Travel

Lone Male Traveller

You might say “What’s the fun in that? With no friends, family and relatives just wandering alone like a ghost?”  Well I enjoyed every bit of it to be a Lone Male traveller and savoured the adulation and respect I received from people whom I met during this travel who came to know I was travelling alone, except in Goa where I was mistook as only a driver or they thought that I had lost my marbles (sheepish grin).   I planned in such a way so as to try not to cover the beaten up touristy places along the way and also planned to use my trusty companion, my car to take me there.  After much debate with myself, I finally settled down with driving down to some pilgrimage places like Shringeri and Hornadu in Chickmagalur district, Karnataka and return journey through the most spectacular coastal roads in the world, the Konkan coast – a total of 1500 kms from Kolhapur to Kolhapur.

So off I was from Kolhapur to Belgaum, my beloved hometown and then to Haliyal (my wife’s hometown), from Megadeth blasting on my stereo and Dave Mustaine shining his ‘black tooth grin’ to Miles Davis soothing my nerves after the much sought for onslaught, music for all moods.

Day 1:  Dandeli

                Though not on my itinerary, I visited Dandeli (25 kms from Haliyal) to perform a recce (no, I am not David Headley) for a near future tentative trip to this place for my office.  I visited Bison Resort, Hornbill Resort, Supa Dam, Kali Adventure Camp, Kulgi Nature Camp.  It was December and the dense forest aptly reflected the holiday mood of the people desperate to get bookings in this calm and refreshing jungle and December being the best time to visit this place.

Day 2:  Hulgol Home Stay

                The next day, I started off on the real journey from Haliyal to Sirsi.  I like the backpacking style of travel (characterised by low budget, independent travel) where the plan is there is no plan.  The drive was characterised by a well laid road, the way it flowed and of course the view through the windscreen.  I had read about Hulgol and its village charm that I knew instantly I wanted to stay here.  But Hulgol is not well mapped and you have to keep your eyes peeled for milestones as there is only one marked for the place.  Initially intending to do a lame stay in some lodge in Sirsi, when I came across Hulgol village, about 14 kms before Sirsi, the areca trees and lush green surroundings coerced me to search for some place here to halt for the night.  And what luck I was in for!! Sure enough I saw this board pointing to “Areca Valley Home Stay” and immediately I swerved (gently) my vehicle towards that direction.  After a km in the dense areca plantation, I saw this beautiful old styled house welcoming me.  This Home stay is maintained by Hegade Family who own acres of plantation and farm fields.  I met up with the owner and they were happy to let me a room for the night.  The room was clean as a whistle.  I was introduced to the other family members of the house.  It was 8 pm and after some rest, I was taken to the Areca nut peeling activity into the dense dark path through the village.  It was a beautiful clear star and moon lit night and after some time we reached the place where the peeling was going on.  About 20 odd women were expertly peeling away the supari nuts.  As told to me by Mr. Hegade, the nuts are tender after peeling and then they are dried in the sun to mature the nuts suitable for consumption.  Then we returned home to be treated with delicious traditional vegetarian Havyak dinner that  Mrs. Hegade had prepared for us.  I absolutely loved the jaggery desserts and the simple but delicious delights on the table.  This was a welcome change from what I knew about the overdose of seafood that will be happening once I touch the coastal line.  I was told that all the ingredients are the freshest from the home garden and prepared in pure ghee.  After the satisfying dinner, I took this opportunity to interact with the family members and learning their way of life.

Day 3:  Sagar and Jog Falls

                Early morning was greeted by the sunrise filtering through the chlorophyll of the green leaves of the surrounding plantation.  I was in awe of this beauty.  After morning tea, I was welcomed for breakfast of typical delicious dosas and chutney and to top it all with jaggery desserts.  I was taken on a round of the plantation after which it was time for me to leave.  I said to myself this is a perfect start to the whole experience and was fortunate to spot this home stay.  Then I visited Sahasralinga which is half a kilometre from the home stay. It is in the river Shalmala and is famous for being the location where around a thousand lingas  are carved on the rocks in the river bank.  Then off I was to Ikkeri near Sagar where the majestic Hoysala – Kadamba style Aghoreshwar temple is situated.  There are intricate carvings on the stone walls of the temple.  Then I moved on to Jog Falls to witness the world famous Jog waterfalls created by the Sharavati River, which is one of the highest waterfalls in the world.  There was hardly any water than the previous time I had visited this falls.  On my way back to Sagar, I stumbled across another home stay called Matthuga and checked in.  I was given a beautiful cottage surrounded by plantation and maintained by the keepers of the stay.  Though not as homely as in my previous experience, but I was offered traditional dinner and early morning breakfast.  I mingled with the other family occupants.  At night, I was greeted by 3 giant “tarantula” like spiders in my cottage and small toads in the bathroom which were shooed away by the keeper at my request .  I have developed a new phobia after seeing these giant creepy crawlers called “Arachnaphobia”!!

Day 4:  Shringeri

After breakfast, I started out for Shringeri Devasthan, about 170 kms from Sagar via Tirthhalli, known for its mutt (temple) established by Adi Shankaracharya and is a famous pilgrimage center for Hindus.  I reached there late in the evening as I was travelling at a slow pace enjoying the surrounding beauty.  I checked in the rooms of the Devsthan.  These rooms are extremely basic and cheap but well maintained.  Then I set out for the Devsthan.  The temple was flocked by devotees.  There was orderliness in the temple as opposed to the chaos we find in the temples up North.  Behind the temple is the Tunga River where fish feeding is the major attraction and a bridge across the river to villages.  There is the Sharadamba Temple and Vidyashankara Temple. After witnessing the sunset on the river banks, I wandered in the town.  I observed two elderly couple almost bursting to tears on reaching Sringeri to pay homage to the Deity.  Such was the devotion on display.  It was now time for me to taste the food of the temple.  I immediately got a seat on reaching the dining hall with empty plates in place.  After a line was full, the express serving began with Payasam to start with, then came rice, vegetables and sambar and rassam.  The food was extremely basic but truly delicious.  I had never eaten so fast before and my dinner was over within 5 minutes.  After we got up, the used plates were immediately picked up by volunteers and floors were cleaned up within under 3 minutes and new plates placed for other devotees desperately waiting in queue.  When I came out of the dinner hall, there was Mahapooja underway.  After the pooja, I returned to my room and retired for the day.

