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Saturday, June 11, 2005

And finally...

It's 5.30 in the evening on Saturday, and fun though it is to browse the net, looking for interesting stuff on cricket and all else, there's a bustling world out there, the weather is good, and much fun to be had. A couple of things before I go put on the glad rags and go party, though:
One 'Faisalbhai' seems to have triggered much concern about this blog, my financial state, my position in/with Rediff, and related matters through his comments (see the comments appended to the post titled Over and Out, I Think..., my last for Friday).
I won't speculate on the intent behind these posts. But since others have bought into the premise (thanks, 'n1r3n', for suggesting some kind of dinner but the concern, touching though it is, is misplaced, believe me -- I am, though, intrigued by your mention of playing professionally; mail me? prem@us.rediff.com), do note, I do this blog because (1) I am among other things interested in cricket, and it seemed a natural extension, since I browse regularly for cricket related stories, to parlay that browsing into a blog; (2) I am not desperate enough to want to parse everything I do in terms of money earned or not earned and to money and (3) those bits about 'ditching rediff', 'starting something', being 'desperate' and all the rest of it? Tie a can to it, friend -- you probably have your private reasons for these 'loaded' comments, but they are misplaced.
On a non-related theme, good friend Sreenath Srinivasan -- professor of journalism at Columbia University here in New York, and soon to be Dean of Students at that institution -- had dropped by Friday. Always brings something new and interesting to the table, and this time it was a link I loved -- as, I suspect, will anyone else who likes chess.
Check this out -- when the board opens up, make a move, then watch the graphical display as the computer 'thinks' through its response. Endlessly fascinating, this gadget. Enjoy it, and your Sunday; adios for now.


  • I think "Faisalbhai" has it all wrong, even from the economic perspective. If Rediff Radio became a paid service, thats a financial decision Rediff took which they thought was a right decison for the business. If, as he claims, people stopped listening to that then it was the readers/viewers decision. Rediff hasn't changed the decision, so looks like it was a right decision for them.
    India today did the same thing, and I was one of the readers who stopped reading India Today after it became a paid service. Ditto with Sportstar and Panix station. But I don't think any of the decisions on my part or the corporations' part had anything to do with "ditching" or "sentimentality". Its just a cost benefit analysis decision.

    I doubt blogspot will become a paid service knowing that Google owns it and they are sitting on sh*tload of cash and they have also mastered the ad-based revenue model for the net.

    Regarding writing on cricket is a "waste of time" or not, is a very personal opinion. I find personal happiness from following cricket, and I will read, watch, play cricket. I think Prem has similar opinion on writing on cricket. Whether that leads to someone's impoverisment or upsets the balance of life is a different question. Without knowing the details and the concerned person's definition of how much is "enough money", its difficult to comment on that.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19:59  

  • blogging is not just about money and financial gains. there is more to it.

    i've often wondered what urges a person to blog. an urge to express themselves? some sort of exhibitionism? an inherent need to connect?

    while i like reading blogs by a few established mavens, i am rarely inspired to read the details of the trivialities that happen in a a random person's life (heck, friends inclusive).

    and i find i have no desire to blog. but then i lead a rather uneventful life :)

    By Blogger chatura, at 22:01  

  • Prem,
    check out www.thirdslip.com. provides very intersting analysis.

    By Blogger sunny, at 02:18  

  • Barring maybe ten people in the world, nobody makes substantial money from blogging. Most bloggers blog for the love of it, and that shines through in every word Prem writes. He's doing it for free, and he's doing it for us. I, for one, am so grateful that there is some quality cricket blogging that's finally happening. Keep it going, Prem, your blog rocks.

    By Blogger amit varma, at 11:03  

  • Mr.Prem
    Right to information is a social nedd and you by addressing it for free are doing a social service.Please carry on till you can.Period.
    P.S:Let barking dorks bark.

    By Blogger Badri, at 13:41  

  • Food for thought?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:04  

  • Guys, who is this Faisalbhai, trying to put nonsensical ideas into Prem's head? Is it Mr Faisal Sharif, former Rediff cricket correspondent and present Indian Express Cricket Gossip writer (seriously, have you read Sharif's nonsense in Indian Express)? Sharif couldn't hold a candle to Prem's standards and I personally stopped reading since Prem stopped cricket writing & Faisal Sharif took over at Rediff. Maybe it is just Sharif's way of getting back with Prem..........just a theory (now I am sounding like Faisal Sharif, the cricket gossip columnist & conspiracy theorist).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19:35  

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    By Blogger chatura, at 21:07  

  • Sometime ago, someone has asked for Rediff to do a feature on NCA, and today I found that Indian Express is doing just that... here is the link... http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=72546

    By Anonymous samc, at 08:30  

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