Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lord Turns 40

I need not write his name in the post's title. That’s because anyone who will read the title would already know about whom I wrote this post. He's the GOD of cricket, the living Legend "SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR". He turned 40 today, and when we say 40 its 'young 40'. Sachin Tendulkar is the name that every sportsperson wants to be, a name every Indian loves to love, a name renowned in all parts of the world.

When I started joting down points for this post, I realised that no matter how much I write about him, it won’t be enough. I won’t be emphasizing about feats (and stats) of Sachin as a cricketer, instead I would focus on how he has been an inspiration throughout.

Sachin was just 16 when he became India's youngest Test cricketer in 1989. He has been a role model of Indian cricket for 23 years now. His accomplishments in Cricket are remarkable. As the youngest cricketer he started his career against Pakistan, which had one of the most lethal bowling attack comprising of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar  Younis. Right from his very first tour, he showed signs of a master.

What makes Sachin a Legend? Talent? Not really. In a speech at IIM A, Harsha Bhogle explained why attitude matters and not talent giving Sachin's example. Here's a gist of it "Talent breeds ego and never helps you beyond a certain point. It’s what you do with the talent that matters. Sachin played 55 games in a row as a 14 year old without a break, he would practice for 2 hrs, play a game, practice 2 hrs again, fall asleep on the dining table. It’s not talent that produced 100 hundreds. It his work ethic, attitude and more than anything else his passion to perform."
When we talk about Sachin it’s not only about a cricketer who has served India for years but also a great human being. He is source of motivation for all the youngsters. In spite of his great achievements he has always been down to earth and humble.

He refused to accept the bungalow entitled to him as Rajya Sabha member, saying such a stay would be a waste of taxpayer's money. Sachin, an idol to crores of youths showed that he is a responsible citizen of the society and stuck to his principles by rejecting a 20 crore endorsement deal of a liquor brand. He is looking after welfare of 200 underprivileged children from the NGO called Apnalaya. Sachin has been the campaign’s brand ambassador for Support My School campaign which aims at the betterment of water, sanitation and infrastructural provisions for schools across India.

I have a fond memory of Sharjah Cup, when India were on an important run chase, Damien Fleming appealed for a caught-behind which the umpire did not acknowledge but Sachin walked off the field. Its incidents like these that earn him respect from everybody.

Sachin, who was 26 at the time when his father passed away, was struck by a shock of his father’s untimely death during the 1999 World Cup in England. Three days later, he made an unbeaten 140 runs off 101 balls against Kenya. He always looks towards the sky after reaching a milestone to seek his father’s blessings.

Age is never a factor for Sachin, he continues to devote his life for India. Bharat Ratna is for those Indians who make India proud. Sachin for last 23 years doing the same quite well, hence truly deserves the award.

Here's wishing the MASTER BLASTER   A Very Happy Birthday!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sanjay Dutt Trial

It has been two decades since a series of 13 bomb blasts rocked Mumbai. On 19 April 1993 Sanjay Dutt was convicted for illegal possession arms, under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA).
He spent 18 months in jail until he was granted bail in October 1995. In 2006 the case opened for sentencing of all accused, Dutt was finally acquitted of any TADA-related offenses but was charged under the illegal possession of arms act. On 21 March 2013, The Supreme Court upheld the conviction of actor to serve jail for 5 years.
Reactions flooded from all parts of the country. Some were shocked; some were in favour of conviction. Politicians, media, film industry, fans all joined in to form their respective opinions. Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju has appealed to Maharashtra Governor Sankarnarayanan to pardon the actor.
I would like to put my point of view forward. Irrespective of whether I am a fan of Sanjay Dutt or not, I feel he must NOT be pardoned for this crime. By feeling "sorry" for Sanjay Dutt I think we are just ignoring the gravity of charges against him. He confessed to have acquired arms from Anees Ibrahim, the younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim. The police claimed that several phone records showed that Sanjay Dutt was in constant touch with Anees, even making calls to Anees's number at White House Dubai.
There are many Political and film fraternity supporters of Sanjay Dutt, however not a single voice came in support for 75-years-old ZaibunnisaQazi, who is also sentenced for five years for keeping the weapons.
Also we fail to understand that whatever he performs in his films is his reel life. We can appreciate his performances but cannot draw an analogy between his reel and real life. Basically the problem is, people are relating his larger than life role in 'Munnabhai MBBS' to his real life. If that's the case, he also played villainous roles in Khalnayak, Vaastav, Agneepath and so on... doesn't make sense to relate, right?.
Also, they say he has suffered a lot during these 20 years and in a way it was a punishment for him that the trial took so many years of his life. There are many convicts who have undergone the same, several who were waiting for their chance to come. If Sanjany Dutt has a family to look after, everybody else has, except for the fact others may not have the financial and political backing.
I am not saying he should be given an extraordinary punishment, but a punishment which a common man would have got for this crime.
PS : The views in this post belongs completely to me. You can say it’s just "THE WAY I SEE IT".

Friday, April 19, 2013

Wish I Could Fly!

Wish I could fly high!
Roam around in the empty sky....
Only peace shall I find...
Leaving all the delusions behind...
I would fly all day...
Blissful and gay..
I would fly around the tress...
Say a HELLO to Honey Bees..
The rainbow so clear ..
The Sun so near...
Expressing joy and nothing to fear..
Free in the clouds..
Where happiness knew no bounds...
Freedom is all I want ...
With Beautiful wings to flaunt..
Wish to be away from worries and cares..
Scared of parting from Dears..
Wish I could touch the stars at night...
With the moon by my side...
Wish I could reach the highest altitude
Hope to find the desired solitude..
What a relief it would be ...
In the sky and a feeling of glee...
It would be so wonderful to fly all the time...
Perhaps dreaming  about it made me write this rhyme!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Keep The Child Within You Alive!

I often hear people saying that they want their childhood back. Why do we want our childhood back?. Perhaps as we grow up we tend to forget of  how to be happy with smallest of things or events. The most attractive aspect is the carefree attitude, innocence and simplicity we notice in children.

As a responsible adult we enter some sort of a rat race and we ourselves don't have any idea about the milestone we want to achieve that will indeed make us happy. Its only in childhood we are curious about each and every thing. This curiosity diminishes with time...
Children are happy because they do what they think is right and makes them happy. Most of us are engaged in doing things that pleases others rather than doing things that we enjoy doing. They are happy because they enjoy the present. Also as a child, I remember how easily we forgive and forget after petty quarrels.
Here's a list of things, which I find that can make us childlike happy! :
i) Enjoying the rains
ii) Dancing like no one's watching
iii) Meeting your old friends
iv) Doing things that delight us even if they seem foolish to others
v) Living in the present
vi) Staying curious
vii) Forgive and forget just like a child does...
Whenever you read this post, do ask yourself a question "Is the child within me alive?".

Saturday, April 6, 2013

That Awkward Moment...

-That awkward moment when your Internet goes down; you don’t know what to do with your life.

-That awkward moment when you start speaking in fake English accent when you are drunk.

-That awkward moment when someone is trying to get on the elevator but the doors are closing and they make an eye contact with you.

-That awkward moment when you can't remember the name of the person talking to you and you just pray that someone calls out the name loud.

- That awkward moment when you are broke in the middle of the month.

- That awkward moment when you have headphones on and someone touches your shoulder and you have a mini heart attack.

-That awkward moment when you’re trying to explain how a song goes but you really don’t want to sing it.

-That awkward moment when you're tired all day, but as soon as you go to bed, you're wide awake.

-That awkward moment when you walk into a classroom....and it's not the right one

-That awkward when you already said "moment" in your head before you read it
That awkward moment!