Day 5:  Hornadu

                After morning breakfast of idlis and vadas, I set off to another temple town called Hornadu via Jayapura.  The entire way was in dense thick forest.  Horanadu lies amidst beautiful Malnad region, near another temple town called Kalasa and the Annapurneshwari Temple is situated here.  Horanadu is like a hill station with beautiful landscapes and farm fields.   Every visitor to the Annapoorna temple at Horanadu, irrespective of their religion, language, caste, or creed, is provided with a three-course vegetarian meal similar to that in Sringeri.  I had no plans to stay in Hornadu but to move on to Udupi for stay, but looking at its surrounding beauty decided to stay here for one night at another valley stay that I stumbled upon about 1.5 kms from the temple.  The cottage, sans spider, given to me was situated amidst scenic paddy fields and high rise mountains.  I took some rest and then started off for the temple.  The main deity of the goddess was put in place by Adi Shankaracharya; the new deity of goddess Annapurneshwari was consecrated in the temple in 1973.  Here I also had Prasadam for dinner.

Day 6:  Kudremukh – Udupi – Kundapur

                The next morning, I started my journey to Kundapur via Kudremukh and Udupi.  Kudremukh is a mountain range noted for its scenic beauty.  Owing to the dense forests, sighting wildlife can be challenging, though the area is rich in wildlife.  The drive through the National Park was enchanting and exhilarating with forest, mountains and the azure blue sky coupled with surprisingly excellent road.  The Tunga and Bhadra rivers are said to originate here and flow freely through the parklands.  The area is also primarily known for KIOCL mining which operated till few years back.  The area is also known for skirmishes between the Naxalites and the police.  You have to take a free entry pass before entering the National Park.  Kudremukh (means ‘Horse face’ in Kannada ) peak is situated in this park but is not visible from the road and involves some trekking to do to reach the peak.  I was moving very slowly, stopping at vantage points to capture the scenic views, tea plantations, newly built bridges, when a police constable hitched a ride up to Kudremukh town.  He acted as my guide and I surprisingly did well to converse with him in Kannada.  I had not realised my Kannada speaking prowess till then, thanks to it being a subject in my school. He told me various interesting things about the place including the fact that the Naxalites were troubling the police even now, which I had thought had died down after the recent encounter of their leader by the police.  All the time he was in my car, I had my heart in my mouth, fearing that the Naxals will pop out of the wilderness seeing the policeman, with a gun in his hand, shooting even me thinking that I am his accomplice.  But the constable assured me that the Naxals don’t hurt tourists.  He got off near his station and thanked me for the ride and now I could breathe a sigh of relief.  On the way, I came across a waterfalls called “Hanuman Gundi” which is about more than a 100 feet high.  It was easy way down the stairs but exhausting way up but was worth visiting.  I was famished by the time I reached my car and wanted to reach Udupi for lunch asap.  After another 10 kms, I exited the Park which in my opinion, is the most scenic forest cover I have ever seen.  When I approached Karkala, I could feel the humidity in the air and the areca trees and dense forest were replaced by the familiar Konkan Coastal landscape.  I passed the famous Manipal University campus and had my lunch of Neer Dosa and Idli Vada in Udupi at the famous Hotel Karavali.  I skipped the temples of Udupi due to paucity of time and continued my journey to Kundapura for night halt. On the way, I dropped by to visit the Malpe Beach near Udupi. I had dinner at the Shetty Lunch Home in Kundapura famous for its Kane fish Masala and Chicken Ghee Roast and checked in a hotel and retired for the day.

Day 7:  Kundapura – Murudeshwar-Karwar-Goa

                I started my journey to Murudeshwar for visit to the famous temple located on the sea side.  On the way, I stopped at the beautiful scenic Maravanthe beach, 15 kms north of Kundapura where the national highway NH-17 passes close to this beach (around 100 metres from the shore) and a stretch of a kilometre of this highway is flanked by the seashore of Arabian sea on one side and the Hills forming a backdrop to the river on the other. Then I arrived at Murdeshwar.  It houses the world’s second tallest statue of Lord Shiva.  The temple and the town was bustling with activity of tourists and pilgrims. I had a helping of my favourite fish curry and rice at Honnavar and continued my journey to Karwar, giving Gokarna (another important pilgrim place) a skip, with the idea of halting in some South Goa Beach.   I arrived at Canacona, South Goa and started searching for a lodge near Pallolem Beach.  But as it was December season, the hotel rates had skyrocketed and I was not willing to shell out that much.  So after a long search, I finally found a small resort which suited my budget.

Day 8:  Fort Terekhol (Tiracol)

                I have visited Goa and its beaches many times over and did not want to revisit them again.  You can have a look at my other blog post on Goa here.  The next morning, I went to the Pallolem Beach which is a typical Goan beach filled with tourists and then resumed my journey, destination Fort Terekhol Heritage Hotel via Margaon, Panjim, where I had made arrangements for a day’s stay.  The road all along upto Fort Tiracol is good, interesting and picturesque. The drive is through many Goan villages, along the beaches of Morjim, Ashvem and Arambol to reach the jetty at Kerim beach. A ferry takes you and the car across the river. Then it’s less than a five minute drive up a hill to an abode of peace and quiet, great view of the Arabian sea and the Querim beach, good food and good sleep.  The fort was originally built by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle, the Raja of Sawantwadi, in the 17th century and later was surrendered to the Portuguese which in turn was forcibly annexed to India after independence.  The Terekhol fort has been converted into a hotel, the Terekhol Fort Heritage. There is a church in the fort courtyard which is not open to the general public except on certain occasions such as the annual feast that is usually held in May.  The rooms are named by the days of the week.  The scenery from my balcony of the Arabian Sea was awesome and I witnessed the sunset from my balcony marking the end of my awe-inspiring journey.  I had the Chef’s special Goan feast of Prawns curry and Red snapper and mussels masala fry with pancakes as dessert.

Day 9:  Home

                The next morning, after breakfast, I checked out and started my Home bound journey to Kolhapur.  On the way, I stopped at Reddy Ganesh Temple which was under renovation.  I had my lunch of the ubiquitous sol kadi, fish fry, fish curry and prawns fry at the famous and bustling Shree Mahalaxmi, Sawantwadi.  I passed the famous Amboli Hill Station and onto Nipani to take NH 4 to Kolhapur.

