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Vijay Parthasarathy

Vijay Parthasarathy

Vijay Parthasarathy covered the city transport beat for The Indian Express, Delhi, and wrote on sport, music and books for The Hindu for many years before leaving to get a PhD at the University of Texas, Austin, on cultural globalisation. He has an undergraduate degree in Physics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, a PGDip. in print media from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. His fiction has appeared in the Penguin Book of New Writing from India and Litro. He blogs at the heretic (

Dec 29, 2011

No reason to question Team India’s ability or commitment

Let us for a moment suspend our inclination to scream at India’s batting bulwarks for twice caving so abjectly and recognise that exciting contests like this must not be viewed through the lens of parochialism. #India vs Australia #NotJobsButPassion #Rahul Dravid #Ricky Ponting #Sachin Tendulkar #Sports

Nov 14, 2011

Whatever his flaws, Roebuck went far too early

Perhaps the only consolation lies in the hope that in death, we may all know this troubled genius a little better. #Cricket #InMemoriam #NotJobsButPassion #Peter Roebuck

Sep 14, 2011

It’s official: Federer has been reduced to an anachronism

Time has caught up with Federer and for the first time he has looked like a marginal presence. Next to men like Nadal and Djokovic, Federer looks feeble. #InMyOpinion #NotJobsButPassion #Novak Djokovic #Rafael Nadal #Roger Federer #Sports #Tennis

Aug 19, 2011

Were Kirsten’s boots too big for Fletcher to fill?

The India coach increasingly reminds me of Mr. Weatherbee – the bumbling principal in those old Archie comics, who floundered often but strove manfully to do his duty. #Cricket #Duncan Fletcher #Gary Kirsten #India #NotJobsButPassion #TheBigSeries

Aug 8, 2011

Gavaskar, Shastri and Pataudi in line for a recall too

In a latest twist, the BCCI proposes to include Gavaskar and Shastri into the Test and ODI squad for the Australia series. Firstpost can now confirm that the shock inclusion of Dravid in the squad for the England series was part of a larger plan. #Cricket #NotJobsButPassion #Ravi Shastri #Sports #Sunil Gavaskar #TheBigSeries

Aug 3, 2011

No dearth of talent, but India has to step up as a team

The culture of overvaluing and romanticising lone heroes needs to change, and it needs to change urgently. #Cricket #Dhoni #India-England series #NotJobsButPassion #Sports #Tendulkar #TheBigSeries

Jul 26, 2011

This series is far from over. We aren’t the best in the world for nothing

While the margin of defeat was large for India, the manner of it wasn’t extraordinarily disappointing. The guys actually made it to the final session, and will derive comfort from the positives. This series is far from finished. These tears will dry on their own. #Cricket #India-England series #NotJobsButPassion #Sports #TheBigSeries

Jul 13, 2011

Let’s make a bad boy out of Laxman

I mean – for heavens’ sakes, even Duncan Fletcher, India’s new coach, has waded into his first controversy. It’s time the media made a blazing bad boy out of Laxman. #Cricket #HowThisWorks #NotJobsButPassion #VVS Laxman #West Indies

Jul 6, 2011

Kumar Sangakkara: from sportsman to statesman

Through his great speech at the MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture, Sangakkara, the player, has reinvented himself as a statesman. #Kumar Sangakkara #NotJobsButPassion #ThingsWeLike