Sunday, August 07, 2005

Cricket does wonders!

Over the years and in particular from past few days, I am hearing the following statement. I am serving India by watching cricket. If I am hearing from someone who is not educated then I would n't have cared at all but from highly learned people. So after giving a little thought, I would like to mention somegreat things of this game: (if u know some more, let me know!)

(As of my knowledge)
Cricket is the only TV program in the world which can make viewers sit before a TV for continuously for more than 8 hours. For this, I think it should get into Guinese Book of Records.

Cricket does another wonder: A poor country like India (and that too, poor citizens of it) are encouraging a sport in developed countries like UK, Australia, NewZealand. Players/cricketing body in those countries are directly/indirectly funded by India's poor citizens. Unfortunately those countries dont ever acknowledge and we dont care because we dont even know this fact.

Many people feel that they do not pay any money to
cricket just by watching it. Unfortunately by watching cricket means: watching thousands of Ads and thus making a room to thousands of companies so by paying money for all those ads costs, companies, cricket board and players. For example, Lays chips is known for its innovaive brading via cricketing media. Cost of manufacturing a chip packet between 1 Rupee and 2 Rs. But it sells for 20/-. All the rest is paid by the consumer goes where, need not be mentioned. Similarly we pay Pepsi or cola 10/- while manufacturing cost is about 40 or 50 paise. A country where people do not afford (or intend) to buy milk but can buy a pepsi (which is even double costlier than milk). No politician (while discussing score of cricket in parliament) ever bothered about the fact that poorest Indian citizen spends hard cash on cricket (may be earned by shedding his blood).

Why our govt offices work very slow need not be mentioned. It is due to laziness gifted by watching
cricket for hours to hours. Bank officers to Engineers to Parliamentarians to Teachers are bothered about how the score is progressing but not on their profession.

Many todays'
so called educated people believe that India is now developing and will become "Super Power". This is because many surveys indicate that India has 50% young people and young means growth for spurring the economy (unfortunately while projecting growth rate, Mckinsey misses the lazy people, who are created by our great game). No one ever try to think that how hard is to keep up the current pace of growth and we even think, it is just as easy as watching for 8 hours continuously (fanatically for 5 days) and have a discussion about India's growth.

(A diehard fan of cricket who could not resist to goto 2 KM distant railway station by walk whenever power was not avalable (to watch in a standing position)

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