Thursday, March 09, 2006

No thanks.

Somethings don't change.
Like the new shining road just before the elections, like our blind worship of Super heroes on celluloid, like our absent-mindedness of our local Councillor's lack of commitment, like our nonchalant shrug of shoulders about the last terrorist attack.

It is funny that we should talk about our lack of Olympic medals once in every four years when we allow THIS to happen. How can we be so callous? Why do the Tendulkars and Gangulys and Sania Mirzas ALWAYS take centre stage? Is it because their sport is more glamourous? Is it becoz they look good on screen, have dazzling smiles?

Our cricketers have scaled new heights with their talent and they maybe capable of more but what do these sportswomen lack? Not talent, definitely. So why do we ignore them and then think of them only when they return from the Olympic village sporting empty necks? Is that fair to them?

We announce a retirement plan for cricketers. We exempt their gifts from import duties. We give more acres of land to tennis icons who come from wealthy families. We celebrate their 38th birthdays and 21st Test centuries. We are hurt when they lose a game or make a double fault. And then we sit back in our comfy sofas and point fingers at the Malleswaris and Kutraleeswarans for not doing enough to increase the medal tally at Olympics.

Writing this post doesn't make me a saint. I am just another parasite, feeding on someone else's sorry state of affairs to gain my 2 minutes of fame in cyberworld. Tomorrow the empty potato bins would grab my attention and Bhatinda weightlifters would be a figment of my imagination. Another pixel that lost focus.

We are a nation of ingrates; a shoal of happy goldfishes which forget what they were looking at a second ago with one swoosh of the head. yes that's who we are. Blissfully ignorant people.

Somethings don't change.
Like our coffee shop talks on Mr.Q's millions, like the Left's obstruction of every Right policy, like how political parties switch allies faster than I switch channels, like how it takes ages for the courts to reach justice and that too in favour of the accused eventually.
Somethings NEVER change.

Will we?


Blogger Me said...

Blissfully ignorant people... That we are. Justice is something people will have to look up in the dictionary for years to come and as far as government is concerned i think its a menacing tax collecting body. What have i done to change it? NOTHING. And Life goes on...

10:35 PM  
Blogger Ducking Giraffe said...

dude ..i aaammm looovin' it ..i am really lovin' the way u write .... nation of goldfish awwwwwwwwesome !!

ps as for the message i agree..but right now i am celebrating your writing:)

11:40 PM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Me: True, life does go on.

@Dee: You are adorable :p See, you just proved my point :D

11:19 AM  
Blogger pagala'k' said...

Another pixel that lost focus...

Nice line :)

4:14 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Kumar: Thank you :)

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the risk of sounding extremely insensitive, I'd say it is economics-supply and demand.

The sports are not popular in India. Dont you think, similar would be the fate of cricketers in the US.

3:23 PM  
Blogger littlecow said...

@anonymous: If you try to justify this under the false pretext of supply and demand, aren't you implicitly making the efficient market assumption? And the assumption, as you would know, is considered to be woefully inadequate. That said, no economics can ever justify a systematic waste of good talent.

@kumari: It is indeed the sad state of affairs. Have we not heard about the members of the Indian hockey team (that was feared to be amongst the best in its heydays) living in a run-down hut with hardly any money, let alone riches. It might interest you to know that a good many of them came from Madras. They played near St. Thomas Mount before they made the cut into the national team. Even now, you can see hockey matches played there. But the spate of the people remains the same.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Anon: Bala has already responded so I won't re-iterate that. In the US, cricket might not be popular but there are people who support and try their best to nurture every damn sport that is played. In India, that is not the case.

@LC: I agree. In fact, right now I am working on this write up about Hockey players who have been neglected. It's too bad, the state of sports in our country.

12:52 PM  

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