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Transfers, transfers…!!

The player transfer window is closing after seeing some really cool deals. But as a common man and a follower of football, I was jus wondering what it was all about. Pomp n show? Lover for the game? Trek to stardom?

The best part was getting to office in the morning/once m back home after work, log into goal.com and watch the horse trade. There were days when goal updates meant much more to me than my mailbox(especially when Kaka, Suarez was out in the market, and those last days where Bale was the hot topic). Now here are a few figures for you to ponder:

Bale transfer quote: 100 million $ (about 670 crores INR)

Allocation  for Nirbhaya Fund to empower women and increase their safety: INR10 billion (US$160 million)

Now its time for you to compare. I need not elaborate any further, I suppose. We live in a country where a case of rape/assault against women is so damn frequent (I read a minimum of that kind every single day, that too on the front page). You want the stats of how many happened during this last one week – one in delhi, 3 in mumbai, one more in mumbai, …. and this list is just unending. And look at how much we are spending to ensure that such an incident is prevented- almost equivalent to what an individual is worth. Now, where is our morality, where is the so-called awesomeness of the world’s emerging superpower, where is integrity… Its all missing in this land, time to pull up our levers.

Now, lets have some more figures. Bhaichung Bhutia is inarguably India’s best footballer till date. I was just checkin out his worth, and goal.com dint have anything to say about it. That was a clear answer, it meant that he is, or rather, the best India footballer is – Quoted at: 0 million $. Chuck de India!! I love this country a lot to the point where I almost hope that/almost decided as well that I wont leave my homeland and settle abroad. But things of such kind is actually saddening.

(in progress, still writing…)

And one thing i have decided, my son is going to Real M or one of those big names instead of going to school. Let him be there, play some football, have some fun. Even if he doesn’t fetch 100 million like Gareth Bale, he will be much more happier there than study all those Chemistry equations and drawing cockroaches for his Bio lab practical work.

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September 2, 2013 · 11:54 am

Country roads, take me home …………….

It was a Thursday evening and there was much more to it than that. It was not one of those typical thu evenings where I would be sipping coffee at the cafeteria/my desk or sitting with eyes fixed into my office lappie. These things were still happening but there was much more joy and eagerness within for something. It is Easter time and where else should I be, but home. And this longing to hit the summer-parched, humid kerala was raging inside. And i was counting those precious hours left for me to climb into one of those ‘volvos’ which fly through the night and take us through country roads to the place where we belong.

Easter/Christmas is the best time to be home; and so shall it be. Its 6pm IST in Bangalore; 12 hours more, and I will be there. And about the journey ahead, worth a say because if I had spent a bit more money and booked my ticket a bit earlier, I could have taken a flight to kerala. The bus lobby is busy looting the Bangalore IT chaps and making big money out of us. But, when in need, you don’t think too much. The bus is supposed to leave from the ‘Kerala’ in Bangalore in a few hours. No need to wonder, this place that I am talking about is literally kerala, except that it is located in Karnataka. Madiwala, a big hit among the keralite folks in Bangalore stands out with its malayalam population and a fleet of buses which could as well outnumber the transport Corporation buses plying on the road in Bangalore. You visit madiwala after 6pm, any day of the week(especially on a weekend), all you could hear is the havenly language(i truly believe that malayalam is the language spoken in heaven). Am i still in bangalore, i would always ask myself.

The journey ahead is worth another post, i guess, but i will be back with that story once the journey is done with. And, well, it was indeed a special journey too. 🙂

And i sing, alongside John Denver: “Country roads, take me home, to the place, I belong ………. “

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March 28, 2013 · 12:43 pm