Sunday, September 27, 2009
In India, where football (soccer) ranks second on the list of popular team sports, and all the fanfare is accorded to the cricketers, Bhaichung Bhutia is considered to be a torchbearer. He has taken Indian football to the international arena, where he has not only made a mark for himself, though on a much lower scale, he has also given the game of football a wider recognition & visibility thanks to his playing the game in all its seriousness and also sprinting leaps & bounds beyond the playing field, to become a well-known sports personality for the masses.
Bhaichung at a glance:
Age: 32 years
Height: 1.73 metres
National caps: 102
Club: East Bengal.
Debut, in Indian football scene: In 1993, as a sixteen yr old!
Sex appeal: Boyish looks, well endowed though.
Dreams of: Playing in 2011 Asia Cup.
Career best: Nehru Cup victory.
Career low: 6 month ban on skipping practice match
and stance on Tibet, skipped the prestigious Olympic torch relay
Extra skills: Dancing; won reality-show championship on satellite television.
Weakness: Not enough international exposure, the Barcelona pre-season experience notwithstanding.
Loves: To swim, also to flirt (though is happily married, and is a doting dad).
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Jesse McCartney is one of the most promising young singers.
He also is an actor and is currently a great favorite amongst American teenagers,
and young adults worldwide.
The critics initially were dismissive of Jesse saying that he was just another cutie-pie singer, but they have woken up to his new song 'Leavin' whose rocking video has captured the imagination of millions.
The hit single is from Jesse's album titled "Departure".
Jesse can no longer be termed a poor man's version of Aaron Carter.
Listening to the songs, I must admit that I felt that Jesse is likely to be the next big thing among young & inspiring singers. He still has a long way to go though.
I found the songs 'How do you sleep', 'It's over', 'Bleeding love', 'Told you so', and 'Not your enemy' rather interesting as far as teen-pop is concerned.
They might not exactly be soulful ballads, yet they charm.... kind of.
Here's wishing him all the luck.