Why Day 1 at Dharamsala was #BigTicketNext

D-Day @ Dharamsala

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It’s perhaps one of the most beautiful venues in the world to play cricket. And while we have enjoyed the shorter formats of the game here, this is the first time ever that #StadiumGorgeous is playing host to a Test Match. Day 1. Of the first ever Test. At India’s 27th Test venue. That’s Big Ticket Next even before the captains walked out for the toss!

The best water boy in the history of the game.

He was ruled out of the playing XI. And everyone thought that this was a setback the Indian team would find it tough to recover from. But it is impossible to keep Virat Kohli out of the game. He walked onto the gorgeous Dharamsala green as a water boy for his team. The sigh that went around the ground, we tell you. It was like the Dhauladhars would tremble!

India’s High Five

So what if Virat wasn’t on the field, his brand of positive, aggressive cricket was on full display as India went into the decider with 5 bowlers in their side. Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwars Kumar coming in plae of Ishant Sharma, Ashwin, Jadeja and the inspired choice of a Chinaman in the Dalai Lama’s city – Kuldeep Yadav. It isn’t often that we see India play this combination. Five specialist bowlers in an Indian side – that’s Big Ticket Next.

Kuldeep Yadav’s dream debut

Watching him bamboozle the opposition, scuttle the batsmen, rattle the wickets and twist and turn the Aussie innings upside down was a pleasure beyond description. We don’t know what stand-in skipper Rahane was thinking, bringing him on only in the post-lunch session. But we are glad he bowled. From a very respectable 131 for 1 to 300 all out the second and third sessions of pay belonged to debutant Kuldeep Yadav. What a Big Ticket Next debut – only the third chinaman to take 4 wickets on debut.

Pune’s big hope

With the IPL season looming on the horizon, the Pune franchisee has reason to cheer. Their captain, who is currently captaining Australia, went on to score yet another superlative century. It looks like this man can do no wrong. When everything around him was folding, he stood tall, yet again. Well played, Captain.

India survived the tricky last over

It’s the toughest thing to do. To come out at the end of a long day of play. And survive the only over you were going to face that day. But India did themselves credit. And tomorrow is a fresh new day.

The stadium rang with the cheers of those who had booked their tickets to witness the most fascinating stage of the Border Gavaskar trophy. Day 2 is sure to be full of excitement. Book your Big Ticket to catch all the ringside action. Now. Only on zoonga.com

Why Test Cricket is #BigTicketNext

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Here’s wishing you a very happy birthday, Test Cricket. We wonder if you realize what a gift you gave to the world all those many years ago when you pitched England against Australia at the MCG in 1877. Speaking of gifts, we thought your 140th birthday would be a great occasion to list down the very best of the many that have made you Big Ticket Next.

  1. You, dear Test Cricket, gave us the Ashes. Our lives would be a little emptier, and a more than a little shorn of meaning if we didn’t have two great cricketing nations glaring at each other over a tiny urn that is believed to contain the ashes of a burnt cricket ball!
  2. You taught us that no matter what else is happening in life, there is always time for a cup of tea. Teams could be poised tantalizingly at the edge of a last day victory, or hanging on for dear life in the form of numbers 10 and 11 defending their respective wickets; but if it is time for tea, then everyone simply packs up all the tension and gamely troops back into the pavilion for a cuppa. It’s a life lesson, you know. And we thank you for it.
  3. You gave us the unforgettable, epic, immortal sight of Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Colin Croft and Joel Garner steaming in, with more than half the legendary West Indian team standing in the slips. The remaining guy was at gully. The batsmen from opposing teams were terrified. Clive Lloyd’s team of the 1970s and 1980s is one of your greatest gifts to us. When the world becomes a little too much, you’ve made it possible for us to remember these gentle giants and break into wide smiles. So, again, thank you.
  4. You’ve taught us courage. In the bandaged jaw of Anil Kumble as he bowled in the Antigua Test in 2002. In VVS Laxman’s heroics as he single-handedly dominated the Aussies. In a 16 year old Sachin Tendulkar facing the likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Abdul Qadir in Pakistan, on debut.
  5. You’ve successfully debunked the myth that we have increasingly lower attention spans. We love seeing the packed stadiums. Like the India V England Test at Mumbai, in December 2016. We loved ticketing that match. The crowds made us so happy! You’ve given us many gifts, Test Cricket. Consider those packed stadiums our gift to you!
  6. You make white super sexy. In the day and age of fluorescent pink tees and neon green laces, there is nothing quite as droolworthy as the men (and women) in pristine white. Our pick of the Test players who rock the white look – Alistair Cook, Virat Kohli, David Gower, Imran Khan, James Anderson, Sir Gary Sobers.
  7. You remain completely incomprehensible to anyone outside the cricketing world. They just don’t get it. 22 players. 5 days. Endless waiting games. Follow ons. Tea breaks. There are even those who get golf. But you? You are the ultimate enigma for those who know you not. And we love you all the more for it.
  8. Floppy hats. Green berets. Neck scarves. Moustaches. Is there anything that you cannot make good looking?
  9. You’ve given us 140 years of strategy, patience, brilliance, perseverance, integrity, competition, ruthlessness, team spirit, sportsmanship. We couldn’t ask for more.
  10. You are, dear Test Cricket, the gentleman’s game. In a world gone a little pedestrian, we need you more than ever before.

