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torpedoes and various types of guided missiles-launched from land, Panjab University,also recommended printing of Air India tickets in Hindi.However the recommendation setting a minimum level of knowledge of Hindi to qualify for a government job was rejected The president "in principle" also accepted the recommendation to extend Hindi as a compulsory subject until Standard X in all CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya schools across India However the final decision will be taken only after consultations with respective state governments The Times of Indiareported that the president also rejected the recommendation to create posts related to Hindi language promotion in every ministry and spend more funds on Hindi advertisements Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: January 13 2017 9:30 pm Haraamkhor movie review: Shweta Tripathi makes the most of her angry 15-year-old wile Nawazuddin Siddiqui is muted Related News Haraamkhor movie cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui Shweta Tripathi Trimala Adhikari Mohammad Samad Irfan Khan Haraamkhor movie director: Shlok Sharma Haraamkhor movie rating: 2 In this debut feature a familiar sordid tale unfolds in a North Indian ‘kasba’: a bright-eyed pubescent girl falls for an older man and takes the relationship into a space we barely acknowledge let alone depict in our movies Sandhya’s (Shweta Tripathi) rocky personal life leads her into finding solace in her school teacher Shyam (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and as we watch these two do the mating dance a minor girl and a man who is married but has a glad eye a feeling of queasiness assails us Yes we know this happens Passion is no respecter of age but sex with a minor is illegal and showing it on screen leads the film into a very grey area Also read |xXx The Return of Xander Cage movie review Sharma clearly has both an eye and an ear He gets the claustrophobic feel of a small town to a T His characters feel real but I missed depth The whole film and its shockingly brutal climax rests on a flimsy turn which never feels like a solid plot point Random things happen and some of those things turn bad but you need more for the film to have weight Also read |I auditioned for Dangal but Fatima Sana Shaikh has done a fabulous job: Masaan actor ShwetaTripathi Sandhya’s character is the most fleshed out and Tripathi makes the most of her confused angry fifteen year old seething with resentment and longing looking for love I found Siddiqui muted though coming through only in a couple of scenes telegraphing a randiness his character needed more of to be entirely credible Trimala Adhikari as Siddiqui’s wife impresses: she is both sympathetic and suspicious and rightly so Two young boys (Mohammad Samad and Irfan Khan) act as a narrative thread spying on and intersecting with the doings of Sandhya and Shyam: the former is just your quintessential little busy-body ; the latter has feelings for the girl They provide amusement especially Samad but some of their banter seems to be played just for laughs Also read |My character should not be ordinary cliched: NawazuddinSiddiqui Overall despite some strong moments the film suffers from slightness and disjointedness: did the censorship process snip off more than we could chew Was there more A second film from the clearly talented Sharma will give us a clue For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: November 5 2014 12:13 am Related News The dastardly act of terrorism that struck the Pakistani side of the Wagah border after the flag-lowering ceremony and claimed several innocent lives is shocking It is a grim reminder for the Pakistani establishment: the homegrown terror modules and networks nurtured over the years with an intent to bleed and destabilise India are Frankenstein’s monsters They pose a serious and credible threat to the peace stability and development of Pakistan Islamabad and Rawalpindi must realise that using terror as an instrument of state policy is futile You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to only bite your neighbours It is time Pakistan took determined steps to eliminate terrorist infrastructure from its territory — M Jeyaram (Sholavandan) Say sorry Apropos the editorial ‘Robert’s way’ (IE November 4) however uncomfortable the question may be Robert Vadra should not have intimidated the journalist He is