The Indians played their first official Test match at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s in 1932 under the leadership of Col C.K Nayudu. The seeds were sown then and there as the Indians got to know more about the game under the British rule. Subsequently, slowly but surely the Indians started to learn the nitty gritties of the game from the English.
Players like Col C.K Nayudu gathered the headlines for his hard-hitting whereas in the 1940s Vijay Merchant and Vijay Hazare scored tons of runs. Players like Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi gave a shot in the arm to the team and made them believe that they can win in overseas conditions.
Subsequently, India went on to win in West Indies and England under the leadership of Ajit Wadekar and it was a big boost for the Indian team. However, the big impact was made when the Indian team won the 1983 Prudential World Cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.
India had achieved such a big accomplishment and the triumph in the World Cup led to a turnaround as the aficionados started following the game with great zest.
In fact, India was considered an underdog as they had won a solitary match in the first two World Cups and when Kapil Dev’s side had to face West Indies in the final, nobody had put their money on the minnows. Furthermore, when India were dismissed for a paltry 183, everybody had written them off. However, the team pulled off a miraculous win and it led to the beginning of a new era in Indian cricket.
The game started reaching to the Indian houses through Television and the love affair with the fans started. Players also started getting the recognition they deserved and the young generation started dreaming to be the next Sunil Gavaskar or the next Kapil Dev. India also hosted the 1987 World Cup and it also added to the popularity of the game.
Moreover, in the 1990s a young boy named Sachin Tendulkar announced himself at the International level and the sport grew more popular in India as Tendulkar will leave everyone awestruck by his abilities and skills. Tendulkar carried the millions of hope on his shoulders and his success was directly proportional to the success of the team.
The popularity of the game took giant strides when Sachin Tendulkar consistently scored runs in almost every conditions and against every opposition. The young boys now wanted to be the next Sachin and cricket started becoming the most important thing for Indian fans. The Indian stadiums would be jam packed when Sachin was playing during his heydays.
Sachin grew in stature and as he gained experience, he also helped his teammates with the cricket tips. The legendary batsman never looked in his career.
Ergo, it would be prudent to say that the 1983 World Cup and Sachin Tendulkar were the two main reasons why cricket is so popular in India.
Meanwhile, with cricket action slowly returning now after a long hiatus, fans can place Cricket Betting odds for the upcoming matches.
Working while sitting the whole day? Here’s a guide for your sedentary lifestyle
By Garima Aggarwal
Sedentary lifestyle, February 27: To face the fact, working is vital as it ensures a standard living; paying the bills, buying groceries, clothes and all the necessary stuff. However, it is pretty hard for a person to realize how your 9 to 5 job schedule is contributing to affect the body physique adversely? So much so that they can give you enough lifetime and serious diseases like blood pressure, weaker bones, diabetes among other problems.
This fact, however, remains in place that ease is served as everything is turning digital, but the same is giving major ‘unexplored’ or ignored problems to humans leading towards a serious sedentary lifestyle. This can only be minimalised if people try and balance their sitting and exercising schedule altogether.
But the most common point made here is, where’s the time? To perform any physical activity, one has to take out time. Many experts have also said that following the right lifestyle, exercise schedule, and a healthy diet may be able to broadly contribute to ensuring a healthily body and activeness among humans.
Here are the ways how you can include more body movement into your daily routine without taking out a specific 2 hours exercise shift:
Early wake-up and physical activity
We know that you require proper time for that but only a half-hour session will do. Make your body realize that they are alive, active and fit. A sedentary lifestyle does not only make you unhealthy but it also makes one lazy and inactive. Therefore, a half hour session every day, preferable early in the morning, will do enough to make you happy, healthy and going. The early morning session can be of any form of activity that suits you, it can be simple stretching exercise, yoga or meditation, running, jogging etc. Early mornings are the best time to do it because you have a whole day ahead of you to bring your energy level down and make you stressed. The rising sun, little wind, and beautiful nature, all contribute to motivating you to exercise, stay fit and healthy.
Walk your way to the office
This is one of the most common to practice or follow. Walk your way up the office, not much but at least a distance of 1 km or 750 metres will also do. On a personal note, I had a full-time sitting job but I used to balance it by walking more. First, by walking my way from home to the metro station which was half a kilometre and then walking from the metro station to the office premises that was almost 780 metres.
And the same distance when I used to come back home. It makes you feel good when you walk more as it also gave me some me time to recall all the happenings of the day and listen to songs.
Usage of stairs instead of the lift
Especially when you are an adult, you must feel ashamed to be using lifts instead of stairs. Leave the lifts for the oldies and race your way up to your floor. Well, for a fact we can agree, stairs are tough for once but it can be nothing as compared to you sitting on that swivelling chair for 8 hours straight. We think you can understand the vitality of using those stairs. Having much time for regular exercise is not possible in some cases but then you can manage the physical activity routine with these tiny actions make you fitter and healthier, and also distancing you from all the diseases caused by a regular sedentary lifestyle.
Walk and talk rule
Receiving calls in-office is a must, they can be related to some work or home-related calls. One must try and attend the phone call while measuring the office length, we mean by walking. This is also a body movement only. Walk even if the conversation would be of 5 minutes also; it will be enough to ensure body movement to some extinct.
During work hours, our minds are all racing but since the body is in a rest mode, we might feel numbness in our body if this rest motion continues to be longer. While we exercise or perform physical activity, our bodies race and this is also crucial as other activities. In both scenarios, mind and body exercises are necessary as they would ensure overall wellness. Hence, walk as much as you can.
Try to stand while travelling on public transport
Most people nowadays travel in metros, if their cities have one or some use other public transports as available or convenient to them. Metros, local trains, buses etc and people fight to a seat to get settled down. However, isn’t your 8 hours long shift enough to make to sit like a statue in front of your systems? The suggestion here is to stand in public transport, if possible. Let your feet know that they are alive and of some use.
Physical inactivity can be cured but continuous physical inactivity with a strict sedentary lifestyle may cause lifelong diseases like high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, depression, anxiety etc. Don’t become an early patient of these diseases, walk more now to facilitate your body with the health and fitness they deserve at an old age. One irresponsible step can cause your lifelong regret.
Lessons to Learn from ‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
What do you do when a good book is lying on your bookshelf? You read and learn. Recently, I got an opportunity to read ‘ The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. While Bollywood is still trying to make films with a female protagonist, this book’s protagonist is a female, a significant character of the epic Mahabharata- Draupadi. Undoubtedly, the great epic teaches many lessons that stay with the reader for their lifetime. Besides, getting a glimpse of Draupadi’s struggle and happiness, I learned a lot from her charismatic personality. Here are a few lines from the book that I loved and will stay with me for a long time.
- 1 Everyone you meet plays a role in your journey
- 2 ‘Ability is more important than the accident of birth’
- 3 ‘A problem is a problem only if you believe it to be so’
- 4 ‘The force of a person’s believing seeps into those around him- into the very earth and air and water- until there’s nothing else’
- 5 ‘Expectations are like hidden rocks in your path- all they do is trip you’
- 6 ‘If Lokas existed at all, good women would surely go to one where men were not allowed so that they could finally be free’
- 7 ‘You no longer care what people think of you, and that has given you great freedom’
- 8 ‘By your own act, you bound yourself. Therefore, you alone can set yourself free’
Everyone you meet plays a role in your journey
Mahabharat has an end number of characters. While we are immersed in the great fight between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, our brain overlooks the tertiary characters. In this book, I felt that minor characters like Draupadi’s Dhai Ma added a lot of value to the story. She was like a mother Draupadi never had. It gave insight into the everyday life of the enigmatic Panchaali. The mention of the minute, everyday figures in the book made me wonder about the small characters of my life. There are people whom we meet once and remember them vividly, then there are those whom we encounter throughout our lives, yet can’t remember their name. However, in the end, both kinds of people play a role in our life.