Happy birthday, once more. May you have many more!

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West Indies v India 3rd Test Match
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West Indies v India 4th Test Match
From: 18th to 22nd Aug, 2016
Venue: Queens Park Oval, Trinidad

For the first time since 2011, #TeamIndia is going to be playing in the West Indies! There will be four test matches in Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. With stars like Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Virat Kohli, Ajikya Rahane, and Ravindra Jadeja, how can you miss this series? From the week of 20 July through the week of 29 August, these titans will be going head to head in the beautiful Caribbean! Book your BIG TICKET now!

Things to do in Kingston on your #BIGTICKET

Aside from hosting #TheBiggestPartyInSport this summer, Kingston, Jamaica has got a lot to offer. If you get one of our package deals with Courtleigh Hotels or Knutsford Court Hotels, you can get travel and accommodation within Kingston as well as your match ticket for discounted rates! And while you’re there, take a look at some of the attractions and activities you can do on your #BIGTICKET, hand-picked by the Kyazoonga staff below.

Devon House

Visit the home of the first black millionaire in the Caribbean, George Stiebel, and roam the parks, restaurants, and shops in an experience that will appeal to fresh tourists and seasoned Jamaicans alike.

Gerrit / Via Trekearth
Gerrit / Via Trekearth

Most promising review: “A wonderful place to visit, where you can spend next to nothing, or a lot of money! You can choose to tour the perfectly preserved 19th century house- not too expensive and not too long. A good intro to the history of the time. Then there are the grounds, with a couple of good restaurants, an ice cream shop (ambrosia) and various shops with a variety of local craft items, books etc.” — evie v

Chocolate Dreams Ltd.

While you’re at the Devon House, head to this chocolate-lovers’ paradise for some of the most sumptious hand-made treats you’ve ever had.

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Via Chocolate Dreams Ltd.

Most promising review: “Truffles that melt in your mouth, my favourite ‘Appleton white chocolate’, they got me at Appleton! The brownie topped with caramel and pecans was ‘on point’. The red velvet cake looked divine. You have lots of ‘sweet choices’ with a very friendly and attentive staff.” — xlcr73

Emancipation Park

Located in central Kingston, this park is a nice place to unwind and relax before the big game.

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Via Modern Media Services Jamaica

Most promising review: “This park is a wonderful place to go for a walk or a jog. The statue at the entrance is gorgeous! the water features in the park are refreshing (you can’t walk or swim in them) and the path ways are wide and level. The gardens are very well maintained and really relaxing. Very safe place, especially during the day for a single woman to stroll or jog. worth a visit!” — kymm95

Bob Marley Museum

If you’ve got an hour to spare, take a tour and learn about a musical legend at this museum, but maybe don’t count on having a complete meal at their café.

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Via Lonely Planet

Most promising review: “Loved the tour. I grew up in Jamaica but still learned a few things. Our tour guide “Sue or the crazy one” was really knowledgable, funny and was high on life or something else. She made it really fun!! I wish if they served more food at the cafe” — Nat B

National Gallery

This is a must see for Edna Manley fans! The museum showcases a wonderful collection of Jamaican art consisting of pieces dating back to the 1920s as well as productions from today’s emerging local artists.

National Gallery of Jamaica - Kingston - Tourism Media / Via Expedia
National Gallery of Jamaica – Kingston – Tourism Media / Via Expedia

Most promising review: “Each time I go to the National Gallery I am transported to a world of pure bliss! I get lost in the beautiful art throughout the ages. From the pulsating and controversial sculptures of Kapo, to the fantasy of Colin Garland, and Edna Manley’s strong and erotic pieces, to name only a few. Then there is the very tasteful gift shop where one can relax and nibble on freshly baked muffins and strongly brewed blue mountain coffee. My artist daughter and I had the greatest girls morning out ever. Yes for sure we will be going back” — Annette W

National Dance Theatre

An internationally acclaimed company that seamlessly incorporates modern dance elements into Caribbean traditions, this is one troop you can’t afford to miss while in Kingston.

