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ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Nuzhat Parween has the ability to make full use of limited chances


File photo of Nuzhat Parween. Image courtesy: Facebook/Nuzhat Parween
File photo of Nuzhat Parween. Image courtesy: Facebook/Nuzhat Parween

Although unlikely, Parween could play a part in the playing eleven, with Verma’s own international credentials being far from well established.

Nuzhat Parween played most of her cricket for Madhya Pradesh, which (like the name suggests) falls in the central zone. Also in the central zone are the Indian Railways, the food-chain bosses of Indian women’s cricket. So when it comes to picking the central zone team, there are only a handful of slots left for players from other teams.

In the 2014-15 season, Parween booked one of those slots, more as a second wicketkeeper than a batter. Only after central zone secured their place at the top of the table did Parween get a game, the last of the tournament. Coming in to bat at number three, in what would be her first and last opportunity, against a good bowling side, Parween scored a hundred on inter-zonal debut, mixing dour defence with flashes of aggression.*

How many of you have heard of Singrauli? It is a small town as far from the centre of Madhya Pradesh as you can imagine. Parween’s father has worked there for more than 20 years, in the public sector coal industry as a dozer operator. Parween’s mother runs both a boutique and her home from there. And it is there that Parween was raised as the middle child of a “humble family in a humble town”.

Parween was a willing hostage to one sport or the other all her childhood. Like so many Indian children, after school, she would dump her bag at home and head straight to the nearby stadium, where she first tried her hand at athletics. After she grew tired of long jump, javelin throw, and 100-metre dash, she began a dalliance with football. The youngest by far, and the only girl among the local boys, she became so much a part of their evening games that she was often entrusted with the charge of their only football overnight.

“Our parents would get a bit angry, especially when she would come home late in the evening from practice,” said her older sister Nemat. “But the next day she just stuck to the same schedule.”

Even though football was (and remains) close to Parween’s heart, she discovered cricket around the same time she saw that football would not take her far. Introduced to the gentleman’s game by a female friend, she started wicket-keeping and batting in local tennis ball tournaments. Her affinity at the sport was soon apparent, and it precipitated three big decisions in the Parween household.

The first was a change of school for Parween, and this was tricky, because Parween’s parents were quite clear that she could only continue sports as long as she did not neglect her studies.

“She was always a good student as well, and ended up getting 93 percent in her 12th”, said her brother Amir Sohail, oldest of the siblings. With her brother’s support, her parents took the decision to look for a school that would allow her more flexibility and had good sports facilities.

It took two changes of school, the second to a well-known private school – a big financial step for the family – to bring Parween the opportunities she needed. She was invited for Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association trials, and started climbing her way up the age group ladder.

Then came the family’s second big decision. “Facilities in Singrauli were not good, there were hardly any proper pitches, and hardly had people to play with”, said Amir. “So we decided that she would go to Rewa, and she developed professionally there.” Parween would stay in a hostel at Rewa, which was five hours away from Singrauli, where she had better facilities to train. And all the while, she was pursuing her degree in commerce.

The path paved by hard work led her to the century in the inter-zonals in 2015, and it made people sit up and take notice. When Western Railway advertised an opening for a wicketkeeper the same year, Parween was the one who made the cut. In the biggest decision of all, Parween accepted the position offered to her and moved to Mumbai.

“There was a big decision-making process at home”, said Amir, “because it meant she would have to put her studies on hold. We asked her what she wanted to do then (and) she said her heart was in sports. She could continue with distance education.”*

Since joining Western Railway, and being picked in the Indian Railways squad, Parween’s opportunities at the senior level have dried up. In the 2015-16 season (representing Madhya Pradesh), she finished on top of the dismissals chart in the one day competition, with 12 scalps behind the stumps. But in 2016-17 (representing Railways), she did not get to play a single game in the 2016-17 season, since the Railways team also featured India’s regular wicket-keeper Sushma Verma.

She got her only opportunity in the season for India U-19 in the Challenger Trophy, and there it was her glovework that pressed her case. An incredible stumping of Mithali Raj off a ball that turned and bounced sharply, helped her make a push for the Indian T20 team, despite next to no runs and hardly any senior level experience in the season to her credit. She made her T20I debut last year, against West Indies at home.

After making the Asia Cup T20 squad, she was excluded from the ODI team that went to Sri Lanka for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. But when the selectors preferred to go in with two wicketkeepers for the World Cup, she was drafted in for her biggest tournament.

