Umm… all the talk I hear about the future, whether India will be able to get more gold medals in London 2012 Olympics or if the famed Namma Bengaluru Metro Rail(I hope they never name it that) will be operational next year or the ever popular “Will Vinu(FYI that’s me) will get a distinction in the next semester” etc. has got me thinking, not of the wonders the future holds for me, but of the blunders the present shows me.
A month back, I forget the exact date; the inauguration of the Bangalore International Airport took place. I travel daily past the airport, en route to the chapel of boredom that is my college. And I swear, by all things I hold dear, that I liked the route better without the airport. I do not like it less because of traffic or such (though that does contribute to my irritation sometimes) but because the trees that once were on the road side, now are dead. And the replacement is by the bulldozers and other vehicles that commenced work in the middle of the road, ironically to make the route faster. (As if that could happen!) If I was a tourist, coming first time to the so-called Garden City of India, wouldn’t I be asking to myself, “If this is the Garden City, then I must be blind… Where are the trees and greenery?” Now I wonder who the hell is going to tell that to the morons that run this city.
Next blunder unfortunately is with sports. I am as thrilled as any other Indian that Abhinav Bindra won a gold at the Olympics. Yet I find it silly that every time someone establishes a new chapter in Indian Sport History, some fools have to compare that accolade with old records. If someone was to ask me, as a citizen of India, whether India winning the Cricket World Cup in 1983, or Vishwanathan Anand becoming world champion in Chess, or the T20 triumph last year, or Abhinav’s gold… which was the best in history? I’d seriously slap that fellow right in the face and say that each of those efforts was in a league of its own and should not be compared. I have no problems with the rewards that they got. Frankly they deserve it. But if a repeat was to take place in London 2012, then I believe that instead of doing last minute work, they should be looking to start practice right away.
Now, I am not atheist. I believe in God, yes definitely, but I don’t wish to separate God by religions. I am spiritual but not religious. I can understand that there will be debates on religion in India, the country being one of the most secular (if not the top) countries in the world. But if every little incident is taken to heart as a religious feud, then I think that it is catastrophic. “No pain, no gain” is a great saying. Then again I prefer “No peace, no happiness”. It means more. Even better if you remove the No’s… leave the fighting and India is one of the best nations in the world. Why not we work on that? Blogger is a good start for me, I have lots of friends… unbound by religion and nation… I hope we never fight.
More wonders and fewer blunders, then the country will become better. If the country can set an example, then I am sure that the rest of the world can take the hint and follow.
A toast, to a better India; and eventually, an even better world…