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The Un-Blimp

Feeling inconsolable as the IPL draws to a close? Here's a souvenir that will not only comfort you but also double up as an excellent party game

Anand Ramachandran

As the IPL draws to a close, many fans are no doubt clamouring for an ideal souvenir to remember it by - a token that symbolises the very essence of the tournament, and will trigger vivid memories of it in the years to come. Since we can't get you Lalit Modi's BlackBerry, Matthew Hayden's weird bat, or Shilpa Shetty, we've gone for the next best thing - a replica of the one thing that towered above all else during the IPL, the MRF Blimp. These miniature replicas, cleverly named the Un-Blimp to avoid ribbing from smug know-it-alls, are ideal keepsakes for die-hard fans who never want to forget the IPL.


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1. Inflate / Deflate valve
The Un-Blimp is conveniently self-inflating, just like Ravi Shastri, so that you don't have to blow large amounts of hot air into it yourself. In fact, the very act of inflating or deflating the Un-Blimp will trigger related IPL memories, such as franchise valuations and Lalit Modi's credibility levels respectively.

2. Name labels
These prominently placed stickers will ensure that your ignorant friends do not disparagingly refer to your prized possession as a "balloon" or "gasbag". The variants available include "Blimp", "Dirigible", "Zeppelin" and "Look, there's a UFO". The premium version of the Un-Blimp also comes with a free six-month contract with Danny Morrison, who will stay in your house and loudly call out your chosen name label once every 20 seconds.

3. Tether
A strong tether that you can use to anchor your Un-Blimp so that it doesn't float away into the clouds, just like MRF's hopes of building brand value at the IPL games. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the tether is a remarkable product of cutting-edge technology so popular and useful it has been in use to tie things to other things for thousands of years.

4. Stock footage
A DVD recording of your Un-Blimp floating harmlessly above your house, useful for situations where you need to fool people into believing that it's present when it actually isn't.

5. Space for sponsor logo
Convenient space available for any company that might be foolish enough to pay you large amounts of money to display their logo on a large and fairly useless object floating above your house. Who'd be stupid enough to pay for something like that, you ask? Something tells us that you'll have no problems finding someone.

6. Piñata
The Un-Blimp also can be used as a piñata, by people who are itching to smash the damn thing to bits. One whack with a blunt instrument and the Un-Blimp will shatter, spilling its contents - which include chocolates, toy cricket balls and bats, and some official replica income-tax documents of IPL teams.

RSS FeedAnand Ramachandran is a writer and humourist based in Mumbai. He blogs at bosey.co.in

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Comments: 9 
Posted by   on (April 27, 2010, 12:12 GMT)

...the Un-Blimp will shatter, spilling its contents - which include chocolates, toy cricket balls and bats, and some "official replica income-tax documents of IPL teams."...this one had me in stitches! :D

Posted by   on (April 27, 2010, 11:28 GMT)

Actually ISRO should employ this marvel of cutting edge technology for the future Lunar flights in place of Chandrayan.

Alas, the great LKM is no more otherwise he would have extracted this and many more golden eggs from this golden goose ie blimp.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2010, 12:22 GMT)

Anand, can you please also make a 'sense-of-humor' infusion-device for folks like thatsy. This will instantly give them the power to understand any joke.

Posted by rohitkossery on (April 26, 2010, 7:25 GMT)

Excellent column Ananth. I love all your 'demented devices'. Too bad they are not actually up for sale. Would beat all the other products advertised by IPL.

Posted by uppy on (April 25, 2010, 13:33 GMT)

Can we all agree to not buy products that advertize between overs? Of course it includes the "marvellous" blimps.

Posted by jamrith on (April 25, 2010, 11:59 GMT)

Another good one, Anand, but I agree with andrew.henshaw that your humour will probably be lost on the average rabid Cricinfo reader.

Posted by timelord24 on (April 25, 2010, 11:52 GMT)

excellent article. hate the stupid blimp. atleast if it was hovering over the ground, its worth talking about. but whats the purpose of the stock footage of the blimp? guess they are contractually obligated to talk about it for the entire length of the IPL. and the day that the IPL ends will be a happy one for me because that means i do not have to endure any more nonsense from danny morrison. go back to your country and watch and commentate on rugby

Posted by andrew.henshaw on (April 25, 2010, 9:56 GMT)

Anand, personally i thought your post was hilarious. I think some of your cricinfo readers need to research 'satire' and 'consumerism'

Posted by AnyoneButVettel on (April 25, 2010, 7:35 GMT)

Dear Anand, your post is more ridiculous than the Blimp itself. The demented device in this case is probably the one you use to gather your thoughts.

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Anand Ramachandran is a game designer and writer based in Bangalore. He specialises in finding creative ways to justify time and money spent on watching sports, playing games and reading comics as "professional investment". He boasts a batting average of 79.66 with 53 first-class hundreds in various cricket videogames, on platforms as diverse as the Sinclair ZX-Spectrum and modern PCs and consoles.

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Anand Ramachandran Anand Ramachandran is a game designer and writer based in Bangalore. He specialises in finding creative ways to justify time and money spent on watching sports, playing games and reading comics as "professional investment". He boasts a batting average of 79.66 with 53 first-class hundreds in various cricket videogames, on platforms as diverse as the Sinclair ZX-Spectrum and modern PCs and consoles.
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