A mother's joy is great when she bears a child ; but greater is the joy when she hears others praise her child.
("Eenra pozhudir peruduvarkum thanmaganai
saanron enakketta thaai")
That is a Kural by the tamil poet thiruvalluvar(first century B.C.)who in two lines packed all the wisdom, philosophy and human psychology one possibly needs in life.He said little and kept it very brief but said them all!
I knew the full import of this couplet today when I read Harsha Bhogle's column in the Indian Express today:
"For years there were hypotheses; based on stray observations and a deep concern for cricket in India. There were theories, opinions, a lot of us were like the philosophers, or like scientists of old to whom ideas in the mind were the drivers of thought because numbers on paper hadn’t appeared yet.

"Now we can rejoice because of a pathbreaking piece of research by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, another of our highly promising young breed of cricket writers. He has looked at data from domestic cricket over the last five years and his findings are like music to the ears. I have read his article twice and each time I have felt like old scientists must have as elements were discovered where they ought to have been in the periodic table......
And the whole column is about siddhu's article in Feb Issue of Wisden Asia Cricket.

To hear anyone say this would have been music to my ears ...and coming from Harsha, this is a very proud moment for me.
Felicitations Siddhu! Thank you Harsha!!
10 Responses
  1. S! Says:

    I went through the article. Like Harsha points out, first class analysis & insight.

    However, in my own view, the important thing in such matters is to look & have the initiative. Turning data into information can be done in plentiful ways - many of them mechanical - but the difference between the one who did make a diiference & so many others, equally capable, who did not is, many a time, a matter of attitude & a lack of initiative.

    One more very good reason to be proud of your son is his passion for what he does.


  2. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks ma ... will try and keep it up


  3. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks ma ... will try and keep it up


  4. Said it already, but to add -
    Truly Admirable - both Siddhu's passion, and your encouragement to pursue it!

  5. Usha Says:

    Souvik, Asha, Thanks:
    You can read siddhu's article at

  6. Totally and completely awesome!! :)
    Usha - it's SO nice to know that Sid does what he loves (and you know how many times we've discussed that about people!) and does it so well!!

    Way to go, Sid! :) I bet Saba is proud and *beaming* too! :)

  7. Pradeep Nair Says:

    Very interesting research by Sid. It is very rare to find such incisive analysis of the domestic circuit. What I liked the best in the whole piece the portion on curators. Preparation of a pitch is such a scientific procedure and few people realise it...

  8. Feel very happy for both of you.

  9. Usha Says:

    JLT: :) Thanks

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Ohh! I wish my mom would be proud of me too :-)
    This is so cool!

    Congratulations Siddharth! and now does he write for Cricinfo?