Best of Harsha Bhogle

Via Indian Express

To be fair, Bhogle has been one of the most recognisable voices in Indian cricket from his days with All India Radio to rise with TV commentary. And he has the knack of using apt metaphors and witty one-liners to put his point across.

Harsha to Geoffrey Boycott on Sachin Tendulkar’s Lord’s record

During the lunch time show after Sachin’s last Test innings at Lord’s.

Geoffrey Boycott : “Sachin maybe a great batsmen but he has never been on the Lords honours boards!”

Harsha Bhogle : “So whose loss is it more, Sachin’s or the honours board’s?”

India vs England at the Champions Trophy at Edgebaston in 2013 

Michael Atherton: It is England but India has more support in the stadium, and the pitch is completely assisting your spinners. Says a lot about our hospitality, right?

Harsha Bhogle: Well, we let you rule our nation for so many years. Says a lot about our hospitality, right?

Harsha Bhogle on Chris Gayle’s style of play during the IPL

Harsha Bhogle: “6 and 4 seems to have become the new binary code for this man (Chris Gayle).”

After Sachin Tendulkar played a trademark, glorious drive off Ishant Sharma in the IPL

Harsha Bhogle: “Open the textbook, turn to page 32!”

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Satya Sai Passes Away

 Puttaparthi, April 24, 2011

“Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is no more with us physically. He left his earthly body on April 24, 2011 at 7:40 a.m. due to cardio-respiratory failure,” Director of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences A.N. Safaya said in a bulletin.
A visibly shaken, A. P. Minister for Industries, J. Geetha Reddy, a staunch devotee of Sai Baba, told reporters in Puttaparthi that his body, after being kept in the Sai Kulwant Hall on Monday and Tuesday, will be buried there on Wednesday morning.
Many devotees felt its more the end of an avatar, than anything else. 

The Andhra Pradesh Government has a declared four-day State mourning, including Sunday, in view of the death of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi. 

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who air dashed to Puttaparthi along with Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Sunday morning, also declared a holiday in Anantapur district on Wednesday, the day on which the last rites of Sai Baba would be performed.

Recalling the services rendered by Sai Baba, the Chief Minister said State honours would be given to the departed soul at his funeral.
Chief Minister went on to add that the “Trust” would function as it did till today, even without the physical presence of  Swamy, as he felt, just like many Baba devotees, that Bhagwan Satya Sai Saibaba is still with us.

Miracle: Baba died on his Janma Nakshtram

End of an Avatar

Puttaparthi, April 24, 2011

Lakhs to line up for darshan of body in state
Leaders condole Sai Baba’s demise
 L K Advani breaks down
“State Honours” for funeral on Wednesday
4 day State mourning declared

Sai’s health worries Tendulkar, Doubtful’ for Sunday match !

Sachin is an ardent follower of Satya Sai baba.
He  tookBhagwan Sai Baba’s blessings before 
the World Cup 2011

Sachin Tendulkar may not celebrate his 38th birthday
on Sunday owing to the critical condition of
Sri Satya Sai Baba. Sachin is an ardent follower of
Satya Sai baba. It was earlier planned that his birthday
bash would take place on Saturday, but now it in not
going to happen at all.

Sachin Tendulkar may not also play in Sunday`s game
against the Deccan Chargers Hyderabad. Sachin
Tendulkar has also tweeted, asking his fans to pray
for the well being of Satya Sai baba.

Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar joined the
thousands of devotees praying for a speedy recovery
of Shri Sathya Sai Baba, whose condition continues
to remain very critical.

Asking his fans to pray for the well being of
Satya Sai Baba, Tendulkar, an ardent follower
of Sai Baba, tweeted, “I m praying for
Shri Sathya Sai Baba`s quick recovery.
Hope everyone will join me in praying for
his return to good health.”

Devotees await a miracle as Sai Baba’s health turns very critical

Puttaparthi, Apr 22, 2011
Satya Sai Baba’s health on Thursday turned very critical with his vital organs not responding to medical treatment.Express News Service Reports
First Published : 22 Apr 2011 03:52:12 AM IST
Last Updated : 22 Apr 2011 08:51:17 AM IST

Satya Sai Baba’s health on Thursday turned very critical with his vital organs not responding to medical treatment.

