Sports journalist, sports commentator, and author of several books on Indian sports, Boria Majumdar was in Goa for the 2019 edition of Goafest. NT GoGoaNow caught up with Boria to talk cricket.
AUSTIN DIAS | NT GoGoaNow
This year’s IPL has seen matches go on till midnight. The slow over rates are affecting fans and journalists. Comment
The most important constituency of the game is its fans. If a fan has to struggle to return home at 1 a.m. in the morning by paying four times the money for transport, if a journalist cannot write the match report as the deadline is over and his morning edition is gone, and the broadcaster cannot sell his inventory, it is unfair on them.
Firstly, the BCCI has to play a greater role. There are two things that can be done. You can start matches at 7 p.m. and finish by 11.30 p.m. Secondly, penalising the erring captain on the basis of net run rate (NRR). If the penalisation is done by cutting down match fees the franchise will pay it off. If you want to hurt them use the NRR (net run rate) option. Eventually, when it comes down to the playoffs the NRR plays a very crucial role. Whatever the call is, this should be stopped.
Comment on the umpiring standards at the ongoing IPL.
There is doubt over the umpiring standards, and it looks substandard. Maybe it is time to invoke technology, like VAR (Video Assistant Referee) and goal-line technology as used in football. This may not be a 100 percent solution but it can be worked on.
How do you look at ‘mankading’ and does it question the credibility of sportsmanship given the recent incident in the IPL?
There are two ways to look at it, is ‘mankading’ legal? Yes it is, if you strictly go by the rules of the game. But if you go by the spirit of the game and, we all believe that cricket is different from other sports- it is because of the ‘spirit of the game’, that it is called the gentleman’s sport, then it seems like unsporting behaviour.
If you ask me by personal choice I would not have done it and someone of the stature of Ravichandran Ashwin may not have done it. Ultimately sport is not only about winning and losing but it is also about winning hearts, entertaining and playing it ‘within the spirit of the game’. Ashwin was not out of his rights to do it, but in terms of his legacy and as a role model for future generations who are aspiring to be like him, he may not have done it.
How do you see BCCI’s decision to give Rahul Dravid the charge of National Cricket Academy (NCA)?
There is no one better than Rahul Dravid to take the charge of NCA to guide the young crop of Prithvi Shaw’s, Shubman Gill’s, Rishab Pant’s and Mayank Markande’s. Rahul Dravid will bring in structure, vision and discipline. And he himself has been an outstanding role model throughout his playing days.
Recently we have witnessed the KL Rahul– Pandya incident and the sandpaper gate involving Australian cricketers, how can respective cricket boards handle situations like these?
You got to be hard on them as they are role models and they have a job to do. It is also the job of the respective cricket boards to be constructive in such matters as they are young men. KL and Hardik lost 30 lakhs as they didn’t play those matches. They were shamed and humiliated by everyone and the same goes with Warner and Smith. We all have committed mistakes at some point in our lives and for that, we have been penalised in some or the other way and moved on. The only truth about human beings is that they make mistakes and learn. KL and Hardik are young people who have suffered and also learnt their lessons and moved on.
The new edition of ‘Eleven Gods and Billion Indians’, was launched recently with four new chapters. Can you tell us about why you chose this title for the book? Also, what’s in the four chapters?
It is the truth, cricketers are the eleven gods and we are the billion Indians. It is we who have made them these eleven gods. Virat Kohli once told me something interesting: “You have called us eleven gods but when we lose, the same people call us the reversal of god.” Unfortunately, that’s the story in India as we react with extreme passion. They are our role models. They are the people representing the country, giving us joy and entertainment everyday and they are placed at the pedestal, that’s why the name.
The new paperback edition features four new chapters. These are on Virat Kohli’s legacy over the last year and a half as the captain; If India can win the World Cup given the performance; on the Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul controversy and what that tells you about cricket; and about role models, the responsibilities and the pressure that cricketers go through.
You’ve also co-authored Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’. Tell us about that experience.
