Monday, September 19, 2005

Of bathtubs and more...

What is it about bathtubs and Archimedes? Can't think of one without the dude and his damn crazy invention popping to mind!

Anyways, started thinking of bathtubs after seeing the Lux ad recently. SRK as usual was trying to sell something - only this time I wasn't sure I wanted to buy!

Who on earth thought of the concept man? SRK in a bathtub surrounded by ageing / passe (being extremely polite I am) heroines. Man! The things these ad guys come up with. I was horrfied coz knowing SRK and his penchant for pulling the heroine roughly towards himself (a la M&B style) i thought it was Madame Basanti's turn! Shudder, shudder! Wonder what she would have said though? Hat SRK! Tere Basanti ke izzat ka sawaal hai?!

Anyways, then appeared Ms. India...all smouldering looks and all. Completely out of turn coz SRK is always the one who smoulders...never the heroine. She's just supposed to simper. So i said to myself "Uh-oh, script going awry...".
And then, as if to assuage surprised me, came the simper-er (if such a word exists) of them all - Ms. Kapoor of course.

And she simpered away non-stop, but the camera moved to SRK who was trying desperately to work some magic with such a motley crew and was almost succeeding.

Anyways, my hat off to SRK! He always wins. He says 'Lux is the secret of my charm / beauty...whatever'. And one believes him!!!

Boy, can the man sell or what?!

Anyways, the horrid execution notwithstanding, i think this will definitely work for Lux.

The guys will lap up Lux believing that it will help them stammer out their wives name (to help their wives achieve delirious delight) and the women will believe that now they have the Badshah of romance all over them...well, that's what Lux is all about right?

Selling you dreams...and how!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

I guess it had to take something like a Saurav - Chappell spat to make me get off my backside and actually start blogging!
Stunning paradox of cowardice and guts!
Pardon the excessive use of the exclamation mark, but really! What else do you expect when the coach of the cricket team and the captain have a 'private' row that conveniently gets leaked to the press?
Now, I am no cricket pundit so i guess i don't know who was right and who was wrong, but the issue is not really about right and wrong (if it was, Dravid certainly would not have been where he is now...in the dumps!). No, the issue in my opinion, is really about the code of conduct (on and off the field) that is often unwritten but usually adhered to. That is what makes cricket the game it is - certainly no longer gentlemanly, but not 'juicy tabloid' like WWF either.
Should Chappell have asked / requested / demanded of Saurav that he step down? I don't know...probably yes!
Should Saurav have hemmed, hawed and then hinted to the press about Chappell's involvement in the whole issue? Certainly not. Yes, he had a right to be upset and certainly a right to speak out against what he percieved to be an unjust demand. But why not have the guts to do that openly, and more importantly, before the test?
Why wait to scratch and sniff out a ton (in the process run out a batsman going really strong), wait for the test to be convincingly won, and then, actually not even then, openly speak his heart out? If you want to use the media (for whatever purpose...sympathy, clout, sending a warning...), atleast have the gumption to do it forcefully, as befits the man in charge and perhaps even a man feeling wronged. This is not what a cricketer would do...this reeks of politics!
I always felt a warm glow for the 'Men in blue', irrespective of whether they won or lost (even shamefully so) because they seemed to represent something that we all want in our lives - a lack of game-playing, a straightforward approach to life.
So I appreciated Sehwag's open discomfort with the idea of playing alongside another attacking batsman like Yuvi. I understood Laxman's dismay about the fact that the best side in the world (though the Ashes may just have created a dent there) openly acknowleges him as a bigger threat than even Sachin, but his own captain and selectors still need more convincing about his ability to even merit a spot on the team. I understood Kumble's angst when despite being the most successful bowler for India, he still has to fight to keep his place in the side on an Away series.
I understood and even appreciated Saurav's own devil-may-care display of aggression and defiance after the now-historic Natwest final.
It was all ok because it was done openly and with nothing more than the stated motives - no games, no undercurrents, just up there for everyone to see, no guesses.
And all this sure had me fooled. I looked our men-in-blue and said to myself
"Here are a few good men"
Today, I question all that and more. Especially when I read that Kaif may have warmed the bench this Test despite being in absolutely brilliant form, because the Captain wanted to prove a point! Thankfully, the opposition was Zimbabwe, otherwise it may have been a case of 'cutting off your nose to spite your face'.
Saurav, you don't need to play games with you team, you need to play games with the minds of opposing teams. You are a much better man than all this. Let cricket be the 'Gentleman's game'. If I want intrigue, I will watch soaps in 'K' land.