Tuesday, April 5, 2011

For the Love of God -

- Sachin Tendulkar!

I tried to blow a whistle for about half an hour but failed! I wanted to do it for Him, for Dhoni, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Gambhir, everyone. I made silly posters with Indian flag, 4 runs, 6 runs, the works. I hosted 12 hour parties at my place and jumped like a little girl. I danced after we beat the hostile neighbours. I went crazy.

I know you did it too! How does it happen? Why do we love cricket so much? How the hell do we unite like one loving nation when only 11 men dressed in blue jerseys lift the cup?

It's overwhelming. It's the proudest moment of being an Indian. It makes me love my country and it's people. It makes me want to come back.

How and when did this develop? We are 1.2 billion people (Yes, facebook has helped me become better with my stats!). Keralites in Bahrain say they are from Kerela, not India, Kerela, when asked about their home country. Shiv sainiks try to divide us every few months. The Kashmiri's want a seperate state. Delhites hate Mumbai and vice-versa. If you are from UP - Bihar, you are 'down-market'. I can state multiple examples here.

Yet when we win, we gather at a roundabout, shout, scream, dance, wave, honk with each other despite the differences. It can happen only in India. We've had a major over-dose of cricket lately. But it deserves all the attention.

Sachin - you should be a proud man. The entire nation has dedicated this trophy to you. The entire nation has dedicated this moment of unity to you. And that includes me - thankyou for bringing joy to each and every Indian face.

We loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you Sachinnnnnnn!!!!