April 21, 2010

The IPL experience

Watch IPL live on youtube.com/ipl was the paint on the Vayu Vajra bus that brought me from the heart of Bangalore to the flashy Bengaluru International Airport during my recent India visit. Seeing the ad made me happy as I could watch these matches in France. To be frank the last few weekends have been fun as I prefer to watch the matches held on weekends. But given the events of the last few days I might just skip the matches.

The overall experience of viewing matches on youtube was good, however there were a few things that irritated me during these matches. The most irritating was the blimp and the commentary, *** has been at the forefront of technology. Are the commentator and the marketing firm of *** serious. They could have picked another better tag line related to the pace foundation or the bat wielded by Sachin, the Alchemist, for the last couple of decades. The funniest thing was, irrespective of the match, irrespective of the venue, and irrespective of the cameraman, the video clip used by the commentators was always the same. How perfect can a cameraman be, and how perfectly similar can the weather conditions be? in short how can the cameramen at different venues get the same view? I believe there is no blimp and this story in a way confirmed the absence of the blimp.

The second thing was the constant blabbering of *** Kamaal, *** moment of success, *** timeout and all the crap we are bombarded with. Now the saddest thing was that even in the awards ceremony I heard Kumble say, "It is nice to win a *** Kamaal even at this age". Because of my respect towards to the greats such as Sachin, Dada, Dravid, and Kumble, I am censoring my words matching *F*; but at times I cannot control it. Luckily youtube has fewer but highly irritating ads; irritating because the volume suddenly shoots up virtually tearing the eardrums. The most irritating is the one in which a biker jumping from one ship to another to reach an island full of bimbos playing the holy and peace loving game of beach volleyball.

But this IPL gave me a proud moment as the Pune team was bought for about $370 million. Yes $370 million. Now the funny thing is, while mentioning the amount, a good number of the English dailies preferred to use $ and millions as the currency compared to Rs and most importantly the colonial standard of Crores in their website. I know RBI is yet to decide on the symbol of Rupees but why $, why not £, ¥, or €. Also $370 million for Pune? Seriously? Why? Why not $1 billion? How did they come to this magical figure for a city which is famous for its Sawai Gandharva (सवाई गंधर्व) and Natak (नाटक -plays) and NatyaSangeets (नाट्यसंगीत - operas) and most of all the Puneri Patya(पुणेरी पाट्या).

Speaking of Patya, the press has been very busy with the P's lately. Apart from the pictures of Shoiab Malik who refused to use skype and get married to a girl based on his trust on BSNL, the most important news flashed on google news was the true P in IPL. Here are a few P's that I came across.
  1. Paisa or should I say Penny: I guess this needs no introduction. Given the amount of money exchanging hands and most of all the amount spent on motivating Harsha Bhogle to grow, weave, or transplant hair like our ageing film stars.
  2. Politics. Well this blog by Prem Panicker details on all the stories ranging from Dial M for Modi/Mauritius/Money, the perils of a news daily which act like a parrot and not a reporter, and the hair pin bends in the life of Shukla, the potbellied face of Indian journalism. Some newspapers articles are also well written which give a better insight on these issues; the articles I liked are available [here] and [here]. All of this makes me glad that Shashi Tharoor was not selected as UN Security General; just imagine the disgrace - if he was the Security General he would have acted like the pet dog of US for a few meaty bones.
  3. Privileged. One most important point is the split IPL is creating. Most of the teams are based out of towns that have a bigger English speaking base; for example, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, and so on. These are representative of the states which are doing well. We do not have a team from the North-East which has produced great footballers like Bhutia but cricket seems to have not reached there. I guess the primary purpose of a cricket board and to sustain a league is to spread cricket to these areas and motivate new talent by giving them steady incomes. Imagine the development IPL can bring to a state of Bihar. Even Jharkhand, the state of our cricket Captain, Dhoni, does not have a team. I guess no one bid for Tatanagar or Jamshedpur and yet we have to bear ads like this.

On the lighter note, it is ads like these had made the past IPL experience really funny while the excessive ads in the current version have made the viewing experience pathetic. The sixes have become *** maximums, the catches *** Kamaal, and wickets *** moment of success. What is remaining is having an ad for single, dot ball, no ball, wide, and third umpire calls for run-outs. In any case I guess it is a matter of time when all of this IPL business converges to something comprehensible and sustainable.

1 comment:

vivek agate said...

The experience was similar for me but commentary by http://twitter.com/eyepeeyell made the IPL matches fun. :)
Warning: The commentary is pretty explicit.