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Sunday 25 June 2017
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From Village Pariah To 'lord'
Fakhar Zaman was once banned from playing cricket in his village and beaten by his brothers because he was simply too good — but he has returned a hero after his starring role in Pakistan's Champions Trophy win.His eyes bright, the tall 27-year-old posed for selfies and was garlanded with flowers as he was welcomed back to his home in Katlang in northwestern Pakistan.Fakhar said he was still taking it all in after he top-scored with 114 off 106 balls to lead Pakistan to a shock victory...
Power Of Positional Superiority
Extra pawns or pieces or inflicting a quick checkmate are not the only ways to win a game. A game can also be won by rendering your opponent’s pieces immobile or paralysed even when both sides enjoy equal number of pieces. This is termed as positional superiority.In the game which follows, Black is hampered by developmental problems and his King is stranded on the original square for a long time. Later he is forced to sacrifice an exchange but White too returns back the  exchange...
What Is A Player's Worth?
For the better part of a decade, at least one leading Premier League team has devoted thousands of hours and kilowatts of brain power to answering what sounds, on the surface, like a simple question: How do you judge what any one player is actually worth?Every conceivable variable is taken into account, the tangible and the intangible, the objective and the subjective. In addition to thousands of data points breaking down each player's performance and output, factors like their age, position,...
Koepka Takes Road Less Travelled To Major Win
Brooks Koepka's globe-trotting golfing odyssey landed on a fairway to heaven at the US Open on Sunday as he celebrated a brilliant first major victory.The 27-year-old American took an unconventional route to the top, choosing to launch his career in the relative backwaters of the European Challenge Tour in 2012.From those unglamourous beginnings, Koepka worked his way up to the full European Tour before later earning his PGA Tour card in 2014.Along the way, Koepka has won titles in Turkey,...
Enhancing Efficiency
Technology in sports is an ever-growing phenomenon. Even as different games evolve, the influence of technology cannot be overlooked. Football, which embraced the goal-line technology in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has made further progress on the scientific front with the adoption of Video Assistant Referees (VARs) in the ongoing Confederation Cup in Russia.Tennis is not far behind. After the success of the Hawk-Eye system, which was first introduced at the 2007 Australian Open, the racquet...
Sunday Herald

The Fault In Our Timelines
The first time I had an hour-long meeting with my American professor, I became upset when he left the meeting after just 15 minutes. I complained about it to my husband, then my boyfriend. “I was there at 10.45 am for the 10 o’clock appointment and the man just left at 11!” I said heatedly.My man stared at me. “But you were 45 minutes late!”“So what?” I asked. “It’s not as if I missed the entire appointment!”That event set the tone...
The Second You Say Time
Punctuality is one of the noblest qualities a human being can possess, but this trait is alien to most Indians. While the rich and famous are notorious for their lack of punctuality, the common man is not far behind when it comes to the total lack of time sense.Many years ago, a well-known philosopher was invited by the late Sri Sathya Sai Baba to deliver a lecture in one of his schools. The talk was scheduled for 11 am, and Baba was looking alarmed as the speaker had not yet arrived, though...
Old 'whine' In New Bottle
How lovely and pleasant it must be on a cloudy, drab morning, while you are mindlessly clicking and typing away to ennui, to receive an unexpected phone call from a college friend who coaxes you into turning up for a class reunion (and this is a class that graduated only three years ago, mind you) a few thousand kilometres away? Pretty heartwarming and reassuring, right? Well, that’s where you are wrong.If you’re wondering why, here is one explanation. The receiver of the phone...
With Some Style
When supply follows demand, it makes for good business. Taran Kaur Dhillon, better-known as Hard Kaur in the music circles, understands this only too well. “There is a huge demand for party songs.My friends have been asking me about my next dance number,” says the Indo-British rapper, as she makes time for a telephonic interview, amidst the promotion frenzy of her latest Saregama single ‘Jhumka Gira Re’.“It’s not a remix; it’s a brand new song. This...
Let's Take It Slow...
Harried, exhausted, overworked, overwhelmed. Words that we frequently use to describe our state of mind and being, as we race through life juggling responsibilities, meeting deadlines and keeping commitments. In a bid to do more, we find ourselves cutting back on precious sleep, succumbing to the convenience of junk and processed foods, and surrendering to our smartphones helplessly.As Carl Honoré, an internationally acclaimed author and speaker very aptly puts it, “We’ve...
Sunday Herald articulations

