What that taught me was - thresholds . Thresholds to withstand pain, nausea and in general stink. Look at the spectrum of thresholds. We, the students, living 3 floors above the septic tank, couldn't even bear the stink. The watchman, working 10 yards from the place, could spend a night near that place. He was allright with the stink but he wouldn't touch it. There was a person who would touch it but wouldn't clean it. And then there are people who would clean that stuff.
ya! there is a point to the whole thing.
So there was an explosion near the Taj Samudra hotel where India, South Africa and Srilanka are staying. 1 Km from the place. There were three teams. One team was so alarmed by the whole thing that they basically could not think of anything except leaving the damn place and getting the hell out of there. South African players, it was reported, were extremely conerned and could not focus on their cricket at all. Their government did a security analysis (read as stink analysis) and said the place was too smelly...err.. to dangerous for their team. So they left.
And then there were two.
What disturbs me is not that we have chosen to stay. But Dravid in an interview has said that "we are not concerned about the bomb explosions. We are not even thinking about it. Many players want to prove themselves and are more worried about the weather and winning the game". India may have done a security analysis, atleast they must have, for eyewash's sake, pretended that they were sniffing around to see if they could smell something funny. They say they don't smell anything. Maybe thats because our noses, brains and balls are clogged like that septic tank. This got me thinking - where are we in the spectrum? For a moment if we set aside our great progress in the fields of IT services, IT services and IT services and focus solely on the segment of 'tolerance towards terrorist activities' - I would conclude that we are basically immune. A bomb explodes "ha! its good spirit to go to work.. lets move on". Its almost become like some car accident. Its sad and all but you just move on. Our threshold for terrorism is basically the same as car accidents. "bomb blast, 50 people died... okay!... whats for lunch dude". I do the same thing. Frankly, I did not care much for any of the terrorist activities that happened recently. I wasn't terribly moved or pushed towards patriotism. It was basically terrorist news, dilbert and some movie news. Apparently, I now learn that most of India is like me. I seriously want India to play. So that I can watch some cricket action. This whole bomb news is insignificant to me other than the fact that it reduced the excitement for the tournament. When the South African's left, I thought "sigh.. less of entertaintment. But let us play". I am not sure what the South African public feels.
South Africa is not the safest place in the world. Johanesburg is no heaven. And they refused to play. They refused. We played. Very funny. Reminds me of Senthil telling Gowndamani, after the latter laughs at Senthil for marryng an ugly girl, "she is such an ugly girl. i married her. but look on the bright side - if such an ugly girl rejects you - you have no hope at all". We are like those corporation cleaners. It can be too stinky for South Africans but not for us Indians. And some people see virtue in the whole thing. I almost vomitted when someone said it was brave act to stay. No kidding man. There are two things going on there - (a) money and (b) no other option. Either way we are pathetic. You, a borderline player, if you raise your voice on such a "trivial" issue - then its bye bye batting spot. If I was eating on a marriage dining hall, and someone found out that the vegetables were rotten and spoilt. I would at least set them aside (even if if I cant sense that it is rotten and I can still eat them). I would at least pretend to have some 'level'.
Voluntarily or involuntarily that is where we stand in the spectrum. Actions speak more than 1KB of data. Our actions have spoken about our 'level'. And we have to come up with lame excuses such as virtue, 'we are used to it' etc to justify our pathetic state.