Khel bana Tyohar

By the time this issue comes out, you will never come to know that I was late in filing this article. But I think I should inform you that I was. And it was a good thing. For before sitting down to write this article I witnessed the climax of a cricket test match at Mohali, and the reactions that followed it. And if you had the same good fortune that I did, you already know what I am trying to say here. What I am trying to say is this – Isn’t sport, more so winning in sport, festival time?


No, seriously, do you think you will be happier at Ram’s return on Diwali, than you were at Laxman’s at Mohali? I don’t think so, certainly not if you understand the emotions of test cricket.

If you have ever played tennis or at least followed it, you know that the epic match at Wimbledon between Nadal and Federer in 2009 was no less than the 9 nights of Navratri all packed into one long evening. And you don’t even need to follow football to understand the festivities around FIFA World Cup 2010. It was one long month of festivals every day, much like the months of October and November turn out to be every year.

No, not all matches, and certainly not all sports could be termed as festivals. For there is a simple fact that governs all festivals – and all great matches. There needs to be a universal feeling of excitement and sparkle to them. You could be on the losing side, and still be proud of the fact that you were a part of the entire experience. Isn’t that what you experience, when you are flying kites on Makar Sakranti?

But what is the point that I am trying to drive home here? Is there really any point that I have here? Well, my point is very simple, indeed. And it is that, you don’t need to wait for festivals to feel a part of them. Just pick up your favorite sport and get onto that – either play it or watch a good one. If you can’t lay your hands on a good match which is live, pick up the highlights of the T20 World Cup 2007 final and you will not regret that.
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An Article by Ankit Poddar who blogs at All Padded Up

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BK Chowla, on October 16, 2010 at 1:52 PM said...

Festivals put you on the the festive skates

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