Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How football can have a positive impact on Indian Society

Football- Having just watched the Indian Super League football and the FIFA world cup football, I can't but help pondering and thinking on the positive impact that sports can have on the society and benefit the society as a whole not only in terms of fitness but in terms of our attitudes and behavior.
Chennai FC vs Kerala FC, ISL 2nd Leg Semi Final 17 Dec 2014


Find below some of my observations.

Rules/ Importance of Law

I do remember reading on an article somewhere that in war torn Sudan where society had broken apart and lawlessness was rampant, one of the remedies to introduce the people of Sudan to the importance of living in a society of law was Football. but you also play to win, which means someone has to lose, but you have to play and abide by rules. You cannot use your hand and put a ball into the goal, you simply cannot beat up your opponent either or curse him with foul language, that would get you a yellow card which is a warning or a red card wherein you will be forced to get off the field. Hence, if you want to win, you have to behave and abide by the rules.
In a country like India, there are many times when we, the people discard the rules and laws of the country, you often see people disobeying traffic rules, bribing the government officials for simple matters like getting a no objection certificate from the regional transport officer or getting a ration card from government officials. Our lax attitude towards laws and rules reflects not only in our traffic but in the way our cities are planned, no proper drainage, dirt everywhere, buildings built haphazardly. But to be fair to the people, sometimes the government or in this case the referees are also unfair, the very people who should be giving us the yellow and red cards are the people who are the first people to disobey the law. Just because you a VIP, you can jump the traffic light, just because you are an important bureaucrat or a politician, you do not have to abide with certain municipal laws in construction of your houses. What happens next is that we the people also start to feel that it's okay to break the rules sometimes, and in a society where there is no proper enforcement of rules, you become a loser if you want to stick and obey the rules because when you stand in line and everyone else jumps the line, you become the last person to get tickets or rations and are left with nothing, when you want to get permit to transfer registration of your vehicle from one state to another without paying bribe, you have to wait for 6 months or more because these referees make your run pillar to post because you don't want to break the rules. India is a great country with lots of good laws and rules, but all these laws and rules are pretty useless without enforcement. What would it be like if you watched a football match, where the referee openly support one team against the other and overlooked hand ball, a hard tackle which deserved a yellow card with just a free kick, you would lose interest in the game. Maybe, if more Indians took to sports and have the sportsman spirit, we will try to follow and rules and accept them and yes, that includes all of us, the public and the people who enforce and make the laws.

Learn to lose

One of the most important thing in sports and in football as a whole is to accept losing a game, to understand that losing a game does not equate with failure in life, that sometimes we need to learn to fail before we learn to succeed, that sometimes we learn to succeed from lessons that we learned in failure. It is sad now a days to see people as well as political parties who never accept that they are wrong, that they are always right ever when they are wrong, they feel that if they admit the sky will drop down and they will lose face but sometimes it is in accepting defeat that we can have dignity, dignity that we did not cheat or manipulate to win. It's important in a society and culture of our country also to sometimes say that we may have made some mistakes and we need to fix this, if we are always right, when will we ever review our mistakes and try to improve our self. It's this small setbacks which teach us where we are weak and where we have to improve.

Everthing matters, every single time, person, energy, always be on the guard

Most of us may have heard about the butterfly effect- the flapping of the butterfly wings can cause a cyclone elsewhere. It's the same in football and in other sports. The fitness and contribution of each and every team member is very important. It's useless to have a superb striker but a mediocre team, think of Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal team, even though a superb player in a top club, he could not win without his team mates. And it' important to be on guard each and every second of the game, till the last minute because it's the matter of victory and losing a game. Each and every team are superb and are impenetrable in perfect conditions but what each team are trying to do is searching for an opportunity to take advantage of the opposing team in a second or minute of weakness, just a small tackle, a wrong pass all matters, it's not only the strikers final kick into the goal that matters, it's the each and every tackle and pass that matters when a team is going to win, you cannot afford to leave anything to chance if you want to win.





Sunday, December 7, 2014

Watching Chennaiyan FC in Marina Arena

There has been a lot of enthusiasam recently among the northeast community and among the Mizo people in Chennai as the Chennai local team "Chennaiyan" has a number of northeast people playing for it. For us people from Mizoram, we are excited that a Mizo Person, Jeje Lalpekhlua Fanai is the striker of the team and has scored a number of goals. This is highly significant for us northeast community in Chennai as many people are not even aware of where Mizoram is, now with Jeje Lalpekhlua Fanai as striker of the Chennai team, a lot of people seem to be aware of Mizoram and has brought pride to the community as a whole. 

Some photos of Chennaiyan Vs Delhi Below

Saturday, November 29, 2014

USA a lekha zir duh tan, a kalphung mizo te tan


US a lekha zir hi Mizo thalai te zing ah kan tlem hle, a then chu kan tum loh vang te a ni mai thei, a then chu a kalphung hriat loh vang te pawh a ni ang. Eng pawh ni se, he article ah hian US kal a that na te, kal tur a tih tur kalphung te ka rawn tar lang ang e.

A. USA a lekha zir na tur chhan te:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cox Farm, Virginia

Cox Farm, Virginia is a farm which is open during the fall, where children can go for hay ride, play with farm animals, slides etc. The pictures below would speak for themselves.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Typical American suburban neighborhood in Virginia

Just some photos of a typical American suburban neighborhood in fall, Oak Hill, Fairfax, Viginia

Sightseeing in and around Washington DC

I took the Silver line Metro from Reston, Virginia to Washington DC to just do some sightseeing, I didn't know the name of most of the buildings except maybe White House, the Treasury Department and a few embassies on Massachuseets Avenue.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ohio trip

Went to Ohio to visit Dr Arun and my Aunty Rin along with my sisters and their kids.
On the way to Ohio

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Food during visit to US

During my Visit to US, I was fortunate to eat in a number of my friends and relatives house, usually lovely Indian food, but in this blog, just trying to put the more typical american food that I ate in Restaurants.
Banana Pancake in Italian Restaurant

Friday, June 6, 2014

Goa Road Trip

Went on a Goa road trip without much planning and with lot of adventures with my brother in law, U Mabiaka, below are some of the photos of beautiful Goa.



Saturday, May 24, 2014

Auroville Weekend

Went to Auroville, Sharanga after a very tiring month of back breaking work with my Family, it's was indeed very relaxing, sooting and peaceful within Auroville, the perfect gateaway with no TV, Laptop or Internet.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mysore Visit

I had to visit Mysore because of projects that I had with my company in the nearby towns and villages, below are some photos of Mysore.