Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving had 16 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds and Boston wrapped up an unbeaten preseason.Rookie Malik Monk scored 21 points to lead the Hornets, shooting 4 for 9 from 3-point range. Dwight Howard had 12 points and six rebounds in his first home game.CELTICS: Jaylen Brown showed he can defend multiple positions, blocking point guard Kemba Walker and forward Marvin Williams on back-to-back possessions. … Gordon Hayward had 13 points.HORNETS: Michael Carter-Williams (knee) will not be ready for the regular season opener, coach Steve Clifford said. Nic Batum (elbow), Jeremy Lamb (groin) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) did not play. Rookie Dwayne Bacon went 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, accounting for all 12 of his points.UP NEXT: Boston (4-0) opens the regular season against Cleveland on Tuesday. Charlotte (1-3) hosts Dallas on Friday.HEAT 117, WIZARDS 115Jordan Mickey’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left gave Miami the win.Bam Adebayo scored 15 points, Tyler Johnson scored 14 and Josh Richardson had 13 for the Heat.Jason Smith scored 20 points on 7 for 8 shooting, and John Wall finished with 16 points and eight assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. had a strong game, with 10 points and 14 rebounds.WIZARDS: Bradley Beal scored 15, Mike Scott had 13 and Otto Porter Jr. scored 11 for Washington, which led by as many as 13 and never trailed by more than three. WATCH: Get to know Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena in 7 questions “The big key is I want him feeling fresh, peaking by Game 1,” Spoelstra said. “He’s in great shape, great spirits and we’ll just keep moving forward.”Dragic, Miami’s leading scorer last season at just over 20 points per game, expects to be full-go when Miami’s regular season starts Wednesday in Orlando. He said Spoelstra recognized how much the European title run — the emotional toll if nothing else — took out of him.“I always want to practice and play,” Dragic said. “But sometimes your body or your head doesn’t allow you to do that. He’s good at reading players. He knows what you need. Maybe he saw something that probably was not hard to see. So I crashed a little bit, came back and now it’s on to a new goal here in Miami.”A look at Wednesday’s preseason games:CELTICS 108, HORNETS 100ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary HEAT: Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters also got the night off to rest. … Mickey’s 3-pointer was the third lead change in the final 36 seconds. … The Heat had 78 points off the bench.UP NEXT: Washington (3-1) visits New York on Friday. Miami (3-2) plays Philadelphia in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday.76ERS 133, NETS 114Dario Saric scored 26 points and Joel Embiid, playing for the first time since agreeing to his $148 million extension, added 22 as Philadelphia got its first win of the preseason.D’Angelo Russell scored 24 for Brooklyn in its preseason finale.76ERS: J.J. Redick had 18 points for Philadelphia, which held a 52-37 rebounding edge. … No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz didn’t play.NETS: Caris Levert scored 16 and Jeremy Lin added 14 for the Nets, who led by 10 early — then got outscored by 35 points over the rest of the half, and eventually trailed by 36.UP NEXT: Philadelphia (1-3) meets Miami in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday. Brooklyn (3-1) opens the regular season Oct. 18 at Indiana.ROCKETS 101, GRIZZLIES 89James Harden shot only 2 for 13, missing all eight of his 3-point tries, but scored 18 points to lead Houston. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ It has been a preseason like none other for Dragic, who spent his summer carrying his native Slovenia to its first European championship and winning MVP honors at that tournament. But it also meant Dragic came back to Miami late last month worn down by the physically and mentally spent from the grind of that tournament, so Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to basically not use his starter for most of the preseason.Dragic didn’t like the idea at first. He knows now that it was the right move.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like my head is clearing,” Dragic said Wednesday before sitting out Miami’s home preseason game against the Washington Wizards. “I’m OK. Physically, I feel great. Mentally, I’m hungry again for basketball. That’s what we want to achieve and that’s the feeling we want for that first game.”Dragic hasn’t officially been ruled out for Miami’s preseason finale in Kansas City on Friday against Philadelphia, but he isn’t likely to play. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Miami Heat’s Jordan Mickey (25) shoots over Washington Wizards’ Tim Frazier (8) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 117-115. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Goran Dragic usually needs to play in preseason games to get ready for the season.This year, the Miami point guard needed to not play.ADVERTISEMENT Trevor Ariza had 16 and Clint Capela added 15 for Houston. Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 17 points.ROCKETS: Chris Paul returned from right shoulder soreness, and shot 3 for 12. … The Rockets were 14 of 45 from 3-point range, with Eric Gordon alone going 2 for 12.GRIZZLIES: Mario Chalmers and Marc Gasol each scored 12 points. … Mike Conley, on his 30th birthday, had eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.UP NEXT: Houston (4-0) hosts San Antonio on Friday. Memphis (2-2) hosts New Orleans on Friday.TRAIL BLAZERS 113, SUNS 104Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len were ejected in the fourth quarter after a scuffle.Meyers Leonard made his first five 3-point tries and finished with 17 points for Portland. Josh Jackson had 22 and Mike James added 19 for Portland.TRAIL BLAZERS: Starting guards CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 23 points on 9 for 28 shooting. … Ed Davis grabbed 12 rebounds in 17 minutes.SUNS: Marquese Chriss had 13 points and 12 rebounds. … Eric Bledsoe missed all eight of his shots. … Phoenix had 40 points in the second and third quarters combined, then scored 43 in the fourth.UP NEXT: Portland (4-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Friday. Phoenix (1-3) hosts the Brisbane Bullets on Friday. View comments
