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The Recharging Cup

It was one of those beautiful days when the weather was so nice that you just want to be outdoors. So I went for a walk with my Father. We came accross a gift shop where many cups were laid out. This cup got my attention. The slight curve reminded me that things are not always straight forward. I was lost in thoughts when Baba (father) said, “Lets buy it”. My father always understood what we wanted before we even spoke out our wishes. As if he was some sort of a mind reader. From then onwards he always served me tea or coffee in this cup. There was an amazing magic in tea or coffee made by him. It used to make all challenges simple. Whenever we were down because of studies or work, he would never pester us with questions but serve us his magical tea or coffee. The steaming cup with its aroma would relax our minds. After drinking it we felt, no matter how bad the situation is we will definitely be able to face it. We often used to say, we are recharged. This was one of the many things he did, where he managed to motivate us without any words.

He was a soccer fanatic. Watching a soccer match on television with him with a cup of coffee was as exciting as sitting in the stadium and cheering the team. His knowledge on Fifa world cup history was incomparable. Today is Father’s day and one of his favorite teams is playing. 2018 is the first world cup he is not with us. I have tried many recipes of tea and coffee but still haven’t been able to create his magic. Maybe it was the trust and affection, with which he used to make it, created the magic. Preparing tea for your near and dear ones is a simple gesture which has deep impact. It comforts us and makes us feel cared. It is not the expensive gifts but simple gestures like these which create everlasting impact. So the next time someone makes that tea or coffee for you, do remember to thank him or her for the recharging cup.

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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?

Be a healthchaser

According to the statistics of WHO, more than 40 million children under the age of 5 are overweight. Today most of the parents are educated and aware of the problems of obesity then why do so many kids suffer from this problem. I observed a few kids and found the following:

1. Most of them have a liking towards fast food. Somehow I do not see this craze for fruits.

2. Many are glued to television or computer games for hours which explains the reason for the long queues for spectacles.

3. Some of the advertisements just point out the demerits of going out in the sun. As a result many people stay indoors.

I understand due to the fast growing cities, the number of playing grounds are reducing. But most of the schools still have their grounds. There are swimming classes at many places. Similarly most of the sports clubs also offer coaching. Also the parents can form an association and hire any sports ground for practice. In my building, the parents formed a group and hired a karate teacher to come and teach in our building premises. Last year a skating instructor was invited. There was no need to take the kids anywhere, which made it possible for working mothers also to send their kids for an activity. Every evening while returning from office, I used to get refreshed just at the sight of those kids learning something new on their vacations.

Today I read an article which mentioned about All India Kaustubh Memorial Basketball Tournament, Navi Mumbai Basketball League and Navi Mumbai under-16 Football League getting started. Kudos to Times of India for highlighting these news. I think even these small events need to have proper coverage, only then the kids will be motivated to pursue these hobbies. Also awareness related to healthy eating should be spread through television. One such initiative was launched by Radio mirchi to inspire people to pursue an activity. The parents need to understand that the kids should be motivated to go out, play and chase the sun to be healthy. I just hope the number of children suffering from obesity reduces.

In a bus on friday evening…

Today we have become isolated, thanks to radio in our cell phones. Very few of us bother to hear the conversation going on around us while we are travelling in buses or trains. On seeing today’s prompt, I couldn’t hellp writing about this conversation somehow. This happened on my way home in the bus between a girl and a boy on a friday evening. From their conversation, it seemed they were working in the same project.

Girl: Finally the week is over.

Boy: Yes. I am so tired that I think I will doze off the moment I reach home.

Girl: I wish I could do the same but my roomie just loves to gossip.

Boy: Why do you listen? You can always go to sleep.

Girl: You don’t understand gossip is such a thing that I can’t resist. You must be having long sound sleep on weekends since you guys don’t gossip.

Boy: Not exactly. My roomie enjoys watching action movies on friday night. He generally gets the best of those and I can’t help watching them with him.

Girl: Then how do you manage dinner?

Boy: Oh we generally order pizza late night.

Girl: What about those calories?

Boy: Another roomie of mine is a footballer and he drags us for a game and thus we lose all that we put on. How do you manage those calories?

Girl: Oh my roomie loves to go for shopping and so we end up exploring a mall every weekend. Sometimes we also go for a movie. But then we walk a lot in the mall.

Boy: My stop has come. Have a nice weekend.

Girl: Same to you. See you on monday morning.

Generally people are on a holiday mood on Fridays. Therefore even if they plan to sleep the end up staying awake late. The best part of the conversation was both the boy and the girl stayed up late because of their roomies. Let me know if you happen to have the same experience.