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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Nota Bene

Over nine years of reporting on cricket, I've made a lot of friends -- other cricket fans, around the world, who enjoy watching and discussing all aspects of the game.
When I came here to New York, this is what I missed -- not the reporting, not having commentary and match reports to do, but the interaction with others that went into making the experience more lively. It is to get that contact, that discussion, back that I started this blog.
I do not appreciate supposedly educated people who come onto a personal forum of this nature and abuse my father, mother, sister and friends. It's not my business to speculate, or comment upon, the upbringing of those who appear divorced from basic human courtesy -- but I can do without such 'postings', thanks.
Much as I deplore those who misused this forum, I am deeply appreciative of all those who have, with their comments and insights, made waking up at 4 am and following the game worth it -- thanks much, guys, appreciate it.
Don't feel too good, so there may not be any updates to this today -- will try and log in later in my day to do the paper round on today's game, but otherwise, see you tomorrow.


  • Prem,
    Did you let the posts be displayed earliest on top or was that just overlooked? I mean, you had it the other way round previously.

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:30  

  • Toney: did that deliberately because someone was suggesting that it is easier to follow a discussion sequentially this way. Makes sense, actually, I or anyone can scroll down to the last comments, and the response field is right next door :-)

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 17:37  

  • Agreead, I do remember somebody saying he preferred that.
    Prem, this is not to undermine your efforts to bring some order in. But do you have an option allow only users who have validated their email IDs (send a URL to the IDs they provide, so that people dont put in bogus IDs when signing up)? If so, do that. At least, only the very serious idiots would then decide to actually create bogus IDs and then post rubbish.

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:42  

  • Prem, saw your little comment about Zhang Ziyi changing her name in the Ind-SL match post comments.. I don't think she changed her name. Its just that people here in US realized a little late that in China they write the last name first. Ziyi always was her given name and Zhang the family name.

    By Blogger Rahul, at 17:44  

  • Rahul: Thanks, mate. :-) I know about the way the names are written, but genuinely thought she was Zhang Ziyi -- which, if I recall right, is how she was named in the Chinese-origin DVD of Crouching Tiger, which was the first version I saw. Thanks again, pal

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 17:51  

  • Prem,
    You have done the right thing. It's high time something was done to reduce these abusers. Some people were even posting under various common user names to create confusions. Hopefully this will help to a large extent.

    By Blogger Jai, at 17:54  

  • Testing this new feature... hopefully, it works.

    By Blogger saum, at 17:58  

  • oops... sorry Prem, didn't mean to post a 'testing' comment :) Looks like some folks finally forced your hand to regulate the blog to some extent.

    The new look and feel is much better.

    By Blogger saum, at 18:04  

  • Prem, this is the right thing to do after today's events. Love the part in BIG BOLD letters "This blog does not allow anonymous comments". That moron deserves it. Keep the good work going. Looking forward to Sunday's match and the chatting. Also love the fact that comments are now sorted by earliest one at the top

    By Blogger Giri, at 18:20  

  • hi prem,,

    remember u told me to checkout score or blog after work and really it was just disgusting.its same mentality as spitting again and again in that corner of state transport bus (b'ze belongs to govt).

    By Blogger MAHER, at 18:20  

  • Wow
    I guess I missed some action!!!Prem seemed pretty riled up!!! Regarding Zhang Ziyi, Prem the chinese follow the opp. rule to the indians, the first name is actually last name and the later name is the first one ..
    I am confused now!!! What is my name ....

    By Blogger KB, at 18:27  

  • Prem,
    I am a long time follower of rediff - ever you since started writing for 'em actually. The article that you wrote as a rebuttal to Arvind Lavakre's take on SRT vs Gavaskar is still etched in my mind (dunno if you recall that) and the one that got me bookmarking Rediff's cricket section as a must read. One of the main reasons I stayed through the night to follow the IndianOil cup is to read your (as well as fellow bloggers) take on the match. I am writing to let you know that you are doing a fantastic job as well as a suggestion to ignore MORONS whose chosen method of venting out their frustrations seems to be one of heaping abuses on the blog owner. I am looking forward to following your blog for the coming matches. Get well soon

    By Blogger ravi_raman, at 18:39  

  • Thanks for the blog, Prem...

    One thing that we miss being away from India is to watch a cricket match (rarely) with a group of friends and share the euphoria and/or disappointment. Your blog is as close to that as we can get...

    May not agree with every opinion of yours, but you are one of the best writers of cricket around...

    By Blogger Kannan, at 18:47  

  • Ravi, Kannan et al: Thanks, guys. Wasn't upset about the comments per se -- it is just that I miss good cricket discussions (which was a highlight of working on cricket for Rediff) and hoped to create a forum for it here. I'd prefer that random misbehavior not put off the genuine cricket fans -- as to the question of agreeing, heck, if everyone on here agreed with me and everyone else, it would be time to shut this thing down; where is the discussion, then?

    *laughing at the other* Know what, I should really have put a little note in that Lavakare story about the why. (Found the link here: http://members.tripod.com/~stendulkar/flipside/crtc3.htm)

    Arvind, who is a good friend, had dropped by and out of the blue, said what the hell, I am going to write a column damning Sachin.

    Why, I asked -- I mean, what had he done specifically to merit being picked on?

    It's just, AL told us then, that he was sick and tired of fans adulating him.