LATEST STORIES Brownlee orchestrated Ginebra’s late first quarter pullaway, turning a close 18-16 affair with 4:16 remaining to a commanding 29-18 advantage with a killer 11-2 tear to end the opening period.That scintillating offensive display, coupled with Meralco’s offensive struggles, propelled the Gin Kings as they enjoyed a 17-point lead, 40-23 midway in the second quarter after another Brownlee layup.Cone didn’t put too much praise on the way Ginebra defended in the game, saying the result was also decided with Meralco’s paltry shooting from rainbow country.“We hit our shots and they were 2-of-17 from the three-point line in the first half. They’re the number one three-point shooting team and it was an unusual night for them. Let’s give credit to our defense, but they really missed a lot of three-pointers. They’re unfamiliar with the court and the rings and whatever plays into that, but on the other end, we did hit our shots,” he said.The Bolts, though, eventually found their rhythm in the third quarter, unfurling 38 points in the frame to cut the deficit to its lowest at four, 75-71, on a Mike Tolomia four-point play with 4.9 seconds left in the period.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Frustrated Knights focused on own bid amid 3-way tie for no. 4 Read Next But Ginebra was quick to recover as Slaughter squeaked in another dunk late in the period to swing the momentum back in Ginebra’s favor as the crowd favorites rekindled their shooting to established a 21-point lead, 96-75, on a booming Brownlee three with 5:05 left to play.Allen Durham struggled for Meralco as he went 10-of-22 from the field to wound up with 27 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals, while Baser Amer got 14 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:GINEBRA 102 – Brownlee 32, Aguilar 15, Slaughter 14, Ferrer 11, Tenorio 10, Devance 9, Mercado 7, Caguioa 2, Thompson 2, Helterbrand 0, Taha 0.MERALCO 87 – Durham 27, Amer 14, Tolomia 10, De Ocampo 8, Hodge 8, Dillinger 6, Lanete 6, Newsome 6, Hugnatan 0, Caram 0.Quarters: 29-18, 49-35, 77-71, 102-87. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Game 2 of the best-of-7 championship duel is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Brownlee was all over the floor for Ginebra, going for 32 points on an ultra-efficient 13-of-20 sniping from the field, to go with his 19 rebounds and six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAguilar added 15 markers, four boards, and three blocks, while Greg Slaughter came off the bench and was once again a huge boost for the Gin Kings, scattering 14 points, eight rebounds, and two rejections.“We played really well tonight. I thought we controlled the game from pretty much start to finish but you take everything after Game 1 with a real grain of salt. This is not representative of anything as the series goes along,” said coach Tim Cone. “Last time we played Meralco last year, they won Game 1. That’s a cautionary tale for us. We just want to make sure not to make too big of a deal of Game 1 and move forward to Game 2.” View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Clicking on both ends of the floor, Ginebra gained a head start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals with a 102-87 beatdown of Meralco on Friday to take Game 1 at Quezon Convention Center here.The Gin Kings exploited their advantage in the frontcourt and pounded the ball in the paint as Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar had their way to help the defending champions establish an early lead they will never surrender.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Andray Blatche finally joined the Gilas Pilipinas training on Sunday. Unlike in the previous times, he looked very much in game shape.But Blatche has less than a week to relearn the system and make Gilas play at full strength against Japan as the first window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers starts Friday in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “We basically had to go back, almost, to square one, because we’re doing things that he (Blatche) is just picking up now,” coach Chot Reyes said after the first of two practice sessions on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Club commitments in China forced Blatche to arrive late after camp started on Nov. 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s why we’re going to have two practices [on Sunday], so he could catch up,” Reyes added.In Blatche’s previous stints with Gilas, the 6-foot-11 former Brooklyn Net in the NBA was out of shape, having been away for a considerable amount of time. World Seniors: Antonio places second Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Being under contract in the Chinese Basketball Association’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers, Reyes and the rest of the Filipinos has Blatche in his best form.In his last two games in China, Blatche averaged 25 points and 12.5 rebounds against topnotch competition, definitely higher than what the Filipinos will encounter in their first two Fiba matches against Japan and Chinese Taipei.“He played 30-32 minutes [on average in the last two games in China], so he’s in pretty good shape,” Reyes said.The Filipinos fly out on Wednesday and will be looking to keep an impressive record going against the Japanese, who will be bannered by their own naturalized player, 6-foot-5 shooting guard Ira Brown, and the talented 6-foot-10 center Joji Takeuchi.The match against the Taiwanese happens on Nov. 27, also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments
More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution LATEST STORIES UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Hisamitsu Springs needed some time to size up Rebisco PSL-Manila but still came up with a performance worthy of a two-time champion team to post a 25-17, 25-10, 25-14 victory Thursday at the start of the Asian Women’s Club Championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Filipino spikers, led by 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, briefly took control in the first set, 9-6, and kept the game close through her unstoppable attacks and occasional net drops by Kim Fajardo.But that was not enough to keep Rebisco abreast with the 2002 and 2014 titlist which soon employed its almost flawless, and systematic defense at the Boris Alxeandrov Sports Palace. Santiago scored 16 points for the Filipinos who are coming into the tournaments without an import. Fajardo had four points and 11 excellent sets, while Ces Molina, Rhea Dimaculangan and Jovelyn Gonzaga each had three points.Mika Reyes and Rachel Anne Daquis both scored two points, while Aiza Pontillas added one for Rebisco which had 18 errors, mostly on attacks.Coach Francis Vicente to Rebisco PSL You didn’t play badly. You just lacked speed and volleyball IQ. Napainit nyo ulo nung Hapon. Be proud. PHOTO BY MARC REYES“Why are you so sad?” asked head coach Francis Vicente during the post-game huddle inside the locker room. “You learned from them. You didn’t play badly. We just need more speed. More volleyball IQ. You got the Japanese coach worried in the first set. Be proud.”Middle blocker Fumika Moriya led the Japan club with 14 points, while Yuka Taura and Yuka Imamura chipped in 12 and 11 markers, respectively.Erika Sakae tossed 33 excellent sets to set Hisamitsu’s offence flowing and wreaking havoc against Rebisco.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Man United fans celebrate triumph after tragedy SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes The Japanese, playing together as one team as opposed to the Philippine Superliga selection, really stepped on it in the second and third frames, smartly sensing all their opponents’ weakness and pouncing on just about every unguarded spot on the floor.“We have to have that kind of mindset, which is to play with that kind of speed,” said Vicente.All in all, according to Vicente, the Filipinos played very well and should have learned a neat lesson ahead of their goal to land a medal in the Southeast Asian Games in August.RELATED VIDEOS Libero Denden Lazaro assesses the match pic.twitter.com/OXyPFXuHHW— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) May 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans View comments
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The International Cricket Council has cracked the whip on players indulging knowingly or unknowingly in ambush marketing, by threatening to throw them out of the World Cup starting in Dhaka on February 19.”Any squad member that knowingly or unknowingly breaches the squad terms may face sanctions ranging from financial penalties through to being excluded from continued participation in the event,” ICC’s legal head David Becker said in a memo to all international players and cricket boards regarding guidelines for endorsements and commercials around the World Cup.Interestingly, the memo went out on October 26 last year, but the Indian players seem to have just woken up to this threat, with four of them — including Sachin Tendulkar — having sought a meeting apparently to discuss the matter with BCCI president Shashank Manohar here today.Tendulkar, with teammates Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh in tow, met the BCCI chief ahead of the Indian Premier League’s Governing Council meeting, it was learnt.An IPL franchise source said that the meeting was sought by the players because the restrictions imposed by ICC on brand endorsements would begin seven days prior to the start of the World Cup and end only when a team goes out.”At all times squad members may not allow their name, likeness or image to be used by any third party in any advertising or endorsement (or for any commercial purpose) in such a way that gives rise to a direct or implied association with the event (the World Cup),” said Becker in his memo.advertisement”During the period of seven days prior to the first match of the event and the departure date of the team, squad members may not allow their name, likeness or image to be used by any third party in any advertising or endorsement (or for any other commercial purpose) wearing team kit, team uniform or practise kit (or any other clothing confusingly similar thereto),” the ICC memo to players said.”Squad members may not display the branding, marks or insignia of any third party (apart from an approved kit manufacturer, team Sponsor or team logo) while on the field of play,” the memo said.But the ICC has allowed squad members to appear in an advertisement or an endorsement during the mega-event if they wear cricket whites or “any other casual formal or leisure wear”, provided they don’t appear in the national colours of their team and there is no direct association with the World Cup or usage of logos of the ICC or the tournament.Becker’s memo has also put the onus on ICC’s member boards to ensure that the players stick to ambush-marketing related guidelines as spelt in the Members’ Participating Agreement.”Finally, participating ICC members are asked to note that under Clause 1.5 and Schedule 4, Paragraph 2 of the Members’ Participation Agreement, members are obliged to procure that their squad members comply with the above restrictions.””Please assist ICC in ensuring that we comply with our continuing obligations to our commercial partners and protect the value of our current and future rights,” the ICC’s legal head has concluded.
