Stand up and salute Iraq

Iraq’s totally fabulous AFC Asian Football Cup victory against Saudi Arabia has left my emotions seeking sanity. I could only stand up and salute their team and fans, who are hungry, thirsty, dieing and yet emerged winners.

The buck doesn’t stop there. The national team haven’t been allowed to play at home, don’t have training facilities and are not even heralded or cherished by their fans. But now, every Iraqi would feel deeply happy with this triumph.

This isn’t the triumph of sport. This is the triumph of human spirit in times of adversity. It is a triumph of hope. To top it all off, an Iraqi mother dedicated her dead son to the team as a sacrifice, which was too much to take in all at once.

So before going to sleep tonight, I will only think, dream and be inspired by this truely Godly feat. It even makes the impossible seem possible….

Stand up and salute Iraq

Iraq’s totally fabulous AFC Asian Football Cup victory against Saudi Arabia has left my emotions seeking sanity. I could only stand up and salute their team and fans, who are hungry, thirsty, dieing and yet emerged winners.

The buck doesn’t stop there. The national team haven’t been allowed to play at home, don’t have training facilities and are not even heralded or cherished by their fans. But now, every Iraqi would feel deeply happy with this triumph.

This isn’t the triumph of sport. This is the triumph of human spirit in times of adversity. It is a triumph of hope. To top it all off, an Iraqi mother dedicated her dead son to the team as a sacrifice, which was too much to take in all at once.

So before going to sleep tonight, I will only think, dream and be inspired by this truely Godly feat. It even makes the impossible seem possible….

Developing or Transforming

The US has recently claimed that due to India’s higher growth rate, the country shouldn’t be called “developing”. Rather they have coined a new term for us, a fourth category called “transforming”.

Considering how unpredictable the Western “powerhouse” is, you have to be cynical about this particular comment. Certain purists argue that this could be because they want to refuse aid to the nation from on, or at least reduce it, under the UNO’s programme.

India is definitely racing ahead, leading to all the “positivitism” in our less-than-gifted lives. But I had rather be developing than developed. Because once your developed, you never know how to improve more. In the case of developing, you have no boundaries and success is no destination. That way, maybe your more successful than even the developed…..

Developing or Transforming

The US has recently claimed that due to India’s higher growth rate, the country shouldn’t be called “developing”. Rather they have coined a new term for us, a fourth category called “transforming”.

Considering how unpredictable the Western “powerhouse” is, you have to be cynical about this particular comment. Certain purists argue that this could be because they want to refuse aid to the nation from on, or at least reduce it, under the UNO’s programme.

India is definitely racing ahead, leading to all the “positivitism” in our less-than-gifted lives. But I had rather be developing than developed. Because once your developed, you never know how to improve more. In the case of developing, you have no boundaries and success is no destination. That way, maybe your more successful than even the developed…..

A Woman President

So finally the crisis paved way for the elections to take place and Pratibha Patil has emerged as the first woman President of the country. A remarkable era initiates, then. With the currently-ruling Congress also powered by the brain of a woman, India is now heavily reliant on these two to set the pace.

But, the race dragged on for too long. Eventually, what was to happen happened. Despite all the crises and controversies surrounding her appointment, it did happen. Congratulations to her of course.

A Woman President

So finally the crisis paved way for the elections to take place and Pratibha Patil has emerged as the first woman President of the country. A remarkable era initiates, then. With the currently-ruling Congress also powered by the brain of a woman, India is now heavily reliant on these two to set the pace.

But, the race dragged on for too long. Eventually, what was to happen happened. Despite all the crises and controversies surrounding her appointment, it did happen. Congratulations to her of course.

The Glossary of India

Here’s a set of definitions that I’ve come up with in relation to what are said to be the passions of the nation :-

Cricket – A 12-hour “sport” played by 11 of our own breeds against 11 foreign breeds and watched by approximately 1 billion people on the minimum, leading to a total loss of an estimated 12 billion man-hours of work. It was willingly played in either our land or their land, but now seems to be moving towards no-man’s land.

Bollywood – An enterprise controlled by a set of families, whose sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters will automatically inherit their legacy, irrespective of being talented or not, and will churn money out of the pockets of a billion so-called “fans” to break their own bread, and that too on a silver platter.

Superstars – People conceived as “special”, but their only basic contribution apart from Income Tax(which I am not certain about each and everyone of them) is adding to the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor.

More later…..