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I know this post has got nothing to do with me in a way but in a distant way it reflects my feelings watching the recent developments involving one of my favorite sport personalities Leander Paes. To me, its not always been about the sport but more about the spirit and the heroic trait of that being, in victory or in defeat.

I still remember that Davis Cup tie between India and Pakistan in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group 1 play-off which was tied at 2-2. I remember how everyone became restive as he began to tire and commit less towards some points. He gave the impression that he had lost it. His regular conferences with doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi made people wonder what was up. He received medical aid that made people confirm to themselves that not before long, he would be finished and Pakistan would win.

Paes came alive in the fifth set, started to chip and run and outgun a younger but now tiring Aqeel.

And after it was all over, he submitted to all the physical punishment he went through to crumble to the ground and cry with joy. “It was not about tennis today. It was all about head, heart and patriotism,” he later said.

Patriotism Leander, Yeah and look at the reward for all the tears and the commitment.

A reward for being honest and outspoken.

A reward for playing for the nation rather than opening up a sports academy for people.

A reward for being passionate for the thing you love which is playing for India.

This is just a case of jealousy and greed overpowering any honest introspections. To underline my facts, Amritraj and Bopanna have said that the captain(Leander) was trying to hog the limelight by playing those matches, which they could have won easily.
The fact is that same Rohan Bopanna had lost his first singles (against Pakistan’s Aisam Qureshi) and was not high on confidence at all. To say that Bopanna could have defeated Qureshi at that point is BS.

Mahesh might be a better player than Leander at the moment but its always been Paes who has played for the pride of the nation.

There might be some inside stuff which is not Public Knowledge but a lot of stuff is Public knowledge including the facts that Mahesh Bhupathi made Sania Mirza skip the Tournament in India recently as his globo sport company lost contract for the Bangalore open. Prakash Amritraj – The US returned NRI who was disqualified from US , wants to now play for India as he is kicked out of US circuit. Only achievement being son of great Vijay Amritraj. Rohan Bopanna – another boy from Bhupathi tennis academy.

Every time he is pushed to the limit, Paes rises like a phoenix from the ashes. No doubt he rose from a near fatal disease to play at the international circuit for India. Few people in professional sports can put country above self-interest and Leander tops the list of such proud Indians. I don’t care if he never plays with Bhupathi again. Leander is and would always be the ONLY sportsman India has produced whose passion for the sport increases million fold when hes playing for the nation rather than when he plays for himself in ATP’s or Grand Slams.


Leander You are a champion, No matter what…

I woke up today with the sounds of kids in the neighborhood laughing and shouting in the distant. My first reaction was ‘wtf’? Then i got up anyways, got hold of the newspaper and tried checking out the motive of all the noise and the big deal. It was early about 7’ish but kids were getting ready for their Holi bash i guess.Did i stand in on my terrace to watch the children laugh and play? No i did not do that. I went back to reading my newspaper about Badal’s oath ceremony and the Mohali pitch fiasco. As for Holi, i think i last played about 4-5 years ago. Its not that i feel old or i don’t like it anymore but its just not in my scheme of things for now i guess.

Holi is all about fun and color. I took this quiz today (because i was bored and had nothing better to do:p) just to check what’s the color that reflects my personality.

Your Power Color Is Lime Green

At Your Highest:You are adventurous, witty, and a visionary.
At Your Lowest:You feel misunderstood, like you don’t fit in.
In Love:You have a tough exterior, but can be very dedicated.
How You’re Attractive:Your self-awareness and confidence lights up a room.

Your Eternal Question:“What else do I need in my life?”

What’s Your Power Color?

Last but not the least, check out this video. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.


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