It is Sachin’s book in Sachin’s words. The idea was to tell Sachin’s story to his fans in the way he wants to. So I had to keep my intellectual ego at the check and get into his mind. Sachin’s story in his words was a challenge because you have to understand who Sachin is, respect him, keep in mind his legion of fans and just do the job. And I have tried to do it to the best of my ability.
IHM Goa will be conducting a one-day cooking and baking course, from June 12 to June 27, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details: www.ihmgoa.gov.in/2417252
Join MOG next Sunday for a talk by Dr. Meghal Arya on the topic Spatial Ecology of Water on 23 of June 2019 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at Museum of Goa, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne, Bardez, Goa. Brief on the talk: The architecture for water transcends time and space in its proliferation across geographies and cultures. These unique and diverse structures articulated the anthropogenic relationship to water, seamlessly weaving in the spiritual with the mundane. The speaker will propose that the architecture for water represents an ecosystem of relations termed as spatial ecology. The links and connections contribute to the resilience and efficacy of the systems in time and space and embed within it the tacit knowledge of a people whose way of life was deeply rooted in local conditions. As urban habitats continue to be governed through fragmented and disconnected processes, policies and departments, Meghal hopes that this talk will provide a path forward for urban regeneration that is based on integration to enable future generations to reconstitute their essential relationship to water and acquire meaningful ways of dealing with urban infrastructure. About Speaker: Dr. Meghal Arya, is an educator, teaching architectural design and history at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India for two decades. She has also taught at several international institutions including ETSAM, Madrid, TU […]
Soul Travelling is organising its ‘Walk with Legend’ with entrepreneur Maendra Alvares through the village of Loutolim on June 23, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details: 7378301863 / firstname.lastname@example.org (Contact given number for exact location)
It’s world-cup time and to celebrate this month and half of non-stop sport Sunaparanta present ‘Sports Fever @ Sunaparanta’. Over the next 4 weeks, we will showcase six “sports” films that explore the sports field as a metaphor for the game of life. Presented by Arvind Sivakumaran, the films will be screened at Sunaparanta indoor gallery on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 26th June & 3rd July 2019. Films scheduled as below: Tuesday, 11th June ’19 (Basketball) Film: Hoosiers (1986) Starring: Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper Duration: 1 hr 55 mins Recently voted “the fourth best sports film of all time” by The American Film Institute, ‘Hoosiers’ features one of Hackman’s most under-rated performances as the coach of a small-town high-school basketball team. Wednesday, 12th June ’19 (Athletics) Film: Chariots of Fire (1981) Starring: Ian Charleson, Ian Holm, Ben Cross Duration: 2 hrs 5 mins The winner of the 1981 Oscar for Best Picture is remembered mainly for Vangelis’ moving and ethereal music score but is also a beautifully directed drama of two British athletes competing in the 1924 Paris Olympics – one runs to fight bigotry and the other for the greater glory of God. Other films to look out for: Tuesday, 18th June ’19 (Golf) […]
Director of Education(India), Mission Rabies and Worldwide Veterinary Service, Murugan Appupillai will be hosting a talk on ‘Achieving a Rabies – Free Goa and Challenges with the dog population’ on June 28, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at International Centre Goa, Dona Paula.
Deciphering cricket with Boria Majumdar
Sports journalist, sports commentator, and author of several books on Indian sports, Boria Majumdar was in Goa for the 2019 edition of Goafest. NT GoGoaNow caught up with Boria to talk cricket. AUSTIN DIAS | NT GoGoaNow This year’s IPL has seen matches go on till midnight. The slow over rates are affecting fans and journalists. Comment The most important constituency of the game is its fans. If a fan has to struggle to return home at 1 a.m. in the morning by paying four times the money for transport, if a journalist cannot write the match report as the deadline is over and his morning edition is gone, and the broadcaster cannot sell his inventory, it is unfair on them. Firstly, the BCCI has to play a greater role. There are two things that can be done. You can start matches at 7 p.m. and finish by 11.30 p.m. Secondly, penalising the erring captain on the basis of net run rate (NRR). If the penalisation is done by cutting down match fees the franchise will pay it off. If you want to hurt them use the NRR (net run rate) option. Eventually, when it comes down to the […]
Giving a boost to the cinematic culture
The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in collaboration with Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) organised a 20-day workshop of two certified short courses namely, Foundation Course in Screen Acting and Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing at ESG, Panaji. These short courses aimed at helping artistes and screen writers of the state polish their skills. Registrar at FTII Varun Bharadwaj was present for the valedictory function. The faculties for the courses were Phuntsok Ladakhi and Samvartha Sahil. The full day courses commenced from April 13 and ended on May 2. A total number of 32 registrations from all over India were received; out of which 20 individuals opted for the Screen Acting course while 12 opted for the Screenplay writing course.
