Baichung Bhutia is a
wizard, the likes of whom are born once in a lifetime. M.
S. Unnikrishnan recounts the story of this legend, who
bid adieu to international football recently
Bhutia was blessed
to have got the kind of testimonials when he signed off his
international career with a match against FC Bayern Munich, the
top German club, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on
January 10. Bayern Munich rarely fly around playing farewell
matches, especially since it is a team packed with six World Cup
players, and least of all for an Indian, as Indian soccer is an
unknown commodity back in Germany.
Many event management
companies and TV channels are using the recent trend of flash
mobs, which was started by social activists, to create a buzz,
writes Radhika Bhirani
youíre busy shopping at a packed marketplace and someone next
to you breaks into a jig, donít fret, just join in! Chances
are it may be a flash mob.
of a lifetime of friendship
Padam Rosha pays a
tribute to S. N. Mathur, former Inspector-General of Police,
Punjab, and Director, Intelligence Bureau, a friend and
batchmate, who passed away recently
the dying hours of 2011, my friend Shiv Narain Mathur passed
away. He was sitting in a sunny nook with his wife Prem and son
Siddharth on the afternoon of December 31, sipping soup when he
simply left. "Only saints go like this," people said.
UKís Jay Williams
built his first website at five
eight-year-old brainy boy from the UK, who is fast gaining
reputation as the master fix-it for computer-related problems,
has given Bill Gates a run for his money despite such a young
age. From helping his neighbours get to grips with the internet,
to coming to the rescue when the computers crashed at school,
Jay Williams, from Erdington, Birmingham, is proving to be a
Leander stands tall still...
Leander Paes partnered Janko
Tipsarevic of Serbia to lift the doublesí title in the recent
Chennai Open ATP event. He has once again proved that age is no
bar in maintaining his winning spree. M. S. Unnikrishnan reports
on how Paes has conquered new goalposts with each successive win
old war horse is still going strong at 38 years, heís setting
new goals, and shifting goalposts far, to conquer new frontiers
on the tennis horizon. Leanderís wins are remarkable,
considering the inability of the younger lot like Somdev
Devvarman, Yukhi Bhambri and Rohan Bopanna to make their marks
in big-ticket events.