For snapshots of this tour, click here.

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Lokpal Bill – Features

For your education if you do not know this —- See how Lokpal Bill can curb the politicians (copied from an email received by me)

Existing System System Proposed by civil society

No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government. Before starting investigation or initiating prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated.

Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyone’s permission. Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.

No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented.

Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.

No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges.

Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyone’s permission.

Nowhere to go – People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints.

Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to enquire into and hear every complaint.

There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies.

All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public. Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be enquired and punishment announced within two months.

Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies.

Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.

Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut.

Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen.

Nothing in law to recover ill-gotten wealth. A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money.

Loss caused to the government due to corruption will be recovered from all accused.

Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years.

Enhanced punishment – The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

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Compilation of quotes on Sachin Tendulkar

I am not such a great follower of cricket nor an ardent fan follower of Sachin, but thought that I will not be out of place by putting up this compilation during the CWC World Cup 2011 fever.  Check it out!!

Following is a compilation of quotes from current and former cricketers and other eminent personalities paying tribute to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar:

“It can be said that he is the Bradman of our times and I do feel privileged to have played a lot of cricket against him.” – Former Australian captain Steve Waugh.

“I think, apart from Sir Garfield Sobers nobody else has played 20 years in international cricket and 20 years playing at the very highest level and to the very highest standard is an achievement beyond compare.” – Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

“He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual.” – Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“There will never be another Sachin Tendulkar.” – Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiash Muralitharan.

“The way he has taken on the role of India’s greatest sporting ambassador… He has, among other things, inspired a generation and more to play cricket.” – India’s 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev.

“His humbleness and simplicity has helped him to achieve what others could not. His dedication is one of the main reasons for his achievements and he is role model to up and coming youngsters. In India every youngster who is in to school or college cricket wants to become a Sachin.” – Former captain and Chairman of India’s selection panel Kris Srikkanth.

“What I admire about Sachin is his humility, respect for elders and the passion for the game that he has retained even after so many years and after achieving so much in cricket. He has not changed at all.” – Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.

“He is a great human being, a great player and I have been very lucky to have a friend like Sachin Tendulkar. I want to wish him all the luck. I want to congratulate him for finishing his 20 years in international cricket. He has dominated world cricket for 20 years and I hope that he will continue to dominate it.” – Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

“I have delayed my shoots many times to watch Sachin bat” – Filmstar Amitabh Bachchan.

“…when he is in full flow, the mild-mannered boyish cricketer can look extremely intimidating. If there is a resonance, I find of myself in his batting, it is in that intent that he communicates.” – Former West Indies captain and batting great Vivian Richards.

“Over the years Sachin has remained remarkably consistent and has more records than anybody I can remember. His talent and versatility are unquestioned which is why the only question that rankles is why he did not win enough games for his team?” – Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.

“His biggest strength as a batsman is his adaptability. And that is something really. really amazing, something so special.” – Former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

“In his life cricket comes first. When he is on tour he is thinking about nothing but cricket, and when he is not on tour he dedicates quality time to his family. That shows his dedication to the game and to his family. He has found the right balance.” – Tendulkar’s India teammate and opening partner Virender Sehwag.

“He loves cricket and with his hardwork, focus and commitment he has truly become a outstanding ambassador for the sport at a time when commercialism is so rampant.” – Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad.

“I think Tendulkar has outdone all the other greats with his hunger for the game which is amazing.” – Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir.

“What has impressed me the most about Tendulkar all these years is his humble and simple nature. I never saw him ever let the fame and adulation he enjoys get to his head.” – Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq.

“I don’t watch cricket much but I admire Sachin Tendulkar. I like the way he has conducted himself over the years. He has been such a huge star for so long but has not had a single controversy against his name.” –Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh.

“The best thing about Sachin Tendulkar is that he’s completely rooted, down to earth, and a thorough gentleman. He’s probably the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket and maybe Indian sport as a whole.” – Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.

“I see him continuing until more landmarks like 50 hundreds. 100 centuries is not difficult for him because the passion for the game is still very much there even after 20 years,” – Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif.

Virendra Sehwag:

Both of us have come a long away and it is a great honour that Tendulkar thinks I come close to resembling him as a batsman. It is a great honour, like a dream come true. If I die tomorrow I’ll be the happiest man because I played this game because of Tendulkar, and Tendulkar himself saying that I resemble him – there is no bigger compliment than that.

Mathew Hayden:

I have seen GOD , he bats at no.4 for india in Tests.

Ravi Shashtri:

He is someone sent from up there to play cricket and go back.

Barry Richards:

Sachin is crickets GOD

Martin Crowe:

The shot played on this ball is only possible for the GOD of cricket.

Ian Botham:

If someoom the highest peak of the world.

Paul Strang:

What we [zimbabwe] need is 10 tendulkars.

Steve Waugh:

There is no shame losing to such a great player(sachin).

Shane Warne:

I would go to bed having nightmares of sachin dancing down the ground and hitting me for sixes.

Mathew Hayden:

His life seems to be a stillness in a frantic world… [When he goes out to bat], it is beyond chaos – it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man. The people see him as a God…

Viv Richards:

He is 99.5% Perfect.. I’ll pay to watch him play.

Dennis Lillie:

If I had to bowl to Sachin I would bowl with a halmet on. He hits the ball so hard.

Steve Waugh:

After being defeated in the Coca-Cola Cup finals in Sharjah) “It was one of the greatest innings I have ever seen. There is no shame being beaten by such a great player, Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don”

Sir Don Bradman:

I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…hi compactness, technique, stroke production… it all seemed to gel! in reference to Sachin Tendulkar.

Michael Kasprowicz:

Don’t bowl him bad balls, he hits the good ones for fours.”

Shane Warne:

I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.”

Wasim Akram:

Today, he showed the world why he is considered the best batsman around. Some of the shots he played were simply amazing. Earlier, opposing teams used to feel that Sachin’s dismissal meant they could win the game. Today, I feel that the Indian players, too, feel this way.
Wasim Akram, after game at Hobart, CUB series, 1999

Brett Lee:

You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind midwicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it’s a toothpick. Brett Lee, on Sachin Tendulkar’s batting, 1999

Viv Richards:

I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of Cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that’s going to be. He can play in any era and at any level.