‘Ability is more important than the accident of birth’
Draupadi was born from fire and a prophecy was made that she would change history. Later, she did play her part in changing the course of the world but her birth solely wasn’t responsible for it. She was a princess yet she felt caged. The world remembers her as a queen because of her courage and abilities. So, you know it doesn’t matter where or how you are born, what matters is how much are you willing to believe and live by the privileges or discomforts of your family.
‘A problem is a problem only if you believe it to be so’
When Krishna says this to Draupadi, it seems like he is telling it to the entire world. We all have problems, but guess what, we all have solutions too. The solution is pretty simple if we stop focusing on the problem and start thinking about the solution and working towards it, we will realize that there was no problem in the first place.
‘The force of a person’s believing seeps into those around him- into the very earth and air and water- until there’s nothing else’
This is something related to Point 3. These were Krishna’s wise words yet again. The world looks at us the way we look at ourselves. How many times people have reminded you about the things that have always been in your mind? Thoughts that are deeply woven in your brain, didn’t you find everyone believing that? It could be an idea, a dream, or a problem. If you keep believing it, the people around you will start to believe in that as well.
‘Expectations hurt.’ ‘I hadn’t expected this from you.’ (Does this ring a bell?). What I learned from this is that not all expectations hurt you. It’s natural for us to have expectations from ourselves and others but we shouldn’t be rigid about it. We should learn to embrace uncertainty as well. Didn’t unexpected events make you stronger and happier?
‘If Lokas existed at all, good women would surely go to one where men were not allowed so that they could finally be free’
This line from the book had my heart. I do believe that not all men are the same but I can’t deny that such men are rare. The kind of men who respects women, treat them as humans, let them enjoy their freedom (Irony!), motivate them to grow, and believe in equality. It’s the twenty-first century and yet gender inequality exists. It’s so painful to see the crimes against women increasing every day. This patriarchy society spares no one. Draupadi had to undergo injustices and harassment just like a twenty-first-century woman does. Probably, heaven for women is a world where no men existed.
‘You no longer care what people think of you, and that has given you great freedom’
Indeed, not thinking about others gives us immense freedom. We all, or at least most of us have the fear of being judged. We miss out on so many things because we are worried about society’s opinion. we don’t chase that dream of ours because someone told us that it was stupid. Imagine a judgment-free day, now tell me, what would you do on that day? We should stop thinking about others and live our life the way we want. That’s the freedom we should give ourselves.
‘By your own act, you bound yourself. Therefore, you alone can set yourself free’
You are responsible for your own actions. It’s your own actions that make you happy or sad. We often try to blame others for our circumstances, but it’s not them, it’s us to blame. If you are unhappy in a relationship or with your boss, you can’t blame them. You are letting that happen to yourself. If you want to get out of the darkroom of your mind, you need to let yourself free. No one can do that for you.
‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a fascinating book. The wife of the Pandavas was a warrior behind the Kurukshetra’s battlefield. She was larger than life character. I remember listening to examples of Arjun’s valor, Bhima’s strength, and Yudhishthira’s virtue but now I will add Draupadi’s endurance and strength in the list. Her thoughts, anger, regret, and most importantly her journey will stay with me. What about you? What did Draupadi teach you?
Life Lessons I Learnt from ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini
Have you ever felt a deep connection with a book? The kind of connection where you are vulnerable yet strong. Have you ever stayed up all night reading a book, even when your eyes were screaming for sleep? Did it ever happen that you took some time to come out of the fictional world created by the writer? Didn’t the reel world feel more real? Last summer, I came across such a book- ‘The Kite Runner’. I vividly remember wiping the slow stream of tears flowing from my eyes throughout the book. I felt a deep void in my heart as I read the climax and pure ecstasy in the end. While reading the last sentence of the last page, I knew something inside me had changed. I felt that I knew the people, culture, and the city I had never visited. Books do this to people. Right? A well- written book makes the reader fall in love with it. These books are about ordinary people and their stories which are somewhere lost in this ever-changing world. It’s about you and me. Apart from all this, a good book teaches you great lessons. So here are a few life lessons that I have learned from ‘The Kite Runner’ –
1. Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.