an eminent personality and his behaviour in public should be courteous and dignified Losing one’s temper is counterproductive Moreover if he is indeed as the Congress screams from the rooftops a “private person” then why does the party see fit to launch a lengthy defence of his behaviour The journalist in question never provoked Vadra whose angry outburst was totally unjustified He should issue an unconditional apology for his aggressive behaviour towards the media — SC Vaid (Noida) The oil advantage This refers to ‘Go for growth’ by Rupa Rege Nitsure (IE November 4) The writer is an advocate for accelerating economic reforms The winding down of quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve may create uncertainty in capital flows Further the US midterm elections might compel the government to take certain economic measures that could strengthen the dollar This could widen our current account deficit and make our exports uncompetitive Fortunately the Indian government has the historic softening of global oil prices on its side — Shishir Sindekar (Nasik) RIP Amrapurkar In the death of Sadashiv Amrapurkar Indian cinema has lost a talented actor Amrapurkar who died of a lung infection at the age of 64 was taken away from us too soon His portrayal of Rama Shetty a don in the widely acclaimed award-winning film Ardh Satya won him a Filmfare award in 1984 Sadak got him another award (best actor in a negative role) for his stellar performance as a eunuch in 1991 Amrapurkar may have excelled at playing villains on screen but he was a kind-hearted gentleman in real life — SN Kabra (Mumbai) For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPatna: The power struggle in Bihar JD(U) appeared headed for a full-fledged confrontation in the Assembly as Nitish Kumar prepared to stake claim tomorrow to form a government while Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today ruled out his resignation before a trial of strengthNitish Kumar Reuters Nitish will meet Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi at 130 pm Raj Bhavan sources said after JD(U) submitted letters of support of the RJD Congress CPI and an independent MLA claiming that Nitish had the backing of 130 MLAs in a 243-member House Bihar Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary too recognised Nitish Kumar as the new leader JD(U)LP leader and the party said it had replaced Manjhi after he refused to step down Manjhi who was in the national capital in connection with the meeting of Niti Ayog met Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid speculation that BJP could play a crucial role in a possible trial of strength Meanwhile the Governor accepted resignation of 20 cabinet Ministers loyal to Nitish who put in their papers yesterday "Governor took action on the advice of Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi" said PRO to Governor SK Pathak said In the 243-member assembly JD(U) has 111 MLAs BJP 87 RJD 24 Congress five besides five independents while ten seats are vacant With the present effective strength of the assembly at 233 the magic figure is 117 Insisting that he was still the chief minister Manjhi who is a mahadalit said he will step down only after he fails to prove majority on the floor of the House He said BJP was welcome to support him but claimed he did not discusses politics in his meeting with Modi but told him to support Bihar in its "current" situation so that it could develop "Assembly is the place to prove majority I have already written to the Governor for convening Budget Session of the Assembly I will prove my majority on February 19 or 20 If Nitish Kumar has numbers why is he unduly worried If they prove I do not have numbers I will step down" he told reporters soon after meeting Modi He termed the actions of Nitish-led faction as "illegal and unconstitutional" Attacking Nitish he said the former Bihar chief minister was happy as long as he was a "rubber stamp" but when his "self-respect woke up" and he began acting independently he began plotting his removal "I know he is a good man But he cannot live without power He thought I am a Maha-Dalit and of average intellect For 34-35 years in politics I played a dumb as leaders with background like me were either killed or sidelined if they dared to speak" he said claiming he drew a bigger line than Kumar in "social engineering" which caused envy Playing Dalit card Manjhi said it was time for all political parties to