by Vishnu Dev
I saw my first formula one car up close when I was 6 years old. I still remember that moment as if it had happened a few days ago. It was the only thing I found interesting at the science museum that day. It wasn’t the exact car shown in the picture above, but you get the idea. I remember gazing at what definitely wasn’t my father’s Citroën. The long sweeping body that led to a very purposeful looking front nose captured my imagination like nothing I had ever seen before. The large rear wing made it look like a personnel rocket ship that would be used by an alien from another galaxy. I came back home and all I could tell my mother about my field trip was this bizarre new car. I was a fan of cars as a boy, but nothing grew on my mind like that one. It was only a matter of time when curiosity shifted to interest and interest shifted to passion. What I am trying to say with this little sentiment is that I love Formula One. But even the things you love sometimes have the tendency to lose the very charm you love them for.
by Mehul Goenka
There are two things that no man will admit to being bad at - sex and driving. But they will question their mettle at driving once they have seen what drivers go through at the ‘24 Heures du Mans’ or popularly known as 24 hours of Le Mans. Held each year since 1923 at 13.629km long Circuit De La Sarthe near the town of Le Mans in France is the oldest and the most prestigious automobile race in the world. The cars are driven for 24 hours testing the endurance limit for the man and machine for their quest of speed and performance.
by Sajed Ahmed
I don't know why but for some reason I cannot take the IPL seriously. It just seems like a big budget TV series to me. I mean, think of the variety of characters that the IPL has. It has the once upon a time legends, now retired and have taken up something more civil. Kinda like Capt. Roy Montgomery from Castle whose part is being played by Shoaib Akthar. Then it has the good looking protagonists like Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell who pull off an Ian Somerhalder every now and then. For humour IPL has the comedians whose sense of humour is refreshing, something like the Pritchetts from Modern Family. Danny Morrison and gang do good justice to the roles they were offered. That being said, we also have to put up with Sidhu and his creepy one liners. There should be an auction for the hosts of Extraa Innings as well. That way there is at least a possibility that we may not have to hear Sidhu babble about cabbages and ostriches.
by Divyam Arora
Chelsea’s season came to a somewhat premature end when Arda Turan scored Atletico’s third goal on the night. The Blues were hoping to be in a European final for the third year in running. Atleti were brilliant on the night and fully deserve their place in the final. What will bother most Chelsea fans is how we conceded the goals. The first goal should have never been. From Ramires giving away a silly free kick to Cole’s failure to clear the ball in his own box. A string of errors were committed in the build-up. Then came a striker’s challenge in the box by Eto’o. The penalty made it very hard for Chelsea and from then on Atletico Madrid took full control of the game. Jose’s gamble to put Eto’o with 30 minutes remaining backfired. Definitely not a good night for him! Perhaps a bit more patient approach might have been fruitful. We have to give credit where it’s due and Atletico Madrid were simply the better team in this contest. Chelsea fans will now be left to ponder what next? The Premier League is as good as gone and now we’re out of the Champions League. Well, losing is a part of the game and you have to embrace it as well. But the most important thing after losing is getting back up. Recovery is the key. Blues faithful would love to see a reaction from the players in the next game and take the battle for the league right down to the wire. Won’t matter much for us as far as the Premier League crown goes, but then again, this was just supposed to be a build-up/transition phase for the next season. Not an excuse for letting the premiership slip out of our hands but this was always the objective in the first place. The fact that we were in the pole position and somehow blew it up is a different thing. I am sure that the players have gained good experience from this season. It might not have been the perfect season and Chelsea might go trophy less but we have lot to gain from this. This is pretty good for a transitional period. Fighting again for the league and back to the Champions League’s elite. Here, we a look at the key components of this season for Chelsea FC.