Wednesday, October 6, 2010



Finally they are on!
Today was Day 3 of the XIX Commonwealth Games being held in New Delhi and by the looks of it, the events are off to a great start.
It is no small feat for India.
It was a moment of great National pride when India won the bid to hold the games in 2010.
Between that day four years ago, and now, the games have seen remarkable concerted efforts by thousands to make it the greatest Commonwealth games in the history of the event.
With the entire world watching and speculating about India’s capability to pull off a sporting event of this magnitude, there was tremendous pressure.
The greatest pressure of all was, however, the fight against the inevitable unconstructive elements right at home. Corrupt politicians, in-efficient officials, large scale money re-routing, apathy, terror threats- you name and you could see it intricately connected to the games preparations.
Even with the deadline for the games looming large, politicians were busy highlighting the corruption of the opposite camp, conveniently choosing to ignore the much pending work. There were moments of national shame when the media high-lighted the collapsed bridges, unhygienic living quarters at the newly constructed games village and unacceptable audacious comments by high officials of the organising committee. The heaviest monsoon rains in decades that New Delhi received added to the woes.
The common tax-paying Indian was shocked and terrified. Will the games bring us International shame? Will India stand out as an inefficient, corrupt and un-professional country after all?
This country, which has only last month been declared the third most powerful country after the US and China; and this country which is now the second most rapidly growing economy in the world?
Such distinctions would, in no way be justified if the country, which now houses almost one- fifth of humanity, fails to successfully host these games after four years of preparations, endless owes due to traffic-diversions and widespread constructions, and an exorbitant expenditure of Rs.70 000 crores of tax-payer’s money.
Everyone waited with bated breath for the Opening ceremony on the 3rd of October.
Opening ceremonies have been said to make or mar events.
It must have been the largest sigh of relief ever heaved when, together with the World, 800 billion Indians witnessed the spectacular extravaganza that unfolded in the evening of the 3rd of October in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
How we wished we could be there!
But the pride we felt wasn’t in any lessened by the fact that we were watching the event on television.
Everything went off without a glitch. And the world experienced 5000 years of Indian culture showcased in a magnificent show.

The aerostat with the floating screen was the largest helium balloon ever showcased and it was this overhead floating screen that made the show a great success.



The highlight of the show was the Bodhi-tree or ‘The Tree of Wisdom’ which was formed beautifully right at the centre. Surrounding it, thousands of graceful, colourful dancers emerged effortlessly from the under-ground stage that opened up in the centre of the massive stadium.
bodhi tree


Another interesting aspect was the united beat of the drummers from different parts of the country, playing their indigenous drums.

The atmosphere turned solemn as Gandhi ji was remembered.
The larger than life mannequin that rose from under the centre-stage of the stadium took everyone’s breath away even as artists depicted the famous photograph of ‘the Dandi March’ in sand-art over a well-lit, glass-topped table.
A.R. Rahman’s CWG anthem, which marked the end of the show, was well received.



The real games are on and all is well at the very colourful village.
The pictures now are of happy athletes enjoying India, of professional competition and of the tireless security officials forever vigilant against terror threats of nuclear and biological weapons.
New Delhi is almost a fortress with 300 sniffer-dogs, 1.5 lakh Security personnel, 15 Bomb Disposal Squads and IAF Helicopters with snipers constantly on watch.

The success of the games is a triumph for India.


Thousands of volunteers from both students and the working class have battled and worked against the deep rooted corruption in many quarters. Successful cleanliness and tree-plantation drives they had undertaken only goes to show what the new young India can achieve against all odds.
It is time some people are held directly answerable to the citizens. After all it is our money and reputation that is at stake.
Mr. Kalmadi, the Organising chief was booed as he read out his speech at the opening ceremony and rightly so.
The success of the games doesn’t wipe away the days of shame the country had to face in front of the entire world due to his in-efficiency and corruption. It is high time Indian politics saw some change.
For now, let us just enjoy the games.
We have our paws crossed for our country. As of today, we are at No. 2 with Australia leading the medals tally.
May the best country win.

Pee Ess: Thankyou very much for all your comments, dear Friends. We will get back to you soon. Last few days have been crazy and we have a lot of things happening on the pawsonal front too. Will tell you all about it soon. Please be with us, OKies? Please?


Jake of Florida said...

Ginger and Buddy,

Thank you for this post. We've been wondering how things really are, since all we have to go by are the media reports that always seem to focus on what's wrong rather than what's right. We know this is truly a big deal for India -- and we hope the games do roll on without a hitch and you get to feel a rightful sense of pride. And then, and then, it will be time for the corrupt finaglers to have their moment of shame.

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Teddy Bear said...

THe opening ceremonies look amazing!!! We hope India wins lots of medals.:)

Teddy Bear

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome sight to see!

Thanks fur sharing!

As fur the life stuffs, take your time - we aren't going anywhere!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Thanks for sharing such a wealth of information. The opening ceremonies' photos were just awesome.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder,and Ciara

Priscilla said...

We watched the opening ceremony too. It's full colours and spirits. I enjoyed those Indian dances, in fact, I find it's one of the hardest dances to learn as it needs a full body cooperation. I love to watch how Indians use every limb of the body to express the essence of the dance. It's always amazing!!!

Well done, India!!!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Buddy and Ginger!
Yes! We read those things too!
Glad to know everything is going well!
Kisses and hugs

Chewy said...

That is a nice post! What a beatiful opening ceremony!

Anonymous said...

That was the coolest!!! My favs are the giant helium ballon aka hovering saucer ;) and the BIG BIG BIG drums! I bet you could hear them in the next country! Thinkin, they probably thought it was an earthquake tee hee hee :)

Enjoy the games!

Waggin at ya,

Mariodacat said...

Congratulations to your country for successfully pulling it off. Those are great pictures and are proof of a job well done. Thanks for sharing - the good and bad of it.

the booker man said...

hiyas miss ginger and buddy!
thank you bunches 'n tons for sharing about the opening ceremony! the pictures are totally amazing and gorgeous!! the tree of wisdom is so neato looking! me and asa and mama also really liked the picture of the green, white, and red painted peeps forming the circle with their pom poms. that is so cool!
we are glad the opening ceremony went so well, and we hope the games continue to go on without any troubles. we wish much continued success to your country!!! :)
we hope those bad officials will get what they deserve once you finish enjoying the games. they should be ashamed.

the booker man

pee s -- real life always comes first, so don't worry about not gettin' around to everybuddies' bloggies as much, okie dokie? we still heart you no matter what!! :)

Remington said...

Great post! Thank you for sharing!

Remington said...

Great post! Thank you for sharing!