Name is the game!

21 Sep

What went wrong with the ‘Commonwealth’ Games. I know exactly what went wrong. Blame the name.

C’mon now! What do you expect of a game which bears the name ‘common’.  You see, the Government took the name in the literal meaning of the word. If it’s called ‘common’ ‘wealth’ games, it must use up common wealth. Thus, you see the money flowing in and output has very little balance as in the case of any project that uses common wealth.

Also they thought, that since athletes have to run on roads, there should be appropriate arrangements for them to be able to do long jumps, high jumps etc as well. Well, the games development were left to the last, hoping that the rain gods would intervene and take care. Well, they did, and a little too much. There are swimming pools everywhere now. 🙂

They also dug up CP well enough so all their athletic events at one venue. There was no need for spending in building sports complexes at all. But it is insane how India media did not understand, whined a little too much and the rest you know is history.

However, a twist came about. Somewhere in July, it was uncovered that common wealth was not to be usurped in the games. There had to be some kind of sponsorships to support the game. It was not 2 seperate words but one word – ‘Commonwealth’. Alas, the meaning was not so easy, and in a country which considers English as almost the mother tongue, and binds several millions, this mistake was bound to happen.

So they thought, may be it is for very common people – coming from common countries. Well, they developed place that could be inhabited by common people.  Such is the irony, that this also was misunderstood – and here is the result –

Not to mention, the committe had always aspired for this, as reported, “The specification for the village set by Delhi 2010 promised to be of the highest standard, surpassing anything that had gone before.”

BTW, it is called Commonwealth Games because it is overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities*. The host city is selected from across the Commonwealth, a federation of 54 countries. This fact makes me angry. What were the other 53 nations thinking? Why could they not take fundamental Commonwealth concepts classes?

The second problem is a little more complicated. It involves celestial interventions and the life of a being.

Now, how would a Marathi know a hindi and kannada word and name a Maharashtrian village by it. Celestial Intervention – it has to be. Someone must have flown in on an Uran  Khatola to this village in Maharashtra from Karnataka/ North India, and seen this wonder full place and named it – Kalmadi.  A family must have been intrigued enough to attach it to its name for generations. And the last, for that Kalmadi name to associate with CWG. You see – ‘kal’ means tommorow and madi means -‘done’.. So, it will be done tomorrow, that is- if tommorow comes.

Meanwhile, I wonder, how a common person like me could decipher the celestial interventions and all, while the numerologists, astrologists and the rest are hiding somewhere, and India TV and IBN7 has not yet uncovered the truth.

13 Responses to “Name is the game!”

  1. Saurangshu Kanunjna September 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    LOL.. good one aakriti…. Loved the Meaning Kal-Madi 😉
    And I am very hopeful that Aaj Tak and India TV will leave no stone unturned to uncover the hidden truth… Don’t be surprise if they bring supernatural power as the cause of all this 🙂


    • Aakriti September 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

      I am wondering why the Government is yet not blaming the rains for all the mess. the Gods are conspiring … we are doing our havans etc :)…

      Kal-madi, I think 🙂

  2. Anshul September 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    But I love the fact there will be common chutti for common people like us to go to common locations during the time of commonwealth! – I like the games solely for that reason 😀

    • Aakriti September 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

      Interesting angle! And now that you have chhutis coming up, lets plan more work at home 🙂

  3. Anuraag September 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Aakriti, you have an amazing sense of humour.

    • Aakriti September 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

      Thanks Anuraag ! 😀

  4. Sukhpreet September 22, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    he he he!!! gud one! i loved the ‘Kalmadi’ wala part …. u ve surely put a lot of thinking into this one…:)

    • Aakriti September 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

      You are always so geneorus 🙂 😀

      • Sukhpreet September 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

        Just for u 😉

  5. Richa September 22, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Shakespeare once said “What’s in a name” and i believed him. Today you tell that “Name is the Game” and the way you explained it, i think Shakespeare would loose his funda.

    But what if the names weren’t “Common-Wealth” and “Kal-Madi” you think the scene would have been any different?

    I was furious and embarrassed watching news last night; was thinking why can’t we start putting ppl like kalmadi behind the bars for bringing such shame to India. But now i have a better idea. Why not read out your interpretation of his name on world wide television. It will be a bigger slap 🙂

    Great Job… Kp Up!!

    • Aakriti September 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

      Yes. If the name had been Govt-Wealth Games, they would never have happened in India. Suppose the name of the chair person had been Lalit – the work would have been done… – the literal translation being ‘luscious’ :D…!

  6. R September 22, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Game shame is what I read in the newspaper in the morning.. I still am wondering what I can do to fix the situation.

    • Aakriti September 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

      I think – all of us must appeal to India TV to do their part in salvaging the game.. 🙂

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