Five real-life couples share stories of how they found true love the second time round. Read on and get inspired.1. Dreams are made of theseA relationship is like a boat in the ocean – you need to row for it to move forward, says 32-year-old Priyanka Contractor. Self-assured and charming, Mumbai based Priyanka oozes confidence, a far cry from the bruised and battered girl who walked out on her marriage a mere seven months after tying the knot. In hindsight, I think it was the best thing that happened to me, she says.Priyanka met her ex-husband in 1999 – her final year of college. We were engaged in 2003 and married in 2005 I was 26 years old. I guess I should have seen the signs when his behaviour changed just before marriage. He cut off all communication with me. I thought it was just pre-wedding jitters, she says. He did not have the guts to say he didn’t want to get married. I think he feared what society would say.The first timeMarried life from the very beginning was tense and lonely. He worked long hours while I waited till past midnight for him to return. When he distanced himself physically too, I knew there was something wrong, says Priyanka. And things were no better on the kitchen front. His mother had taken an instant dislike to me. It was a saas bahu serial kind of situation. She would put extra salt or chilli powder in the food that I had cooked to create problems. She didn’t like the fact that I had a mind of my own. My then husband chose not to support me. We fought constantly. When it became too much for me to bear, I left him – in March, 2006. After a short separation, I decided to give my marriage another chance. But things only got worse. There were two episodes of violence. I remember I was sitting in a corner, beaten black and blue, shaking and shivering. My mother-in-law came in and said, If you don’t do what I want, you will get this every day! Priyanka is surprisingly calm as she narrates this. The last straw came when I found out that he was having an affair with a friend of his – she’d attended our wedding, and we met frequently socially. The sense of betrayal was unimaginable, and after a final row, she packed her bags and left for good.Building myselfPost her breakup, Priyanka had a total physical and mental breakdown. I quit my job. Though the authorities at the school I taught in were understanding, the gossip about my failed marriage was getting to me. I didn’t know where my life was headed, nor did I care. But my mother told me, Destroy yourself, buildyourself, the choice is yours. It was an uphill task, but Priyanka slowly began to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. When you hit rock bottom, there is only one way, and that is up. So I got up and began to build my life again. Priyanka went through a gamut of therapies. I tried healing, cleansing of chakras, semi-hypnosis, becoming one with my aura But it was the series of sessions on forgiveness that helped her let go. For Priyanka, it was important that she be able to think about her past without letting it affect her future. It took me a year to heal completely. My divorce released me. I felt free. I was able to turn my life around. And today when I talk about it, I feel no rancor. She then focused all her energy into setting up a new business. My friends said I was mad to chuck a comfortable job as a teacher and start on a venture that could lead to failure. But I had to prove to myself that I could do anything I set my heart on. Today I am happy to say I am doing well! And I owe it all to the person who told me I didn’t have it in me to survive the corporate world and that all I was good for was a cushy teacher’s job – my ex-husband. She is now busy conceptualising and manufacturing children’s teaching aids.The right partner How did she meet Amit, her husbandto-be? I had gone to see a play at Prithvi Theatre with friends when I first met him. Initially, it was more of a hi-andbye situation. We met regularly after that, and we connected. His proposal was almost like a fairytale. We were at a friend’s place for a sleepover. It was well after midnight when I felt someone touch my hand. It was Amit. He slipped a ring on my finger and whispered, My commitment to you. Priyanka knew he was right for her. With Amit, I started to understand what a man should be like. I needed a life partner in the true sense – a person who understands that marriage goes beyond the husband-wife relationship, they also need to be friends. And Amit is that man. We courted for two-and-a-half years. I have realised that Amit and I are two sides of the same coin. We are each other’s strength and confidants. She strongly feels women who’re faced by such challenges should not lose hope. See the brighter side of life. Every day is a challenge. It’s also important to know when to quit. Fear of the unknown only succeeds in bogging you down. As for her ex-husband, says Priyanka, He’s got married again. I just hope he is a better husband to his new wife than he was to me. Amit and Priyanka would have tied the knot by the time you read this article. -Minakshi S Desai2. Those were the best days of my lifeChristine was 18 (she’s now 65) when she married Dr Anirudha Patel, a dental surgeon in London. She had passed her pre-med exams two years ahead of time, and was looking for a job till she joined college. His wife had died during an asthma attack, leaving behind a two-year-old son, Viren. Anu was intelligent and well-read, mature in comparison to the boys I had been dating! Of course he was a bit of a flirt! He asked me out a couple of times, when he proposed, I said yes, says Christine. Despite all odds my mother was bitterly against the marriage. I was a brilliant