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Beijing Olympics, a fake start

Remember how we all gawked at out television screens during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics? The splendid fireworks became the talk of the evening (and of my blog). Well, well. Here’s what we know. A part of those fireworks were FAKED on our TV screens. They were digitally superimposed, even on the live coverage of the actual event. And there’s more. If you watched the entire opening ceremony, you might remember that little Chinese girl who sang in Chinese, right at the start. Personally, I couldn’t make much of it, but her nightingalish performance was received with lots of applause and appreciation from the Bird’s Nest audience. Guess what? It was FAKE too! She was only mimicking the voice recording of another little girl. Apparently, the girl with the sweeter voice didn’t have the right look to befit a stage as precious the Olympics opening ceremony. A seven-year old girl, she was told that her personal appearance during the Olympics ceremony would ‘harm China’s image’. So, in Beijing, they very conveniently coupled the better voice …

Gold for India [Part II]

My Olympic obsession continues [see post below]. Well, it’s all that’s been on television today and comeon, we can’t blame them news channels. The Olympics fever is finally spreading its fire all over India. Abhinav Bindra’s victory is a victory for all of India. A victory bigger than the self, as he might put it. I managed to locate Abhinav Bindra’s blog on his road to Beijing, with entries pre-dating his triumph. I admire his humility. Our first GOLD has subtly raised hopes for more medals too. Saina Nehwal has made it to the Badminton quarter finals. Two matches away from stardom. Good luck, girl. Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza are yet to hit the tennis courts and do India proud. Abhinav, in the meantime, has been showered with monetary rewards from the various state governments. And a Golden Railway Pass from Laloo, our Railway minister. And a generous 25 lakh from BCCI. The Cricket Board of India rewards an Olmypics medalist? A little strange, aye. I suppose it’s guilt. The way India has been …

GOLD for India at Olympics 08!!!

This morning, India won it’s first GOLD medal at the Olympics! Abhinav Bindra, 25, shot his way to victory in the 10 meters Air Rifle Shooting. It’s been 28 years since India won gold in the Olympics. The last such victory was the Hockey Team’s, 1980. And it’s the FIRST time ever that an Indian won a Gold in the individual category!! India is basking in all the Olympics glory now. Go, India, go! It was such a proud moment, even as viewed on television. With China in the second place and Finland in the third, Abhinav Bindra clinched the gold in the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing. The Indian Flag was unravelled in tune to the Indian national anthem. Thousands of spectators stood to attention, saluting and honoring India’s achievement. Really, so proud a moment! Imagine it. 205 nations, 10,500 athletes, 1 gold medal for air rifle shooting. And India scores it! Fantastic is the word. In a cricket-crazy country, this gold is really the beginning of a new era in the sports history of India. …

Olympics 08: One world, one dream

One word. Spectacular. What a display of color, coordination and technology! I can’t help but restate an overused line by news anchors, China was really out to show the world that it has indeed emerged. Whew, the beginning of the ceremony was so magnificient a show of coordinated acts, it was mind-boggling! The sheer number of participants, and I don’t mean the athletes, was impressive. The end was even better. The last runner in the torch relay was air-lifted through 75 feet and impressionated running on a vertical screen around the radius of the stadium! I wish I had witnessed it first-hand in the Bird’s Nest. Anyway, it was rather disappointing to see India send in a really tiny contingent. 57 people. Out of a population of 1.13 billion and counting. Our hockey team didn’t qualify. Our weight-lifter is in trouble. Unfortunately, there’s no cricket. All hopes rest with our shooters and our tennis champs. 4 years ago, it was only a silver. This year, we want more, praythee. It raises a lot of questions …