Mr. Rahul Dravid – am a late Fan but forever Loyal from hereon

Dear Mr. Dravid,

I am a no one to you – but let me tell you somethings about myself that will help you know me quickly & better. I am a girl from an educated service middle class North Indian family where Cricket & Movies find an undetachable relationship with dinner conversations, entertainment. More importantly they were the strong bond I shared with my Dad as I learnt a lot from him while discussing Cricket/tennis matches & Movies.

During late 90s, I remember my Dad used to adore you – when you used to come on crease he used to be more optimistic of Indian innings doing better, more than all your respect worthy counterparts (Sachin, Ganguly, Laxman). You had that aura of assurance, reliability that a matured man of 40+ would find most befitting.
When you used to score 10 runs of 50 balls, he used to clap & say he is building it, digging in. I just would not understand that how a strike rate of 20% be good for Indian team & I would a few times argue that it is just slowing us down & taking us away from a challenging total. He used to ask me to just wait & watch quietly.

How wrong I was & how correct you both mature men were I realised much later (towards mid of 2000s). You were of course the glue of valuable partnerships that won us matches overseas & become a power to fathom, you were the reluctant opener, wicketkeeper who tried & tried but also delivered. I don’t think I can write anything new here – as there have been experts & bigger fans who have given you odes for your contribution to Indian cricket team.

However, what I take away most from you is for the kind of human being you are – humble to the core, hardworking, simple, family oriented, great son among plenty others great qualities.
Some things which touched me beyond comparison were – your MCC speech, your narration for your Mom’s album, your retirement words, the way you carried on post retirement with dignity, your silent contribution in giving us Rahane, Pujara, Sanju & now how you are quietly building a strong bench by coaching India ‘A’ team.
I have read/seen so many interviews of yours – never have I read a word of frustration, negativity, haughtiness. There has been only words of trying to contribute more effectively towards the cause of our country becoming bigger & better.
For me – contributors like you are my idols & I consider you in the league of APJ Abdul Kalam, AR Rahman, Gandhi, Swami Vivekanand, Buddha who have silently done their jobs only but in doing so have moved the generations & inspired millions.

Thank you Mr. Dravid, you are the reason I would always listen more to my Dad!


MBAs are mostly calculative (a thought on this Teacher’s Day!)

I have a tendency to go back to different chapters, characters, important incidents not to remember embarrassments (eeks for last one)..
Of course MBA @XLRI Jamshedpur stands out as quite a course defining chapter which helped me stand out for sure and also gave me a gist about how future life is going to be.

I don’t remember being very happy for most of my MBA or rather even engineering or my higher school days – maybe because they were a lot about struggling to bring a lot of effort from my side which did not seem natural.
Also, as a person, I was not so travelled & exposed to different facets of life to understand myself, situations & others very well.

Now after 5 years of MBA & having gained certain exposure in the practical, corporate life – I still do not think that I would have done a better job though. 🙂

I am not very sure that for a reserved (I only open up in front of people who I feel would not judge me for being me which does not include my parents also most of the time as I find them hawking many a times) person like me how much being forced to interact for the simple reason of interaction be any good.
What I remember really desisting badly about MBA days was how quickly in first 5 days or so, groups were formed basis their cities of origins & how protective they became basis that. I also remember how quickly they started judging one another & more importantly competitive & distrusting.
People used to talk to one another only if they have some work from one another – this was something I could not fathom at all. I would not say that I did not try to fit in but I realised that if I really fit into all this then I will turn into someone that I don’t like at all.

I found a space for myself in this whole chaos – with very selective people who I interacted with on limited basis.
I found the strength & importance to be myself & hold on to only myself when everything around you goes for a toss.

What I needed was experience, networking with right people & launch myself in the direction from where there is no turning back. I do think now after 5 years into work-life, I have been able to achieve something in right direction.
So all in all calculative, desisting MBA but it helped maybe more because I stuck to my basics !

Happy Teacher’s Day to all teachers who make sure you turn to yourself most when you need help!

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