Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Table Tennis


For the past few weeknights I have been pretty busy with Table Tennis. The madness for this game started at work a few months back, and we now play it very religiously. If it's 5'0 clock (thats the unwritten decency limit, any earlier than that and we might start seeing people complain, and eventually get the tables moved from the spot) then mobiles start ringing (with only a 3 second talk between the folks - Best of 5!), messages pop-up in instant messengers (which contain no more than 2 characters - TT). If these dont get the players up from their cubes, then it will be followed by challenges and taunts. We need to feed ourselves with this drug on a daily-basis, else the days feel quite empty! We bet on almost all things like the Xbox 360s or PS3s, each others' cars, next year's bonus and what not! But, sadly (sometimes fortunately) at the end of the game nothing really changes hands. It's all just empty words!

This week, I have started playing TT at my friend's apartment complex, which is right next to mine. This is, usually, in addition to playing at work. The workout in this game (though not apparent) is really good, if you play a lot of shots (or smashes). During my last visit to Madras, I got an assortment of good bats (Butterfly, Kung-Fu and Stiga) which has increased my interest for this sport.

Off topic, I am waiting for Parineeta to get released this weekend. The songs were really good - Music's by Shantanu Moitra (Raaga tells me that he is a newbie). Waiting for the next Rahman's music - Would it be Mangal Pandey or The Rising?

Next Post: About S.Gurumurthy's Speech.

18 Comments:

Blogger Kaps said...

I miss this game like mad. Not many apartments out here have TT tables. I have been coached by a professional coach in Chennai (the coach's son represented India in Olympics last year) and waI s pretty good at it in my school days. Continued the same during my MBA and was affectionately called "The Wall" by my IIM friends. almost gave up the game after this. I also won the singles and doubles events in my intra-company TT tournament last year.

I wish I could get back to it....otherwise my bat will become dead.

Thursday, June 09, 2005 1:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anil said...

The Rising is abt Mangal Pandey rt ? Am I missing something ?

And thanks for the link-up :)

Thursday, June 09, 2005 4:57:00 AM  
Blogger ioiio said...

Well.. A first timer here.. What caught my attention was the last line..

It takes guts to mention what the next post is? and I guess it must come with a lot more responsibility to keep up..

Thursday, June 09, 2005 4:57:00 PM  
Blogger IBH said...

The game I miss the most if my Badminton...We dont have enuff recreation centers or sport centers that offer us the indoor courts for this game....and i have been haunting all of my place to find decent court...but all in vain :(

Back in India i used to play it every day for atleast an hour...so to keep myself occupied here I joined this horse riding class and it is defly a stree buster..not only do u learn something healthy but u interact with an animal..how sweet that is ! :)

Thursday, June 09, 2005 7:05:00 PM  
Blogger Maran said...

Got a table at my work place too. Haven't tried the game.

Thursday, June 09, 2005 7:18:00 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Anand,

What's happening. Even in my office these days, they play TT. I don't know how to...so I just watch.!

Thanks for the good link on Gurumurthy, a journalist I respect a lot.

About ARR, I am also waiting.!

Thursday, June 09, 2005 8:38:00 PM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

I only watch these games... no playing business as it is bad for health.. :)

looking fwd to your views on Gurumurthy.. i hav listened to his speech couple of times and wd be interested to see what u think.

Friday, June 10, 2005 3:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Poonam said...

Table tennis is a great game! :) Good to see that you also enjoy it.

It was my bro's b'day last weekend and his friends were over..we played TT for 6 hours! :)

Definitely good exercise and plus helps with your coordination :P

Friday, June 10, 2005 9:48:00 AM  
Blogger Jag said...

I used to be a Table-Tennis Ace.

Now I am a Table Football Ace.

I miss the tennis though.

Friday, June 10, 2005 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Me said...

tried my hand couple of times at TT....never had time to follow regularly during my student life...planning to take it up sometime now......

Friday, June 10, 2005 4:06:00 PM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

Kaps,
Professional Coach? Periya aalu sollunga! Dont gyms have it there? If you are that good, then you certainly shouldnt stop playing it.

Anil,
When I read about Mangal Pandey in Chinmayi's blog, I thought she was talking about "The Rising", but only after a google search did I find out that there is another movie called "Mangal Pandey" also MDed by Rahman.

ioiio,
Ok, since you are a first timer, I will make it interesting for you by guessing your past: Did you finish your 12th in the year 2000? Did you go to the same school that Chakra went to? Brings back memories, isnt it? How accurate am I so far? ;-)

IBH,
There are several schools here in Chicago which have it and one of friend used to go there religiously. You can just pay a monthly fee or per-game fee to play. Check your area public schools, they might have something like this.

Maran,
I started during my school days and somehow the interest keeps growing. I am sure if you play it and see yourself improving, you will find it hard to stop playing it.

Mr. Narayanan,
Try it, it's a pretty infectious game. Once you get the hang of it, it will be a really refreshing game. Sometimes we play it during lunchtime - if the craving is too much to bear :-)

Always a pleasure! Mr. S. Gurumurthy, is a Chartered Acountant by Profession and an active RSS Activist. I will post on my views about the speech this weekend.

Chakra,
Will post it over the weekend (after TT and Volleyball games are over) :-)

Poonam,
Most of the desis have a TT table at home, which is a good recreation sport. This will certainly be my priority when I buy a home with a basement. :-)
I read your post on that, I am sure you would have enjoyed it.

Jag,
Table Football? Is that Foosball? Me and my colleagues were so into this game that we used to have tournaments with my Manager and his Manager. We used to play almost everyday after 5. We must have made so much noise that, after sometime, the table was moved somewhere else :-)

Me,
School days are the best to play all these games. But dont worry once you start working, you will have ample time to do all of these :-)

Saturday, June 11, 2005 12:27:00 AM  
Blogger ioiio said...

aiyo sir.. nobel prize dhaan ponga..btw endha blogla irundhu padicheenga! namma blog pakkam vandheengalaaaa!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2005 4:39:00 AM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

ioiio,
So whatever I said was accurate, is it? :-) Thambi, idhe blogulladhan neenga sonneeengappa :-)

Saturday, June 11, 2005 8:42:00 PM  
Blogger Cogito said...

TT can be really addictive. I can vouch for that .

Btw, I have book tagged you. Please do the honours (Visit my blog for more info)

Saturday, June 11, 2005 9:40:00 PM  
Blogger ioiio said...

Well I could c y? HSSS neengalum!! actually innikku dhaan naanga gavanichom... naaan actually HHSS..chakra HSSS..

neway as i told chakra..
HHSS HSSS bhai bhai.. Nice to meet Big street Alumni's..

Saturday, June 11, 2005 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger Sangeeta said...

U have been tagged! Chk my site:p

Sunday, June 12, 2005 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Chez said...

Hi Anand,

Could you pls do a favor..
your page gets distorted in Firefox. The Archive section comes up and gets mixed up with the main content section...

could u pls reformat ur page so tht we firefox users too can view it correctly..

Sunday, June 12, 2005 1:16:00 PM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

Cogito,
I have been tagged thrice now. I will try to get it done in the next two days.

ioiio,
Oh I see! Yeah yeah, HHss and HSSS bhai-bhais! :-)

Sangeeta,
Will try to do that in the next two days.

GC Anand,
Thanks for pointing it out. I really didnt spend too much time earlier to fix this, even though I noticed this issue with Firefox. Thanks for the prodding, it's now fixed. :-)

Sunday, June 12, 2005 9:23:00 PM  

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