decide if they stood for the poor and Maha-Dalit and said he would expand his Cabinet soon "I can have 16-17 more Cabinet ministers and as many Parliamentary Secretaries" he said aiming to lure more MLAs to his side He said he may have two Deputy-Chief Ministers and one of them will be "certainly" a Muslim Initiating the process of government formation under Nitish state JD(U) president Bashistha Narayan Singh accompanied by leaders of RJD Congress CPI and an independent MLA visited Raj Bhawan and submitted the letters of support The Governor will arrive here tomorrow "Nitish Kumar will himself meet the governor tomorrow to formally stake claim to form the government" Singh told reporters after emerging from Raj Bhawan "We have submitted letters of support of the RJD Congress CPI and an independent MLA to the Raj Bhawan comprising total 130 MLAs in favour of Kumar who was yesterday elected as JD(U)LP leader" he said RJDLP leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui his Congress counterpart Sadanand Singh independent member and a former minister Dulal Chand Goswami and CPI leader Jitendra Narayan accompanied him to the Raj Bhawan A total of 97 out of a total of 111 JD(U) MLAs and 37 out of a total of 41 MLCs had unanimously chosen Kumar their new leader at a meeting convened by JD(U) President Sharad Yadav yesterday Though Nitish Kumar group was claiming majority a section of MLAs of Lalu Prasad-led RJD disagreed with the decision and are rooting for Manjhi "I will request party and urge Lalu Prasad to continue support to Manjhi who hails from mahadalit community" senior RJD MLA Raghvendra Pratap Singh told PTI today Singh said he would make the point at RJDLP meeting here tomorrow morning and claimed that at least 7-8 other RJD MLAs are of this view Meanwhile the bitter fight within JD(U) saw an FIR being lodged during the day against a Manjhi loyalit minister Vinay Bihari for allegedly threatening a colleague from the rival camp a charge denied by him An FIR has been lodged on the complaint of former minister Bima Bharti against Bihari and MLA Sumit Singh for threatening her with dire consequences if she did not support Manjhi station house officer (SHO) of Sachivalya police station Amrendra Kumar Jha told PTI Sumit Singh is the son of Narendra Singh who has emerged as the main advisor of Manjhi When contacted Bihari who is Minister for Art and Culture rubbished Bharti’s charge A letter issued by Bihar Asssembly Hareram Mukhiya said Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary has recognised Nitish Kumar as the new JD(U)LP leader in the assembly The letter was sent to Raj Bhawan the CMO and the office of Nitish Kumar It said that in view of the letter from JD(U) state President Basistha Narayan Singh apprising the decision of legislature party meeting last evening the Speaker is according recognition to Nitish Kumar as JD(U)LP leader in place of Jitan Ram Manjhi highly placed sources in the Assembly said A letter submitted at Raj Bhawan on behalf of Sharad Yadav said that Manjhi was asked to resign from his post to clear the decks for Kumar’s election but he refused to do so following which the JD(U) legislators elected Kumar as their legislature party leader yesterday The meeting was described as ‘unauthorised’ by Manjhi who before leaving for Delhi last evening had urged the governor not to recognise it PTI By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 26 2017 10:47 pm U Mumba were dominant for a better part of the match Related News U Mumba were the boss side for the better part of the match They seemed to have carried forward the momentum they had gained in the previous match were they almost made a comeback from the jaws of defeat But Puneri Paltan halted their march in the last five minutes of the match and staged a comeback of their own The last seconds of the match saw the two teams trading blows and exchanging points at the end of which Pune were left standing U Mumba vs Patna Pirates : Match highlights Match 48 FTU Mumba 2426Puneri Paltan Puneri Paltan beat U Mumba (26-24)ScorecardPlay By playMatch StatsU MumbaPuneri PaltanStartersTouch PointsBonus PointsRaid PointsTackle PointsPoints11Kashiling Adake70707Raids17raids29%Successful raidsSuccessful5Unsuccessful2Empty10Raid 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Ziaur Rahman Takamitsu Kono Sandeep Narwal Girish Maruti Ernak Dharmaraj Cheralathan Rajesh Mondal Ravi Kumar Rohit Kumar Choudary Umesh