Barry Richards:

Consensus is that Sir Donald Bradman was the best batsman ever to play Cricket. Sir Don did not play One-Day Cricket but if he did, he could easily be Sachin Tendulkar.

BBC Sports:

Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives.

Wasim Akram:

“I dont know what to bowl at him. i bowled an inswinger n he drove me thr covers of d front foot. then i bld an outswinger n he again punched thr covers of d backfoot. he is d toughest batsmen i ‘ve bowled to. he shold live long n score lots of runs, but not against pakistan(smiling) “–LEGENDARY WASIM AKRAM on our own SACHIN on 24th april 2004 on espn Sachin’s 30th B day program.(i think) on his knock in 2003 worldcup.

Sunil Gavaskar:

India’s fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing.

Richie Benaud:

He has defined cricket in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is to bowling.

Geoffrey Boycott:

Technically, you can’t fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem.

Eddie Barlow:

He is Sachin Tendulkar. I hope he stays Sachin Tendulkar. We need a new player, a player in his own way. He has a technique which is the hallmark of a great player. Everything indicates that he will be a great player and I am sure he will prove me right. Reminds me of Barry Richards.

Greg Chappell:

He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease.

Abdul Qadir:

I was fielding in the covers, Tendulkar came out to bat in his debut Test at Karachi. I still remember Waqar Younis was at his peak form at that time. Tendulkar tried to drive Waqar through the covers off his very first ball in Test cricket but was beaten all ends up. But I walked to captain Imran Khan and told him ‘this kid looks very good’ and Imran agreed with me.

Sir Garfield Sobers:

I have watched a lot of Tendulkar and we have spoken to each other a lot. He has it in him to be among the very best.

Peter Roebuck:

Sometime back I had written a piece that said that Sachin’s the master and Lara a genius with his head high up somewhere. That’s it!

Jeff Thompson:

Sachin is an attacker. He has much more power than Sunny. He wants to be the one to set the pace. He has to be on top. That’s the buzz about him.

Ian Healy:

Tendulkar is the most comouncy pitch with Hughes, McDermott and Whitney gunning for him he only had 60-odd when No 11 came in. I’ve seen him against Warne too.

Mike Coward:

Sachin’s the best. I’ve had this view since I saw him score that hundred in Sydney in 1992. He’s the most composed batsman I’ve ever seen.

Shane Warne:

“Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third.”
Shane Warne delights the Indian press with his views on batting greats of this era

Shahrukh Khan:

“Maybe the country doesn’t pray for me like they do for Sachin Tendulkar, but I know I’m on a good wicket as well. “

Martina Navratilova:

“Sachin was so focused. He never looked like getting out. He was batting with single-minded devotion. It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson.”

Tennis legend joins the Sachin Tendulkar fan club after watching him bat at Sydney.

Alistair Campbell:

After loosing to India in the Coca Cola Cup final at Sharjah in November ’98
“He has everything a top batsman needs. Tendulkar is a classic example of a player being so good that his age is an irrelevance”

David Boon:

“Technically he stands out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will”

Cricket Historian Vasant Raiji:

“I have always felt C. K. Nayadu was the best. I now think sachin has the honour of being the most outstanding batsman of all time.”

Steve Waugh:

“You take Don Bradman away and he is next up I reckon.”

Adam Hollioke:

“In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say ‘Can you bowl me another one?'”

Tony Greig:

He is cool, has magnificent temperament, and is so mature you tend to forget his age. I can’t think of any other example of a player who has so dominated the world before the age of 25.

Allan Border: (after India won the Coca-Cola cup )

“Hell, if he stayed, even at 11 an over he would have got it.”

Ajay Jadeja

“I can’t dream of an innings like that. He exists where we can’t.”

David Gower

“In the last session in Nagpur, when the Indian chase was still on, Tendulkar hit a reverse sweep, an orthodox sweep and a lofted cover drive to (Ian) Blackwell. They were all exquisite cricket shots. To play those shots deliberately in such quick succession, off almost similar deliveries, was genius. That was a little jewel, just those 3-4 minutes.
“It reminds you how very few people are special. It was a case of great thinking and good technique.”

Gavaskar..back in 1988 to tom alter

I sat in the office of Sportsweek magazine with that same Sunil Gavaskar. Ayaz Memon and I were listening to Gavaskar in one of his rare, priceless moods. The ?Little Master? was delving deep into his own experience, his own genius, and bringing forth pearls of wisdom as sudden, and as effective, as his straight- drives back past the bowler. Then Gavaskar came up with the following statement (remember, this was in 1988, when Dilip Vengsarkar was about to become captain of India): “The two best batsmen in Bombay today are Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar.” Full stop. End of statement. The ball crosses the boundary-line underneath the sight- screen.

Desmond Haynes

In terms of technique and compactness, Tendulkar is the best: Desmond Haynes.

Mark Taylor

He’s a phenomenon. We have to be switched on when he plays allow him no boundries, for then he doesn’t stop

Wasim

“Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time,”

Allan Donald

His shot selection is superb, he just lines you up and can make you look very silly. Everything is right in his technique and judgement. There isn’t a fault there. He is also a lovely guy, and over the years I’ve enjoyed some interesting chats with him… Sachin is in a different class to Lara as a professional cricketer. He is a model cricketer, and despite the intolerable pressures he faces back home, he remains a really nice guy… Sachin is also the best batsman in the world, pulling away from Brain Lara every year…

Anil Kumble -he’s shy little gentleman

I am very privileged to have played with him and seen most of the runs that he has scored. I am also extremely happy to have shared the same dressing room… He is a very reserved person and generally keeps to himself. He is very determined, committed and doesn’t show too many emotions. He just goes about doing his job.

The thing I admire most about this man is his poise. The way he moves, elegantly without ever looking out of place in any condition or company, suggests his pedigree. I remember he had once come to New Delhi in the 1990s to collect his Arjuna Award (India’s highest award to its top sportspersons) and he asked me if I would attend the function. He is a very sensitive human being….

Sometimes you feel he really hasn’t felt the kind of competition in the world his talent deserves. I would have loved to see him perform against top quality cricketers of the previous generation. It would really have brought out the best in him.

