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Malay Desai

Malay Desai is a feature writer with a penchant for travel, food and test cricket. But as none of those pay his credit card bills, he runs the content firm Punchlines.'

Jun 12, 2014

Hold that snigger! Five fact-checks for the Indian football fan

Here are some trends about Indian football you must know of. If they make you win arguments and beers, impress bosses or help you get laid, feel free to thank this author. #AIFF #Argentina #Brazil #FIFA World Cup 2014 #football #I-League #India #Indian Super League #Praful Patel #Sepp Blatter #Soccer #Sports #WC 2014 Features

Oct 21, 2013

No country for fast men: The unfair criticism of Ishant Sharma

Thanks to our lop-sided liking for men who make quick-fire runs, the other men who defend them have had no place on the idol shelf. #Australia in India 2013 #Cricket #India vs Australia #Ishant Sharma #MS Dhoni #OnOurMind

Jun 17, 2013

Last man standing: Why it’s easy to feel sorry for Misbah

Sympathy for a Pakistani cricketer, especially a batsman, is a novel emotion for those of us coming from the 90s. #Champions Trophy #Cricket #CT 13 War Room #Misbah-ul-Haq #OnOurMind #Pakistan #Sports

May 28, 2013

Longevity? No thanks, IPL was always about last night’s game

Folks with grandparents, you’d know this. Most seniors are able to vividly recall an incident from 1942 about one cranky neighbour with the nasal twang who had his door painted blue on a warm May afternoon... #Cricket #Indian Premier League #IPL 2013 #IPL 6

Nov 28, 2012

A cynic’s view of the Yuvraj inspiration…

Judging from now, Yuvraj’s ‘inspiration marketing’ (‘milking it’, for a pedestrian term) has just begun and will be on an upward curve till his last appearance for Team India. #Cancer #Colors #InMyOpinion #Yuvraj Singh #Yuvstrong

Aug 31, 2012

Resume of a freelance cricketer

This is how a resume of a Freelance Cricketer would look like. Of course, laced with lots of humour. #Chris Gayle #Cricket #IPL #Shahid Afridi #ThingsWeLike #Twenty20

Apr 15, 2012

IPL and the great Indian ‘timepass’ syndrome

The middle-class desi, after all, if we liken him to Upamanyu’s hero Agastya, has developed a huge appetite for timepass thanks to the pop culture he’s bred on. #Bollywood #India #Indian Premier League #IPL 5 #IPL Expert

Mar 21, 2012

WSH manages the frenzy but lacks quality

Our blogger Malay Desai tells us that the World Series Hockey match between Sher-e-Punjab and Mumbai Marines managed to pull the crowds in but lacked quality as the current Indian players were missing. #hockey #JustSaying #Mahindra Stadium #Sports #Wankhede Stadium #WSH

Mar 5, 2012

Down Under Trauma Disorder – do Indian cricket fans have a cure?

The Down and Under Trauma Disorder is the abnormal anxiety which develops after having witnessed traumatic events involving one’s national cricket team and demigod-esque players on a tour to Australia. #Cricket #India #JustSaying #Tri-series Down Under
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