Deutschland tör

South Africa 2010: Five weeks, 32 nations, one dream – World Cup. Amidst massive heartbreaks, unimaginable  turn- arounds, crushing defeats, shattering egos, magnanimous display of nerves, brutality of moments, unfortunate decisions, awe-struck numbness, failures of superstars, absence of megastars, wholesome hysterics, deafening vuvuzelas, jubilations and tears, Maradonas and Dungas, superstitions and Octopus Paul Oracles, a truly deserving  winner emerged –  SPAIN, the reigning Eurocup2008 Champions. Muchas Felicidades.

Brazil, Argentina, England, France, Italy, Portugal were those which shocked the whole world by their unprecedented exit. Some humiliating, some lack-lustre with reasons best known to them returned home, hoping that they do some serious reality check. Whereas Paraguay, Ghana, Uruguay, Slovakia showed grit and determination to prove their worth on the biggest spectacle of the king of sports.

The one team which stole the hearts of millions by their stunning display of the game, the youngest of the whole lot, the most inexperienced side in the World Cup, with their uninhibited exposition of courageous football was Germany. Headed by their (handsome ;)) coach Joachim Löwe, the team reached semi-finals beating England in pre-quarters, Argentina in quarters only to be defeated by the prospective champions Spain in the semis. This brilliant team were also known to be the most multi-culti assemblage comprising Pudolski, Lahm, Klose, Özil, Khedira, Müller, Neuer, Friedrich, Schweinsteiger, Jansen, Mertesacker, Boateng and others altogether who scored 16 goals in all, highest in number in the tournament. The 20 yr old Thomas Müller outshone the most with 5 goals and 3 assists in his name was awarded the Golden Boot as well as the Hyundai Best Young Player Award. Miroslav Klose came as close as 14 goals, one short of Ronaldo with 15, for the most number of goal scorer in the history of World Cup.

Deutschland Mannschaft

Surely I am biased towards Germany, but everyone  seems to be agreeing with the way I feel. The team who brought Rooney’s England crashing out 1-4 and hung Maradona’s head down in disbelief after a 0-4 defeat for Argentina, surely got standing ovation by the entire world. Finally they came back home grabbing the bronze medal by beating Uruguay in a thrilling 3-2 which everyone claimed was the actual final in all footballing terms.

Would like to quote @mojorojo here for his brilliant tweet during the final between Spain and Nederland – “So basically Germany won, Uruguay are 2nd, and the lamest 3rd place game EVER is currently on.” Also @FinancialUAE –“ Frankly neither team deserves to win after this dreadful display. Let’s give the cup to #Ger instead.”

And that’s all I wanted to hear 🙂

(Pic Courtesy: FIFA website/GettyImages)

GNTM by Heidi Klum 2010

The winner is Alisar. Thumbs Down. Obviously, both the finalists weren’t of my choice. Having Leyla and Victoria in the top 10 and letting them go is exactly where the show became a failure. Sorry to say, Heidi you couldn’t nail it this time. Successor of Sara Nuru – Alisar. WTH. Some more Sara Nuru pics. Now, you decide.


All Images Courtesy: http://www.prosieben.de

Top 7, 2010

Germany’s Next Top Model by Heidi Klum has shortlisted their top seven stunning ones – Leyla, Pauline, Neele, Louisa, Laura, Hanna and Alisar. Here take a look and select your favorite. My hot favorite is Leyla.

Photo Courtesy: Ralf Jürgens – ProSieben

Black or White

There are only few somethings besides sports, that I watch on German television ever since I came here in 2006 – Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Popstars, Schlag den Raab and the favourite being Germany’s Next Top Model by Heidi Klum. With the onset of the new year, excited that new season episodes will soon take-off.

Sara

Sara Nuru

Last years’ Germany’s Next Top Model by Heidi Klum show was very special and gave a surprise winner in Sara Nuru, a stunning 19 yr old model whose parents had migrated from Ethiopia. It was great to see how a black woman beat all her white co-contestants with ease and confidence and how she had emerged absolutely deserving and was befittingly encouraged by the judges and the viewers.

I don’t have to wonder whether a girl with dark complexion will ever make it to top or even find an entry in any in beauty contests that are held in India. In a country where female foeticide is still prevalent, if the complexion is dark can be a life-long curse, in certain parts especially North. Everyone wants a fairer counterpart. In the matrimonial sections of newspapers, there are even special columns ‘gori brides’. To accentuate, markets are full of fairness creams which promises fair complexion that too within 10 days. What do you call such observance? Racism. Period. We Indians cry racism at the slightest instance, but we treat our own fellow shaded complexion, abominably. I am not even getting into the caste system here and its conduct in Hindu religion, which still exists throughout the country.