The Passing Of A President
This year, the US observed the birth centenary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The nation’s suave and spirited 35th President was born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, and assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Apparently, not long before his death at 12.30 pm (Central Standard Time), President Kennedy had a premonition of disaster. Warning his wife, albeit lightly, that they were ‘heading into nut country’ (Dallas was hostile to Kennedy’s...
Throw Pillows &Amp; The Catch
Did you know Baba Ramdev has a face cream that can help you get rid of both ‘pimpals’ and ‘rinkals’? Little confused. At what age would one have pimples and wrinkles at the same time? Beats me.I’m at home, picking such trivia from the television because my trips to the mall have rendered me penniless. If I had the money, I would be out in the sun getting ‘pimpals’ and ‘rinkals’, and also the creams to cure them. Yes, rich women are out...
A Taste Of Asia
Like Malaysia, its cuisine is a melting pot of diverse cultures and flavours – a mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese, Arab, Thai, and colonial influences of the British, Dutch and the Portuguese. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital city. On Jalan Alor in the tourist hub of Bukit Bintang, roadside stalls dish out ethnic Malay specialties like kajang satay, sarawak laksa, mee foo (fried noodles), char kuay teow (fried flat noodles) and bah kut teh (pork bone...
Expect The Unexpected
Things don’t always work according to plans. In fact, glitches are far more common. Plans for children often go wrong as children are more vulnerable to illness. Their reactions can range from an ‘it-can’t-be-helped’ acceptance to downright sullenness, or a plain unreasonable stance. Children are pesky, and it isn’t easy to gauge their reactions.A child who was very frail after a vicious attack of viral fever was advised to drink plenty of fluids. That was the...
An Oriental Mix
Almost every big city in the world has a Chinatown — San Francisco, London, New York — proving how the Chinese travelled through the centuries and carved out their niche corners, stamping them with their distinctive culture and food.In India, to look at a Chinatown, you could come to Kolkata. In the heart of the city, in the Tiretta Bazaar area off the Central Avenue, a conclave of Chinese-origin people was a common sight even a few decades ago. Quite a few families live here...
Sunday Herald entertainment

Finding Success Without A Formula
Soumitra Chatterjee is a living icon of Indian cinema not only because of his work in 14 films directed by Satyajit Ray but also because of his excellence in several forms of creative expression. Now, he is being bestowed with France’s highest civilian award, Legion d’Honneur. Excerpts from an interview:This honour comes at a time when you are in the middle of a family crisis with your grandson recovering from a near-fatal accident. How do you react to this juxtaposition of...
Living His Dream
Kevin Spacey was alternately pacing like a panther and beaming like a proud parent at the back of a Juilliard classroom one recent Thursday morning. At the front of the lecture hall, students from the school’s drama division, where he had once studied, were getting up one by one to perform short monologues while he watched and offered his feedback.He asked one young actor to play a scene from Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot as if he were talking to someone...
Dancing His Way To Glory
He has won two dance reality shows on television and has played the lead in a historical series on Maharana Pratap. This speaks volumes for his talent. And make no mistake, he is only 18 years old. Meet the young and dynamic Faisal Khan. Faisal started his television journey when he was only 14. He participated in Dance India Dance (DID) L’il Masters Season 2, which he eventually went on to win.So, I start by asking him about his first break. “When I was in school, I used to...
A Voice To Impress
Playback singer-songwriter Jubin Nautiyal is rocking the music charts with his versatile renditions. His latest is a haunting song from the Salman Khan-starrer Tubelight, which has just released. “Working with Pritamda is always special for me,” he says. “‘Tinka Tinka Dil Mera’ is a sad song about pain and longing. The song, about fraternal love, affected me while I sang it, owing to its emotional intensity. I cried at places,” he confesses, confident that...
Of An Epically Bad Dinner Party
If Beatriz at Dinner — about a Mexican-born masseuse and healer invited to dine at her rich client’s home, where the guests include a billionaire real estate developer with a passion for big-game hunting — seems tailor-made for Salma Hayek, that’s because it was. Two weeks before her birthday in September 2015, Hayek spent the day with Miguel Arteta, the film’s director, and Mike White, its screenwriter, and they furiously discussed the dentist who had...
Sunday Herald art & culture

