this is the kind of back-breaking work I so hate. Imagine climbing all those stairs, when he could have just installed an elevator.

The band aid memo

According to reports, the wicketkeeper-batsman gave his team members a dressing down on Sunday. Dhoni told his team members that everyone needs to be truthful about injuries or any other personal issues that could affect team’s performance.

“For me, it’s the team first and then the individuals and I’d hope it’s the same with everyone else in the group,” Dhoni is said to have stated.

The other issue Dhoni dealt with was related to players’ fatigue. He said in no uncertain terms that in case anyone felt tired and not 100 per cent fit, they should take rest in order to recuperate. “If rest is the cure for an injury, a cricketer ought to opt for it rather than let fatigue or niggle become a major setback to him and to the team,” he reportedly said.

For information and possible regurgitation of the ‘Sehwag issue‘.