Greame Pollock

Tendulkar is the best in the world at the moment. Why I’ve always liked him is that batsmen tend to be negative at times and I think batting is not about not getting out – it is to play positively. I think you got to take it to the bowlers and Sachin is one such player. When you do so, you change the game, you change bowlers because they suddenly start bowling badly because they are under pressure.

Ian Chappell

Whenever I see Sachin play I am reminded of the Graeme Pollock quote of Cricket being a ‘see the ball, hit the ball game.’ He hits the ball as if it’s there to be hit.

Ravi Shastri:

“We always knew that Sachin Tendulkar is a great cricketer, but after the Coca-Cola Cup here, we have seen the birth of a legend. I can’t think of anybody who has batted more authoritatively in one day cricket for India, or even in the world except for Vivian Richards.”

Navjot Sidhu:

“His mind is like a computer. He stores data on bowlers and knows where they are going to pitch the ball.”

Dravid

Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero… You can’t get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have.

As a batsman, he has the technique, the hunger and the desire for runs. He always contributes with the bat as well as on the field. He also is a good fielder and bowls when needs. You really can’t ask for a better cricketer than Sachin… He is a terrific person and has handled pressure brilliantly. He has handled his success very well and doesn’t have any airs about him. He is a great guy and very good team man. In his heart of hearts, he is a very simple and down to earth person.

Azhar

The more I see him, the more I want to see him.

Sunil Gavaskar:

India’s fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing

Harsha bhogle

if sachin plays well..india sleeps well

SOURAV GANGULY

The thing I like most about Sachin is his intensity. After being in the game for so long, he still has the same desire to do well for India in any international match.I tell you what, this man is a legend.

Kris Srikkanth

“He is the only match-winning batsman we have”

Ranatunga

“You get him out and half the battle is won”

Andy Flower:

There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.

Martin Crowe:

A flighted full toss on Leg stump by spinner. any other will play this shot on leg side by pull shot or glance or flick. but sachin made a space and played a perfect cover drive for four runs.
Martin Crowe (New Zealand’s ever best bats man) said ” the shot played on this ball is only possible for GOD Of CRICKET “

Shane Warne:

You have to decide for yourself whether you’re bowling well or not. He’s going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway. Kasprowicz has a superior story. During the Bangalore Test, frustrated, he went to Dennis Lillee and asked, “Mate, do you see any weaknesses?” Lillee replied, “No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that’s all you can do”.

Rudy Kortzen

“I never get tired during umpiring whenever sachin is on crease”

sunny gavaskar

This was after a wonderful century by sachin(in england i guess in a test match..not sure)
Sunny: The other day i was just trying to think of a bowler who can go through sachin’s defenses when sachin is in total defense. I am sorry but i could not think of even one name who could do that. If sachin decides he doesnt want to give away his wicket, he wont. be it any bowler in the world.
Cheers to Sachin…

PONTING

Ponting make comparisons btn sachin,Lara& jayasuriya.
Sachin is the best ever batsman in the world. He is brilliant in his technique. He is always hungry for runs.  Sachin is better than Lara in his techniques & thats why he is No.1 among others.  On his day,Lara will be more destructive. He is the only man 2 fight for west indies. Jayasuriya also played gr8 knocks 4 his team. But compared 2 them Sachin is the BEST

Pradeep Mandhani ..a Photographer

“Barely two hours after landing in Johannesburg on the 1992-93 tour to South Africa, the team was to visit Tolstoy Farm, Mahatma Gandhi’s first Satyagrahi Commune founded in 1910. It was situated 35 kms from Jo’burg and most of the Indian players showed little interest, longing to rest in the hotel after the long flight. But Tendulkar, still a teenager, looked keen and hungry to learn more about Gandhi. His volley of questions to the guide reflected his national pride.”

NKP Salve, former Union Minister

This was when he was accused of ball tempering

“Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It’s clear discrimination.”

Allan Donald

“In my several years of international cricket, Tendulkar remains the best batsman I have ever bowled to. It’s been a pleasure to bowl at the master batsman even though one hasn’t always emerged with credit from the engagements.”

Allan Donald

“During our team meetings, we often speak about the importance of the first 12 balls to Tendulkar. If you get him then you can thank your stars, otherwise it could mean that tough times lie ahead.”

Saurav Ganguly:

SACHIN MADE 9 CENTURIES IN ONE YEAR BUT MANY CRICKETER DIDNOT MAKE 9 CENTURIES IN THEIR WHOLE CARRIER.

Ricky Ponting:

“Sachin is the most complete batsman I have seen. His technique is so good and he has played well in all conditions. To have 41 one-day international tons shows what an appetite he has for scoring runs.”

Harsha Bhogle:

There’s no better sight on the cricket field than watch Tendulkar bat.

Rev David Shepherd.

“Sachin Tendulkar! If he isn’t the best player in the world, I want to see the best player in the world”.

“Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.”
-Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight

“Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job.”
-Yaseer Hameed

“To Sachin, the man we all want to be”
– What Andrew Symonds wrote on an aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin

“Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives”
-BBC on Sachin

But the finest compliment must be that, bookmakers would not fix the odds – or a game – until Tendulkar was out.

“Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?”
-Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin’s catch during the India Pakistan match in the 2003 World Cup.

“Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal.”
-Brian Charles Lara

“We did not lose to a team called India…we lost to a man called Sachin”
-Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

“The more I see of him the more confused I’m getting to which is his best knock.”
-M. L. Jaisimha

“The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility -all make for a one-in-a-billion individual”
-Glenn McGrath

“I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play.”
-Anjali, Sachin’s Wife

“Even my father’s name is Sachin Tendulkar.”

-Tendulkar’s daughter, Sara, tells her class her father’s name after the teacher informs them of a restaurant of the same name in Mumbai.

“I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets!”
-ANIL KUMBLE

Question: Who do you think as most important celebrity ?
Shahrukh: There was a big party where stars from bollywood and cricket were invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see approaching Amitabh Bachhan.  Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the queue to get a grab of the GENIUS!!

-A quote of Shahrukh Khan from one of his interviews

“India me aap PrimeMinister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte..”
-Navjot Singh Sidhu

“He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also .”
-Waqar Younis

“I WILL SEE GOD WHEN I DIE BUT TILL THEN I WILL SEE SACHIN “
-Displayed on a banner at a cricket ground

“Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world. “
– Allan Donald

“I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls of the over and the over after that we (SA) took a wicket and during the group meeting i told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and i know a way to pin Sachin. And i delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller length delevery outside offstump. And i shouted catch. To my astonishment the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of Sachin. His reflex time is the best i have ever seen. Its like 1/20th of a sec. To get his wicket better not prepare. Atleast u wont regret if he hits you for boundaries.”
-From Allan Donald’s interview in Cricket Talk.

