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The ultimate sporting experience

Tennis, chai and bhajia.

Tennis, chai and bhajia.

With US open finals today, the last grand slam of the year 2015 is coming to an end. I always enjoyed watching sports, be it Tennis, badminton or football. This is the reason, world cup soccer or olympics were almost like a festival at home. We used to have the meals ready before the matches. We used to wait for days before the opening ceremony. As a school girl I used to complete all my homework beforehand so that I could watch the opening ceremony. We used to watch the opening ceremonies live irrespective of the timezone they were held in. The effects used to be visible next day in school.

We inherited this love for games from my father. He was a an ardent sports lover with absolute devotion towards soccer. The effects of the game results were clearly visible on his mood. An average conversation during US open Tennis would be like this:

Me(just after returing from office): Hi Baba, how was your day?
Baba(With a sad face): There is a sad news
Me: What happened? Are you all right?
Baba: Serena Williams lost in the semi final.
Me: Oh! I understand.

During English Premier league if he was exceptionally silent on any morning, it simply meant his favourite team Arsenal didn’t do well. Even in front of Telivision he was as excited as if he was sitting live in the stadium. The kitchen would be ready with milk and biscuits. He would prepare tea or coffee during half time of soccer or commercial breaks. It used to be monsoon during US open and he used to get hot bhajias (onion fries). Watching any game with him used to be an ultimate sporting experience. Looking back that used be an amazing way of spending quality time with each other. Sports brings us togather and motivates us towards a fit life. As a school girl I used to be able to identify many flags with the country names after the opening ceremonies. It also encourages kids to go out and enjoy the weather even in this era of all the digital entertainment. But this enthusiasm for sports would not have been there in us without my father’s encouragement. Thanks baba for inculcating a nice hobby.

Today is a special day

Football Armadillo

When I got up in the morning, today 12th june’2014, was just another working day. I dressed up and boarded the bus to office. As soon as I put on the earphones for radio, the specialty of this day dawned on me. The RJs were excited and there were games for listeners. As soon as I logged on my PC, there was a mail with a similar game. Even google paid its tribute by dedicating a doodle to it. Today is no less than any important festival, it is the day when World Cup’2014 is starting.

This realization took me to my school days. My father, who is a soccer fanatic, always ensured the first day of World Cup was made special. From morning he would be checking all the connections of Television and cable. He even ensured a backup was there just in case the cable didn’t work. We were told to complete our homework beforehand. I still remember the first day of world cup’98 when most of the people were unable to watch live due to monsoons but our T.V was working. All credits to papa’s backup planning. Our living room was filled with family friends and one of the Uncles even came dressed in yellow and black. Mom always ensured we watch opening ceremonies of all sports events be it Olympics, world cup, etc. As a result we came to know the names of many countries easily and even identify different flags. Thanks mom for teaching geography without using any books.

The best part of Soccer World Cup is people from all over the world irrespective of all their differences unite and watch it. It just brings the world together. Can there be a better tribute to universal brotherhood? Today is the opening of World Cup’2014. I would be joining the entire world to pay my tribute to sportsmanship. Will you?