Director of Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences Dr AN Safaya, in a bulletin this evening, said Sai Baba’s episodes of low blood pressure were persistently indicating that the heart was weak. The functions of various body organs are erratic and every attempt is being made to keep them in normal limits by administering appropriate drugs, he said.

The only positive aspect was a successful cycle of slow haemodialysis conducted during the past 12 hours to assist the kidneys. Safaya said vigorous efforts were on to revive his vital organs.

Informed sources told Express that Babas brain was showing mild signs of activity though all the other organs had stopped functioning. He is on life support system and the brain is showing very mild signs of activity, the sources said.

Earlier, Revenue Minister Raghuveera Reddy confirmed that Baba’s health was deteriorating and doctors were making last-ditch efforts to save him. Despite the best efforts, Baba’s vital organs were not responding to treatment, he added. He was speaking after an emergency meeting convened by CM Kiran Kumar Reddy. Chief secretary SV Prasad and DGP K Aravinda Rao attended the meeting.

SOURCE: 4.html

Srinivas Nyapathy’s Illustration of Satya Sai Baba

Chennai, 17 April 2011
Click on the image to view in actual size

Coming Home…! Sri Satya Sai Baba may be shifted in 15 Days

Puttaparthi,   16 April 2011
Official Statement:

The health status of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is under constant review by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in the light of the medical bulletins issued by the Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, since the time of His admission to the hospital on March 28, 2011. For several days, His condition was a cause for concern.

In the latest review, as of today, the doctors attending on Him have expressed confidence that He is in a stable condition and is responding satisfactorily to the treatment being given to Him by the team of doctors, though somewhat slowly. They are confident that, if the progress continues to be stable and satisfactory as at present, it might be possible to shift Him from the hospital to His residence at Prasanthi Nilayam in about a fortnight. His residence is being got ready in all aspects to receive Him and provide Him the required level of follow up medical care as also emergency services.

The Trustees are gratified to note the spontaneous upsurge of prayers, bhajans, namasmarana, candle light processions of millions and millions of His devotees all over the globe for His very early and total recovery. Radio Sai, through its Musings, messages and mails from all over the world has been continuously articulating this upsurge. As Bhagavan has repeatedly said on several occasions, it is only the sincere prayers of His devotees that can cure Him. The Trustees consider it their sacred duty to appeal to all the devotees to be calm and sustain their prayers to restore Bhagawan to His normal health at a very early date.

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Sri Satya Sai Baba’s health stable but, still critical : Doctors

 Srinivas Nyapathy Writes                        13 April 2011

Om Sai Ram..
Devotees of Swamy arrived at Prashanti Nilayam, Puttaparthi, anticipating a Darshan on the ausipicious day of Sri Ramanavami, yesterday. It wasn’t to be, as Swamy is still under intensive care, but showing signs of gradual improvement. 
Some devotees opined that this is all nothing but Swamy’s leela and that he has taken on someone’s suffering on to him. Others went on and said he is not a mere human being but an Avatar and that he should not be seen as some one in distress or suffering,w hether he is there before us or not , He will be there watching us, guiding us, making us feel his presence amongst us as always.
Other than the care provided by the  specialist doctors at the hospital , devotees of Swamy from all over the world and particularly in India have taken to bhajans and fasting, eversince he has been hospitalised 17 days back, praying for his good health and speedy recovery.
Updated Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 0850 Hrs. IST 
This morning’s medical bulletin reads:
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who is under treatment in this hospital for multi-organi failure is showing positive but slow response to the treatment given to Him.
He is still on ventilator and is on intermittent hemodialysis. His vital parameters of health are nearly normal.

The continued stable state of health is a matter of satisfaction to the treating team of doctors, although he continues to be critical.

Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba Hospitalised… No Danger

TOI, HYDERABAD: Sri Satya Sai Baba was admitted to the Sri Satyasai super-speciality hospital on Monday evening due to ill-health. Doctors said he was suffering from pneumonia and water has entered his lungs. Allaying fears of lakhs of his devotees, J Ratnakar of Sri Satyasai Trust said that Sai Baba was recovering.

Sources said Sai Baba has also developed breathing problems because of severe infection. “But his situation is improving with constant medical attention. There is nothing to worry about his health,” Ratnakar added. adds :
Thanks to R.Satish Naik for this update, (I also want to apologise if there were any mistakes in this email which hopefully will be the last one of ITS KIND.)