student and she didn’t want me to give up my studies for marriage. He was much older than me (I was 18, he was 32). My mother also could not digest the fact that I, being British, was marrying an Indian. There was strong objection from Anirudha’s family as well. Their marriages were always arranged. But his family came around, and we got married in 1963. I stayed in a joint family in Mumbai for nine months. I had to wear a saree and give up non-veg. I also went through a purification ceremony where I had to wash their guru’s feet and drink the water. After a bath, I had to wear the traditional kanthi. Only then was I allowed into the kitchen to have my meals with the rest of the family. Apart from that, they treated me well! The marriage lasted 14 years, out of which they lived separately for five. ‘I’d been thinking about leaving him for five years before that, so it was a gentle process, she says. The divorce was filed in 1978 by mutual consent. Why did her marriage fail? All I can say is that the biggest injustice you can do to a child is to bring the other parent down. I would rather not go into that. I still share a good relationship with Anu. And all my children (she has five now, three from her marriage with Anirudha) are very close and get along well. I don’t want to rock the boat, talking about things that don’t matter now, she says.Finding true loveWhile my first husband was 14 years older than me, my second husband was five years younger to me! she says. Her first meeting with Rohit was surreal. It was a mere saamne wali khidki mein situation, she laughs. I was staying in Anu’s bungalow in Mumbai after our separation, and it was opposite Rohit’s apartment! He was tall, dark and handsome. He had no dearth of proposals as he came from a rich, cultured family of diamond merchants. So when he eventually proposed, I just laughed! Their romance though, had begun earlier (but after the separation), when Christine was on her way to Nainital to see her children who were studying in a boarding school there. I was with a group of friends, Rohit included. At the station, he tried to hold my hand, and in the train he kissed me for the first time. Eventually, he proposed marriage. I didn’t want to get involved – he was young and known to Anu’s family. But Rohit was persistent. I was modelling at the time and was also being offered roles in movies. He insisted I give up my career. He was possessive too. The best part – I didn’t mind! They got married on December 10, 1978. Those 30 years – from the start of our relationship till he expired in 2003 – were the happiest days of my life. He was family-oriented, gentle, generous and giving. Our relationship only got better as we grew older. The fact that Rohit had no qualms about meeting Anirudha socially speaks volumes about his maturity and open-mindedness.A bond foreverA financial crisis forced Rohit to leave his family and move to South Africa. But just as he reached the pinnacle of success, at age 52, he suffered a heart attack and expired. I was devastated? I had no interest in living. For three-and-a-half years after his death I was on heavy medication. I also lost my home and any means of livelihood. But thanks to the grace of God, I’m blessed with five caring children. They have supported me financially and emotionally. My daughter Malaika and the Khan family (Malaika’s married actor Zayed Khan) showed me extraordinary kindness. All her children stand by her, through joy and sorrow. They mean the world to me, we share an amazing camaraderie. Our sense of humour and love for each other holds us together. I can talk about almost anything with them, she says.Viren, her adopted son from Anirudha’s first marriage, runs a labour agency in Orlando, America. Naren and Amanda are her children from her marriage to Anirudha – Naren is the CEO of an outdoor advertising agency, Amanda is a PhD in bio-chemistry and is based in Nice, France – she’s one of the leading researchers in her field. Raoul, her son from her marriage to Rohit, has a degree in business from Boston College. He’s doing his internship with an interior designing firm. His twin sister Malaika did a course in diamond manufacture and design and is happily married. Looking back, she has no regrets. Sometimes, even if the marriage does not work, you get the chance to build lifelong relationships, she says. I had wonderful mothers-in-law. Rohit’s mother was the embodiment of all that is good in Indian womanhood – softspoken and selfless. Anu’s mother also was a gentle, loving person. Anirudha’s dad too was a father figure to Christine. She now spends time reading, writing poetry and meeting up with friends. A business venture is on the cards.3. Life comes full circleWhen you ask 50-year-old Tejdeep Kaur Menon, the Additional Director General of Police (Sports) Andhra Pradesh, about remarrying she says firmly, I had lost complete faith in my former husband, but never in marriage itself. In journalist Amarnath Menon, 58, she found what she describes as someone more than a soul mate. No less endearing to her is the relationship that he shares with her son Shabad Pratihast, 25, a student at IIM Kolkata. Amarnath never viewed me as just myself. My son has always been part of all his decisions concerning us. The equation is perfect. But someone I really miss in it is my daughter, Bani, who I lost to cancer a few years ago, says Tejdeep.Rough timesTejdeep Kaur divorced her former husband after an almost decade-long effort at making her marriage work. His unaccommodating approach and bi-polar nature had translated into several issues. Separation was the only way out, she says. But just when things started to look up after the divorce, her daughter was diagnosed with cancer, she passed away two-and-a-half years later. It was a rough road ahead for her. At that time, I didn’t think there was anything that would fill the void. My daughter’s death had