In Europe, there are no fairness creams or bleaching agents. They love to get tan, sun-tan studios are in each and every city. People spend hours and money to get that desired dusky appearance. Has anyone ever heard of any Indian getting married to a black-American or an African? Sorry, I haven’t. Whereas, you see so many blacks with germans as couples with beautiful hybrid kids. Supermodel Heidi Klum herself married a black-American, the legendary singer Seal.

It’s great to see so many non-whites finding their place with due respects out here. The top league singer is an Indian- Xavier Naidoo. Bruce Darnell, my favourite celebrity, a choreographer is a black-American. Colin Fernandes, VJ, is an Indian. Nadja Abd El Farrag, ex-wife of Dieter Bohlen, is a Sudanese. Boris Becker’s ex-wife Barbara was an African-American.

There’s a lot one can learn from the west (especially germans) on how to respect human beings regardless of colour. For that, to begin with, you have to free your mind. Look beyond the surface. Then go deeper, reach the soul. Then unlearn yourself. Because – (Racial superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination. ~Author Unknown)

Over a stream

Any travel break is welcome especially when the whole year one spends at home, mostly on bed, dragging rather than walking, struggling to keep up with a 3 yr olds incessant demands, wailing away almost every night and many more such combats with a son in the tummy who is hell bent to prove he will be a sure-shot footballer someday. Though we had PhantasiaLand break some couple of months back but it already seems ages now. Although a long holiday is soon nearing (yay! Goa calling) during Christmas and New Year, we still like to savor on short trips too. So we book Hotel Zugbrücke, a four star known for wellness and sports, 180 kms away from our place near Koblenz.

Every year our staff gets surprise gifts from us for Christmas, last year we took all of them along with their families to Hotel Mercator which is just in our town, for one whole day stay, food, drinks, wellness all inclusive. It was great fun and we all enjoyed to the core. So this time over, we planned it differently with different gifts for all like cameras, iphones etc. But Christoph and family gets to spend with us on this surprise weekend trip.

We met at 9.00am at Janses Mattes restaurant situated at a main crossing, thats mostly a meeting point for any road journey for people around here. They were supposed to follow us (not blindfolded) along through the beautiful scenic landscapes which is spread all over germany with the onset of autumn. For them the journey seemed unending as Raj had told them that we were to drive just about 80 kms so the surprise already had begun as they drove for 100 km extra. And we finally reach our destination by 11.00am.

Hotel Zugbrück is one of its kind specially for table tennis lovers, has a bowling alley, a disco, wellness with sauna, swimming pool, whirlpool, babysitting facility, a large kids playroom too. It is such a wonder that this small hilly area produces world class table-tennis players like Lucjan Blaszczyk, Tomas Pavelka, Patrick Baum and Matiss Burgis. So our surprise destination was duly acknowledged by all, kids were already jumping, dying to do so, more into the swimming pool.

Hotel Zugbrücke

Hotel Zugbrücke with Christoph and family in the foreground

We first wanted to have lunch so we proceeded to the restaurant which was connected to the hotel by a channel or sort of bridge. And the buffet had just begun. We opted for the window corner from where we could see a stream passing, the bridge that we crossed was just above that. This explains the name of the hotel Zugbrücke (zug is a train and brücke means bridge).

View from the restaurant

View from the restaurant where the stream is flowing

After lunch we took a short rest and then spent good three hours in the swimming pool area. Kids were having a ball of a time screaming and splashing away. Cappucino was welcome at this point. Now the idea of having the whirlpool out in the open only added to the charm of the wholesome experience with cold mist almost enveloping and the tall trees overlooking you while a glass of champagne just complimented the hot water massages. We just ran out of time for tennis as bowling was booked for 6.30 pm which was absolute fun after 12 yrs approximately. Wondering how much we lose out on smaller joys when we think nothing but work, work and work all our life. With kids we are now reliving those forgotten golden days.

It was time for dinner now. I loved all in the elaborate menu which consisted of onion soup, variety of salads, pork and deer was main course food, knödel, grilled champignons, zucchini, aubergine, rosemarine potatoes, paprika and fettucini, thunfish with teriyaki sauce and many many more. I am not even getting to the dessert area, besides I am still dieting. As the kids were tired and sleepy they had to be put to bed, so I say goodnight to all. I also slept as early as 10.30pm and Raj came back to room at 1.00am.

Got up at 7 in the morning, it was drizzling outside and no one wanted to wake up. We definitely wanted to stay for the Sunday as well, but cannot. At 9am we had to meet for breakfast and then by 11am we aimed at checking out, as a short and sweet, well spent holiday came to an end, kids were seemingly upset. So next time it will be a at least good three days for us, promise :).

PS: Christoph and family however wanted to spend sometime more around the hill top, trekking upto the castle.

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