Since this happened there were so many phone calls made from all corners of the world enquiring about His health.  The local reporters did come to a consensus that they wouldn’t publish this news as it is a very delicate one and also bit annoying to the millions of His devotees all over the world if they come to know that Swami is hospitalised on health grounds. But due to today’s technological advancement in communication this news was known all over and the local media had to report the news of Swami’s illness and He being admitted in hospital before the news gets diluted and blown out of proportion.
Swami didnt give darshan on the 26th and also on the 27th darshan was cancelled. Every one of us didn’t give much preference as Swami had been coming out for darshan on and off in the recent past This evening, we all thought, Swami will come out for darshan but at around 3.30 pm, Swami’s car drove to the super hospital and the next thing we heard was He has been admitted and doctors were treating Him.
Around 7pm, the local TV channels confirmed that Swami has been admitted in the hospital.According to relaiable sources, and reports from local news channels, Swami is suffering (Swami’s BODY) from Pneumonia and He was given treatment for the same. There were also news that His pulse rate was low when He came to the hospital.
But now because of prayers and wishes of His beloved devotees, Swami is much much better and there is no need to panic any more, even though Swami will be spending the night of the 28th in His hospital.
As I type this email, in the middle of the night, in complete disbelief and dismay, Iam praying the OMNISCIENCE AND OMNIPOTENCE SWAMI for the PHYSICAL BODY of Swami, which is there in the super hospital, to become hail and healthy.
Only our prayers can help Swami to get back to normal.
There are so many countries which have already started chanting Rudram and Gayathri mantra, for Swami to get better at the earliest.
Once again, it is appealed not to give any attention to any rumours and hopefully we will have a good news tomorrow morning.
My Dear Swami, Please get better soon.. we love you so much..



A treasure house of Telugu songs in Rajahmundry

BVS Bhaskar of the The Hindu Reports

Soothing notes: The ‘Janaranjani' audio library in Rajahmundry. — Photo: S. Rambabu

Soothing notes: The ‘Janaranjani’ audio library in Rajahmundry. — Photo: S. Rambabu
‘Janaranjani’ — an audio library is grabbing everyone’s attention in just one month with hundreds of vintage gramophone records and thousands of cassettes and compact discs. The collection dates back to 1931 when the Telugu film industry was in its nascent stage. 
Goli Saibabu has built up ‘Janaranjani’ painstakingly over the last two decades. In his library, one can find a handbook ‘Janaranjani’ Part-3 ‘Ragam, Tanam and Pallavi’.
“I divided the period of 1931 to 2010 into three parts and started printing the data of Telugu film songs. First, I brought out the third part starting from 1989 to 2005,” says Mr. Saibabu. The book contains the title of the film, year, banner, producer, director, music director, hero-heroine, songs, lyric writer and playback singers. Except dubbing films, all films released in a year are recorded in the book and the same were collected in the shape of gramophone record or cassette or CD. Why did he take 1931 as the benchmark ? The first Telugu talkie ‘Bhakta Prahlada’ was released on September 15, 1931 and was preceded just one month by the Tamil talkie ‘ Kalidasu’. On March 14, 1931 ‘Alam Ara’ the first I ndian talkie was released.
The platinum jubilee of Telugu film industry was celebrated on September 15, 2005, and by that time the industry completed 4,500 films. All songs in these films are published in three parts by Mr. Saibabu’s Lakshmi Prabhakar Publications. He says none in his family was connected to the film industry. It all started as a hobby and the pocket money given by his parents was spent on collecting 2,000 gramophone records and cassettes from 1989. The rest of the two parts (first and second) are under printing and will be released shortly. “I appeal to those possessing old gramophone records or songs to send them to me. They will be preserved in my library on their name. I can distribute songs to any one through memory card or a cell phone.”
Mr. Saibabu’s collection includes K.J. Yesudas’ 360 Telugu film songs which are not devotional or private songs. He plans to publish ‘Ashtapadulu’ – 80 years’ dairy of Telugu films released from 1931 to 2010. His collection includes complete devotional songs of all the singers in Telugu.
‘Janaranjani’ is an audio library with hundreds of vintage gramophone records and thousands of cassettes and CDs