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Banking on the blue blasters

Banking on the blue blasters

Sachin and Sehwag: The champ and the challengerAmaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash at Presidency College. Picture by Aranya Sen

As D-Day approaches for Sourav and his Men in Blue, India’s cricket fans are keeping their fingers and toes crossed. But who are Young Metro readers pinning their hopes on' And which international giants do they see ruling the pitch' ‘The player to watch out for this World Cup…’ is what Time to Talk asked. The nominees are in, but the winner is awaited…

lThe player to watch out for during the Cup in South Africa is Virendra Sehwag, the dashing new opener of the Indian team. His outstanding performance in New Zealand is proof enough that he will score well in the coming weeks. His contribution as a bowler adds to the excitement, ensuring that Indian fans will keep their eyes firmly on him.

Sananda Sen,

IIIrd year, Asutosh College

lThe player to watch this World Cup is the Rawalpindi Express, otherwise known as Shoaib Akhtar. He is the only one in the Pakistan squad who is in full bloom despite the team’s deteriorating form. After Wasim Akram, he is the only one who can drive the audience to the edge of its seat which each delivery.

Saadia Sitwat,

IIIrd year, B.Sc.

lLike Pele and Maradona could win the World Cup for their country single-handedly, this is the time for our very own Little Master. He may be going through a lean phase now but like all the best players who always prove themselves on a big stage against the best opponents, this is the time for Sachin Tendulkar to prove once again that he is the best.

Mayookh Sengupta,

Jadavpur University

lThe player to watch out for this World Cup is definitely the Big Wall himself, Rahul Dravid. With his sound technique and cool head, ‘Jammie’ will be playing a pivotal role. Coming in at number three, he will have to hold the innings together against the fastest of bowlers. Adding to his importance is the responsibility he has as wicket-keeper. But fans can’t resist the charms of apna Sachin and Sehwag either.

Aakash Kamal Misra,

RCC, Calcutta

lThe player to watch this World Cup is Mathew Hayden. This Australian, who fights for his team like a tiger protecting its den, is sure to blow every bowler away.

Vivek Mukherjee,

Class XI, St Thomas’ Boys

lIt’s not Sachin and definitely not Sourav! The player to watch out for this World Cup is Rahul Dravid, our highest scorer in the last World Cup, on whose broad shoulders rest the aspirations of Indian cricket. He is the most consistent run-getter in the team and has pulled India out of trouble on numerous occasions. Although this time, he is entrusted with the additional responsibility of wearing the big gloves, we hope Dravid will help India realise its Ek Cup Aur goal.

Piyal Mukherjee,

1st Year, Institute of Engineering and Management

lVirendra Sehwag is the man to watch. Viru can be a real danger for the opposing bowling line-up, beside turning his arm over as well. Dravid, who played so well in the last World Cup, can’t be ignored and the South African skipper Shaun Pollock is another danger man.

Vineeta Nair,

Class XII, Modern High

lFrom an Indian perspective, the player to watch out for this World Cup is Sachin Tendulkar. Batting at number four, he has a very important position. The maestro, who is an excellent runner between the wickets, can score a quickfire 30 or 40 runs with a few overs in hand, or can also play a sedate innings if he comes in early. The comforting effect he lends to the team enables dashing players like Sehwag to play their natural game.

Pratyay Banerjee,

Class XI, Patha Bhavan


Fest fun

The annual fest of Presidency College, Milieu, kicked off on Saturday. The effort made by the organisers to showcase a broad cultural spectrum ensured a diverse list of guest performers. The theme of the first night was eastern classical music, and featured a performance by Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, accompanied by Subhankar Banerjee and Tanmoy Bose on the tabla. While 80,000 Calcuttans rocked to A.R. Rahman at Salt Lake, the College Street campus swayed to classical strains. The Presidency College grounds were packed with over 7,000 youngsters mesmerised by the sons of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

On Day II, competitive events were held through the day, including medley and creative writing. Teams from Calcutta colleges fought it out over the debate topic ‘Brain drain is an impediment to India’s economic development’. Sunday’s folk night came alive with baul, chhou and the band Dohar, with original folk numbers.

The action is heating up at Presidency, with Euphoria scheduled to perform on Tuesday night. The results for the competitive events will also be announced on the final day.


Room with cine view

The room assigned to the Jadavpur University Film Society has for long worn a deserted look. However, the spartan settings have recently been spruced up by a television set, a VCD player and a speaker. The Society has been revived by the efforts of three students — Kaushik Ananda Kirtaniya, Soumya Subhra Das and Sudipto Shankar Roy. It has already started screening two films every Saturday afternoon. The February line-up includes The Thin Red Line, Kolkata ’71, Mahanagar and Komal Gandhar.

While the funds have come from the varsity coffers, getting hold of classics remains a problem. The Film Studies department has, however, promised to provide the films and documentaries of our choice. Professors of the department will also pitch in with interactive sessions.

And this is just the start. There are plans to instal a projector and launch a film magazine.

Efforts are also on to link up with the Eisenstein Film Club in Gorky Sadan, Max Mueller Bhavan and the NFDC.

— Aritro Ganguly,

Jadavpur University


Field day

The Annual Sports Day of Apeejay Schools, Calcutta, was held on February 1 on the Sports Authority of India grounds in Salt Lake. The ex-students of Apeejay and the current students fought a close tug-of-war, but finally the alumni prevailed. Tagore House bagged the prize for the march past.

The Radhakrishnan house emerged over-all winners with Tagore House trailing. Debjit Dutta of Tagore House and Vibha Khanna of Nehru House were pronounced the best athletes of the meet.

— Sangeet Shirodkar

Apeejay School


Romantic queries

Spring is in the air and it’s time to ask Romantic questions. The sixth edition of the ‘Know Your Romantics’ quiz takes place on February 28 as part of the annual seminar on the Romantic age in English literature. Organised by the Centre for Studies in English Literature (CSRL), the popular quiz encompasses all aspects of late 18th and early 19th century England, with focus on the Romantic greats —Blake to Byron, Walter Scott to Jane Austen. “Last year, we had a team from a medical college which did very well. So the quiz is not really restricted to literature students,” said Malabika Sarkar, CSRL president. This year, the fun event shifts from its customary venue at the British Council to the H.L. Roy auditorium at Jadavpur University. The Centre invites two-member undergraduate teams from colleges and universities for registration at 2247-6324 and 2240-2011.


Puja prizes

With three days to go for the goddess of wisdom to set feet in para pandals, schools are gearing up for the second ‘Parle’ Saraswati Vandana 2003. A panel of judges will visit the schools on the day of the puja, February 6, and judge every aspect of the puja — pratima, idol, crowd, ambience, discipline, devotion and decoration and craft done by students. This year, the scope of participation has been extended beyond Calcutta, with invitations sent to schools in Durgapur, Siliguri and Howrah. There is a first prize of Rs 75,000, two second prizes of Rs 50,000, three third prizes of Rs 25,000 and 20 consolation prizes of Rs 2,500. Special prizes are also there for schools teaching challenged children.

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