Tuesday, January 08, 2013

New year New beginnings

Time flies is a cliched saying. 2012 flew by before one could say 'Jack Robinson. '  It has nevertheless been an eventful and a sporty year. As I walk down the memory lane, I get a glimpse of how every month has been unique in its own way.

January 2012 started off with a bang. Went Scuba Diving on New Years eve in Oman which was a beautiful experience. 15th Jan was my first half marathon experience. Completed 21 km in good timing. From there on it was no looking back as I went on to improve my fitness levels.

February 2012 was spent in training for the DNA Women marathon scheduled on March 11th. 

March 2012: Ran 1o km in the DNA Women's marathon and came 5th overall. Felt great running for a cause-Girl child education. Honestly felt that I had actually made a difference.

April 2012: Visited my dream destination, New Zealand. It was the hub of adventure sports where I tried out Zorbing., Paragliding, jet safari, jungle trekking, vising the sets where Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings was filmed. It was an amazing experience.

May 2012: Visited Bangalore as I took part in the TCS World 10 k run post which I treated myself to death by chocolate at corner house, the famous icecream parlour. Shared it with my hubby of course.

June 2012: Brought in our b'days with a lot of friends over. It was a pleasure cutting cake three times and sharing it with my trainers and pals.

July 2012: Went on a trek to Matheran with buddies in the lovely monsoon weather. It was just amazing surrounded with greenery all around. A sunday spent in a worthwwhile way. Also visited Indonesia and indulged in an adventurous expedition. Went cycling on the beach, river rafting, snorkelling, trekking in the rain forest, canoeing, elephant safari and indulged in a balinese spa as well.

August 2012: Went on another rainy trek with buddies on friendship day. Also celebrated Ramzan by visiting Mohammad Ali road twice and got to taste firni and malpuas.Visited Chennai after a year and got an opportunity to catch up with my old friends after years. Also got an article published on mohd ali rod on the website I work for.

September 2012: It was a month where my training for the Mumbai marathon commenced. I was gunning to run the full marathon this time. So got a schedule drawn and followed it religiously. This was also a month where the Ganpati festival was celebrated with pomp and splendor. Brought Ganpati home after three years. Worked on a write up on the festive celebrations in Mumbai. Got a lot of recognition for it on my website which I work for.

October 2012:  It started with running a 10 km for Tata Medical centre, a run organized for Cancer patient fund raising. Felt good running for a cause despite the scorching heat. Made a quick tripto chennai and met up with my old friends. Got to interview the Executive director of Tata sons on his book' what a Ceo really wants'. It was an awe inspiring experience. Also got to attend the Mumbai film festival where I got to see some prolific cinema.

November 2012: Diwali- the mostawaited festival was around the corner. Made gajar ka halwa at home and shared it with my trainers and friends. Worked on a diwali article for my website as well.

December 2012: This has been the most tiring month but an exhilarating one. Visited Goa after three years and ran the Goa river marathon. It was a beautiful trail by the river and the spirit of the goans was amazing. Completed this one in good timing as well. Then ran the Pinkathon -a 10 km run organized to promote awareness of breast cancer. However had a minor setback as I hurt my ankle bone post one of the runs. But the ice pack proved to be a good healer. Visited Lavassa and brought in the new year with an adrenalin rush-rappelling and rock climbing. Overall its been a good year.

Hoping that 2013 holds good equally. Joined a boot camp to improve my flexibility. Felt good working outdoors in the open garden with the winter breeze. Got a big marathon coming up on Jan 20th. 

Praying things go well.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Heart Touching Letter from Sachin

Heart Touching Letter from Sachin . :'( . . Must Read

Letter from Sachin Tendulkar to all his fans through out the World:

Dear fans,

I am saddened as I write this letter. I know I have disappointed you with the series loss against England and my performance isn’t what you have always expected of me. I have always given my best for the team, but the results are not in my favour this time around. People are clamouring for my retirement and I can’t agree more with them. I have not been living up to the standards that I have set for myself through the years and I am indeed answerable to the fans.

