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Thursday, June 09, 2005

What's in a name?

Just had a mail from a long-lost friend of mine, who stumbled onto me through this blog. Which is the good news. He is coming down to Manhattan and wondered if I would have time for a drink (yesssss!)... and that is the even better news. He also pointed me to his own blog, which I was unaware of, and which, it turns out, is also called Fourth Umpire!
What can I say? Hopefully, when someone compiles a list of the Top 100 Blogs Called Fourth Umpire, mine will make that list, too :-)
Never mind, got to change the name -- within a week, tops -- since my friend has prior claim to it. Tempted to go with Panix Station, which is what that radio thingy I do on Rediff is called -- any better suggestions, anyone?
Oh, and? This 'What's in a name' business reminds me of this joke I chanced on when watching a Tamil film the other day. One guy says 'what's in a name?'. The other goes, do you even know who said that? Tagore, goes the first guy. No, says the second triumphantly, it was Shakespeare.
'If there is nothing in a name,' argues the first guy, 'then what is the difference if I call him Tagore?' :-)


  • Call it Bailing Out! :)

    By Anonymous Shantanu, at 20:03  

  • Call it Permalink. After all, the links to the previous posts on the left side of the screen are all labeled "Permalink"! (just kidding, of course, hope you fix the post titles).

    Panix Station is as good as any and brings back pleasant memories of reading your live comms and chat on rediff at 3 a.m. when in grad school.

    By Anonymous Arvind, at 20:37  

  • May be you can use "Off Fours and Sixes"

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 20:37  

  • Hi Prem
    Maybe you could call it Cricket Uncut?

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 20:48  

  • Prem, I have great respect for your writing and love the way you play with the language to get your message through. Most importantly, your comments & opinions seem unbiased and ORGINAL. My favorite past-time in the office is to try & sneak a reading of all your older columns from Rediff archives.

    That's why I was a tiny bit disappointed to see u adapt a quote from the Foreword of PG Wodehouse's novel "Summer lightning" viz...Hopefully, when someone compiles a list of the Top 100 Blogs Called Fourth Umpire, mine will make that list, too :-)
    PGW used "books" and "Summer Lightning" instead of "blog" and "Fourth Umpire".

    No offense meant, just being a bit nitpicky. Being a fan of ur writing, I have come to expect EVERYTHING to be original.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20:51  

  • No offense taken, chief. I'm a fan of Wodehouse -- the first novel I ever read was Doctor Sally (http://www.rediff.com/style/aug/08prem.htm) and yes, this flip line is from Wodehouse. Thing is, for me, those two authors -- Wodehouse and Shakespeare -- are so much a part of my mental make-up, I don't even *think* I am quoting. You have a point, though -- on this medium, I need to be damned careful.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 20:59  

  • Michael, Amit Varma does a brilliant blog, India Uncut -- it's linked on mine, in case you want to check it out. A cricket uncut would be a variation on his inspiration -- I'll avoid :-)

    Oof, got to shut down... tonight is one of those where I work till 2 am, and if I start responding to posts as well, make that 5. :-)

    Later, guys

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 21:00  

  • Instead of "Panix station' I would suggest you to keep 'Murusoli Maran' (any way u like tamil movies ).

    Since this blog is about cricket ..keep a
    name with some cricket in it ..Silly Point,..Gully, ...Fine leg (is sexy ! )
    how about deep fine leg ?

    take it easy .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 21:02  

  • "Bowled 'im"
    "Straight Drive" ... and a number of other cricketing shots that suits the personality of your blog.
    "Underhand Hook"
    "Fourth Man" - the connoiseur who always parks him/herself behind third man
    I'm sure you can use your excellent imagination to come up with something that is serious, witty and humourous.

    By Anonymous Rupak Das, at 21:21  

  • "twelfth man"
    "square leg" (or some such vantage point in the field, u choose where..)
    maybe "silly-mid-on" (up close, in your face and sledging)...

    By Blogger Soultan of Swing, at 22:44  

  • How about "Bodyline"? Or "Wrong'un"?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 22:49  

  • Mister Panicker,

    Have a suggestion and a question?

    Suggestion: how about naming it:

    Would you please :) inform as and when you change your "Fourth Umpire" blog name

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 22:56  

  • wonder how many cricket blogs are around titled "hawk eye"...

    By Blogger chatura, at 23:02  

  • Hi Prem,
    May be you can rename your blog as "Neutral Umpire" given your unbiased opinion and reports

    By Blogger Aravind, at 23:05  

  • call it the fuckpitch

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 23:08  

  • Sticky Wicket or Panic Attacks ;-)

    By Blogger chatura, at 23:13  

  • Why Panix station ? Why not gas station ?
    with photos of peanuts in the background.
    So people will know that gas is produced
    here !

    You can use my name too , if you want. it will remind of old days ...I will give you a chance to write in Indian Expres !

    Someone suggested 'Deep fine leg' that is too hot ...I am already leaking ..sorry I have to go >

    By Anonymous Faisal Sheriff, at 23:21  

  • prem,

    nice and evocative - the article about your graduation from comics to PGW and beyond. glad you posted that link.

    By Blogger chatura, at 23:30  

  • Mr Anonymous Faisal, if you want to masquerade as someone else, the least you can do is learn to spell his name right. As for the other dimwit -- you know who you are -- yeah, right, love you too, bud. To the rest -- sorry, guys, but you know how it is; kids sometimes use the computer when their parents are away, and they think it is very 'adult' to post some expletive they don't know really know the meaning of, but have heard the school bully use often enough to learn by rote. Chatura, thanks, mate, glad you liked it.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 00:30  

  • heh, how's that.
    I've got a blog (sort of defunct now) called Fourth umpire also.


    By Blogger Dhruv Deepak, at 01:14  

  • What about
    1. Spectator
    2. sightscreen

    By Anonymous bruno, at 01:34  

  • what about "Allout for no loss"

    By Blogger Badri, at 03:23  

  • there are lots spin off jokes from the "whats in a name" saying.. the one that cracks me up the most is .. where the boss steals the employer's work and takes credit and tells the employee "whats in a name" to which the employee responds..well if shakespeare really believed in that saying, he wouldnt have taken credit for coming up with that saying. :)

    By Blogger sachin, at 08:31  

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