left me completely empty, she says. Interestingly, she and Amarnath did cross paths on and off during this time, but only on work-related matters. They first talked in a telephonic interview when she was SP in Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh in 1989. That was the first time he wrote about me – when I had feigned a suicide attempt in front of an unruly mob at a government guest house. It was a ruse to save a minister, who may have been lynched otherwise. The police constabulary had revolted against him in instant anger following a clash between rival partymen. My snap decision to hold a pistol against my temple worked and they put down their firearms… Now and then, we would talk about matters concerning the police and governance, and he wrote about me a few times subsequently. That’s how we became friends. We always respected and admired each other’s work. We were in touch on and off, but that was it, she says.Life intervenesAfter a longish gap, they reconnected when Amarnath invited her for a talk on TV some 10 years ago. It was a rather interesting talk with me and a few others who were sort of duped by a popular poetry site promising big prizes. My son couldn’t see through it and would keep uploading my poems on the site! Amarnath suggested I be a part of the talk, she recalls. After the talk was wrapped up, a catching up conversation turned into a long evening. Then they met the next evening too, and the next. And within just a few days, they were found together at dos and restaurants. People started to put two and two together and many insisted that something showed on our faces as well. I guess it did too. Two months later, they announced their marriage. Rushed as it may have seemed, it was what they both wanted most. I never doubted my decision to say yes after he had proposed, which by the way, he did at the most romantic restaurant in Hyderabad, overlooking a lake, smiles Tejdeep. A serious concern was Shabad, 15 then, and still at a vulnerable stage in his life. I couldn’t have had my son live with the idea of his mother dating and meeting someone almost every day after work. Besides, when we found we love each other, we wanted to make sure that we spent the rest of our lives together, unhindered. For us, it had to be marriage and nothing else.Enriching each other’s lifeShe’s a Punjabi and he’s a Malayali, but blending into each other’s backgrounds was never a concern. Far from it, she says. We’ve always enjoyed discovering each other’s cultures. He’s picked up essential Punjabi and although I don’t speak very good Malayalam, I can cook appams like a pro these days! I also love wearing the traditional Malayali mundus. They have even built a home together in the traditional Kerala style, with many design inputs from Shabad. Besides, even our professions are such that many aspects overlap. A senior cop and a senior journalist living in the same city can have much in common. In that sense, our relationship is also as professional as it was even earlier, and there’s intense sharing at all levels. I have also grown as a person with him. We brought out two more anthologies of my poetry after we were married. But most importantly, the marriage has added immense value to both their lives. I feel tremendously loved and can’t imagine doing anything without him, no matter how small.And for Amarnath, her inner strength and that vivacious personality he had first been drawn to, still hold the same charm. She has made my life more purposeful and meaningful, says Amarnath, who was single before he married Tejdeep. She used to call him King Bachelor. I feel we complement each other perfectly. While I am effervescent and extroverted, he is contained and more earth-bound. I’ve brought him a lot of laughter and fun, and he in turn, has brought me a deep sense of stability. When I was going through a bad time in my earlier marriage, I always prayed for my marriage to become happier. At that time, I had never imagined God would answer my prayers in this wonderful way. I hope in the next birth, we meet earlier!A happy familyThe last decade has been by far the most fulfilling for all three. Not only has Amarnath’s relationship with his wife evolved into something extremely beautiful for both of them, his bond with Shabad too has strengthened over the years. Neither man is overtly expressive, but both care for each other in very many subtle ways. For instance, when Shabad writes home an email, even if it starts with “Hi Mom” it’s always sent to both. At the time they got married, I was pretty young but grown up enough to understand what was going on, shares Shabad. I have always found him to be inspiring, someone who’s always cared for our happiness, so the transition wasn’t so difficult. Nobody can replace my father but this is the closest it can possibly ever get to that. I’ve always looked up to my stepfather. (Shabad’s biological father had died of an illness a couple of years ago.) Tejdeep’s divorced or widowed friends, in a lighter vein, ask her to find such loving husbands for them too! She attributes her being second time lucky to her unshakable faith in God, along with a positive and open attitude. Open yourself to happiness and it will come your way when you least expect it, and in a manner you wouldn’t have imagined, she says.4. It was meant to beIt took time, and they went through a lot before they found each other and true love. Maithili, a Mumbai-based dermatologist, was divorced from her husband and fellow doctor, in 2004. It was a relationship that lasted almost 12 years we were married for nearly five years. But the marriage did not work out. Friendship, respect and communication are critical aspects of a husband-wife relationship. I think we stopped being friends after our marriage. Also, in India, it is always a marriage between two families, and equations change, says Maithili. It was painful. But in hindsight, I