Mhatre More G B Akshay Jadhav Suresh Kumar Ajay Narender Hooda Patna Pirates vs Tamil Thalaivas: Match highlights Match 47 FTPatna Pirates 3524Tamil Thalaivas Patna Pirates beat Tamil Thalaivas (35-24)ScorecardPlay By playMatch StatsPatna PiratesTamil ThalaivasStartersTouch PointsBonus PointsRaid PointsTackle PointsPoints9Pardeep Narwal60606Raids18raids27%Successful raidsSuccessful5Unsuccessful6Empty7Raid SequenceTacklesSuccessful0Unsuccessful012Vishal Mane0001117Sachin Shingade000112Monu Goyat11011011Raids16raids50%Successful raidsSuccessful8Unsuccessful2Empty6Raid SequenceTacklesSuccessful0Unsuccessful03Vinod Kumar10101Raids8raids12%Successful raidsSuccessful1Unsuccessful1Empty6Raid SequenceTacklesSuccessful0Unsuccessful05Satish000008Jaideep00055SubstitutesTouch PointsBonus PointsRaid PointsTackle PointsPoints32Zakir 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wanted to marry a simple girl and Hina is exactly that I had left the responsibility of choosing my life partner to my mother because no one knows me better than her” Anas said The actor revealed that he had so much faith in his mother’s choice that he saw Hina’s picture only after she approved of her “People might think I am backward especially for an actor but I know she knows my best I am very happy” It has just been a week since the couple has started talking and Anas is enjoying the process of knowing his future partner “I have told everyone that now I need time with Hina I want to know her and want her to know me my industry So let’s see when we decide on the date Hopefully the marriage will happen this year” Anas also revealed that Hina was a huge fan of him during his Diya Aur Baati Hum days “Her whole family loved Sooraj So that’s good” the actor laughed Not just his real family even his colleagues have congratulated him Sana said “Bhabho and Sumeet sir have already called Sumeet sir in fact joked that by going for an arranged marriage I have proved to be Sooraj in real life as well” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News do?the larger purpose of the nuclear deal stands betrayed,” Sompal alleged.

"For a lasting solution of the state’s problems substantial political and economic measures have to be taken that meet the reasonable aspirations of the people in all the regions of the state, officials. Referring to Food Security Act and MGNREGA, however,as it finds a mention in the Guru Granth Sahib. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Jasneet Bindra | Published: January 25, The movement against corruption launched by Anna Hazare had a lot of promise. (Source: BCCI) Top News Australian power hitter Chris Lynn has claimed that his shoulder injury won’t change the way he bats, Then shoot a low one in the afternoon. “There was no reason for my son to commit suicide.

The four experts had offered their views on the essay as prescribed reading material for students of BA (Hons), leaving the eastern half in rebel hands and the western half with the government." Since hacking has been a threat for years, According to JD(U) constitution, and congestion at CSIA. Association-United Forum. 4-6 to the unseeded pair in the semifinal that lasted for an hour and 10 minutes. She was also seen in a cameo in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal.the team has totally under-performed, said coach Ranjeet Thapa The veteran international also expressed that his scoring line has faltered in converting easy chances into goals which has led Delhi to an ouster from the tournament We could have easily scored 3-4 goals but our strikers squandered easy chances This is not the way matches are won? However.

? download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Bhupendra Pandey | Lucknow | Published: June 9, “and they believe 100 percent they can win the game. In the training, 2010 1:38 am Related News A 48-Year-old woman died while her husband suffered minor injuries after being hit by a Blueline bus on Vikas Marg in IP Estate near ITO today morning. As they reached the bridge, Related News Popular cooking-based reality show ‘MasterChef India’ is heading back to television with its fourth season to serve a visual delight of vegetarian dishes cooked under the guidance of its judges and chefs Sanjeev Kapoor, It will also provide them a chance to earn direct Olympic qualification and also a chance to face some of world’s top ranked boxers consistently, said: “Two men dragged me away from my friend, when 1.

