Monday, May 14, 2007

Doping/ Boozing/ Smoking = COOL?????

I was on my friend’s bike and he suddenly pulled it to the side of the road. I asked him “What happened?” and he pointed to a paan dubbah. He bought a cigarette, lit it up in a manner that would even make Rajni Kant envious and started playing his miniscule part in polluting the atmosphere. “Why do you smoke?” I asked him. There was a long pause and then he said “Don’t I look cool when I’m smoking??” If he was someone I knew for a very long time I would have slapped him right on the road at that very moment for this INSANE, SENSELESS, DUMB AND PATHETIC answer of his.
Why do educated young junta, despite having a great knowledge of the hazards of smoking, boozing and doping still do it?? I have asked hundreds of people. Some say “Its cool”, “My friends do it so do I”, “Girl friend left me”, “I picked it up from my father”, etc, etc. NONE of the answers I have got till now are convincing or genuine to pardon them. Some people say “I do it in a limit.” Limit is something very relative. If 5 shots of vodka is boozing in limit for you, it is enough for someone else to get high and cause accidents on the road while driving. How many such cases don’t we get to hear and read every morning. I have even got this answer, “Andhra government makes a profit of over 40 crores just during the New Years Eve by selling booze and cigarettes.” Ok so people are helping the government by smoking and boozing. Don’t you realise if the sale of this is stopped men living in rural areas (90% of whom live on their wives earnings) would start working and help their wives rather than get drunk every night beat them till they get sadistic pleasure out of it. In this manner I m sure the revenue of the government would definitely be more than what they make by selling booze and fags. “ Lets enjoy life” is what some say. It is a very ironic statement because by smoking, boozing and doping all they are doing is BURNING their lungs, ROTTING their livers getting high, loosing control and speaking stuff that hurts others. So this is what people call enjoyment. Rather that is the new definition of enjoyment. I m no Mahatma Gandhi nor am I some great personality to change people but all I want to say is all you people out there who smoke, booze or dope ask your self as to why your doing it. I m sure a lions share of you would not have a genuine answer. All you non smoking, non boozing and non doping people NEVER change. The next time you’re in a party and someone says with this stupid expression on their face “You don t drink??” give a sarcastic smile and proudly say “I m a TEETOTALLER.”

The Religion Has Lost Its GOD

It was one of the saddest days in the history of sport when Michael Schumacher in an emotional post race interview of the Italian Grand Prix announced that he was not going to race after the 2006 season. He still had a Championship to fight for then, against his bitter rival of the past two years Fernando Alonso. At the end of one of the most dramatic last few races of any season Alonso clinched the World Championship. Any sane person who saw the last race in Brazil (in which Michael (GOD) Schumacher moved from 10th to 4th in the first lap and a half and after a technical snag from dead last to 4th at the end of the race) would ogle without batting an eyelid at the sheer pace of the MASTER of the sport. Even when there was hardly anything to race for (bearing in mind he had an outside chance of winning the Championship at the last race) he drove like there was no tomorrow. The last race of his career, he didn’t have to race in that fashion. If I said his driving skills, his power not to give up, his passion for the sport and the way he motivates himself is COMMENDABLE, it would be an understatement.
For me F-1 has been a religion right from the minute I started watching it. But now the religion that I have been following has lost its GOD. Fortunately or unfortunately there is another side to the coin. Michael leaving the sport has thrown this season’s Championship wide open. Alonso has moved from the reliable Renault to unpredictable McLaren. Kimi Raikonen has moved from unlucky Mclaren(in his case) to the passionate Ferrari team. All the new cars for this season are looking impressive. Pre-season testing has been showing that all teams are on par with each other. I who was moaning over the loss of the GOD to my religion and had thought there was no reason for me to follow F-1, now I cant wait for the 18th of March when the new season begins.
All the critics who have been cribbing about the GOD dominating his religion for most of the seasons in the past decade and accused him of making the sport “BORING” should now stop talking and wait for this season to start. All you non F-1 fans who thought F-1 is just about a few cars going round and round about a circuit, DON’T miss this season (You ll know the flavour of Formula-1). All you followers of religion F-1 lets ignite our engines and gear up for the mmmmm… mouth watering and scintillating season ahead of us. Until next time DRIVE SAFELY.