Who’s David Lalrinmuana?

November 26th, 2006 2:15 am by Maimawm

Alright, I’ll admit I’m a complete ignoramus when it comes to soccer or its players. But I thought I knew Mizo players pretty well (like Mama and ..the others :) ), but apparently, I don’t. I stumbled across this piece of article about David Lalrinmuana and I have no clue who he is. I’ll admit this is the first time I’ve heard his name.
Anyway, an excerpt from the article here –
‘Every morning in Durgapur, a dusty, little town some 150 km from Kolkata, a 13-year-old with fast feet and nerves of steel wakes up with just one thought in his head – football. In Manchester, in the Nike-sponsored under-15 football tournament, David Lalrinmuana, through sunshine and rain, bruised ankle notwithstanding, blazed his way into the minds of the talent scouts here.’
Full article here.

What I want to point out are these lines from the article –
‘His talent found a stage in the Subroto Mukherjee Cup, where his Higher Secondary School team made the quarterfinals, following which the Assamese boy earned the Bagan call up.’

Assamese boy??? Am I misunderstanding something here or did PRAJWAL HEGDE say Lalrinmuana’s Assamese?

Well, if I interpreted that wrong, shoot me. But if the writer actually did say the subject of his article is Assamese, well, all I can say is that he needs to do his homework first before submitting it on national paper. Especially since he also mentioned –

‘Earlier this year, Lalrinmuana was literally picked off the streets of Zemabawk Aizawal in Mizoram, where he plied his trade after school hours everyday.’

I also have to add that I would have expected someone who writes for Indiatimes to know such basic stuffs, even without doing his homework. I would expect school kids to know that Assamese people are people from Assam, or that people from Mizoram are called Mizos. I understand when they get mixed up and call us Mizorams, Mizoramis et al. But I just can’t understand ‘Assamese’!

But anyways always good to see Mizo names. Kind of funny how back home, you care little for people you don’t know. But the moment you step out of the state, it feels like every person with a Mizo name is your brother, someone you’re personally responsible for, someone who’s victories you have the right to exult with.

Umm.. could it be possible that David Lalrinmuana is really Assamese, maybe an Assamese christened with a Mizo name perhaps because he was born in Mizoram?? :)
(If so, my apologies, Mr. Hegde)

Flickr pics picked

November 26th, 2006 2:02 am by TheHumanBot

If you do photo search using keywords such as “Mizoram”, “Aizawl”, you will find several photos matching . I just did. Here are my picks:

Bruce Young Mighty

Gym body

Chandmari Bazaar

Indo-Myanmar Border @ Zokhawthar

Durga’s immersion in the River Tlawng

Boxer Jenny’s profile

November 26th, 2006 1:27 am by TheHumanBot

‘In fact, we started practicing with the guys only. They used to hit us hard but we also responded in the same way.’
Jenny[on dailyindia.com]
(Was that you cowboy, daring women boxers only?)

Google search led me to Jenny’s page on Sportal, the website of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. According to the website, she is 1990 born which is obviously wrong. It says “23” here[dailyindia.com], that is she’s half the age of cowboy and roughly as young as myself :-). Her blood group is “Homoglobin” and her father used to play “Volley boll“.

I’ve emailed them to check it.

Where’s this: sportal.nic.in

A Smokin’ Hot Evenin’

November 25th, 2006 10:40 am by Parousia

Just a few pics from my phonecam….bit tough taking good night shots from just a 2 mpxl cam. Had a great evening. Pity about the hour long delay caused by the lights hiccup…it got pretty cold then and the sap technicians were in shorts and sleeveless tees! Turned out the generator supporting the stagelights had broken down so rather than call off the show, the techs made the tough decision of sharing the power used for sound to support the lights as well. As it turned out, where we were seated in the front enclosure there was no discernible decrease in sound but it was pretty bad in the back so I just heard.

The band had started out around 7.20 and were well into it with Lay Back in the Arms of Someone when the stagelights conked out towards the end of the song. When they got back onstage, they gave us their all with all their big hits including Mexican Girl which they turned into Mizoram Girl :) I’ll Meet you at Midnight, Needles and Pins etc etc. A little after 9.30 they said goodnight and left the stage. The crowd shouted “We want more, we want more!” and soon they came back on, this time all wearing a traditional Mizo kawr (forget what’s it called….it was probably courtesy the Art and Culture dept who were official sponsors). They then launched into that age-old Mizo favourite by John Fogerty and CCR, Have You Ever Seen the Rain….fabulous response and singalong by the audience! Then as a finale, the song that everybody knows Smokie by, Living Next Door to Alice. A section of the crowd standing just next to us, helpfully chanted in “Who’s Alice…who the **** is Alice” which totally cracked up the band…and then it was all over…sigh.

