I have heard twenties is a very confusing period for a guy. Everyone except you seem to be making progress. You are stuck in a rut not knowing exactly what you want to do or be. Although, I am expected to get out of that conundrum soon (purely by the logic that my twenties is coming to an end), at this moment in time, I am exactly where I was years back. No clarity on the all-mighty “skillset” to demonstrate to the world and a sense of loss not just in terms of time but opportunities. I look back and realise that there were a lot of opportunities wherein, if I had acted differently, I would have been a very different person (at least the same person in a different place). Hope against hope, these things settle down.
Some topics are always interesting and everyone has an opinion, no matter how misinformed they are. The same applies to me and politics. The last two sentences are meant to be a disclaimer for what I am about to type here on. Dear AAP, you brought the entire country together through your anti-corruption movement. That felt good and even gave us hope. But, there is a marginal difference between self-righteousness and arrogance. To me, you seem to be treading very dangerously towards the latter. There are still a lot of Indians who look at you as the shining light against corruption. The issue is, you promised so much and made them believe that they are even ready to look away from all your idiosyncrasies. Do remember, they support anti-corruption more than AAP and they see AAP as purely a vehicle towards their end goal. Unless things change, somewhere down the line, your party website will continue showing billion members but most of them would have moved on having forgotten to unsubscribe from your portal. I do still believe but certainly not at the cost of growth. Nobody can focus on just anti-corruption for five years certainly not in this current environment.
Let me confess I am not the biggest cricket fan in the country. But, it just seems international cricket has become a tad monotonous. Home teams win and all that matters is the margin of victory. This is true across the globe except there seems to be an unsaid doctrine that victory in pacier pitches count for more than in the subcontinent. This makes India, Pakistan and SL pretty average teams no matter what they do.
It is also been a pretty bad time for most Man Utd fans across the globe. There just seems to be a feeling that, unless we score two goals early in the match, we will find ways to lose. Although, I am tempted to put the blame on Moyes, I think, this is purely on Sir Alex. There has been talk of major signings for the past 5 years and as far as I remember, the costliest transfers were of Nani and Anderson (no further comments needed). There seems to be some intent in bringing Juan Mata but there’s still a lot to be done by Moyes, not least of which is to find Mata his perfect position on the field. The defence needs to be re-assessed at the end of the year. I don’t think there is a lack of talent. It’s more to do with lack of experience and the inability to stay on the pitch for more than 60 minutes. As far as I understand, Champions League berth is long gone for this season and two years of rework is ahead of us. Hope it is Totenham or Everton making the Champions league not Liverpool. It would really hurt to see Liverpool in CL as a replacement for Man Utd.
There are days when you suddenly feel helpless. I am at that juncture where I feel bloody guilty for taking so many things for granted. One of my best friends, one who I sat next to for 9 hours a day for 4 amazing years is no more. The shock surpasses everything else. The whole plethora of things that make myself go crazy no longer even feels worthy of mention. I will never forget my dear friend who, in my mind, will be remembered for his wit, humility and simplicity. You will be sorely missed my friend. The guilt that I couldn’t talk to you more in the last two years will continue to haunt me.
The optimist lives on.