‘Watermark’ – Goa’s first floating luxury lounge and bar
T-Mark Hospitality, Goa’s latest entrant in the hospitality world launched its new venture, Goa’s first floating luxury lounge and bar ‘Watermark’. The third project after Owl, Goa’s Premium Night Club and Divo Café, this one-of-a-kind lounge is all set to offer diners a unique experience on deck. ‘Watermark’ is a joint venture by the enterprising trio Shikhar Kumar, Trivesh Ajgaonkar and Rhea Kumar. The floating lounge and bar was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in the presence of other member of the legislative assembly. Other guests present were Goa’s style icons and fashion designers along with industrialist and businessmen. Speaking about the launch of the premium floating lounge, Sawant said that the floating lounge is going to be a huge attraction for Goa’s tourism industry.
Serendipity Arts Festival announces 2019 curators
The curatorial panel for the fourth edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival, an eight-day multidisciplinary arts event held in Panaji (15 – 22 December), has been announced and includes leading names from various arts disciplines. The annual arts festival will include disciplines like music, dance, theatre, culinary arts, visual arts, craft and photography. Each discipline will be curated by two curators. For music, the curators are tabla player Aneesh Pradhan, and Sneha Khanwalkar, a music director best known for her music in the film series ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. In the field of dance, Bharatnatyam dancer and former chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (2011-2015), Leela Samson, and choreographer-dancer Mayuri Upadhya will curate projects. As per the organisers, Mumbai-based actor and director Atul Kumar, and film and theatre actress Arundhati Nag will handle curation for theatre. For culinary arts, restaurant mogul and chef Rahul Akerkar and Goa-based Prahlad Sukhtankar are curating for the festival. For photography, curator Rahaab Allana and photographer-environmental campaigner Ravi Agarwal have been named. Visual arts will have contemporary Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty and art-cultural historian and museologist Jyotindra Jain as curators. Curator Pramod K G, who has recently curated the first-ever exhibition of a collection […]
About theatre arts
Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts in collaboration with Abhivyaktee conducted a 15-day intensive theatre workshop with a special emphasis on ‘tiatr’. The workshop concluded with a presentation of skits in Konkani performed by the participants aged between 10 to 16 years. Based on the various exercises gleaned in the workshop, the presentation included various humorous scenes ‘dekhave’; an incident based on an exercise on ‘improvisation’; a comedy play titled ‘Teacher, Mhaka Pass Kor’; and a special cantar written by Tina Costa and performed by the participants. Chief guest at the event was the member secretary of Tiatr Academy of Goa, Cezar D’Mello. In his address, he briefly explained the history of tiatr and encouraged the participants to take a more active part in the art form. He also appreciated the efforts put in by Sunaparanta and Abhivyaktee to carry the tradition to the next generation. The resource persons at the workshop were Anagha Deshpande and Saish Deshpande backed by the president of Abhivyaktee, Sandip Deshpande and tiatr practitioners Carmin Joseph e Vas and Fermino Goes who conducted various sessions on character development, body movement, use of proscenium, voice and speech, improvisations, theatre games and the history of tiatr. […]
Your career matters
In its continuous endeavour to share knowledge, improve skills and introduce new ideas, The Navhind Times has been organising workshops, seminars and competitions since 2011. In its latest venture, Your Career Matters, various popular, as well as uncommon professions, will be highlighted. The maiden interaction will be with some of the top RJs of Goa who will speak about radio jockeying as a career. Maria Fernandes | NT Kuriocity If things like music programming, scripting, presenting radio shows, radio advertisements and lending voice to audio magazines and documentaries seem interesting to you, a career as a radio jockey (RJ) is something you can consider. Radio is not only the fastest growing but also a very popular segment in the media sector today. Thanks to the various innovative approaches of the new channels that have entered the scenario in recent times, the popularity of radio is at an all-time high. RJs who run the shows are celebrities in their own right. Take for example our very own Shakuntala Bharne and Alfie of FM Rainbow, Ayesha Barretto of Radio Indigo and Uday Chari of Big FM, whose voices have charmed us over the years and kept us informed and entertained. Radio jockeying […]
