Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We're bleeding blue!

As much as I try to stick to design and design related stuff, or at the very least semi-arty stuff....I cannot NOT write about the cricket fever that has taken over our country. And I cannot even get creative and think of a designy way to  segue into it....cricket is cricket! Its a sport and has nothing to do remotely with design. America has baseball, Norway has soccer, Canada has curling....we have our cricket! Its the great national equalizer.....rich, poor, old, young, villager, city dweller, enemy and friend.......come a good cricket game and we are all glued to our TV sets. And if the team we are playing is Pakistan.....then its even better. And if we are playing them in a semi-final game....then nothing can beat it!


So yesterday afternoon, at 2.30 pm IST, in the blistering heat of a fast approaching summer, India and Pakistan took to the field in Mohali, Punjab....the wheat growing, mustard eating heartland of the country.....to play in the semi finals of the World Cup! Ordinary life in the country came to a standstill. Kids bunked school, corporates and executives called in sick, call centers shut down, Facebook statuses went berserk....and all one could see on the roads were street dogs and the occasional ignorant stray Indian!!!! 


And so I joined the ranks of all those match watchers.....armed with food and drink to sustain us through the 8 hour thriller! It was typical of any cricket game....dropped catches, bungled fielding, loud vociferous appeals, erupting crowds, bhangra dancing, banners, flags and so on. BUT IN THE END WE WON!!! So at 10.55pm, fireworks were heard all over the city, people shouted and screamed, horns blared, my dogs freaked out and then we all went to bed, exhilarated and now intensely excited about the finals on Saturday against Srilanka! Even though for most of us beating Pakistan was as good as winning the final..


So then, here are some pics to show how cricket mad this country was, is and will always be.....


A Pakistani prisoner, left, poses with an Indian prisoner during the Pakistan-India cricket match
Indians react as they watch the ICC World Cup cricket semifinal match between India and Pakistan, on a television set at a hair salon in New Delhi
Indian laborers listen to a commentary
Indians react as they watch on a television set
Pakistani spectators celebrate during the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan, in Multan, Pakistan
India supporters cheering.....
 Members of Pakistan's Hindu minority pray for victory for their team Pakistan during a collective prayer ceremony, in Karachi, Pakistan 
An Indian cricket fan throws flames as others cheer during an event organized to wish the Indian cricket team good luck ahead 
And if this hasn't gotten you cricket crazy yet, watch this....

I can only imagine the scene when we win on Saturday! GO INDIA GO!
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8 comments:

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Great post. Did you know that there were no pizza deliveries in Delhi after 2.oopm!! Dominos, Pizza hut all shut:-)

Le Cupcake said...

wow, you wrote it so well, Kamini. I miss that spirit here, but we all ofcourse called in sick/wfh. Bummer that it fell on a weekday.

uma vishwanath said...

loved your post Kamini. Even my mom -who is a self proclaimed cricket hater, was on the edge of her seat watching the game :)

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Shanthi said...

Cool Kamini! For the first time in its history Norwegian national TV televised a live broadcasy of the India - Pak semi finals. The Cricket fever is catching up around the world:-). Got many many phone calls from my Norwegian friends asking about what it was and the rules and so on and lots of congratulations poured in after the win. YESSSS we won and we will rock on Saturday too.

indian yarn said...

Yay !!!!!!!!!! Beating my home made drums.

Kala said...

Enjoyed the post Kamini:) Indeed it is the greatest equalizer. Loved all of the photos.

Angela said...

Dhak Dhak Go... India Go...Go India Go!
Nice post.. you got the essence in very well.
Fingers crossed for the men in Blue on Saturday.
Angela