Although unlikely, she could play a part in the playing eleven, with Verma’s own international credentials being far from well established. Even before she sets foot on English soil, she is in a potentially tricky situation. Once again, any chance she gets could easily be her last.

But then Parween is used to taking the few opportunities she gets.

source: / Firs tPost / Home> First Cricket> News / by Snehal Pradhan / June 19th, 2017

Nahid Afrin shines in reality show



Biswanath Chariali :

Nahid Afrin, a Borgeet student of Nrityanjali Kala Niketan, here has brought glory to the State by entering the Top Nine in the ongoing reality show programme ‘Indian Idol Junior’ telecast by Sony TV.

The elder daughter of Fatema Ansari and Anowar Ansari of Biswanath Chariali, she has already earned accolades with her melodious voice in the stages at different places of the State and can sing in different languages including Assamese, Hindi and Bengali with the same fervour.

Dr Lohit Sharma, managing director, Nrityanjali Kala Niketan informed this correspondent that Nahid had been exhibiting good performances in music since her childhood and she possesses a bright future.

Nahid, a Visharad Part 2 student in classical music under Bhatkhande Kala Kendra has been able to draw the attraction of the judges in the reality show and even Bollywood superstar Salman Khan had showered her blessings and good wishes upon her in the programme recently.

Now all she wants from the people of Assam is good wishes and votes in her favour.

source: / The Assam Tribune / Home / by Hiranya Borthakur / Guwahati – July 24th, 2015

Cricketers congratulate Mohammad Kaif on crossing 10,000 first-class runs


Cricketers congratulate Mohammad Kaif on crossing 10,000 first-class runs

Kaif is still scoring runs in the domestic circuit
Kaif is still scoring runs in the domestic circuit

A solid middle-order batsman and a live-wire on the field, Mohammad Kaif still holds a special place in the hearts of Team India fans, despite last playing an international match over a decade back. He continues to ply his trade at the domestic level, captaining Chattisgarh in the Ranji Trophy. He recently completed a personal milestone in his career, going past 10,000 first-class runs.

In 178 matches, he averages 39.84, with 19 centuries to his credit. He featured in a total of 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for the national side in a career that extended from 2000-2006. He was also part of the 2003 World Cup team. He played a stellar role in the finals of the 2002 NatWest series, steering India home with an unbeaten 87. He came into the limelight when he captained the Indian U-19 team to victory in 2000.

In 2014, he jumped into the political bandwagon, joining the Indian National Congress ahead of the Loksabha elections.

Cricketers took to Twitter to congratulate the 35-year old on reaching the landmark.

source: / / Home> Cricket> First Class Cricket / by Aadya Sharma  @aadyasharma20 / October 10th, 2016

A P Bapu Haji has only acres to give away

Malappuram , KERALA :

Last year he gave 15 acres to set up a PG study campus

 A.P. Bapu Haji
A.P. Bapu Haji

Malappuram :

“There is nothing worth  writing about me” says A.P. Bapu Haji, an octogenarian landlord who has been on a land donation spree for years. For Haji, 84, who hails from Adakkakundu village near Kalikavu in Malappuram, donating vast areas of his own land is nothing but sharing the grace of God with fellow beings. He hates publicity for that.

Haji is busy with the works of old care homes for the aged and downtrodden,  which are being built in three acres of land he donated. Haji has spent nearly Rs 1 crore  for the Hima care homes named ‘Sneha veedu’ for the elderly who have nobody to look after.  Ten  such homes are nearing completion in his village.

The story of Haji is moving. In 1974,  he donated five acres of land for setting up a high school in his village. Last year, he gave away 15 acres of land for a charity organisation to set up a post-graduate study campus near Kalikavu. Haji and wife lead  a humble life with farming and have no children. There are many labourers around him  to look after his farming. “I consider that this is my duty,” Haji sums up his charity acts.