Winston Sill / Via The Gleaner
Winston Sill / Via The Gleaner

Most promising review: “The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica is among the best of the best. The choreography and technical skill of the dancers are amazing. The music that accompanies each piece is just as good and made me want to jump out of my seat (especially the live drumming). NDTC performances are not just about dance, they also encompass various elements of Jamaican culture including its African roots. If you are in Kingston during the NDTC season, definitely make it a point to attend one of their performances. You won’t regret it.” — xxSHA-SHAxx

While booking your #BIGTICKET for the CPL, why not leave the messiness of finding travel and accommodation within Jamaica to us? Book your tickets to the match and your hotel here, and just relax and enjoy #TheBiggestPartyInSport.

Can’t wait for Bangalore Open Air? You don’t have to!

Prepare yourself for the onslaught of metal by brushing up on the bands playing Bangalore Open Air on Saturday, 9 July, at Royal Orchid Resorts, Yelankha.


A Polish death metal band hailing from the town of Olszlyn, these legends are going to be one of the biggest names at Bangalore Open Air. Since its formation in 1983, the band has gone through several lineup changes, but currently features Plotr ‘Peter’ Wiczarek on guitars and vocals, guitarist Marek ‘Spider’ Pajk, bassist Tomasz ‘Hal’ Halicki, and British drummer James Stewart.
Latest AlbumTibi Et Igni

Jonas Rogowski / Via Wikipedia
Jonas Rogowski / Via Wikipedia

Skull Fist

Coming in from Toronto, Canada is heavy metal band Skull Fist. They’ve recently toured Europe, Mexico, South America, and North America, and are now flying to Bangalore on their first stop of their “Asian Invasion” tour. Their much anticipated latest album was nominated for a Juno award, and the band is currently working on their third studio album, which hasn’t been assigned a release date as of yet. Their current lineup consists of lead guitarist and lead vocalist Zach Slaughter, Casey Slade on bass, Jonny Nesta as the lead guitarist, and JJ Tartaglia on drums.
Latest albumChasing The Dream

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Via Metal Music Archives

Nader Sadek

Nader Sadek is an Egyptian-American artist who is most well known for his death metal project, which gathers many well-known as well as emerging artists from the entire metal scene. Sadek and his chosen musicians then collaborate on creating an album. He focuses mostly on the more extreme styles of black and death Metal. Sadek currently resides in New York City.
Latest AlbumThe Malefic: Chapter III

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Via brooklynvegan.com

Severe Dementia

Raising hell from Dhaka, the heart and capital of Bangladesh, Severe Dementia is a death metal band with a keen lyrical focus on ancient and historical events which created a major impact on certain nations and the human race. Eastern battles and Sumerian mythologies are reflected on in the band’s music. Since their formation in 2004, Severe Dementia has been a band that embodies absolute brutality and blistering speed with technical proficiency.
Latest AlbumEpitaph of Plassey

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Via Metal Archives

Inner Sanctum

Local band Inner Sanctum is a death metal band which was formed in 2006. The founding members Chintan and Michael were later joined by Tejas (guitar), Abhinav (drums), Gaurav (vocalist) and Rajeev (guitar). They have won several awards including the Indian Band of the Year award in 2007 and 2009 as well as the Best Emerging Band of the Year award in 2010. Inner Sanctum released its first album, Provenance, through Resonance Studios. The album became very popular among the lovers of the death metal genre in Asia and was featured in several of the top 10 lists of albums in 2009-10. Over the years, Inner Sanctum has been a supporting act for some of the big names in metal, namely Metallica, Guillotine, Amon Amarth, Cradle of Filth, Texture and Slayer. Their current lineup features Gaurav Basu on vocals, Chintan Chinappa and Suraj Gulvady toggling between rhythm and lead guitar, bassist Narayan Shrouthy, and Abhinav Yogesh on drums.
Latest AlbumGeisha Made

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Via Pepsi MTV Indies

Book your #BIGTICKET for Bangalore Open Air NOW! Tag your posts on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook with #zoongasummer, and get a chance to be featured on our wall! Also, in the unlikely event that you can’t make it, add us on Snapchat — @zoonga — for live coverage of the event. Happy listening!

7 kinds of people you spot in amusement parks!

Amusement parks are la-la lands. Colorful clowns, freaky rides, candy bars, scary toys and so much more.

One can almost get lost in the myriad of awesome activities that unleash the 5-year-old kid in you and make you run around like you just saw a unicorn.

You might not be lucky enough to spot a unicorn in an amusement park but you will definitely (and in some cases, unfortunately) spot the following seven kinds of people.

1. Daredevils

They are the ones who are on a death mission. They will locate the scariest rides and will challenge the weeny wuss to ride it with them. The adrenaline rushes through their veins like sea waves in a tsunami.

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Via Reddit / giphy

This often leads to the scaredy-cats on the rides being even more scared. Which brings us to…

2. Scaredy-cats

These are the anti-daredevils. They don’t even like walking past a fast ride. They enjoy magic shows, mystery rooms, street artists the best. If you force them to get on a ride, they’ll cut you!

