‘Crick’ De India

June 19, 2009 at 1:12 PM 13 comments


Hello readers! This time I want to talk about something that has been plaguing my thoughts for a long time now. Wonder what it is? Before I tell you about that, let me ask you all question. How many of you have heard the names Dhyan Chand, Balbir Singh and Dhanraj Pillai before? Many of you might answer that you have heard the last of the three names I mentioned. And even that is because the name appeared recently in the papers. No, it was not in the crime section or the politics section. It was in fact under sports.

And the three people I have mentioned are actually former players of the Indian Men’s Hockey team. They created history in a game which is supposed to be a country’s national game, but which is ignored by 90% of the country’s own population. The country I am talking about, as is obvious, is none other than glorious India. All this ignorance is because of a game called Cricket. I personally hate cricket. Just because of the publicity it gets. I feel it doesn’t deserve all this popularity it is gaining. In fact, the game gets so much publicity by the media that it has entirely eclipsed all other games and sports.

I wanted to write about this since a very long time. And now I am taking the initiative to put it into words. But before I wrote this article, I wanted to make sure how much other games have suffered. What better place to start than Wikipedia? And so I began with our national game, Hockey. Field Hockey to be exact. Did anyone know that the Indian Hockey Team remained unbeaten champions for six years in a row in the Olympics? And it has not even finished in the podium after 1980(Olympics)? This doesn’t end here. The same condition exists even in the World Cup. The statistics were disturbing. You can find out more about them here.

One good thing is that Tennis is gaining more popularity and so is Formula One racing. It is high time that the people realized the tricks the media is playing on them and they start thinking for themselves. Having said that, as a closing note I would like to dedicate a poem which I wrote to the Indian Hockey team and the various other sports that have lost their value in India because of Cricket.

How fare thee Indian?
Do you remember me?
Or are you caught up in the tricks the media plays?
Forget me not oh diversified media; for I sway to the tunes that you play.
Steeping the people in ignorance and misinformation,
Is the most reliable source of the entire nation.
Why, oh why do you choose to obliterate;
what you claim is not worth to iterate?
Wake up, oh ignorant Indian!
For the time is nigh that you think like one.

I sign off today hoping that this small post which contains long suppressed emotions of a true Indian makes a change in at least ten others. Proud to be an Indian, Pavan a.k.a AnniYan.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. [Sticky]: For newcomers « Care to take a look?  |  June 19, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    [...] ‘Crick’ De India – Isn’t that similar to a Bollywood movie’s title? [...]

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  • 2. Appu  |  June 19, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    First of all..POEM is tooo good and touching….
    And about the game ‘CRICKET’- I totally agree with you where you have described that Indian Cricket team is getting more publicity than it should have got..
    More than a game it has become a source to earn huge amount of money..Doesnt matter if you win or not, you will be getting money…players are even getting famous through ads…they perform well in ads than in the game… ;)
    Inspite of all these… I personally like the game… :P
    Just a good timepass…
    Sensible post….

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    • 3. Anniyan  |  June 19, 2009 at 9:59 PM

      In spite of knowing all these things, if you like the game, then it actually means you like the game for what it is and not for what it has been portrayed as.

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  • 4. sakhi  |  June 19, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Anything on cricket and i give it a pass! :)

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  • 5. Harsh  |  June 19, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Ahhh !!! I am also one of the Indian cricket loving stereotypes … I am crazzy about this game … Most of us are , as a matter of fact …

    I am more attracted towards Tennis , soccer , F1 rather than hockey …. havn’t seen much of hockey matches either … :(

    Hockey has lacked much of the appreciation that it should have been given … Tennis also suffered the same fate as hockey until very recently … No one was interested in Tennis when Paes and Mahesh were bringing glories to India .. Its only after Sania came into the scene that Tennis got some attention …

    Lets hope that something similar happens to Hockey … someone similar to , if not like , the great Dhyanchand might turn the fortunes of our national game !!!!

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    • 6. Anniyan  |  June 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM

      I wasn’t emphasizing only on Hockey. The reason I took its name is because it is our National game. Just look at its state.

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  • 7. Reema  |  June 20, 2009 at 12:24 AM

    recently the women hockey team had to return from airport while on their way to take part in world cup because transit visa was not made!! this is the condition!

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    • 8. Anniyan  |  June 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

      I am aware of that. And so are thousands of others. But what is being done about it? Nothing!! I hope many Indians, if not all realize this and rectify this situation.

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  • 9. kanagu  |  June 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    I agree with you dude.. cricket is getting too much of attention… they are not showing cricket.. but they are just selling it :-( i love hockey but never finds enough people to reach… and saina nehwal recently won Indonesia open in badminton but our medics still analysing why and how Indian cricket team lost *SIGH*
    a nice post dude :-)

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  • 10. Nikhil  |  July 9, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Hey, nice poem, dude! Maybe you can start in initiative on blogs to get more and more people interested in this! :)
    I can help!

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  • 11. smallstar  |  August 24, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    hi…
    how are you?
    long time we don’t see ourselves on msn…
    is everything ok?

    leaving you many hugs and kisses…
    :-*

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  • 12. smallstar  |  September 5, 2009 at 12:49 AM

    hi..
    are u ok?

    I miss youuuu darling!!!!!!
    :cry:

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  • 13. Vinayak  |  September 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    I do enjoy hockey as much as Cricket..
    But then i guess, its the media and the authorities not supporting hockey.. Maybe because it was never glamorized…

    The poem piece was a great read..!!

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