“On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!”
– Peter Rebouck – Aussie Journalist

“Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It’s clear discrimination.”
-NKP Salve, former Union Minister. This was when he was accused of ball tempering.

“There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.”
-Andy Flower

“I think he will fit in whatever category of cricket that has been played.. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he is 99.5 % perfect.”
-Vivan Richards

“Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting, they will go unnoticed, bcouz even Lord is busy watching him play”
-A banner in Sydney by the Australian fans

He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive

-Daniel Vettori on Sachin Tendulkar ahead of New Zealand’s Test series in India

Test cricket is bloody hard work, especially when you’ve got Sachin batting with what looks like a three-metre-wide bat

– Michael Hussey is another Australian sick of seeing Sachin Tendulkar rack up the runs

I have joked before that there is a good chance that I might retire before Tendulkar

– MS Dhoni on Sachin Tendulkar going strong at 37

He’s not going to sleep for a week.

– Harsha Bhogle comments when little-known legspinner Rahul Sharma excitedly celebrates getting the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar

That Porsche comment … why would I say that to Tendulkar? He’s got aeroplanes.

– England wicketkeeper Matt Prior says the infamous “I drive a Porsche, what car do you drive?” sledge to Sachin Tendulkar didn’t happen

Why did you get out to such a silly shot?

– Anjali Tendulkar tells off her record-breaking husband for a poor stroke.
Mr. BARACK OBAMA (authenticity not vetted) :-
“I dont know about Cricket, But still I watch cricket to see Sachin’s Play.  Not becoz I love his play its becoz I want to know the reason Why my country’s Production is 5 % down when He’s in Batting.”
Documentary

Were Hindu Gods none other than Ancient Aliens?

Read our post “Are We alone? Are UFOs real? “.  Further read our “Disclaimer” before you read this post.

There are about 200 billion stars in our milky way galaxy and there are about 100 billion galaxies.  Hence if we think we are alone in the Universe, it is an awful waste of space!!!  Human race is arrogant of its own existence and take it for granted that we are at the pinnacle of any type of evolution.

Hence there is every possibility of advanced life in our universe who can be many years technologically superior to us.  Imagine we going to our early man era with our hi tech weapons, food, flying craft, and other gizmos, we will be treated as “Gods” by our ancestors because of the things we can do.  In my opinion, God is The One who is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, creator of our Universe and The One who does not need vehicles to travel from point A to point B and The One who does not need weapons for destroying mankind.  

Ancient Alien proponents suggest that ETs (Extra Terrestrial) not only visited Earth but have stayed on Earth and helped shape the future of Earth.  Ever imagined, why we look up at the sky when we talk or think about God?

 The classic Indian epics such as the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Puranas refer to many exotic tribes, describing them as superhuman or subhuman. Narrations about these tribes are often mixed with mythology and fiction. These tribes include Gandharvas, Yakshas, Kinnaras, Kimpurushas, Rakshasas, Nagas, Suparnas, Vanaras, Vidyadharas, Valikilyas, Pisachas,                                                                                                        Devas (within them Vasus, Rudras, Maruts, Adityas) and Asuras (within them Danavas, Daityas and Kalakeyas.)

Their exotic capabilities included

  1. the ability to appear and disappear at will
  2. the ability to fly in air, with or without the use of an airborne vehicle
  3. the knowledge of aircraft (vimana)
  4. the ability to change shape at will
  5. the ability to read people’s minds
  6. the knowledge of other inhabited planets like the Earth
  7. the ability to influence natural forces

(Source – Wikipedia)

According to Dr.V. Raghavan, retired head of the Sanskrit department of India’s prestigious University of Madras, centuries-old documents in Sanskrit (the classical language of India and Hinduism) prove that aliens from outer space visited India.  There is a just a mass of fascinating information about flying machines, even fantastic science fiction weapons, that can be found in translations of the Vedas (scriptures), Indian epics, and other ancient Sanskrit text. “In the Mahabharata (writings), there is notion of divine lighting and ray weapons, even a kind of hypnotic weapon.

  • Flying Vehicles (Vimana):

In the Ramayana (writings), there is a description of Vimanas, or flying machines, which navigated at great heights with the aid of quicksilver and a great propulsive wind. “These were space vehicles similar to the so-called flying saucers reported throughout the world today.  Sanskrit texts are filled with references to Gods who fought battles in the sky using Vihmanas equipped with weapons as deadly as any we can deploy in these more enlightened times. 

For example, there is a passage in the Ramayana which reads:

The Puspaka Vimana that resembles the Sun and belongs to my brother was brought by the powerful Ravan; that aerial and excellent car going everywhere at will…. that car resembling a bright cloud in the sky.”.. and the King [Rama] got in, and the excellent car at the command of the Raghira, rose up into the higher atmosphere.”

“Propulsion was based on a combination of electrical, chemical, and solar energy”. Clearly, these descriptions relate to a craft of alien origin.  “The Vimana was metallic, had lights and was capable of fantastic speed”.  Sixteen different types of heat-absorbing alloys that went into construction of the Vimana were also described.  “These texts describe how Indra, the god of war, flew about in a Vimana – best translated as an aerial car”. 

How did ancient people know how to fly at light speeds when flying was a reality to earthlings only in recent times (forget about traveling at light speed)?  Could be our ancestors saw these flying vehicles and interpreted them as humongous birds carrying Gods, because to them anything that flies has to be a bird?  In the Ramayan and Mahabharat Serials, we saw the vimanahs as flying horse driven Chariots / large birds.   The descriptions of Vimanas given in Sanskrit texts are strikingly similar to the modern UFO sightings reported all over the world.  In the Sanskrit texts, an exact depiction of the Vimanah is reproduced here.