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It is a small theatre in a defunct mill in the heart of the erstwhile textile manufacturing hub of what was once Bombay. The mill stands silent while G5A, the theatre, throbs with activity. Put up by Anuradha Parikh, G5A is a black box auditorium; and Mumbai’s theatre lovers have gathered here to watch Gajab Kahani, the second play in the third season of plays, by Aadyam, an Aditya Birla group initiative.We are perhaps 60 viewers seated on swivel chairs that we have to swivel constantly...
Celebrating The Filipino Heritage
Any visitor to Philippines cannot miss the embroidered formal shirts the Filipino men wear. Called ‘Barong Tagalog’, these shirts are worn with pride by the locals on all formal occasions. It is even considered the national dress of this island nation. As with every other country, the national dress of Philippines is the result of the various cultural influences it has come under, predominantly that of the US, Spain and Japan, as also the lifestyle of its countrymen and the...
Crooning Pop Bangers
I’m on cloud nine!” Dua Lipa said. “I’m having the best time!” Lipa, an English songwriter, had just performed ‘Scared to Be Lonely’, her single with the electronic dance music producer Martin Garrix, on The Tonight Show, and she was still buzzing on the adrenaline during an interview over a cup of chamomile tea at a New York restaurant. The talk-show performance was one more methodical step in the internet-accelerated career of Lipa, 21, who is...
The Graffiti Rebel
Last month, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 painting, ‘Untitled’, depicting a skull set a new record high for any American artist at auction. Offered at a Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction with a minimum guaranteed price of $60 million, it sold for a staggering $110.5 million, the highest price paid for any artwork created after 1980. The successful bidder was Japanese tech tycoon and billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. The sale brought back to life Basquiat’s personal...
A House That Travelled...
When George Oommen was 16 years old, he inherited a two-storey house on a river in Mepral, a village in the verdant southern Indian state of Kerala, where his father had grown up. By tradition, the house was always passed to the youngest son, which he was. But it wasn’t a house he needed or wanted. He was a teenager, living with his family in Delhi. After college, he moved to the United States to study at Harvard, where he worked for three decades as an architect. Ten years ago, he...
Sunday Herald books

Papad Or Khichdi?
Are India’s equivalent of Mills & Boons flourishing? At the start of my reading of The Crunch Factor, it seemed like it. And I was right! Andaleeb Wajid’s tale of lost love, hunky men, rich vs not-so-rich, family issues... all packaged in this one book. It could also be a typical Bollywood love story/family drama with song sequences left to the imagination of the readers, to be sprinkled where they deem fit.Young and independent (well, almost!) Aliya has a family consisting of...
Of Beach &Amp; Books
Mann, a young novelist struggling to come up with an idea for her next book, is recruited by a shadowy company to locate five priceless F Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts that have been stolen from the Firestone Library at Princeton. In John Grisham’s latest thriller, the inspiration-starved Mercer spends a lot of time moaning about her lack of juicy subject matter, even as she runs down clues to the Fitzgerald theft and befriends a cunning rare-book dealer she suspects may be the...
This Boy's Life
Anees Salim remarked in an interview that the success of each book was making it harder for him to write the next book. Well, it is also getting harder for the reviewer assigned to critique his work. Simply because Salim is outdoing himself with each book, and the aforementioned reviewer is hard put to avoid words like masterpiece, compelling, perfection, excellent.However, this reviewer will use one such descriptor: lyrical. Salim’s The Small-town Sea is the most lyrical dirge I have...
Observing Emotions
Chhimi Tenduf-La follows his well-received books, The Amazing Racist and Panther, with this collection of short stories that strap you into the carousel seat, then takes you on a rapid-paced ride through the suburbs of Sri Lanka, which is where the author lives. We meet a motley crew of interesting people. Barring a couple of them, none are really nice and some of them are downright deadly, but ‘interesting’ fairly covers it.Look at the way the very first story begins, ‘He...
Untalented Ms Ripley
There’s a certain type of person who describes all clothes and vehicles primarily by their brand name. “A toning Hermes bag and a pair of huge Tom Ford sunglasses dangled from her hand,” she would say, instead of telling you what colour or shape those items were. She also makes it a point to stay in the most fashionable hotels in Vienna, Venice and Ibiza, and has the most discerning eye for art with a capital A. And she’s not averse to kinky sex at the drop of a hat...
Sunday Herald travel

The Beauty In Isolation
I’m standing here, surrounded by green mountains and snow peaks, smack dab in the middle of a village with its people smoking bidis and staring right at me and my camera. I wonder what they could be thinking about. Do they notice the stark differences between us? Our clothes, our language, and even our skin? I want to talk to them about their history and why they have chosen to live so far away from all of us. But I’m afraid that if I do try, sit next to them and accidently touch...
Coastal Treats
The thunderstorm had crept in without warning. That morning, it had been a great blue-sky day in Jervis Bay in New South Wales on Australia’s South Pacific coast. I had sailed out on Dolphin Watch’s boat from the quay at Huskisson, had seen dolphins frolicking in the bottle-green waters and enjoying the sunshine. After that, I’d taken a paddle board and gone for a wander down the creek close by.But now, as I lay in bed inside my tarpaulin safari tent at Paperbark Camp, the...
A Message Of Peace
When I first decided to visit Nagasaki, it was because I wanted to see the second city in Japan on which an atomic bomb was used. When most people think of atomic bomb, they think of Hiroshima and the classic picture of the A-bomb dome, not Nagasaki. Barely anyone I knew had gone to Nagasaki’s atomic bomb museum, whereas almost everyone had been to Hiroshima’s. Nagasaki was essentially a city victim to a forgotten atomic bomb despite the fact that the bomb — nicknamed Fat...
Ooty At Its Best
We hired a taxi from Mysuru to Ooty and drove through the undulating ghat roads carved into the Nilgiri Hills, flanked by thick forest vegetation consisting conifers, eucalyptus and pine. Nature had rolled out a carpet of verdant green and the fragrant flowers were blooming in all their luxuriance.We reached Ooty in the late hours of a cool evening. Mercury had dipped to 22 degrees Celsius, and after freshening up and dinner at our hotel, we called it a day.We were in the ‘Queen of Hill...
The Big And Small Of It
Standing alone in a narrow passage, I’m lost, wondering which of the dark mysterious paths in front of me would lead me to my destination. The voices are echoing around me, but I cannot see anyone. Behind me is a corridor that opens to a door that takes me to another corridor with a door. I look around me and see no one. I hear a familiar voice and my guide emerges out of a dark corner. For a moment, I realise that I was almost close to being lost in a labyrinth with 1,000 passages and...
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa speak...

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa speak...

Shiv Sena workers protest against and torch the photos of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq...

Shiv Sena workers protest against and torch the photos of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq...

Police escort escaped prisoner Sayed Mohammed Said from India folowing his capture and return...

Police escort escaped prisoner Sayed Mohammed Said from India folowing his capture and return...

People revel in, and birds flock fly about the high tide at the Marine drive, in Mumbai on...

People revel in, and birds flock fly about the high tide at the Marine drive, in Mumbai on...

Hindu devotees give money to a decorated elephant outside the Jagannath temple on the eve of the...

Hindu devotees give money to a decorated elephant outside the Jagannath temple on the eve of the...

Demonstrators walk behind a police officer during an anti-fascist march, in central, London...

Demonstrators walk behind a police officer during an anti-fascist march, in central, London...

A burning stunt man can be seen during a press viewing of the Stoertebeker Festival on the...

A burning stunt man can be seen during a press viewing of the Stoertebeker Festival on the...

A Dassault Rafale fighter takes part to a flying display during the 52nd Paris Air Show at...

A Dassault Rafale fighter takes part to a flying display during the 52nd Paris Air Show at...

Jools Holland performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury...

Jools Holland performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury...

People move around themselves fire's torch during the San Juan night in the small Pyrenees...

People move around themselves fire's torch during the San Juan night in the small Pyrenees...

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