think that this was all destiny, and happened because I was meant to meet Nikhil. Looking at the positives Nikhil, a lawyer in Delhi, fell in love with and married a Supreme Court colleague, nearly four years elder to him. Working together wasn’t good for the relationship – I realised that some amount of separation is necessary. Also, we belonged to diverse cultural backgrounds, and had our share of differences because of that as well. She’s a nice person otherwise, but we just couldn’t get along, says Nikhil. He got his divorce in December 2002. There was bitterness, but I realised that one bad relationship doesn’t mean that every other relationship will be bad. And every woman has a different personality, he says. Nikhil credits Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (the founder of Art of Living) for helping him look at the positive side of life. It was on January 12, 2005 (yes, both remember the exact date!) that he spoke to Maithili for the first time on the phone. Nikhil had been looking forward to settling down and his sister, whose relatives had been consulting Maithili, recommended he get together with her. Their conversation lasted 90 minutes, and when it ended, Nikhil told his mother that Maithili was the woman he wanted to marry. I had not even seen a picture of hers. But I did not feel that I was talking to a stranger. We shared the same values, the same beliefs, which were all that ever mattered to me, Maithili’s mother is from Karnataka and her father is a Maharashtrian.It wasn’t a noThey met a month later, on February 10, after the phone conversation, but she said no to Nikhil’s proposal. I knew I would like to be friends with him for the rest of my life, but I was not sure if I wanted to marry him at that point of time, says Maithili. He did not take it as a no fortunately and their friendship continued over phone, and in October 2005, Nikhil decided to shift to Mumbai – a move to further his career and to be close to Maithili. He found an apartment in the building where Maithili lived with her parents. Was it a coincidence? Well I was looking for a house in that area because I wanted to be near Maithili, and this was a bonus! I look at it as a sign from God, says Nikhil. He used to go down to her house on the fourth floor every day from the seventh floor, and they would go out for a coffee in the evening. Maithili’s parents soon grew extremely fond of Nikhil. They kept egging me on, constantly trying to convince me that Nikhil was so right for me, Maithili recalls.What clinched it Her parents were very supportive. In fact, when they felt that Maithili wasn’t interested, they told me to go for other girls, they even found some proposals for me! I refused them, of course, says Nikhil. He told my parents that it did not matter if I going to be his wife or not, but gave his word that he would be a friend to me forever. I was touched, says Maithili. What else made her say yes? There were lots of things that made me inch towards my decision, says Maithili. My parents had become such great friends with him, for one. Then there was the time when she’d been suffering from a writer’s cramp. Even signing a paper was difficult and the neurologist had told me to use my left hand, and to hold a thick bulbous pen to help cure the cramp. Nikhil just handed me a thick Mont Blanc from his pocket and told me to keep it, he said, it is just a writing instrument for me but for you, it means a lot. Such gestures brought her closer to him. Then there were the days when she was completely submerged with work. I was working as the head of a division at a skin clinic and also pursuing my private practice. One day, I came home tired and sat on the couch Nikhil just put his arm around my shoulder to comfort me, and I decided that I wanted to marry him! At times, even small things matter such a lot!’ says Maithili. It was February 2007. Two months later, on April 19, 2007, Maithili and Nikhil were married. Coincidentally, it was exactly three years back on April 19, 2004 that she had got her divorceA happy futureThey are both 40 now, and looking forward to their life together. Maithili’s mother is no more, but both go down regularly to the fourth floor to spend time with her father. They live with Nikhil’s mother, who is more than happy with the marriage. Maithili is now a private practitioner while Nikhil is a counsel in the Bombay High Court. Life is steady, nice and happy. And we are still friends. Yes, we have our share of differences – she is organised, I’m not, she’s a planner while I tend to do things at the spur of the moment. But it’s good that way, and there’s always an element of surprise, says Nikhil. I don’t believe in either love or arranged marriage. You meet people for a reason, season or a lifetime. I’m glad this turned out to be a lifetime, says Maithili.5. My happy endingI have always loved films with fairy-tale endings and one of my favourite films is The American President. I like these movies not just because of the actors portraying the roles, I like them more because they depict the old clich love overcomes any obstacle and transcends any divide. Little did I realise that my life would follow a similar path. After a very difficult first marriage that ended in an annulment, I had been determined to not open myself to any man. In fact, only a handful knew that my marriage had ended in 2001. I then focussed my life on raising my son Miggy, who you could say, was the only man in my life. Thankfully, I was also blessed with a very good career with a leading beverage company that not only provided for Miggy and me, but also kept me busy. Of course I will not deny it, I was envious of couples and families when I saw them together on weekends. I would always wonder what it would be like to be in a loving and committed relationship, but I was too scared to open myself (and my son) again and be vulnerable to any pain. I had