POSTED BY OWD ON Nov 27, 2014 AT 19:58 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 27, 2014 19:58 IST

 

Watching Phillip Hughes, so boyish, cheerful and amiable, was all about the future. There was barely any past...

He had the attitude. He had the look. Here was a cricketer, we told ourselves, with time on his side. Perhaps he assuaged his disappointments the same way. Certainly, he handled himself as first reserve with dignity, patience and enthusiasm.

Thus the intensity of the shock at his loss. Hughes is the tomorrow cricketer who will now form part of history. He is not the youngest Test cricketer to die. That tragic mantle still belongs to Manjural Islam Rana, the Bangladeshi spinner who was 22 when he died in a traffic accident in March 2007.

But he has become the first to be cut down, as it were, before our very eyes — in the act, in full bloom, in the presence of his mother and sister, by a delivery from a bowler who just six weeks ago was his teammate in a one-day series in the Gulf.

Forever young, that’s how we’ll remember Phillip Hughes
Gideon Haigh in the Australian

 

It's not been the same for the world Cricket community since Nov 25, and today was a tragic reminder of the fragility of life:

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POSTED BY OWD ON Nov 27, 2014 AT 19:58 IST, Edited At: Nov 27, 2014 19:58 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 25, 2014 AT 23:33 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 25, 2014 23:33 IST

By now, since the rumours about veteran actor Dilip Kumar's health have been set to rest, we can happily share the tweet of the day by one of his fans—an iconic photo from the past, that got retweeted as an internet meme:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 25, 2014 AT 23:33 IST, Edited At: Nov 25, 2014 23:33 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 25, 2014 AT 17:07 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 25, 2014 17:07 IST

As serious journalists, we go by the following two dictums:

  1. Things are often not what they seem.
  2. Ask, and it may not be given you; knock, and it may not be opened unto you, but seek and ye shall find.

While puzzling over why Sanskrit was being brought back to the Kendriya Vidyalayas in place of German, and why it could go on to replace English as a link language, our intrepid reporters decided not to be disturbed by the phenomenon that has recently come to be characterised as 'extraneous noise' and instead to go back to the basics.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 25, 2014 AT 17:07 IST, Edited At: Nov 25, 2014 17:07 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 24, 2014 AT 17:52 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 24, 2014 21:47 IST

First came news about The Times of India Literary Festival scheduled to be held in Mumbai between December 5 to 7, 2014. Tucked away in the programme schedule was the following:


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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 24, 2014 AT 17:52 IST, Edited At: Nov 24, 2014 21:47 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2014 AT 22:30 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 21, 2014 22:30 IST

Dear Ms Smriti Irani,
Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD).

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports you as saying today that a controversy over German being replaced in KV schools has been created "deliberately" and that its continuation as third language would have been a violation of the Constitution.

"The schools were teaching German as the third language which was in violation of the Constitution, knowing that German is not a third language. We or the ministry or KVs [Kendriya Vidyalayas] could not have renewed the contract. I have taken oath under Indian Constitution and I will abide by it," 

Your ministry, madam, had last week decided to replace German with Sanskrit as the third language in the KVs, arguing that the existing arrangement was against the three-language formula and "violated" the national policy on education.

We submit four things for your information and kind consideration:

1. The constitution does not say anything about the three-language formula.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2014 AT 22:30 IST, Edited At: Nov 21, 2014 22:30 IST
     
 
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