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Sunday, December 02, 2007


I am old enough to be among those were fond of the Russian bear 'Misha' - the mascot/symbol of the 1980 Moscow Olympics - and our own elephant 'Appu' (of the Delhi Asiad, 1982). Indeed, one of the debates of those days was whether Misha or Appu was 'better'.

And there was big-time disappointment when the bald eagle 'Sam' (1984 LA Olympics) was unveiled. Things went downhill thereafter and the mascot of every single Olympics/Asiad that followed has been a total washout (Sam is remembered only in comparison to Misha). From the entire period: 1980-present, only two other mascots have stayed in my memory. 'Raju' of the 1985 (inaugural) National Games and 'Nandu' of the Bangalore-Mysore National Games of around 2000 - Raju was a rather stiff-looking tiger but he was still funny in a vague 'Hobbesian' way. I remember Nandu the bull for the pun in the name (with 'Nandi' of mythology; and the bull is a symbol of both Mysore and Bangalore)and also as a 'namesake!

Yesterday's Pune Marathon featured another memorable mascot - 'Jigrr' the tiger. Appearance-wise he is pretty standard (a jolly tiger dressed as a runner) but his is an absolute winner - a mix of the Hindi/Urdu 'Jigar' (literally, 'liver' but also 'courage') and 'tiger' and of course an emphatic 'grr!'. But he is a sad victim of under-exposure - a google search gave exactly 3 pages and there don't seem to be more than half a dozen hoardings in the entire city declaring "Jigrr welcomes you to the Pune Marathon!".


  • At 8:49 PM, Blogger Sandeep Unnimadhavan said…

    Another solution for the cricket prolem:

    1st ball, dravid hits a 4
    2nd ball, dravid hits towards the boundary, batsmen run 3, but dravid ran the 2nd run short. He completes his century and sachin is in the crease
    3rd ball, obvious

    As per the question on the shell, is the answer 1 - (1-.9)*(1-.8)*(1-.7)*(1-.6)? Just curious

    -sandeep []

  • At 2:55 AM, Blogger R.Nandakumar said…

    thanks sandeep,

    your answer is clearly better - no injuries, no 'bakra batsman' sacrificed.

    and yes, if i remember right, your solution to the jee problem is the standard one as well :)

  • At 12:22 AM, Blogger R.Nandakumar said…

    just a doubt sandeep.

    if two batsmen a run short, are they not asked to get back to their original positions (the run was never taken so they have no *right* to change positions)? in that case, the batsmen switch in your solution wont be allowed. of course, i am not sure.


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