October 6, 2007

Offbeat

India: a joyous cacaphony

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

In the Sydney Morning Herald Alex Brown writes on his Indian experience: fascinating, frustrating and more than a little intimidating, this country is a 24-7 sensory barrage and a direct challenge to all you thought you knew about life and its possibilities.

On the flight from Bangalore to Cochin the pilot spent five minutes taking photos of the Australian cricketers. And that was on descent. Still, no real surprises: cricketers here can't take a breath without several scores of people documenting their exhalations on camera phones.

In the Melbourne-based Age Chloe Saltau writes on Chris Davies' return to Victoria:

Nearly four years after crippling shoulder and elbow injuries ruined the South Australian's career as one of the country's most promising batsmen, Davies has re-emerged in Victoria and will make his comeback when the Premier Cricket season starts today, alongside Mick Lewis, as captain-coach of Melbourne.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at Cricinfo

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