 

  • Hi -Tech Weapons:

There are various descriptions of weapons created by Hindu deities such as Agneyastra, Brahmastra, Chakra, Garudastra, Kaumodaki, Narayanastra, Pashupatastra, Shiva Dhanush, Sudarshana Chakra, Trishul, Vaishnavastra, Varunastra, and Vayavastra; the weapons of god (trishul, chakram, brahmastra) are the most powerful. These mythological weapons are at times compared to similar Greek mythological weapons such as the arrows of Apollo as well as our modern nuclear weapons. (Source – Wikipedia)

One such dreaded weapon is the Brahmastra.  It is akin to our present nuclear weapon.  According to our Sanskrit texts, “This weapon also causes severe environmental damage. The land where the weapon is used becomes barren for eons and all life in and around that area ceases to exist. Women and men become infertile. There is severe decrease in rainfall and the land develops cracks like in a drought.”  How could our ancestors have knowledge of nuclear and other such weapons, when the nuclear weapon is known to man only in recent times?  High radiation caused due to nuclear activity is still recorded in Mohenjodara and Harappa ruins.

Could be our ancestors saw the use of these weapons by “Gods” and misinterpreted these hi tech missiles to be bows and arrows spewing fire, wind, etc, because that’s all they knew about weapons?

  • Mutation:

The DNA of living things is an astounding thing to know about.  We know only 5% of Human DNA.  Could be the Extra Terrestrials had studied our DNA and knew how to mutate it?  Hence in our ancient texts, we see extra-ordinary beings half human, half animal, or having the head of any animal or having more than one head and two arms etc.  It is also believed by Ancient Astronaut proponents that ETs conducted Frankenstein-like experiments on Human DNA to create extraordinary beings.  Many such experiments were also carried out in other parts of the world like Egypt, Mesopotamia, Maya, Inca, Aztec civilisations.

  • Eternal Life:

We know from our Sanskrit texts that Hindu Gods have eternal life.  Some of The Gods came back to Earth as reincarnations.  Well here could be the reason, scientifically!!

Applying the Theory of Relativity by Albert Einstein, if u travel at speed equal to speed of light then time you lived will be lesser than others. (It means if you travel for 1 day on that kind of speed, when you reach back you find others become older than you).  Speed of light is approximately 300,000 kms / second.  So it could be that, our God, who could be an ET, travelled to his planet outside our Solar system, say orbiting the star Sirius, for a one year holiday, and came back to Earth, the Earthlings will be older by say, 500 years!!!

Well, there is no dearth in making deductive reasoning on the subject.  Its never ending and you might think, “What about this? And what about that?”.

It’s no surprise that information like this will rock the cradle for the mass fragile minds that can’t think outside the box if their life depended on it.  

Did ancient aliens really help to shape our history?

Remember. Our technology is relatively primitive. Earth is only 4 billion years old. There are planets out there billions of years older.  Just imagine the kind of technology that these planet inhabitants may be having.  THINK, DRAWING CORRELATIONS. DEDUCTIVE REASONING IS NOT A BAD PRACTICE! 

Recommended watch is History Channels ‘Ancient Aliens – The Series’ documentary.

Movie Reviews, Movies and Others

Khuda Kay Liye – Pakistani Movie


I had earlier heard about Pakistani drama and had seen one or two of their dramas.  But not tried or heard about any movie from Pakistan.  But the movie “Khuda Kay Liye” directed by Shoaib Mansoor sprung up as a surprise due to its rave reviews.  Making movie on a controversial topic is really a bold move by Shoaib Mansoor.  And my taste is for controversies.  This is the first Pakistani film officially released in 2007 in India.

So I “rented a DVD” and I came away truly amazed after watching this movie.   It’s not only the most important film to come out of Pakistan for as long as one can remember, it is, more importantly the most relevant mainstream film on Islam that you’ve possibly seen.  It addresses pertinent issues like Islamic fundamentalism, the status of women in contemporary Islam, erroneous interpretations of Islam, the consequential effects of 9/11 on Muslims in America, and the divide in Pakistani society between the liberals and the extremists.  The film also features a few subtle digs at India like when the older brother meets a white student in Chicago, he says “We built the Taj Mahal!!”, what?! “We mean Muslims”, oh ok! So what about Indian Muslims? ……..  It also shows what the Pakistanis think about Indians.

The film follows two brothers who are musically inclined.  The younger, Sarmad is brainwashed by a radical Muslim cleric into believing that music is against Islam. Distancing himself from his art, he abandons his family and joins a fundamentalist group in a village in the outskirts near Afghanistan.

Misled into believing that he’d be upholding the honour of Islam by doing so, Sarmad agrees to be married to his London-bred cousin Mary against her wishes, and on the insistence of her hypocrite father who wants to end her relationship with an English boyfriend.

On the other hand, Sarmad’s older brother Mansoor, a liberal, signs up for music school in Chicago where he finds his soul mate in an American girl. All’s going well for them until 9/11 happens and Mansoor is wrongly accused of having terrorist links only because he’s a Muslim.  While the entire principal cast has put in a fabulous performance, its Naseeruddin Shah in his brief appearance in the climax as the long bearded progressive Islamic scholar with his dialogues (‘There is beard in religion, but no religion in beard’ and ‘Two men who did the greatest service to Islam in Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal, did so without a beard and out of the so called Islamic dress code, in western dress.) who literally steals the thunder. It is learnt that, he had liked his part so much that he even did the role for free.

The music of KKL struck the right note considering the theme of the movie.

However, the movie did not do well in India, well, in my opinion, due to the fact that the issues in the movie are not pertinent in India.  Our audience cannot identify with these issues.

However, despite the above and the amateurish acting, the film will hook you till the very end.  Way to go!!

Documentary, Movies and Others

Are We Alone? Are UFOs real?

Disclosure Project” is a two part documentary which gives an Executive Briefing on startling revelations made on UFO (Unidentified Flying Objects) and ET (Extra-terrestrial) sightings around the world.  There is nothing graphic about this documentary and heavily relies on testimonies and interviews of eyewitnesses who are high ranking and reliable officers (who are not on drugs!!) from NASA, FAA, radar operating officers, military and government personnel who have had close encounters of the third kind, with sufficient corroborative evidences.

