I started writing this three days ago. Things were a little different then. India had lost their first match in the triangular (cricket) series against SL, the July 26 Mumbai floods were just beginning to recede and most importantly I had finally had my 2nd golf lesson. But today, when I dust this page and start typing again, I realize things are not so much the same. Well…in some ways.
How about the stone cold “wall” who anchored the Indian innings and made sure they reached shore safely? For all those Dravid detractors, here is what I have to say – “The Wall is here to stay”. I am not a big fan of Dravid’s captaincy. Even though he may be a more intelligent cricketer than Ganguly, I think Ganguly’s aggressiveness and arrogance were what that had helped India to pull their socks up in the International scene. We cannot take much pride with the fact we beat the Windies. West Indies is no longer a force to reckon with and beating them just ensures that you are not in the bottom half of ICC rankings (which India is anyway in, according to the latest list). But a win is a win. Getting back to Dravid..Dravid has the composure that you don’t normally see in Ganguly, so he is more like Tendulkar in that aspect and yet he is a little more unemotional unlike Tendulkar. That makes him a perfect fit for a manager’s (or in this case captain’s) job.
The second bout of incessant rains in Mumbai only made things worse and the public is clearly frustrated with the administration’s chaotic relief efforts which have not reached more than half of the affected population. Such tragedies normally affect the poor and I normally get choked up every time I think of the unfairness in this whole game (of life).
The airport has opened up. It was funny to watch (courtesy Zee) the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, trying to portray a pretty picture and ruling out any lack of preparedness on their part in making the airport fully operational. How does it matter when the whole world now knows that all it takes is a day’s worth rain to bring the commercial capital of India to a grinding halt? Media will focus on the Mumbaikars’ spirit and their ability to spring back and highlight it as a special quality. What other choice do they have? They have their livelihoods to deal with. I have family in Mumbai and there were some tense moments last week because we were not able to get hold of them for a few days. We managed to get an update over the weekend and fortunately everyone is doing well. Hand Fans and Wet Wipes which were our gifts the last time we visited India came handy to folks who were without power last week.
If success in Golf can be measured by the “club-ball-connect percentage”, then I had a pretty successful week in golf. I had a connect percentage of 98. Not enough to beat Vijay Singh in the Buick Open the way he did – What kind of course were they playing in..? An appallingly high scoring tournament.
Finally here is something on the event that I was looking forward to this past weekend. The “A R Rahman 3rd Dimension World Tour Kick-off”. After the July 07 bomb blasts in London, there was justifiable apprehension if the concerts would go on. To add to the organizers’ woes, the Mumbai rains ruined their 3-D equipment which eventually could not be shipped to UK. In spite of all these hurdles, I was relieved to learn that both the Wembley and the Birmingham concerts went really well. This may have been a not so auspicious a start – because of the 1 less D factor, but I do hope they get over the hang-ups and move on. The usual grumbling among some sections of the Hindi audience fills up the first paragraph in their concert reviews – that there were a lot of Tamil songs and they couldn’t understand why (6 out of some 30 odd songs – is that a lot?? Give me a break!). But on the whole, the Rahman crew provided some entertainment to the South Asian population in London which must have come in at the right time after the traumatic month they have had.