Haji was recently in the news when the head of CRPF inspector Harjinder Singh, posted in Kalikavu as part of the elections, called on him to praise him for his exemplary services.

source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> In Other News / by N M Salih, Deccan Chronicle / May 18th, 2016

Saying it with science

NEW DELHI / Hyderabad , TELANGANA  :

Mohammad Parvaiz at the first Urdu Science Congress in New Delhi in March 2015. Photo: Special Arrangement
Mohammad Parvaiz at the first Urdu Science Congress in New Delhi in March 2015. Photo: Special Arrangement

A 23-year-old Urdu science magazine uses popular science to inspire progressive thought

Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz likes to describe a process that is a combination of four of his passions — botany, education, philosophy and religion. “The roots imbibe water and nutrients from the soil. The leaf photosynthesises, produces food, retains just enough for its own sustenance and sends the rest to the parts of the tree that need that food. This is the natural world’s law of diffusion — movement happens from the region of high concentration to the region of low concentration. If we see the tree as our community, that is how resources should flow too,” says Dr. Parvaiz, publisher of the magazine Urdu Science.

The first issue was launched at the World Book Fair in New Delhi in 1994. It dealt with AIDS and the myths surrounding condoms. In the last 22 years, the magazine has covered a gamut of subjects including water conservation and the need for a National Water Policy, common ailments and how to prevent them, sex determination, balding, sleep, life on Mars, and animation.

“Science is very effective in feeding the intellectual hunger of young people.Only with knowledge can they think for themselves and learn to analyse the religious scripts that they memorise. Most often it is the children of the poorest Muslims who attend madrasas. With only religious texts to lead them, and if they can read only in one language, how can you expect them to develop their personality and prosper in society?” asks the mild-mannered crusader, at present the Vice-Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad.

In the campus, boulders display signages with scientific information and many trees carry their botanical names. “A person will absorb anything that is part of his environment,” he said to the graduate, post-graduate and doctoral students at the inauguration of an Urdu writers’ workshop. As an Urdu-medium student in a madrasa in Delhi, young Parvaiz hardly found any books or magazines in Urdu that could satiate his curiosity. In the Sunday markets of old Daryagunj, he used to find Russian books translated into Urdu, and that is how he discovered Benjamin Franklin. As a high-school student, he set up a science lab in his house. Years later, when he became the principal of Zakir Hussain College, he started a new venture in another corner of his house — Urdu Science.

“Survival depends as much on physical health as on intellectual growth, and sadly, the low potential for growth for poor students in madrasas is a problem across our subcontinent,” he says. An active member of the Modernization of Madrasa Education Project, he says that it is “ironic and tragic that clerics who lead our prayers and teach us about religion and the Koran do not have the means or the knowledge to impart a broad and progressive education. They accept that religious education is not enough, and many of them are now waiting for progressive teachers and educators to come forward and teach at madrasas.”

Having completed a PhD in botany, Dr. Parvaiz started writing in Urdu for Quami Awaz, then edited by Mohan Chirag. Noticing that most Urdu-medium students opted for the humanities, he wanted to popularise science. As a first step, he started a society called the Anjuman Farogh-e-Science, with patrons like Nobel Laureate Prof. Abdus Salam, Jamia Hamdard founder Hakeem Abdul Hameed, and Jamia Hamdard Chancellor Saiyid Hamid. The not-for-profit organisation held its first Urdu Science Congress in New Delhi in March 2015 and the second in Aligarh, this February.

“Urdu was a language of poetry and literature. People of different faiths patronised Urdu. But in those days, and even today, information in the language was very limited. And that is why I started this organisation and this magazine. My wife Shaheen helps me with proof-reading. And now I also have assistance from my colleague Dr. Tariq Nadwi.” Dr. Parvaiz is proud that the magazine has attracted enough Urdu science writers to contribute, and the magazine has so far never had to translate an article from another language. Issues from 2005 are available on the website.

Translation is an important key to dissemination of knowledge, agrees Parvaiz. He is on a personal mission to compile a glossary of scientific words in English, with meanings explained in Urdu. Sharing a slice of history, he says, “Delhi College was started as a madrasa by Ghaziuddin Khan. Here, mathematician Master Ramchandra and Maulvi Zakaullah translated many of the Western scientific texts into Urdu through the Vernacular Translation Society. It was there that I studied and later became the principal. I started Urdu Science when I was there. And I feel very humble that I now head MANUU, the university aiming to promote Urdu.”

A voracious reader of both religious texts and international science, Parvaiz says, “Science helps us interpret the Koran in many ways. And that is as relevant today as it was when the first issue of Urdu Science was launched.”

Mala Kumar is a children’s author, editor and freelance journalist.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Literary Review / October 15th, 2016