If life were the sky and you were a bird then childhood would be your wings. Humans have a lot of expectations from themselves as well as from others. They tend to project their expectations even on an unborn child. Society and parents’ expectations begin to build up as an infant grows into a kid. The original dreams of the children are dissolved in fulfilling these envisioned dreams. The child is not their parent. It’s completely okay if children don’t fit in the large shoes of their parents. Perhaps, they were meant for another pair! If every child got the freedom to do what (s)he wants to do, the world would have been a different place. In the early and innocent days of life, it’s important that the children get to fill their choice of colors. We need to learn to accept people as they are.
2. There is always a way to be good again.
Amir carried the guilt of his wrongdoings for the most part of his life but he was free like the wind after he did a good deed for his friend, perhaps the right one. He took some time to accept it and muster up the courage, but, eventually, he fought for his friend. In fact, in the end, all the characters in the book found a way to be good again. ‘The Kite Runner’ is a gentle reminder that one can always be a good human. We all make mistakes. There’s a way to redeem our wrong actions. Today is a new day, a new opportunity. You can choose to be good today.
3. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.
Broken Relationships, shattered trust, ruined homes, and frustrated humans. Why does all this happen? Maybe, because of one lie. Lies play a subtle role in this book. A lie by Amir’s father changed Hassan’s life. Lying is not a reason for any action. We can always tell the truth. Being honest is difficult but remember that by lying we are stealing someone’s right and we don’t have any right to do that.
4. A child who doesn’t stand up for himself/ herself becomes a person who can’t stand up for anything.
When corruption and crimes are increasing in the world, when people choose blandishments over courageous actions, these words are like hope. I hope that someone out there has the nerve to stand against the miscreant. As the strong roots hold the tree, the morals sown in childhood builds up an individual’s personality. If a child fails to learn to stand up for himself/ herself, (s)he will never stand up for others. They will never learn to stand for their beliefs.
5. Mean every word of the promises you make.
We don’t see many people who stand by their words today. Isn’t it? Little Hassan teaches us to be kind and believes in what we say. He meant with his heart when he said, ‘For you a thousand times over’. Such people are not only rare, but they also love us for what we are. It’s difficult to be as forgiving as Hassan but we can try. Can’t we?
6. We wallow too much in self-pity and give in to loss, to suffering, accept it as a fact of life, even see it as a necessity.
When I saw Amir wallowing in self-pity, I knew what he was going through. A few years ago, even I pitied myself and now, I think that’s the worst thing I have done to myself. If we stop pitying ourselves, we can do anything, literally ANYTHING. We experience what we think. Our thoughts drive our life. None of us would want to live a life full of loss and suffering. Would we? Self- pity doesn’t do any good to us. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, we need to look at the bigger picture and get out of the box that we have created.
7. Zindagi Migzara – life goes on.
Zindagi Migzara, they say, life goes on. This is, indeed, an unraveling lesson of ‘The Kite Runner’. The ups and downs of Hassan and Amir’s life are riveting. From running behind a kite to running away for their life, theirs was a roller-coaster journey. Life doesn’t come to a halt on the worst or the best of the days. We all cry and fall down, that’s okay, but then, what matters is if we bloomed again when the sun came out. That’s life! Unmindful of beginning, end, success, crisis, moving forward is important. Life continues to move on, so should we.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a story about two Afghan boys living in the 1970s. Amir, a twelve-year-old boy who is engrossed in books is desperate to gain his father’s approval. He decides to win the local kite- fighting tournament. Hassan, his loyal friend, and a low caste servant who is jeered at in the street promises to help him win. Their friendship, childhood, and ultimately their lives change due to an incident that occurs in the afternoon of the tournament. Amir is forced to flee to America with his family due to the Russian invasion. One fine day, a letter makes him realize that he needs to go back to his home to gain redemption. It’s a story about two children whose childhood shattered because of the politics of their region.
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