Paes and me
Respect for what he has done:
When the whole world(Including India) went erupted and rightly so, when the Tennis history’s one of the most complete player, Roger Federer, won the French open, one thing went unnoticed or underplayed even in India also, is the win of Leander Paes in doubles, India’s most profilic tennis player I have seen. A man always plays with unusual grit and determination for an Indian at the highest level, he won this at the age of 35 which many will consider in Tennis as beyond the retirement age. I couldn’t think that this was at the twilight of his career he won this. He is still good for many more, I guess.
I always have a personal liking towards him than Hesh because while I was a kid, I used to see a lot of Davis cup matches. He always used to play three matches on 3 continous days(winning all of them many a times) and he done that for almost 7 or 8 years. You could sense the pride and passion on his face and whole body while he was playing for India. And there will be some sort of certainity that he will win even against the best in the davis cup ties. One match I still remember was his one against Goran Ivansevic. It’s a must win match for India(next one is for Mahesh Bhupathi’s but he was not such a good singles player) and everybody were pinning their hopes on him but the odds were against him. Why not? Who will favour a above 100 rank player for a player who challenges every one of the top 10 players in the world. As expected Ivansevic took first 2 sets but Paes came back really strongly to bag the next 3 sets, closed both the match and the tie. Score was: 6-7(4) 4-6 7-6(3) 6-4 6-1. He has many such famous davis cup wins.
And who can forget his bronze medal winning in Atlanta Olympics. He was the player from whom medal is least expected but he was the only one who delievered in that whole olympics for India. If at all, his wrist was not injured, who knows, he might have been beaten Andre Agassi and went into the final. But his singles Slam record is not so great one. He always goes that extra yard when he plays for India and not for him. At 35, he again conquered a Slam after receiving a treatment for the injury he suffered in his eyes. If he has done well in the singles in his heydays he could have been the inspiration for the youngsters but somehow he missed the plot. But I don’t know why many were still not considering doubles as good as the singles. For being a doubles player, one must have good volleying ability and sharp reflexes. They may lack the physical stamina of the singles players but still they will match them in their won den(doubles).
Harry Potter fan, me:
Guess what?? I have become a Harry potter fan 🙂 Check my sidebar too. It will say in which house I have been placed by Sorting hat ;)(Who will not like to be there) Many of you would have judged it when I have said that I have started because it’s a phenomenon. And also I am bang on target now. All my target was a book a week. 2 weeks gone and I am already through 2 books. And I am through the second book in no time, according to my standards. It really took 11 days to finish the first one and I finished the second one in 3 days. All the time I am reading the book now, while standing or sitting in the bus, while travelling in the rarin.. and the only fear for me now is, whether I will miss the stop or station where I have to get down :D(that won’t worry me much now as I can read some more while getting back to correct one :D). On Monday, it was morning 3:45 A.M when I have finished my internet browsing and then picked up the second book ‘Chamber of Secrets’ which had last 50 pages to finish it up. There’s nothing concerned me, time or anything and when I finished it up and looked at the clock it’s sharp 5(I have to start to office by morning). I never read any book like this with a sense of excitement and never got deseparated when I am not able to read one(Anyway I have to go to office and work for 9 hours and I don’t like reading books there, even if I am free). And while going to office, again I read some 30 out of 50 pages. It’s really really engaging. This is absolutely new experience. According to me, the first book moved at a steady pace with some twists and turns here and there. The second book, until halfway given no hints(its dull too) of the explosion going to happen in the last 75 to 90 pages and I am just excited by the way the bits and pieces given in the first 10 chapters woven beautifully for a dark last 50 pages. It’s really frightening.
Now I have started 3rd book and hoping to finish it off soon as in the 4th book Voldemart appears and confronts with Harry.. can’t wait.. I am running 🙂
PS 1: Now you would have known that there is no real connection between me and Paes except in the title 😀
PS 2: I am sad as Harry Potter has only 7 parts 😦