Movie Review: A flawed ‘Mulk’ has its heart in the right place

Generalization and divisiveness are centuries old global trends. If I commit a mass crime here, Singapore papers will report it as ‘Indian Banker does …’ .. that’s two generalizations; and it’s fair. But I would expect both, Indians and bankers, … Continue reading Movie Review: A flawed ‘Mulk’ has its heart in the right place

Movie Review: Sanju – Average film with lame defense for a ‘king of bad choices’

You can now expect a Salman Khan biopic soon. Where Somy Ali, a husband beater, hires a black buck to kill Sallu. The black buck injures Sallu badly. Sohail Khan then takes him wounded to the hospital on a vegetable … Continue reading Movie Review: Sanju – Average film with lame defense for a ‘king of bad choices’

Football: Insights from Jonathan Wilson’s book ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’ on Argentina Football

Courtesy a 14inch black & white Sonodyne television and live coverage from Mexico, three decades ago, I got attracted to football thanks to one Diego Armando Maradona and his Argentinian team. They won the World Cup that year, 1986, and … Continue reading Football: Insights from Jonathan Wilson’s book ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’ on Argentina Football

Pep Talk 19: Insights from Sid Lowe’s ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga – El Clasico diaries

Insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from the book ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga’ – El Clasico diaries by Sid Lowe. While the book covers the entire history of Barcelona vs Real Madrid rivalry, I have only chosen the post-2000s … Continue reading Pep Talk 19: Insights from Sid Lowe’s ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga – El Clasico diaries

Pep Talk 16: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – Final Part

Final part of insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from Pep Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning‘ – by Guillem Balague and also a few additional notes. * After beating Paris Saint-Germain at Rotterdam, Barcelona lifted the Cup Winners Cup trophy … Continue reading Pep Talk 16: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – Final Part

Pep Talk 14: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning – Part 2′

Part two of insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from Pep Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning‘ – by Guillem Balague. * When Pep became the manager of FC Barcelona, his first contract was worth one million euros – fourth lowest … Continue reading Pep Talk 14: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning – Part 2′

Pep Talk 12: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – Part 1

Insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from Pep Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – by Guillem Balague * Back in 2001, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Pep Guardiola but the latter refused, saying he wanted to retire at Barcelona. As … Continue reading Pep Talk 12: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – Part 1