Why Do We Get So Emotional – A Response

19 Mar

Why do we get so emotional asks Vijay

I followed a part of the India/Bangladesh game on rediff this past weekend. The comments on their message board (occasionally hilarious but mostly tasteless) gave me a bit of insight. Here are my observations:

– Sad as it may seem, a lot of people out there don’t seem to have anything better in life to look forward to than a win by the Indian cricket team. So when India loses, it becomes very personal. Put that together with unemployment and latent goonda tendencies and you have effigy burnings, wrecked property and donkeys named Veeru with “chappli haaras” (though if I were the donkey, I’d be more than a little insulted and it’s not because of the chappli haara)

– Patritotism. How can these guys play for our country, as representatives of our great nation, in this shameful and spineless way?

– Resentment that our cricketeers seem to more interested in endorsing biscuits, colas, pizzas and motorbikes and in romancing Bollywood babes than they are in being professional athletes (Note to those who say it’s just a game: This is not just a game. This is professional sport. Very different.)

– Resentment += 1 when they realize that our cricketeers get paid big bucks for doing the above.

– Resentment += 2 when they realize that in the real world, you could (and would) get fired for incompetence but in Indian cricket you only get dropped if you back the wrong politician.

– Resentment += 20 when they watch the Aussies and South Africans ruthlessly decimate their opposition.

– Resentment += 200 when they realize that our fat cat cricketers face no consequences if they perform badly.

– Resentment += 2000 when they realize that our fat cats know that there are no consequences if they perform badly.

– Resentment += 20000 that none of this will likely ever change.

Anything else?


9 Responses to “Why Do We Get So Emotional – A Response”

  1. some body March 19, 2007 at 5:43 pm #


    i checked off all the items on the list. and in the grand scheme of things, i don’t think i do anything of much importance. on the other hand, these cricketers do – which indian does not remember miandad’s last ball six? this defeat is of that magnitude.

    it is not that bangladesh played hopelessly and won – what rankles is that they were better prepared. isn’t that the coach’s responsibility? all along the ganguly saga, i had sided with chappell and dravid, and here – look at whatmore; the dude got sri lanka in shape and then got bangladesh in shape. look at our truck-tyred wonders raking in the moolah! i still stand by my earlier sentiment that sehwag, uthappa and agarkar deserve no place in the match against sri lanka.

    an aside: did you mean to type ‘*’s instead of those ‘+’s? 🙂

    – s.b.

  2. decemberstud March 19, 2007 at 5:43 pm #

    I am sure you’ve heard of the Second Life on the web. That’s exactly what we need!!!

    On that note, we just wrapped up hitting 413 against Bermuda….we all know Indian cricketers are Gods, don’t we ? 😉

  3. decemberstud March 19, 2007 at 5:49 pm #


    You mean just Sehwag and Agarkar, right ? 😉 Yeha inspite of Sehwag’s 114 today, I think he deserves no place in this team. Poor Kaif !!!

    And, I hate to hijack Vijay’s blog ( but I get to meet you here more than any other blog), but Prof.G Venkatasubbiah has given a very long and detailed explanation in sunday’s Prajavani to the question you asked about Ranna’ ‘gadhAyuddha’….Rememebr the “An ariven, pruthe arivaL….”. Unfortunatley, since I had asked him the question, he has put my name there…rightfully it should ahve been you 😉 I will try to blog it sometime if I get time off of work and hospital duties.

  4. some body March 19, 2007 at 7:10 pm #


    thanks for your reponse, and i had had time to talk with my mother and uncle about this too when i was in india (trip #1) and he had said something about asking a shataavadhaani [which i guess translates to somewhat like our ramki here :-)] for more details, i.e., about where would i be able to lay my hands on a book or translation.

    unfortunately, that word is all i remember of what he said, rest of the saahitya went over my head. plus, the poem was in their high school text which, i am pretty sure, is not followed today.

    i have been following your blog with interest and concern, but have not really written anything because i did not know what to write or how. looks like you are holding up well. good for you. i have to confess that i am not that good emotionally speaking.

    no to kaif please not him! he hasn’t done much since that chase in england (natwest trophy?). pathan as batsman would do better.

    – s.b.

  5. Vijay March 20, 2007 at 4:37 am #

    Hijack !!! Hijack !!!! 🙂

  6. neel3 March 20, 2007 at 4:45 pm #


    because our cricketers most times don’t put up a fight against the opposition.

    We win some and lose some
    but team India doesn’t show the nerve to fight when the chips are down.
    Lose by all means -one can’t win always..
    but DO atleast show you want to win.

    We must exhibit our ability to PLAY ,till the game is actually over instead of putting away our weapons in the middle of the war.

  7. Vijay March 21, 2007 at 9:23 am #

    @Neel3: Those are very good points..

  8. neel3 March 21, 2007 at 4:21 pm #

    port of no gain(nammorige—-opposition ge port of sunshine!!)

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