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Fox / Via gifsoup.com / giphy

3. Strollers

You might spot this kind walking by randomly in circles. They might even feature randomly in your group photos and will leave you thinking, I am sure this guy wasn’t with me. They enjoy giving people the impression that they got out of their house to take an evening walk and somehow reached this amazing wonderland.

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4. Screamers

Squeaks, swears, howls, prayers — anything could be coming out from their blessed throats which are sure to be super sore by the time they reach home from the trip. From the moment they get on the ride till when the usher helps them out of it, they are ones who have the most fun.

Universal Pictures / Via Reddit / giphy
Universal Pictures / Via Reddit / giphy

5. Line cutters

They are like the mafia of the amusement park. They won’t get an express upgrade for themselves and would pretend to be a part of your group to get to their favourite rides quicker. Beware of these restless creatures on your next trip.

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CityTV / Via webchutney.pk

6. Mommies

No, we aren’t talking about the respected mothers here. We are talking about the self-proclaimed mommies who are yelling do’s and don’t’s even when they are on the awesome rides. You know they are taking care of you, but you also kind of want to stuff their mouth with a soft toy. After all, what are friends for?

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Via imgix

7. Cry-babies

They are quite a common kind but they often exist in stealth mode and thus are difficult to spot. They will be absolutely fine before and throughout the ride, but the moment they step out of it, they will start complaining really loud about how that ride was the scariest thing that ever happened to them. They will tell it to you, your friends, your family, strangers and yes, you again!

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Via reblog-gif.tumblr.com
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Via reblog-gif.tumblr.com

Whatever kind of company you find yourself with, make sure that you take a trip to an amusement park near you this summer and enjoy the weather like it was meant to be enjoyed.

Also, click pictures of your friends and tell us which category they fall in by sharing it with #BIGTICKET or #kyazoongasummer. We would love to feature them on our wall!

Watching Cricket At Home vs. Watching it LIVE In The Stadium

A true cricket fan can cross every boundary to see his team play. Be it standing in front of a TV showroom watching the match from the roadside or burning a hole in his/her pocket to book the best view seats in advance, a true cricket fan will make sure that they doesn’t miss even a single ball bowled.But watching the match live in the stadium has a lot of perks that watching it at home can never compete with. Here’s a list of reasons why you should DEFINITELY watch your favorite cricket match #LIVE on your #BIGTICKET.

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CBS / Via gfycat.com

1. No more distractions!

The hurdles between you and your favorite sport are stronger with time now. We’re sure you all must have faced those days where you wouldn’t mind trading your kidney to watch the match without any disturbance but there it is that evil distraction, the dog that needs to be walked, the delivery boy who doesn’t have any change or Satan in any other form.But when you watch the match live from the stands, all such distractions are at bay; you are in your own safe haven.

Pixar / Via The Debutante Ball
Pixar / Via The Debutante Ball

2. The Team Spirit!

The team spirit in watching the match at the stadium can never match the level of watching it at home with a couple of friends eating chips off your couch. The joy of cheering out loud for your team, hi-fiving strangers on every 6 and letting out a sigh of relief in chorus on a dropped catch of your star batsman is something the comfort of your old couch can’t give you. You got to be there, watching the team sport, with a team.

Disney / Via photobucket
Disney / Via photobucket

3. Claim to fame

The cameras on the field pan across the stadium and catch a glimpse of an interesting expression, and then it stays there, watching the ‘lost in the moment’ look change to ‘oh I am on camera’ look. This face gets more TRP than faces on a typical daily soap. How would you like to be there? Flaunting your best expression, as the camera captures you and the crowd around you cheers for you and tries hard to fit in the frame. You’ll enjoy the paparazzi. Won’t you?

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Via tumblr

4. To be socially aLIVE

People click pictures of their sad little breakfast and you have to sit through watching it and bearing the boredom. Now it’s your turn to give something actually worth looking at to the people on your list. Live tweets, snaps, and Periscope streaming are the in-things in the social media sector and you can only do it when you are watching the match LIVE from the stands on your #BIGTICKET. 

Dash Shanaka / AFP / via ESPNcricinfo
Dash Shanaka / AFP / via ESPNcricinfo

5. Despicable You!

Lean in for this one because it is last but certainly not the least, you should watch a match live on your #BIGTICKET because it makes other people envious of you. They wish they were there, like you are, watching your team play it like it never played before. They crave for the adrenaline, the family-like feeling among the strangers supporting the same team and the priceless feeling of going back home feeling like a winner when your team wins.Take it from us, you will like the feeling because if you have read it this far, you are a true cricket fan and you deserve to watch the best games LIVE. 

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Via reckontalk.com

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