This documentary on The UFO Phenomenon aims to show that some UFOs may be extra-terrestrial and that secrecy and ridicule are regularly employed to keep the truth about UFOs hidden.  The eye-witnesses have seen the UFOs flying at high speeds not attainable by man (up to 17,000 – 18,000 miles per hour) calculated on basis of position of the objects between radar blips, some have seen the UFOs land, others have seen them crash land and few others also witnessed the highly intelligent aliens who died on crash land and at least two were alive out of which one died later and the other one escaped and was shot dead later!!  What happened to these evidences, no one knows.  The UFOs are particularly interested in the military weapons facilities carrying the nukes and some missiles were intercepted in mid-flight during tests, by UFOs!!  An interviewee also says that pictures of the dark side of the moon before the Apollo missions revealed that there were colonies consisting of high rise buildings, some of which were more than half a mile high!!! Even the astronauts who landed on the moon including Neil Armstrong reported UFO sightings on the moon.  And these pictures / tapes were later airbrushed / deleted by the Government (supposedly people from Unacknowledged Special Access Program also called USAP, which is a covert organisation with a complicated organisational structure of which even the President of USA is not aware) and interviewees were warned or assaulted or some witnesses even killed for not spilling the truth to anybody!  Remember the “X-files” series which entirely dwelt on the premises of presence of UFOs and ET but ultimately suppressed by the Government?!  Further, many witnesses were ridiculed by saying that the purported UFO could be a weather balloon, military vehicle or man-made aircraft etc.

Some theorists and many witnesses also say that Integrated Circuits (ICs) and Fiber Optics were found in crashed spaceships.  This technology was then made available to the public!!!  So now we know from where we got these technologies!!!  The UFOs are specially designed to be anti-gravity.  No seatbelts are required for the passengers inside the vehicle as the UFO has its own gravity by using the laws of physics.  There’s probably not much we have technologically that would interest an alien species that has the technology for interstellar travel.  However, to primitives like us, advanced alien technologies could open doors to wealth and power if we could figure out how the stuff works.  According to some theorists, the process of humans exploiting advanced UFO technologies is already well underway.  The undercover USAP and others have developed fully functional prototypes of UFOs reverse engineered from crashed alien spaceships, which have anti-gravity propulsion system which requires no fuel, no pollution, no noise and very highly manoeuvrable and which purportedly employs ‘Zero Point Energy’.   These ARVs (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) are very well capable of undertaking space flights at or more than the speed of light.  These prototypes have not been publicised at all.  Remember, many “X-Files” episodes highlight these covert operations!  Rigorous Reverse Engineering is taking place to develop Alien technologies based on the objects crashed on Earth.   One of such well-known UFO crash is the Rosswell Crash.

According to sources close to the Government, the UFO contacts is known by quite a few politicians in the opposition and of course by those who are in power.  The military has legitimate concern of not letting the secrets out either.  The Columbia crash has a mysterious UFO angle to it as well … not so much an ET war as suggested by some but a measure to keep us grounded to Planet Earth … why … ?

‘Are the Aliens hostile?’ was one of the queries thrown to an interviewee.  He said if it was true, the Aliens would have completely wiped out our existence long time ago due to their advanced technologies!

All this has not been allowed to be publicised by the Government or so to say secret organisations within the Government, in order not to create panic among the people or more likely to enjoy monetary gain by a few people within the Government.

Alien scenario in India:

UFO Sightings were also reported in India.  One such instance was at Bijnor city, Uttar Pradesh, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Karnal, Haryana (Incidentally this town is where Late Kalpana Chawla was born, who was aboard the Columbia SpaceCraft which crashed, and it had a mysterious UFO angle to it as well).  These UFO was seen by many residents in the night sky.  Many of these residents managed to grab a camera or video camera and record the event that was taking place in the darkness above their heads.  Most feared that they were under attack by aliens.  They believe to this day that the object was not of this world.  Recently India has seen enormous news on UFO contacts and secret UFO bases in Himalayas near the Chinese bases. In Ladak, for example the locals clearly point out the everyday phenomenon of large triangular spacecrafts coming out below the ground and Indian security forces protecting them.  Military officials and politicians have confessed the fact that India has been contacted. India has been told the rules of the Universe.  If the information comes out through unofficial channels first and then the authorities are pressed against the wall to confess, two bad things can happen. First, it can really cause a panic in the country as well as the world. Second, the way the Indian politics is run, the ruling party will be thrown out of power in no time if it is ever found that the Government withheld such information from the public.  The recent rush of world leaders to India is remarkable. Starting from Russian President Putin to major Senators from America have visited or are planning to visit India. European Union is in deep discussion with India on cooperation. All sanctions against India’s nuclear programs and Indian Space Research Organization are in the process of being lifted. India is cooperating with Europeans and the Americans in space explorations and technology research program. India is also part of World Trade Organization. India is receiving major outsourcing contracts in IT and call-center service work from America and Europe. India’s Forex reserve is at a level never imagined before because of international direct investments from Western nations, Japan, Korea and others. Interestingly, China the arc rival of India changed its posture in the last few years to make India’s friendship and trade a priority. India is slowly getting to the point when it is accepted as a permanent member of the Security Council. All the five Security Council members China, America, Russia, France and UK support India’s inclusion.  When all these factors are added together and analyzed, it seems like India is being told by the world to abide by the hidden protocols and in exchange be recognized as a major emerging superpower.  According to sources close to the Government, the UFO contacts is known by quite a few politicians in the opposition and of course by those who are in power.  The military has legitimate concern of not letting the secrets out either.  (S0urce – http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/01-06a-05.asp).  It appears that all the nuclear powers on Earth are being contacted by Aliens and apparently the galaxy and the Aliens are not happy about nuclear power.

God is an Astronaut:

India has had a history of ET contact often interpreted as something to do with the God’s in the Hindu religion. Many wars have been waged in our past which involved the use of highly sophisticated weapon systems unknown to us even today. The use of flying vehicles and extraordinary beings in the history of India are all recorded in the Vedas and various other ancient scriptures. Our Gods descended from the Heavens and were living amongst us is a metaphor for god like entities incarnating on our planet from different star systems.  Even in Bible and other Holy Books, flying vehicles and ET have been described, though in a Godly fashion.

It is also said that the Pyramids in Egypt and Peru and Pumapunku in Bolivia, Stonehenge are all, allegedly built by or guided by Aliens as it is almost impossible to build these structures within a short period of time even today, with advanced technologies.

Other Documentaries recommended on same subject:

  • UFO : The Greatest Story Ever Denied
  • Ancient Aliens: History Channel
  • Out of the Blue