I apologize to you for my dismal performances, and for failing you time and again. It is a general misconception among people that I have grown complacent and taking things for granted. But I can assure you that I am the same person who made his debut at the age of 16 as an excited teenager. I have been following my routine right from the day I made my debut till today. Nothing has changed, neither the preparation nor the mind-set. Maybe age is finally catching up to me, something I have been trying to fight for the major part of the last five years. I have been training harder to keep myself fit and strong in order to be able to give my best.

Cricket has been my calling right from a young age. I still remember the day me and Vinod were playing together in a Harris-Shield trophy match, where we put up a 600 run partnership. The immense enjoyment of being on the field all day long with my best friend was all I could dream about for the next few days. That was the day I decided to play cricket for the rest of my life, for I loved it more than anything; food, chocolates, bicycles- things that a fourteen year old could long for.

Years have passed after that and things are not the same anymore. I have matured both as a person and as a player. But the hunger still remains the same. I still want to do well and give my best whenever I walk on the field; something that has been my mantra all through the years. I have achieved so much in cricket- the fame, the money and the compliments came to me on their own. I am proud of my records when I look back at them today. The only thing I almost missed out on was the World Cup; I got there too in the end, with a team as determined as I was, who strove along with me to achieve the glory that I was unable to attain for almost 22 years.

But the real struggle was after the World Cup, when I had to suffer through another lean patch, which I am going through even now. People wanted me to go now that I have gotten my wishes fulfilled. They said it was the right time for me to retire, since my dream has been achieved. But I felt I can contribute more to the cause of the Indian team. The team needs some good youngsters to fill the places of seniors when we retire, and someone should be there to guide them, or so we felt. It might be a wrong decision but it was for the greater good. Perhaps we realized our mistake when we heard “the seniors are selfish to block the place of talented youngsters!”

Our only thoughts were about setting the team up for the youngsters and getting the tough tours to England and Australia out of the way, so that the youngsters can have a smoother path into the test team. But we did not consider our own problems, which were the roots of our own destruction.

It was a tough time for us after Australia, losing both VVS and Rahul. It brought me back down to earth, and I started contemplating retirement. But I had some solace after the century against Bangladesh, though we were unlucky to lose the match. Two series later, we were facing the same predicament against England at home and it was humiliating to lose the series. It was a nightmare for us, having had to endure the cricket crazy fans’ reaction. People started talking about my retirement again, claiming that I was selfish and I had to go sooner rather than later. They even said I am choosing my matches for the fear of facing quality opponents. It isn’t true, of course. I am an old man who wants to spend some quality time with my kids. They should know me enough to call me father and I do not want to miss their growing up years. Therefore, I take some time off between series to be with them.

I have to admit that I am a bit selfish, for I have been playing the game for the better part of my life. I have not known anything other than cricket. Every day I wake up to take up a bat and I sleep after arranging my kit bags. It has been a penance for the last 25 years and it would be hard for me to just give up everything. Retirement would be equal to death for me, as I have lived cricket all my life. Frankly, I do not know what to do with myself once I retire. Will I be able to secure a job as a TV commentator, a trend that has been catching up with some former players, or would I be a successful coach? Nothing pleases me like playing cricket and I am not sure whether I am made for other things in life. I have watched many players retiring, but I never had to think about how they would have felt while retiring. It was an irrelevant thought a few years back, but now I know how exactly each of them would have felt.

I know it’s time for me to go, but as a fellow Indian, I ask this of you dear fans; I am not able to let go of cricket after all these years, and even talking about it makes me feel worse. I just need some time to sort my life out, to decide on what to do with myself once I retire. I am not here for the fame or for the records but for the passion that I had and I have for this game right from the day I picked up a bat. I am making up my mind and I need a little more time to announce my retirement. It is a humble request from a dedicated servant of cricket and I would feel happy if you oblige me.

Thank you

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar