Let's get liberated and live the way we want to

After receiving a foul during 2011 playoffs, LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant hit the bench hot and furious. He threw down a towel and yelled at the referee "Hey Bennie, you are a f***ing f****t".1

The overall performance of Indian contingent in the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London was unsatisfactory. Yet, the Indian masses seem to have let out a deep sigh of relief as the six medals won by the country perhaps meant some respect was salvaged. The history of the Olympics in India can be summarized as the rise and fall of hockey just as the history of sport in India can be summarized as the fall of hockey and the rise of cricket, with track and field performances at international events rarely getting a place in the sun.

Yet another incident of gender verification and resultant humiliation to an athlete at home has raised its head after Santhi Soundarajan’s case. Pinki Pramanik, Indian track athlete, has been remanded under judicial custody for 14 days with respect to an allegation by her ‘live in partner’ regarding her ‘different’ sex and repeated rapes. The athlete, if proven guilty, will be stripped off of her international medals since she participated in the events as a woman.

I guess it is a visceral reaction. I will stop watching cricket the day Sachin retires. Watching Sachin taking the signature stance after a crotch yank and then driving one straight through was cricketing equivalent of heaven. I don't get same kick watching Dhoni heaving one physics defying helicopter shot or Uthapa slamming a tennis forehand shot over the bowler. On the surface, my aversion to this form of power-cricket seems purely based only on lack of quality in cricket. But there seems to be more to it.

Caesar was one of the early generation computer game, where you play role of a provincial governor of Roman empire; with simple goals to build a Roman city,foster farming, trade and industry, amass money and resources, please your imperialist masters and spread the glory of the empire; do this for all levels and you have built your Eternal city and crowned as Caesar. All this would have been easy if you had infinite supply of money or money making resources and gods were always happy.