Sir — Like the dodo and the dinosaurs, which are already extinct, several species of birds and animals are threatened with extinction today. The vulture is one among them. There was a time when vultures were despised because they prey on carcass. But it was revealed later that they are nature’s scavengers. The head of Bombay Natural History Society has reportedly said that the use of Diclofenac Sodium has had a detrimental effect on the birds. The destruction of tall trees on which vultures build their nests is another reason for the decline in their numbers.
Radhakanta Seth, Sambalpur
Sir — Virender Sehwag has joined the ‘100 Tests brigade’ (“Viru has the best statistics, says Dhoni”, Nov 23). He is the ultimate demolition man in the Indian cricket team. His strokes and riotous run- getting style mesmerize spectators. Sehwag is one of those players who have scored a double century in one-day international cricket. He also has two triple centuries in Test cricket. In my opinion, his knock of 309 against a vicious pace battery in Multan is one of the best innings ever played in the game.
Soumya Bhattacharya, Calcutta
Sir — I vividly remember watching Virender Sehwag bat against Zimbabwe in the early part of the last decade. He had come in at about number five or six and scored, if I remember correctly, 16 odd runs. But even in that innings, he had hit a six. His attacking style reminded me of the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar.
Sometime later, my father came back from office and asked me if I had watched the match against New Zealand. A certain opener, Sehwag, had scored one of the fastest centuries in ODI cricket in 60-odd balls. The only other Indian batsman to do something similar was Mohammad Azharuddin.
Since then, I have been following this man’s exploits on the cricket field. I feel privileged to have been entertained by his batting. His demeanour on and off the field has been exemplary. Whenever he has been criticized by his detractors, he has chosen to let his bat do all the talking.
Sehwag should be complimented for completing yet another century and for playing 100 Test matches for his country.
Biswadeep Das, Guwahati
Sir — The news report, “Adhir slams brakes on Mamata name game” (Nov 22), brought immense relief to many people like me. The renaming of stations that had come up when the Metro Railways service was extended from Tollygunge to Garia was a completely mindless exercise. I am a Calcuttan by birth. Yet, the new names of the Metro stations confused me. This made me wonder about the problems that people new to the city must have faced while availing of the Metro service.
There was also a touch of the bizarre when one went to purchase tickets. On many an occasion, I have had to ask for “two Uttam Kumars” while buying tickets for me and my wife when we travelled to Tollygunge. I am thankful to the new minister of state for the railways, Adhir Chowdhury, for putting a stop to the ‘name game’.
Chowdhury should now take steps to make sure that Metro stations are named in such a manner that it helps commuters find out their locations with ease. This step will bring welcome change to the people, who are getting tired of mindless acts.
Dhruba Jyoti Gupta, Calcutta