    I am no fan of hero worship; I thought, though, that slamming someone just because a lot of people like him was akin to breaking the neighbor's toys, just for the heck of it. Told him so, told him too that if it came to that, I would respond with the anti-view

    Let's see who the fans agree with, AL told me, I will demolish SRT pitilessly. So this point counterpoint thing became something in the nature of a contest -- not sure that is good journalism; in my defense, I was a touch younger, and a lot more hot headed, then. :-)

    Cheerio, guys, going to wolf down some soup and get into bed and stay put; take care all.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 19:01  

  • Hi Prem,
    Is that responsible journalism? Slamming someone cause nobody else does it?
    If the leading journos do it, what example does it set to the upcoming ones? So tangentialy, can we say this is partly responsible for the quality of today's journalism?

    By Blogger KB, at 19:07  

  • Prem:

    Have been a dedicated reader of your articles and was missing them of late. But this blog will hopefully more than make up for it.

    Its a good thing rediff put an ad for this blog or I would not have come across it at all :-)

    Keep it up and looking forward to some more discussions in the future.

    By Blogger RPM, at 19:22  

  • Well said rpm,
    Thanks to rediff for the link, else would have missed a real fun forum. It is fun to talk to cricket fans who are as crazy about the game, if not more, as I am.
    Thanks Prem

    By Blogger KB, at 19:27  

  • Good Move Prem - and take care .. get well soon !!

    By Blogger @mit, at 19:35  

  • Prem,

    I ahve been following your pieces for years while I have been in the U.S...while I don't always agree with all you say, I hold great repsect for you and what you do. I am ashamed by the behavior of some of the posters. Nothing can excuse their behavior.

    By Blogger Jiet, at 19:45  

  • prem, dont worry. the good guys are with you.
    I think you are doing a great job on this personal forum and I appreciate it truly.
    Keep it up

    By Blogger Ridham, at 20:18  

  • prem,
    donot worry about the whingers who come and shout at your blog. keep it up. more importantly, get well soon for a GOOD commentary on the ashes.

    By Blogger amar, at 20:33  

  • after long time, loong time. I read the tendulkar article again. It was AWESOME!!!
    Thanks and get well soon.

    By Blogger amar, at 20:52  

  • testing

    By Blogger anonymous, at 20:54  

  • testing

    By Blogger anonymous, at 20:54  

  • Did some QA.. looks like anonymous still works.. No authentication i guess.. By the way, i am not the other one that was screaming at all and sundry..

    By Blogger anonymous, at 20:55  

  • Hope I didn't say anything that offended yesterday, Prem. If I apologise.

    But it was good fun wtching cricket and interacting with you. But it all the more interesting.

    Thanks for everything.

    By Blogger Shakeel Abedi, at 21:14  

  • Dont you worry mate.. there is still lot of support for u...

    By Blogger Balaji, at 21:20  

  • Prem, this is John from the matches. I'm sorry you're not feeling well and I'll be praying that you recover soon. I love the open forum you do for the matches. I agree that some people abuse it, but it's definitely worth for the people who engage in good discussions. Thanks for making it possible for a ABCD like me to wake up and be able to follow the action without getting to watch it live. (I use your blog and live scorecards)
    My wish for the posting is that people would stop complaining about who should be out, who should be in, and whether they are pro-ganguly or not. I'd like to see people support the team and point out weaknesses without being overly critical. Ah, but there's the rub, we Indian fans seem to have a bad reputation for loving the team when it does well, and hating it if it fails.
    At any rate, thanks for you what you're doing and I'll talk to you over the next match.


    By Blogger John, at 21:26  

  • Prem, looks like some people still have a way to beat the system. I have a suggestion, block the profile of those bloggers who pose as anonymous. That way they can't leave comments.
    I have great respect for you. I think you are a great guy :)

    By Blogger Ridham, at 22:03  

  • this is exactly i wanted to suggest. disable all anonymous comments on your blog. Prem- keep up the good work. do not let these people distract you from your work.

    By Blogger Karthik, at 22:32  

  • Prem...what additionally can I say, besides thanks for the blog. You know, I usually like to watch cricket matches alone, because of too many 'fans' of the kind that flamed your blog yesterday. But with your blog, and comments section, I almost find it difficult to concentrate just on the match, keep returning to the blog (...my wife complained the other day..that I was not watching the match, nor letting her watch...same comp u see :-) )

    Going to read the AL article, would be great if someone can point to your response on rediff (I'm sure I read it when it came out, but still good to revisit).

    Also, got fooled by your change in commenting style, I still scrolled from bottom to up, not realising the timestamps ;-)

    Anyway, great work, looking forward to another chat on Sunday. And I know you have the patience to avoid the junk in the posters (I've seen you do ball by ball commentary+chat in 1999-2000 season...and u managed it so well despite the desperate Indian 'fans' !)

    By Blogger worma, at 02:19  

  • prem: good work, cuts out the crap this way

    By Blogger aditya, at 04:07  

  • prem I just wanted to know what was ur take on this article... http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2002/apr/29guest.htm

    By Blogger aditya, at 04:14  

  • Prem,you're doing a fantastic job. To me those fools y'day finaly found a place where they could practise for their upcoming type-writing exams and you failed to pick up the wrong un coming your way:) Don't get sucked into it next time around.

    Hope you're feeling better today.

    By Blogger Balaji, at 08:25  

  • Prem, seems there are quite a few Balaji's out here now, is there a way where we can see who posted what without having to look up the profile...am i sounding like a dumbo...well I am one sometimes, I am awake and physically present but can't think...for some reason...about anything....this now sends a shiver down my spine....

    By Blogger Balaji, at 08:30  

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