|Cup of HOPE
Hockey legend Ajit Pal
Singh, who led India to its solitary World Cup triumph in 1975, recalls the historic victory and looks at India’s prospects in the tournament beginning in Monchengladbach, Germany, on September 6
memory of our World Cup triumph is so fresh in my mind that it seems as
if it happened recently. Though over 31 years have elapsed since that
epochal feat on March 15, 1975, at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur,
people till today fondly recall that victory as a shining achievement of
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Ajit Pal lifts the 1975 World Cup trophy in Kuala Lumpur.
hockey on Astro-turf is not like playing hockey on grass. Skill has
given way to speed, technique, tactics and fitness. The European teams
invented scoops, sweeps and drag-flicks to suit hockey on Astro-turf.
The idea is to get goals without much exertion as maintaining the same
tempo on Astro-turf, from start to finish, is a taxing job.
|TOUGH FIGHT AHEAD: The Indian squad will have to make do without the injured Sandeep Singh (extreme right)
Hear’s a new novel
The modern novel has often clashed with literary tradition but never before has it eschewed the written word altogether. Audible. co.uk, an Internet supplier, has launched the world’s first audio-only novel, Sex on Legs, by Brian Luff, in the hope that it could herald a new path for fiction and the publishing industry.
Rambo a possessive dad
Guys would have to think twice before hitting on action man Sylvester Stallone’s daughters, as the actor has confessed that he is very possessive about them. In fact when it comes to his three daughters Sophia, 10, Sistine, eight, and four-year-old Scarlett, the muscle flexing macho man turns as soft as Bambi.
Elton John to go hip-hop
Sir Elton John’s fans, who are
more used to ballads like the record-breaking Candle in the Wind
which he sang at Princess Diana’s funeral and Sacrifice, will
now be offered some change, as the veteran singer is now planning to
Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb voted best
Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour’s solo on their track Comfortably Numb has been voted the greatest of all time.
It was chosen ahead of the opening riff from Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns’N’Roses in a poll by viewers of TV music channel Planet Rock.