Hail Tata!

11 01 2008

On the day of the launch of most awaited 1-lakh car “Nano“, the people’s car, Ratan Tata speaks with Times of India:

most people are fixated on the Rs 1 lakh figure?
Tata: That’s for India.

On critics:
we are looking at congestion in the top major cities. Have we got affordable family transport in the two tier and three tier cities? Is it their lot not to have a vehicle? The huge potential lies when India gets connected in the rural areas.

On the idea to build Nano:
In this particular case, you could not help but notice there were three-four family members on a scooter with a kid standing in the front, the guy driving and his wife sitting side saddle holding a little kid. When you are driving a car, you say to yourself to be careful, you know they may slip and fall.

On loneliness:
Right now, I am in a very lonely phase. It’s attracting a lot of attention, positive and negative. Everybody is taking potshots at this. They started to leave me alone, they begged me to distance myself from the project. If things get ok, then of course everybody is your friend again. But it gets, just as you said, fairly lonely.

Source: Times of India

An interview: Dhoni & Ravi

29 09 2007

Venue:- Johannesburg, SA
Occasion:- Twenty20 final post-match presentation.

Ravi Shastri to Dhoni: Congratulations to you and the whole Indian team for winning this world cup. You guys have produced a great nail baiting show.. and deserves the cup. We welcome you to share the joy with us.
Dhoni: Thanks Ravi, the match was pretty close encounter between two great teams and our guys held the nerve to win the game and cup.
Shastri: Who was the main reason for this thrilling victory?
All us played well but I would say the main reason and man behind this great victory is Ajit Agarkar
Shastri(Shocked): Agarkar ? ? .. how come Agarkar… he didn’t even play in the final!
Dhoni: Yeaph.. that’s the reason we won this low scoring match.. if he could have bowled in final, Pakistan would have scored the winning runs from his 4 overs….
Shastri: ok.. fine, To whom you want to thank for winning this final.
Dhoni: The team doctor deserves the credit… he really helped us to prepare for the final.
Shastri: Is it? ?…. how the doctor helped to prepare for the final. He is not the coach or physical trainer…Dhoni.. I am getting confused.
Dhoni: Ravi… nothing to confuse… he has failed Sehwag in the fitness test according to our game plan and we managed to pick a good playing team.. thus we weigh the doctor’s contribution as very high… in fact its better than our team effort in the field.. our game tactic worked well.
Shastri: To whom you want to dedicate this World Cup?
Dhoni: The entire team including myself wants to dedicate this cup to Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly…
Shastri: I really really appreciate you… its good that you have so much respect to the seniors….and you.
Dhoni(interrupts): Ravi.. let me complete… India would have exited in the Group matches if they decided to play in the series… thank god they opted out and we managed to play cricket and won the cup.
Shastri: The match was thrilling encounter and was concluded by a single mistake of Misbah.. Isn’t it?
Dhoni: Yes you are right, after lofting the ball Misbah told me that he has sent the ball to where there was no one….but he didn’t know that there is a malayali in every corner of the world…. This single mistake finished the game and we won the cup. 😛

Shastri faints…
Dhoni receives the Trophy…
thats the end of the great Twenty-20 world cup!!!

[Source unknown, received from Prashant via email]