Monday, October 01, 2007

Open Letter to Viswanathan Anand

Dear Vishy,

We learnt about your win in World Chess Championship in Mexico. Infact I read about it two days after you won. No, I was not in the crowd that went to welcome the Indian Twenty20 cricket team in Mumbai.Nor did I feel that all that Indian sportsmen could won has been won.

To be truthful, I was just not aware that there is any such tournament such as the aforesaid World Chess Championship happening around this time. No, I am not such horrible in following sports. I mean I did come to know when Indian boys won the Asian Hockey Championship recently. I mean, didn't they slam Srilanka or someone down by nearly or approximately 20 goals to nil. Every time the goal hit the net, the crowd was reportedly up on the toes,yelling, jumping, and laughing.Bound to happen in a spectator sport. Coming to that later.

Now,when it comes to sports, we Indians also only know two emotions, extreme happiness and horrible disappointment. You play a wonderful game called Chess. We have heard this game originated in India, and there are terms such as bisaat etc in ancient Indian literature. This game was played in the courts of the kings of yore.

That is my point. The game of chess was adopted and loved by royalty, but not really by the common man. Same now too. I mean it was supposed to distinguish the sporty orientations of the royalty and the common folks.Same continues in modern times. Folks like me do not understand the game man. Besides, cricket is the national religion, never mind if the constitution calls us secular. And just by the way I am sure you noted the chief priest of the religion has changed too, I mean, I am sure you heard or read of saw that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the new Indian ODI captain. And religion, as you know nowadays dominates lots of things...

Vishy, your wonderful wins give us lot of delight. More so when I read that you belong to Namma Chennai. However, your sport, does not give us extreme happiness or horrible disappointment. I mean, we Indians have a sort of mob mentality.I mean not so much as George Bush's US, but still quite a bit. We want to be happy in a mob. And we don't know how to watch chess in a mob. Or better still, we don't know how to read about your Chess win in a newspaper and feel happy about it on the streets. I mean we just don't.

And sorry we don't know how to clap. It is just too tough, impacting your palms against one another to collectively generate a sound, something called applause. Not in that sophisticated fashion. And certainly not as long as it is not cricket.

I read your comment on whether we would accord you the same reception as the Indian cricket team in Mumbai. Frankly, I am completely perplexed. Why on earth would you want a welcome such as that? Suppose we receive you at the airport in Chennai, take you in a Chariot to the Marina Beach, you get up on the giant stage, only to find you have a second row seat??

Congrats on a being the World Chess Champion. You are the Raja.

Regards and best wishes.

Rajesh
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1 comment:

sirpy said...

Lovely post.. Me agree with you entirely...