तेरी खातिर !

This is a humble tribute to the Indian Team, who performed so well during the World Cup and especially the man, who is fondly referred to as Mahi, our very own Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MSD).

I don’t remember seeing MSD the way when he left the field, for the last time in a World Cup match.

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Few lines to the emotions that he might have gone through walking back to the pavilion after getting run out:

ये वो लम्हा था, जब मैं खुद को रोक ना सका,
जानते हुए भी मैं तेरे लिए कुछ ना कर सका,

उस जस्बे को लिए, लगाई थी मैंने पूरी जान,
पर वो जस्बा भी मेरा आज कम पड़ गया .

दिल में थे अरमान, खुद पे था भरोसा,
हर मुश्किल को पार करने का था हौसला,

तेरे लिए आज फिर एक बार कुछ करने का था मौका,
माफ़ कर देना ऐ यार, जो आज मैं फिर से वो ना कर सका, 

ज़िन्दगी तो चलती रहेगी, बस एक गम रह जायेगा,
वो दो कदम का सफर, हर दिन कम रह जायेगा,

भरोसा करना बस, नियत में कोई कमी ना थी,
दिन आये गये लेकिन आँख में कभी ऐसी नमी ना थी. 

And there walked the man, who gave us fantastic moments in our lifetimes to be cherished for ever and ever. #RESPECT!

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Respect!

Being a badminton player myself and having gone through the ups and downs associated with competing in any sports, I strongly believe that athletes and players who dedicate their lives to their motivation and to the nation at the end of the day, deserve much more than what they get, especially in our country.

Was immensely disappointed seeing the state of affairs on an airport where I happen to land recently having taken a late night flight. Saw the likes of our very own badminton stars P.V. Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi queuing up to get clearance from customs.

Imagine the kind of stress and effort that these players go through while competing in the international events. What you want the least after having gone through the gruelling is to wait for an hour or so to come out of the airport.images

Imagine if it were a Sachin Tendulkar or a Mahendra Singh Dhoni! Would our authorities ask them to queue up in the same line as other commoners? Then why this discrimination when it comes to Badminton players or any other sports for that matter.

Shouldn’t these players not be given the facilitation of not having to queue up in the same manner as any cricket player?

Though, it was wonderful having got an opportunity to get a glimpse of these players, which otherwise is a rarity, considering the celebrity status attached to each one of them, yet I believe that it’s high time we rethink about our discriminatory ways and bring all sports to the same platform of respect and honour.

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