Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The IPL animal farm and an African safari

Lalit Modi visited the Kruger National Park. Big deal. I visited the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, roughly 40 km north-west of Johannesburg, more or less at the same time. And like him, I returned to tell the tale.

Modi had the chutzpah to post the vlog (video blog, for the uninitiated) of his African safari on the official IPL website! A lesser freeloader, I’ve got a blog of my own for that.

Cutting out the crap, IPL was the recurring theme in my mind during my African safari, and even when I was roaming around in the streets of Johannesburg, armed with my camera.

My skills, or rather lack of it, with the camera may not give even a Chunky Pandey, let alone Mike Pandey, a good run for money but if Modi doesn't care, so do I.



Pix 1: Sheepskin Sleepers at J’burg flea market. Shopkeepers vouched supply was directly proportional to the KKR fleecing in IPL.



Pix 2: A foodstall banner outside Wanderers taken way too seriously by some batsmen.



Pix 3: Where Jesse Ryder would invariably be spotted banging his head against wall, demanding extension of the happy hours.



Pix 4. Scientific evidence of how KKR inaction...KKR in action, I meant...can be the answer to insomnia.



Pix 5. Kishen Kanhaiya of Fake IPL Player fame. My guide gave this startling piece of information that male Ostrich's thigh turns pink when it's ready for mating. Quite a sensible thing. Since it allows she-Ostriches to either steer clear or get close to the male. A similar system in human society would have been handy. Indeed, the human superiority blabbering is nothing but vainglory.



Pix 6. Rhino Dada. You need a hide like his to cop so much of humiliation and still hang around.

Finally a video. May look like the future of some of the IPL franchisee owners but actually Zulu dancers!

24 comments:

straight point said...

som...video is not working can you check...?

Som said...

SP, I thought it would! Lemme try again.

Som said...

It's working at my end!

raj said...

Rhino Dada - dont you think Dada atleast has his fans to soothe his pain. The real Rhino's got to be Laxman, whom Gilchrist finds it pertinent to insult saying "he doesnt figure in our plans". Thats effectively like "Dude, why are you still hanging around? We have no use for you? Why dont you just go away?". And not a fan protests. Not an effigy burnt.
Laxman's the bigger insult.

Som said...

Raj, it's sad but that is probably the case. Gilly proved Laxman actually doesn't fit into his scheme and you don't question a triumphant skipper!

Som said...

And Raj, being a die-hard Laxman fan, I sincerely don't want him to be part of the playing XI and become DC's albatross around necks. T20 maybe talk of the town but Test is where the willow-artist thrives.

straight point said...

exactly...som...

he has much bigger arena to prove metal...every player can not be good at all levels but that does not undermines his value where he is good at...

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Naked Cricket said...

Som, i like the music video. think i might have an album right up yr street, africa avenue!

why didn't VVS just take the money and run, be king icon and to hellwiththemall! Azza would've done no less.

deepsquareleg said...

good one !

Som said...

Sp, can't agree more. BTW, is the video working now? I sniff some Modi conspiracy behind it. ...sniff...sniff...sniff

Som said...

Liladas, plz send some on my behalf to gilchrist:) And it will be on Lalit Modi:)

Som said...

NC, I have a few more videos:) and none feature me:)

Som said...

Deep square leg, I'm deeply touched. welcome to Doosra and keep coming:)

Soulberry said...

Nice diary Som.

Som said...

Soulberry, thanks:)

Q said...

brilliant Som.. I was actually imagining Morrison, Rameez, shastri, gavaskar, Laxman SRK doing the Zulu dance!

Som said...

Q, if you notice, they are wearing LEATHER underwear n nothing else!

Q said...

Yep I noticed that.. I would give top dollar to watch Rameez, Morrison, Laxman SRK, Shastri et all jumping around in that!

Som said...

Q, now that is both outrageous and obscene. BTW, would be great fun, indeed :)

pseudo intellectual said...

atleast KKR gave plenty of reasons to laugh at it.that's one way of justifying its presence in the IPL :P
but you were in SA for the final
*dies of envy*

Som said...

Titli, it was not so. I went on a whirldwind tour. Watches 4 matches in J'burg and Pretoria before someone pulled the strings and I was back to the hellhole.

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