What to do during the monsoon season in Goa
During monsoons, nightlife events and watersports activities are less. However, the rains make Goa more magical. There is a lot more greenery and the air feels fresher. People can visit local restaurants to enjoy hot samosas and kappas with tea while listening to the sound of the rain hitting the earth. Those who are adventurous can go for whitewater rafting or trekking. The monsoons are a great time to visit majestic waterfalls like Dudhsagar, Netravali, Amboli, Kesarval spring, Tambdi Surla, and Harvalem waterfall. For the people who are disappointed with the lack of watersport activities, there is no need to worry. You can try out flyboarding, catamaran sailing, kayaking, speed boating, banana rides, etc. One can also explore the quieter places of Goa. One of them is Fontainhas – a Latin quarter which has heritage Portuguese houses, narrow streets, and colourful architecture. Other than this place there are many tranquil islands to visit that are full of natural beauty and cultural treats. Some of them are Divar Island, Chorao Island, San Jacinto Island, Butterfly Island, and Conco Island. In some of these places, you can rent a bicycle and tour these beautiful places. If you want to stay indoors and […]
Parikrama knowledge terminus to host revolutionary sounds of Goa
Parikrama Knowledge Terminus (PKT) in collaboration with Department of Art and Culture will host its annual event on June 18, from 7 p.m. onwards at Ravindra Bhavan, Sankhali. Themed on the revolutionary sounds of Goa, the event ‘18 June Collective’ aims at exploring various folk songs and dances of the state. The event will be inaugurated by Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant and Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude. The event will be dedicated to former deputy speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly and litterateur Vishnu Surya Wagh. For the event, PKT has curated ten live performances of various artistes. In addition, the event will witness the participation of ten institutions from around Goa engage with 150 artistes on stage. ‘18 June Collective’ will feature notable artistes such as Shruti Bhosale, Tushar Kamat, Malcom D’costa and Divya Naik. Other artistes performing in groups include Sindhuraj Kamat, Raj Madgaonkar, Gayatri Patil, Suvidha Naik, Upendra Salgaonkar, Smith Naik, Chetan Naik, Gurudas Naik, Reshma Naik and others. Parikrama Knowledge Terminus is an organisation of mid-career professionals created and crafted to provide quality educational aid and professional outlook for the youngsters. Since inception, the trajectory of this organisation has been guided by the […]
‘Yoga for Heart’
To commemorate the 5th International Day of Yoga (IDY) on the theme Yoga for Heart, Directorate of Health Services is observing yoga celebrations on mass scale at State level as well as at all Health Centres to promote and propagate yoga all over State of Goa. A state level function will be held at Taleigao Community Hall, Taleigao on June 21 at 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., in association with Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs and Directorate of Education. About 500 participants including school students, nursing school, Disha School For Special Children Government staff and general public will be participating and practicing Common Yoga Protocol. Similarly yoga day functions has been organised at all Taluka Levels such as Panaji, Mapusa, Ponda, Vasco, Margao, Quepem, Pernem, Bicholim, Sattari, Mormugoa, Canacona and Dharbandora under Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and UHCs. In 33 PHCs across the state the function will start at 7:30 a.m. with one Yoga instructor. Besides, other CHCs and PHCs will be organising Yoga demonstrations/lectures etc in their respective jurisdiction with the help of Yoga experts for students, anganwadi workers, Panchayat level, Block level NGO, general public, staff etc. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday […]