Is it just about cricket ?

Yesterday was a big day in Indian Sports. India vs Australia World Cup semi final cricket match. No wonder the roads were empty, in spite of it being a week day and I had immense pleasure in driving through the streets with so less traffic and reaching office way earlier than I usually do during other week days. And to come to an office which was so empty that I could find my favorite parking spot empty…heavenly I say. Not to mention an empty wing with just a couple of people spread across the wide space. I go up to the cafeteria for a cup of coffee and what do I see? The meager amount of people in the office have managed to setup a projector and were relaying the cricket match in a huge white screen. No wonder all the floors were empty. In fact a meeting that was scheduled in the cafeteria was moved later to a conference room. The patriotism of people here….(sighs)Β I am sure none of them left to their work place until the match was done. And yes, India lost, with a huge margin too. That sucks. I used to be an avid fan but since last year, I have somehow lost interest. And cricket here is almost a religion. So we cannot expect anything less than this. And it isn’t just my organization. It was the same in all of my friend’s work places too. And not to mention the kind of word wars that went on between friends regarding the match, who will win, why people are crazy about cricket etc etc. It reminded me of Hermione’s dialogue with Harry and Co. Sometimes I wonder if it is just about cricket at all.

“That’s the trouble with Quidditch,” said Hermione absentmindedly, once again bent over her Rune translation, “it creates all this bad feeling and tension between the Houses.”
She looked up to find her copy of Spellman’s Syllabary and caught Fred, George, and Harry looking at her with expressions of mingled disgust and incredulity on their faces.
“Well, it does!” she said impatiently. “It’s only a game isn’t it?”
“Hermione,” said Harry, shaking his head, “you’re good on feelings and stuff, but you just don’t understand about Quidditch.”
“Maybe not,” she said darkly, returning to her translation again, “but at least my happiness doesn’t depend of Ron’s goalkeeping ability.”

12 thoughts on “Is it just about cricket ?”

  1. I have an unwritten rule “Do not visit moms house during these events: Tour de France, tour de ski, Winter Olympics, anything ski-related that lasts more than a day!”. It’s useless, totally useless.

    People are nots about sports. Said the girl who can watch all the laps of F1 Grand Prix.

    I know a lot of people who bring iPads, etc to work so they can watch/keep an eye on a sports event.

    And somehow Norwegians are pissed if another nation at some point was to win something that has to do with ski!!!!

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    1. He he he…. the same with my brother.. he would reply only with a ‘huh!, hmmm! ‘ and then after sometime even that will cease πŸ™‚ And its interesting to know what Norwegians are crazy about πŸ™‚ Each country has one sport like that I guess.

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        1. I used to enjoy Tennis apart from Cricket when Steffi Graf and Pete Sampras were playing.. after them I lost interest in that too. Now I am content with my books and music I guess.

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  2. Lol, I remembered that when I was still in the Philippines, everything would stop every time the boxer Manny Pacquiao fights… and I really mean everything. Even the crime rate is zero during his fights. So, the police force can also watch the fights πŸ™‚

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      1. Yeah, they really like him a lot.

        He will have a match this coming 2 May, the so-called “fight of the century”. I could imagine that almost all Filipinos will be glued on their tv sets on that day…

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