Grandma's Tales

January 31, 2007

The India-W.Indies ODI series ends on a happy note! But…

Filed under: Games People Play — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 6:07 pm

The overall picture of the decisive 160-run win today had several happy scenes built into it. Tendulkar’s 100 – the figure emerging dramatically off the last ball (forget Lara dropping him earlier).  Dhoni’s rub-your-eyes kind of impossible shots and his running between the wickets to make Tendulkar’s feat possible. Suresh Raina’s accurate throw. Yuvraj Singh’s brilliant catch. Agarkar’s bowling.
And above all, the brief period when Dada once again ruled the field as captain. There is a lesson in this for all of us. Have total confidence in your abilities. Work, show the world who you are. Don’t let people write you off. See how Ganguly played himself into the team! “Played” in more ways than one!
To me, the bitter part of the series was the set of totally repulsive, completely uncalled-for set of ads titled, “It’s not easy to be a West-Indian in India”. I have not seen anything more disgusting. Those who made it and those who allowed it to be telecast should have their nails extracted, one by one, without the benefit of anaesthesia. Did you see them?
In the first one, there is this boat carrying a West-Indian-looking guy with his girlfriend. The man rowing it is supposed to be a boatman you associate with those plying boats on the Ganges at Varanasi. In the middle of the river, he stands up, throws the pole into the vast river, takes off his vest, jumps into the water and presumably swims to the shore leaving the couple adrift. Moral? It’s not easy being a West-Indian in India. Ugh!
The second one: A settlement in the middle of Rajasthan. Obviously a hot day. A West-Indian is thirsty after eating something spicy. He desperately looks for a glass of water and he can’t get it. Why? Every time he reaches for a glass of water at various locations, a hand snatches it away. A set of dentures is dropped in one of the glasses. The poor guy reaches a tap and he just finds water dripping in tiny drops. Moral? You know it. All the UGHs are not enough to describe this.
I wonder if the “maji” (boatman) and the people of Rajasthan ever got to see these ads. Especially the endearingly hospitable people of Rajasthan. In a few seconds they were denounced as a group. And as a nation we should hang our head in shame. What do these ads tell the world about us? That we are invincible ? Or that we are sick, inhospitable, holier-than-thou jerks?
Today the ads were missing. Glad and relieved. But not for long. There is this new “series” all ready for the India-Sri Lanka matches starting Feb 8 at Eden Gardens. The first one was out today during the match. It shows a couple of Sri Lankan-looking guys in a forest trying to photograph a tiger. The tiger roars, they shiver. An army van passes by, backtracks and you see some words on “Tigers” written on the rear of the vehicle. Moral? It’s not easy being a Sri Lankan in India. We are brilliant in finding ways to be disgustingly offensive!



  1. Beautifull said yar … I was really thinking what the hell is there in that Adv and the purpose for which they were taken .

    Comment by krishna chaitanya — January 31, 2007 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks, krishna chaitanya. I’m so happy you share my sentiments. Do tell your friends about this.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — February 1, 2007 @ 12:11 am | Reply

  3. I think that this sentiment would have been more prominent had india lost the series.

    Comment by Varun Chablani — February 1, 2007 @ 2:25 am | Reply

  4. May be Varun. But life is not about winning and losing alone. It’s also staying friends after that.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — February 1, 2007 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

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