We had a pretty good crowd, lots of us old fogeys as expected, reliving the past. BSNL was down initially so cellphones were pretty useless but the lines picked up later and there were lots of neon lights being waved around in the darkness as ppl got their near and dear ones to have a listen-in. Spikey’s parents lost each other as announced by C.Dina over the PA system…his dad requested his mum to wait for him by the 1 grand gate. Hopefully they watched the show together :D

Smokie concert chu….

November 25th, 2006 5:00 am by Angaiha

A hun a lo thlen meuh chuan rin ang he hu a va ni lo teh lul em!! Hla pahnih pawh an sak zawh hma in stage lighting a chhe nghal, a thim nghal thruap!! Rei feee an siam, an zai ve leh thei hlauh. Light erawh a eng kim thei ta lo :-(

Sound mawlh mai kha!! a va han chhe teh lul em! Zahpuiawm khawpin a chhia, Vanpa Hall-a concert nan a tha tawk vel ang!! Petra ho zai tuma sound kha chu tha tak a ni. Compare chi pawh ni lo! International band zaina tawk sound system tha kan la nei pha ve lo ah i ngai phawt mai ang. En man kha Rs. 40-100/- vel ni se a awm tawk vel ang.

Entu erawh kan tam ve fu. 20000+ chu kan ni hrim2… tu tu emaw chuan sum an va hai lut hnem dawn ve aw!! a buaipui tu te chuan an hausak pui khawp ang le. Eng zah tak Gilead Special School hian chang ve leh tak ang maw! Petra ho lo kal tuma TNT ho an tanpuina ang vel lek kha chu ni lo turah i ngai phawt mai teh ang.

As commented as Angaiha here

Many thanks to Pu Angaiha for the quick update

Hliam tuar teuh

Zawlbuk.net in a puan dan in “Smokie Concert entum a kal A.R. Ground-a luh tum innek buai vel avangin mi 10 rual zet chuan hliam an tuar a, an zing a eng emaw zat phei chuan hliam na tak an tuar a ni.”

Smokie’s day out @ Gilead Special School

November 25th, 2006 4:55 am by TheHumanBot

The children of Gilead Special School, established in 1989, whose disabilities include cerebral palsy, Downs’ Syndrome, spasticity and partial hearing, gave us a day to remember. On the overcrowded campus, where volunteer teachers help the children to develop skills which would otherwise be unavailable to them, an astonishingly large crowd gathered……

Details: smokie.co.uk

Somebody’s Old Poem

November 25th, 2006 4:53 am by zualtei

Love not me for comely grace,
For pleasing eye or face,
Nor for any outward part,
No, nor for my constant heart,-
For those may fail, or turn to ill,
So thou and I shall sever:
Keep therefore a true woman’s eye,
And love me still, but know not why-
So hast thou the same reason still
To doat upon me ever!

Isn’t that beautiful? This little ditty is proof that you don’t need to use big words to make beautiful poetry.

I think ‘doat’ means ‘dote’, what does it mean J et al?

Just in case

November 25th, 2006 4:51 am by Mnowluck

Should you ever be forced to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse.

The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you.

The broadcast stated that this method of calling the police is very seldom used because people don’t know it exists and it might mean the difference between life & death. Wanted to pass it along just in case you hadn’t heard of it. Please pass it along to everyone possible.

Questions for Godspell:
1) Ever got a chance to try this?
2) Where did you get this information?
3) The broadcast stated…. Who broadcasted it?
4) Wanted to pass it along just … Good and thanks but we need to know how genuine is this information.


November 24th, 2006 6:07 pm by virgochhas

They haf broomsticks, floo powder, portkey, flying carpet etc… and they can even apparate

How cool can dat be….

I would love to be able to teleport. Be here one second and da next in anatha place…

Been thinking bout it a lot and wen I asked my Boss, he was like “not possible, as of now…cos ur talking bout transfer of matter and not of data…etc etc…”

But…wen men first discovered wheel, will they ever imagine a Rolls Royce, Benz mebbe..

Am I too stupid to ask this question…do y’all think dat it might be possible….

Wen it cumz to science and math,am totally lost….

Wat chiu all feel bout it….

Gambale and Donati in India

November 24th, 2006 3:07 pm by SiLent_Man

Saw on TV late last night (early this morning rather) that legendary jazz guitarist Frank Gambale and equally impressive Virgil Donati would be in India in December. I’m not very familiar with the rest of the band but they seem to know a thing or two about making music.

Gambale played with Chich Corea for some 6 years, i believe, and has recorded with one of my favourite bassist Sru Hamm (the guy who did the crazy bass solo on the Joe Satriani concert in San Francisco).

The TV said they would be in Bangalore but the official website lists only Mumbai, Goa, Pune and Hyderabad. http://www.frankgambale.com/tour.html

Still remember seeing the Gambale signature model guitar in an Ibanez guitar catalogue some 10 years back. Althought it was a humble looking semi-hollow electric guitar, it was the most expensive guitar in the catalogue, beating Steve Vai’s famous 7-stringed JEM series, Satriani’s shiny chrome guitars and those of Paul Gilbert, Reb Beach etc etc.