JULY 24, 2014
From the editor’s desk: All opinions and views expressed herewith are solely those of the authors. The Spirit does not bear allegiance to the same. We are however indebted to the writers and the team of editors who have, over the years, managed to enthrall and captivate every ICT student’s literary vision. This week we have three short articles for you. First and foremost, we have a poem titled, ‘The difficult mile’, followed by a write up on a writer’s “tryst” with the Indian festival of Navratri and we end with an Indian perspective on the condition of Sports in our country.
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– Tarun Bhatia
THE DIFFICULT MILE
Volume 1, Issue 2, November 2006
Many a time I’d sit alone, in vacant or in pensive mood,
For ’twas time for me to step out , time to come good,
And often I wondered what’s this word called success??
“Nothing son, but material comfort in unbound excess”!
So I tread along a lonesome path that lead me to my goal..
I decided no matter how hard it’d be, I wouldn’t sell my soul,
But all the roads that led me there were winding,
And all the lights that lit the way were blinding..
And stumbled I upon a shortcut that promised me success,
To cause a step on the red carpet and ethics to digress …
Contented, I glided down that lane,
‘And people call this wrong?’
Before I knew, the rosy red carpet was all but grey and thorn,
Scarred, bleeding and defeated at that very crossroad I lie today,
Watching most take the route I took, for others, resolves didn’t sway…
You who take that irresistible shortcut,
I try to explain with a smile,
Choose not the few yards of the red carpet, walk that OH SO DIFFICULT MILE !!
A TRYST WITH NAVRATRI
Volume 2, Issue 2, November 2007
It all began when my friends got frustrated with my constant lecture over how the nine nights of Navratri spent in dancing can be utilised for a blissful sleep. I was bundled into a dress, so heavy with jewelry that it was almost half my weight. Two sticks of wood called ‘dandiya’ were thrust in my hands and I found myself on a ground where some singer was crooning songs I barely understood. (Authentic Navratri dance; without hindi songs and a live performance: like I could make sense of it anyway!). There was barely enough place to stand, let alone dance without the danger of poking the ‘dandiyas’ in someone’s eyes. As I started dancing, I was introduced to a step called popat (origin debatable) during the garba phase. I wonder how can one concentrate on not bumping into each other and then on those of others and not get hit somewhere. But as the night progressed something miraculous happened. Call it the spirit of the festival, but I actually started enjoying the juggling act and managed it quite well. I got lost in the energy and the enthusiasm of the moment without feeling sleepy even for a second. This is probably the magic of nine nights of fun and revelry. And am I willing to risk a poke in my eye for the pure joy of the dancing during those nine nights. You bet!
SPORTS: AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE
Nikita Narkar & Nisha Sahlot
Volume 3, Issue 1, July – August 2008
It has taken us 108 years to finally achieve an individual Gold medal at the Olympics, a duration which also made us the world’s 2nd most populated country. Progress and population should go hand in hand, but sadly, 1 billion Indians watched with pride as 1 single Abhinav Bindra created history. The golden boy of Indian shooting has accepted that what he has done shouldn’t have taken us 108 years! This heartfelt statement throws light on the sorry state of Indian sports. The primary reason for a noshow at every Olympics is the lack of support, both financial, psychological and the underdeveloped infrastructure in India. Since sports are considered as an “ancillary profession” in our country numerous athletes are discouraged from chasing their dreams. Our biased politicians only reward and encourage sportspersons once the accolades have come in, failing to motivate them towards achieving this glory.
Cricket being a synonym for Sports in our country is the second reason for every alternative sport to have taken a backseat. As cricket is where the big bucks are, entrepreneurs and politicians endorse this sport, which is NOT even our national sport. Hockey has been sidelined with cricket’s “PUCK” so gravely that the Indian team failed to even qualify for the Olympics this year. Our last gold medal came 28 years ago & since then instead of staying high up on a pedestal, the road has only been downward due to lack of attention. This has left other sportsmen converting their talents into a hobby rather than a lucrative career! A promising future for athletes in every sport should be provided by the government along with the required impetus. And who better than the media and the Academic Institutions to make this fanatic nation enthusiastic about varied sports. Lesser focus on cricket and more telecast of assorted games can help to capture the common man’s interest. However, the media must ensure that the sport should be propagated and not just a single player, making them semi-gods as this leads to their downfall as it has been seen with the likes of Sania Mirza, Anjali Bhagvat, etc. Teachers can play the role of morale boosters. Nevertheless, seeing Indians excel at the Olympics has been heartening. We hope that
India’s performance grows in leaps and bounds from hereon so that we may reach a new pinnacle in all sports. Until then, Kudos to everyone who contributed to reviving our fading glory at the world’s greatest sporting events!!