Satire in the Age of Letters and Technology- more than just a pinch of it.
by Reshma M.R.
Photographs by: Zabeeh Afaque,Photo Coordinator,Hindustan Times.
When Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit his second six in the final of Cricket World Cup 2011, it wasn’t just me who screamed, soared and lost control. I was just one of the billions.
In a blink of an eye, in that split second of insurmountable magnificence and in the ecstasy of this much craved for moment- came the flashbacks of Sanath Jayasuriya smashing the Indians for his highest peak of 189, the moment when Brett Lee (of all people) hit a six off the last ball to seal a stamp on Aussie domination to the times when my thinking cycle went from “I was born so late after 1983” to “why wasn’t I born in 1983?” And now, and how, India had won the world cup. After 28 years. In Mumbai, India at the Wankhede stadium on April 2nd 2011. My 15 year old television gave me what the memories of my elders could not.
If it was Kapil Dev who was the architect of the greatest underdog victory in World Cup history for India in 1983, then M.S. Dhoni was the knight in shining armour in 2011. Not to take anything away from Gautam Gambhir who played a classy knock of 97 before getting his bails knocked by Perera. But it was Dhoni who led the way just like a leader should and in all probability brought into consideration that this team is the best team that India has ever had.
They say they did it for Sachin Tendulkar. I say they did the right damn thing. They’ve given the most memorable batsman of Indian cricket a perfect tribute. Bravo! Even though the other legend, Muttiah Muralitharan, ended up on the losing side, his team did give a fight. Mahela Jayawardene’s 103 not out knock off 88 balls didn’t make Lanka win the match but Kumara Sangakara’s grace in defeat did win a lot many hearts. With this conquest, India has led its way to the epoch of dominance.
Gold in the sky and gold in their hands. The electricity looming in the stands and a memory for the young and old alike. Finally a moment we’ve all been waiting for. Finally!
The victory of the Indian cricket team in the World Cup brought with it the most bizarre sights to be seen on the roads of this Dil walon ki Dilli. People, dressed up crazily or bare chested in some cases 😛 were seen shouting slogans, hugging and kissing each other, getting drunk and doing the most craziest yet awesome things! It was amazing to see the young and the old alike celebrate with so much zeal and enthusiasm. The celebrations reached an all time high when the Congress President, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi made an appearance at the venue and cheered along with crowd.
Here are a few snapshots of the celebrations…