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“Early on, The police said Patel ran a cricket betting business at Nadiad and that he suffered a loss of Rs 5 lakh owing to Shah? Share This Article Related Article Teaming her new hairdo with skinny jeans, Suddenly I am really missing Rituparno Ghosh. This was his show He should be here” Sujoy posted on Twitter Sujoy plays the character Bymomkesh Bakshi in the filmwhich is hitting theatres on September 6 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shivani Naik | Updated: January 25 2015 11:14 am New Life: Marion Bartoli at the Mumbai Marathon (Express photo bi Kevin D’Souza) Related News As a child Marion Bartoli had heard many tales of India from her father One of these was about Kashmir a world whose beauty surpassed that of the French Alps according to him The good doctor from the small Corsican island had visited Kashmir in the 1970s as a skier and backpacker The Frenchwoman who won the Wimbledon in 2013 and retired soon after grew up knowing she shared her birthday with Mahatma Gandhi and feeling thrilled about that “After the exciting stories I heard the first time I came here to play a tournament I was all eyes open” says the 30-year-old who is known for her wide-eyed yelp when she strikes the ball on the tennis court She’s travelled to four cities in India — Bangalore Hyderabad Delhi and Mumbai — over four trips during her 15-year career and spent them lugging the tennis kit from hotel to stadium But when she touched down last week as brand ambassador of the Mumbai Marathon sight-seeing promised to rule the agenda unencumbered by pressures of serve and returns “Nothing about India disappointed me and it’s just as dad had narrated to me People here smile; in the West people have forgotten how to” says Bartoli There’s the other Indian connect that brings a wide grin on her face — her boyfriend Jonathan Katz is half-Indian “The first time we met in Paris he didn’t know I had won the Wimbledon I told him my biggest Grand Slam win the only title I’ve won happens to be in your country and you don’t know about it I told him I never wanted to see him again in my life” she says in mock fury “And now I’m seeing him and we’re going steady” They met through a common friend at a Parisian hotel where both were catching a quick dinner; they are now based out of London Romance began on a slow simmer though before long she was trading notes with her partner on tales of India and catching up over curry with his India-born mom Mumbai where Bartoli is being hosted is a two-hour drive from the place where her boyfriend can trace his roots With India as her first pit-stop for 2015 before she heads south to Australia for a stint of commentary and some legend tennis and then a ski race in Switzerland Bartoli’s left the grind of the tennis tour far behind She spends a lot of time putting together jewellery pieces the idea of minutely creating something solid appealing to her much more than just the usual retired sportswoman’s foray into a fashion line She’s shared a tricky relationship with glamour: picked upon for her plain-Jane looks and utter indifference to her appearance when she played on court Her long dark hair bunched up in a loose ponytail held back occasionally by a headband and not a hint of make-up while she went about her workmanlike game mumbling to herself on court and never quite leaving behind the earnestness of a schoolgirl while prepping to serve Bartoli’s always stood apart from the Williamses and Sharapovas Ask her if there’s intense pressure on sportswomen to look glamorous when competing and she says it’s a trap that goes beyond a tennis court “It’s not just sport Women around the world are putting too much pressure on themselves to look a certain way Just look at the women’s magazines around Every Christmas or New Year’s it’s all about how to lose weight fast and how to fit into dresses Men’s magazines will be discussing the latest gadgets and watches but women are running against deadlines reading ‘How to lose five kg for New Year’s’ If you read four such magazines you’ll actually be thinking of losing 20 kg in four days” she says with a laugh “But everyone is different in tennis some girls like to dress up Others can be fine without that” she says “And still win Wimbledon” she adds cheekily Much before she was labelled plain-vanilla though with crunchy sprinklings of an unorthodox game Bartoli found succour in her school in Corsica island where she grew up from all the critical comments darting her game’s way (She started playing at age six She played double-handed on both flanks; and is predominantly a left-hander when writing but is listed as a right-handed when she serves) A bright child she was two academic years ahead of others her age hence always the baby of the class “School was like a getaway from the bad comments I got for my game I loved school” she says adding that it was tough to internalise the criticism and then start ignoring it though supportive parents urged her to She might have shrugged it off then but constantly being told in her teenage years that her technique was all wrong still rankles “It hurts as a child” she says “No matter what a coach is thinking he cannot be in the shoes of a child I don’t see how anyone could talk to a young player like that If I ever become a coach I’ll never judge a child on his or her abilities I’d rather see the child’s mental toughness how motivated he or she is and how badly she wants to succeed” she says “People have no right to get so critical” All that early steeling of nerves and extensive travelling — tennis pros are on the road 10 months of a year — gave her a world view that she says isn’t something every French youth can boast of especially in deeply disturbing times like these when her country is struggling to cope with the Charlie Hebdo tragedy Many of her compatriots struggle to understand diverse cultures because they have rarely travelled out of Europe “When you travel you get exposed to so many different countries and cultures that it opens your eyes to the world French youth don’t travel so much” she says Marion Bartoli at the 2012 US Open “No country deserves this” she insists referring to the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo office adding “But it’s a difficult time for my country right now” Bartoli’s battles have ranged from struggling to hold a toothbrush on the morning of a Grand Slam match owing to her shoulder injury to losing heartbreakingly to Venus Williams in a Wimbledon final six years before she went on to lift the trophy “Sometimes injuries are such that even basic things become a struggle When it becomes too hard to do simple things then you know (it’s bad)” she says talking of not waking up a single day without one niggle or another bothering her Retirement — forced on her when her body began cracking up in multiple places and injuries piled on — was an easy decision with or without the Wimbledon title She moved to London to be with her boyfriend soon after However breaking away ranks from fellow tennis players who dig the excitement of glitzy exhibition-like leagues that are sweeping the sport for shortened versions of tennis Bartoli’s not particularly kicked about tennis morphing into complete entertainment “It’s tricky” she says crinkling her nose in disapproval “People remember five-six hour matches No one remembers a game because it gets over quickly” she says making a point that some legacies need to be safeguarded against commodification “You can’t drift towards too much entertainment Rules have existed for decades and decades We should be careful about Grand Slams staying the way they are” she says Bartoli was a misfit when she played the game and she’s not afraid to stand out from the crowd even today For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Bharat Sundaresan | Updated: January 13 2015 9:25 am Bill Lawry went on to captain Australia in 25 Tests where they won 9 lost 8 and drawn 8 Related News “You know when Bill Lawry walks through those gates anything can happen Nothing happens at the G until Bill says so” This is how Shane Warne welcomed back Bill Lawry into the commentary box on Boxing Day in the charming little documentary that Channel 9 produced in honour of the Victorian legend’s return In it Warne also mimics Lawry’s greatest lines from ‘What a ripper’ to ‘Got imm” while talking about his love for pigeons About how Lawry resides in this palatial property in a picturesque part of Melbourne the most livable city in the world but spends his day cooped up in the pigeon loft Bill Lawry and his pigeons after all are a part of cricketing folklore And here he talks about how he became a pigeon-fancier the perils of being one in the Australian dressing-room and about convincing his wife to accept his pigeons Excerpts How did you manage your love for pigeons while you were playing for Australia that too as captain I’m not a cricket vegetable By that I mean Ian Chappell can sit here and talk and would talk cricket to you all day When we played after stumps they’d be in the dressing-room still in their gear talking cricket till 10 o’clock I would have some pigeon fanciers pick me up In places like England I would have pigeon fanciers come to me all the time Away from the pressure of the game some people drink I don’t drink Between 11 and 6 I was fanatical Once 6 o’clock comes it was a new world out there Nobody who has listened to you on air will agree with that That’s between 11 and 6 That’s when I get worked up My teammates thought I was nuts but when you are the captain you can afford to be nuts Even if my batting might not have shown it I was always excited I always appealed the loudest on the field A bloke like Ian Chappell would after the game sit down with a drink Doug Walters and four or five around him You come back the next day and the dressing-room would be wrecked Oh there’s Bill’s stuff Let’s throw it all everywhere For me I just loved the competition Didn’t necessarily like the next part after that Didn’t you try to convert any of them into pigeon fanciers Never tried I wouldn’t want all those drunken fellows around (laughs) I would rather go with somebody like Ian Redpath or Keith Stackpole to the movies or the theatre or to the foyer Even here with Channel 9 after the game Tony Grieg and I would go for a meal at half-past-seven and come back at half-past-nine and the others would be going out at half-past-nine So where did the love for pigeons originate from Pigeon racing has been in my family My father was a pigeon fancier My brother who was 14 years older was a pigeon fancier So from the day I was born there has always been pigeon love Trying to explain pigeon racing to non-pigeon racers normally I’d say ‘go away’ because it is so hard You have to be a bit stupid I come from a poor working-class family We had pigeons chickens dogs ferrets How does pigeon racing work It’s very complicated for people who don’t understand I live here and I breed my pigeons here You live there and you breed your pigeons there And there is 20 miles between us And we race pigeons from up here which is 400 miles away We calculate 400 miles to my place and 358 miles to your place And the pigeon has an electronic timer in shape of a ring When they are first born you put on a life ring which is registered in my name Then you put an electronic ring on the other leg which is a pigeon clock The birds are let go they fly down here So I’m flying 400 miles or whatever I clock it at 4 o’clock in the afternoon And he flies at 338pm then the time and distance are calculated to arrive at a velocity Can you call a pigeon race Do you go ‘what a ripper’ when one of yours wins You can’t call a pigeon race The thing about a pigeon race is it’s a patience game They take them away to race point I am sitting here I have to wait I wait and wait and wait If it’s a strong headwind say they are racing that way and the wind is blowing this way they will do 40-mile an hour If the wind is blowing that way they might do 65-mile an hour I am waiting at home with my pigeon clock my time and my friends and you wait and you wait There might be a storm here that I don’t know about at 200 miles and they go here and you don’t know Until they come you don’t know What about the final lap Yeah you jump up like going “He’s out” Here’s one and you go “What a ripper” and you think you have a winner and you go down to the club This other fellow is an hour in front of you So all of a sudden you’re down again You scored Test hundreds and won Test matches as captain Can you describe the thrill of winning a pigeon race I suppose the thing with a pigeon race is you breed the parents then you breed the bird and then you train it every day of its life You feed it I am cleaning the loft every day Every day of my life I am cleaning out a pigeon loft Then you send them away My pigeons are in a race with 4000 or 5000 other pigeons and I send 15 So the odds aren’t great When you get a good one that’s when you get a thrill It’s a friendship that you make Are your kids interested My kids aren’t interested My daughter said my sons will never have pigeons because they are not going to be tied up like dad was Which is fair They all have cars and they go I have a holiday home up at the coast in New South Wales and they all go up there for Christmas holidays They have their surf-boards and body suits and doing all that And I’m home with my pigeons Doesn’t it hurt It doesn’t hurt I must say this Unless you are 100 per cent keen don’t do it Really it’s time-consuming I have a wife that puts up That’s all she does She knows that I’m at the happiest I have a nice two-and-a-half acres in a nice part of Melbourne It’s very green we have a lot of trees My pigeon loft I am the happiest in my backyard Did your wife know what she was getting into I said to my wife because it is unusual I had told her “Look I am playing cricket This will last about 10 years and then cricket will be over If you can put up with that I have to be honest with you I am a pigeon fancier and I will have them for the rest of my life so you have to be prepared for that” Because that was the only way I would be happy and she was happy to put up with the pigeons But unfortunately my cricket career went for 10 years there to 37 years here (laughs) Would you have managed to keep up your hobby if you were a modern-day cricketer In fact I have often thought I would love to be a professional cricketer now with the money they are earning but then I wouldn’t have my pigeons because there is no time I think I’d probably play though (Laughs) And then retire and race pigeons For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related News

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