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“पढोगे लिखोगे तो बनोगे नवाब, खेलोगे कूदोगे तो बनोगे खराब”

October 14, 2010

Whats a rarity….!!!! How often do we hear in those 24×7 english news channels’ programmes – “let us see some OTHER SPORT’S NEWS ” – “Sachin smashes a century against Aussies” and “BCCI has terminated the franchisee agreements with Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals and served notice to Kochi team” ? But that is what, for a change, things have been during the Commonwealth Games; especially after some of the great showcase by our sportspersons and India’s clinging to the second spot for a larger part of the game and still competition is neck to neck between India and England for that second position in medals tally.

I had not expected games to be such a huge hit after all those gloom surrounding just prior to beginning of the games. On the first day of the games after coming back from office I was just hopping through the channels and stumbled upon the live telecast of the Commonwealth Games on Doordarshan. Fortunately, I saw some of the matches where Indians were doing good. Ravi Kumar won Gold in weightlifting 69 Kg group with a new CWG records.

V. Diju and Jwala Gutta won their mixed doubles Badminton match against the Scottish players. Rohan Boppana and Somdev Devvarman won against Scottish players in their men’s double match of tennis. Paulami Ghatak won her table tennis match against the Australian player.

Wow…!! Lots of wins consecutively in different games. I was fortunate to switch on the television at that time itself. I really enjoyed the matches and appreciated the games played by the player; winners as well as those going down fighting. I felt one amazing thing, inspite of huge negative publicity of the games because of all wrongdoings of K & Co., when we sit and watch the games in action we tend to forget all those things. That’s the beauty of the games.

Earlier I used to think that why India being the second largest country in terms of population can not win medals in events like Olympics and all. Except cricket, which is played in quite a limited numbers of nations, we are simply nowhere in other sports. I used to simply reject the atheletes summarily seeing the performance of Indian atheletes in those big ticket events. But my perception started changing, once I started the morning running. I was inspired by the columns by Rahul S Verghese in The Hindu. I found that how much of resilience and persistence is required when we do some sort of physical exercise. Its a continuous fight between our mind and body. Sometimes our body will be tired enough and will suggest to mind that “please stop” at other times mind will be tired enough and advise body to “please stop”.

With my own experience I found (however little) what it takes to be an athelete. Coming back to the CWG and some of its highlights, just a cursory glance and what I liked and observed:

What it takes to run 10,000 meteres (10 kms)…!!! I know a little bit of that everytime I run 3.5 – 4 km in morning. How much of practice, hard work, persistence, preservance required. Its like running and running most part of your life to achieve anything like that. Kudos to Kavita Raut for winning that bronze medal. And what it takes to walk for 20 Km wow…!!

And today morning was the BIG marathon…45 kms..great…!!!

And what it takes to cycle for 112 Kms…awesome na…!!!

Actually these sports and events test the human endurance and limits to its maximum.

4×400 relay run was great. Great stuff by Indian runners. Well done Ashwini Chidananda, Manjith Kaur, Mandip Kaur and Sini Jose.



Discus throw saw all Indian podium finish, first in CWG. There also Poonia did a great job. And also Harwant Kaur and Semma Antil.

And the great thing is that so many women are doing so great…Even though India has at this point of time  a rare coincidence of having President of the country, the speaker of Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and President of the ruling party and National Advisory council as women, we are not an egalitarian society looking at our record of sexual discrimination against women.

One more area where discrimination is rampant in India is against physically challenged persons. It was a humbling experience seeing Prasanta Karmakar winning that bronze medal in para swimming event. Frankly speaking I didn’t know also that such sporting events take place.

There are many atheletes who made India proud who are from very humbling background. And I feel proud about my home state Jharkhand’s Deepika Kumari, 17 year old girl winning gold in archery. Her father is an auto rickshaw driver and her mother is a nurse. Well done Deepika.


Seeing those moments of bonhomie amongst the sportsperson is also worth mentioning. Suronjay (our Chhota Tyson) won the boxing match against one of the Ghana Boxer and after the match the Ghana boxer wanted to lift Suronjay. Great…!! Respect and ebrace on the podium. Congratulatroy notes by the losing player to the winner. Making a round around the podium by the sportspersons. So sport is not all about winning alone, its about showing sportsmanship also.

There were moments of elation, there were moments of high, there were moments of low also.

There were times when tears trickled down the eyes and times when it poured down. Both out of happiness and out of sadness.

I know that my post could cover very little of what I myself had thought of writing. Anyway thats OK.

As the games are coming to a close let us appreciate and applaud for all the sportsperson. Those who won and those otherwise, because sport is not all about winning but about participating.

And hope that in a country where we have grown up hearing “पढोगे लिखोगे तो बनोगे नवाब, खेलोगे कूदोगे तो बनोगे खराब” (If you study, you will become prince; If you play, you will ruin your life), things will change for better. And because of this also the achievements of our sportsperson are even more worth appreciating as we are not a sporting nation.

We hope to see our sportspersons in many such sporting events bringing glory to the nation.


Note: Photos have been taken from The Hindu and The Times of India websites.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2010 4:48 PM

    After a lot of criticisms finally the CWG was a great success. Loved the opening and closing ceremony too. All I can say is I am proud to be an Indian 🙂
    Really a nice post man. Thanks for sharing!

    Btw, hope you enjoy reading my post – When love calls

    Take care !

  2. October 19, 2010 5:15 PM

    That was quite a well researched and a positive post, after all the controversies surrounding the events. Well buddy I just read some of your posts and I liked them all. Stay in touch and visit me back too! 🙂


  3. jahnavi permalink
    April 30, 2014 7:36 PM

    this s not a speech which i asked for. dont know the meaning or what? its like fpr example if i asked a speech on independence and if u give me gandhi jayanthis speech how will it be ? same has happened here . learn to write a speech first on the topic which is asked and not the topic which u want……………………….


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