decided I did not want any more complications. Then I met Alex.How the relationship grewAlex and I met in 2003 when he was transferred from India to head our company in the Philippines. I found him to be an inspiring leader and felt privileged to be working for him. Our encounters were always professional in nature, except for the few social events where he would always tease me on the amount of food I ate (Alex claims later that it was his British side showing his fondness for me!). This was the case until Fate interceded. In 2005, at a dinner hosted by our ad agency (for winning an advertising award), I happened be seated beside Alex. While waiting for others to arrive, we got talking, and were surprised to find that we were in similar circumstances (he too had been married). Soon, we found ourselves communicating more often after that evening, but mostly on the phone, given I was working under him, albeit indirectly. We knew after only a few but very long conversations (and sky-rocketing phone bills!) that we were serious and wanted to have an open relationship. Alex immediately informed his manager about us. People were surprised when I resigned after almost nine years with the company and shocked when I told them the reason – I was in love.Opposites attractPeople asked me why I decided to take a second chance in love and risk a lot of things, including my relationship with my son, my career and my heart. They had reasons to be nervous for me. Yes, on the face of it, Alex and I have very little in common. We come from different backgrounds, with Alex being British and I being born and raised in the Philippines. We are both of the Boar sign which means our age gap is 12 years. (The Chinese calendar says that people are born under the same sign after every 12 years). Alex appears to be quiet and reserved while I’m viewed to be the life of the party! In my culture, children try and stay with their parents for as long as possible, while in Alex’s, independence is encouraged at an early age and studying at a boarding school is common. I am a believer in a Higher Being, he is a neo-Darwinist. So then why? My answer was and remains simple – it felt very right. In Alex, I found the closest to what people call a soul mate. He’s my life partner and my best friend. We complement each other because of, and not despite, our backgrounds and the age difference. Often, we find ourselves talking until 2am on just about anything. The glove just fits. Don’t get me wrong, we have our share of arguments, like other couples. And most of the time it’s because we fail to communicate well enough, so almost always we find ourselves saying in my culture. But these discussions strengthen our relationship and help us understand the other more.Making it workSo how do we make it work? We have learned from our previous marriages never to take each other for granted, and that while our children will always have our love and attention, our priority is each other. We appreciate each other more (and say it often!) because of what we have gone through in the past. Every day together is a blessing. We are also both in touch with our emotions and are affectionate towards each other and all our children. Our home is full of hugs and kisses, and our children, Matthew, three and Samantha, now six months, benefit the most from these. I still get emotional whenever Alex leaves for his frequent travels, no matter how short they are. And still feel nervous like a teenager while waiting for him to come home. Communication is always an integral part of our relationship. We send each other text messages during the day and Skype every single day when Alex is away from home. We have our own family traditions that we try to keep – right from chatting over cocktails before dinner to reading books to Matthew and Samantha every night before bedtime. Saturday is our date night while Sunday is when we do something with the children. We are lucky to be in Singapore, where there are so many child-friendly places such as the Botanic gardens and a worldclass zoo. While we do most things together, we also allow space for the other to grow. Alex and I have mutual respect and admiration for each other. We treat each other as equals. It helps that we have both worked in a number of fastpaced MNCs and have similar work ethics. So I understand fully why he works as hard as he does. He never needs to feel guilty when he is working late as I used to do the same (and worse!) when I was still a professional. After almost six years together and six children between us (Alex’s eldest is 22 years old, and we had Samantha six months ago), I can honestly say I’m living in my own fairy-tale!advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
It may be a place where the UN and Red Cross have their head quarters, and where Geneva Conventions are signed. It may also be a huge financial and diplomatic centre, but, Geneva in Switzerland is also a gateway for car manufacturers from around the world to showcase their latest wares, be it production cars, concepts, technologies or plain mechanical madness.This year, the 81st edition of the show, was no different. On stage were sensible cars, cars that one can buy and use everyday. Environmentally correct automobiles and outrageous concepts which, in all probability, will never see production. However, there were some that truly stood out; cars with such a high drool quotient that it left the show floor soaking wet. It’s these outstanding cars that have made it to the pages here. See, savour and salivate.LAMBORGHINI AVENTADORIt’s the replacement for the gorgeous but manic Murcielago; a car that has widely been regarded as the devil. The Aventador picks up from where the Murcielago left off. It’s even more manic looking and with a 6.5-litre V12 engine that produces 700bhp, it promises an even more blood curdling performance. For those interested, it dispatches the 0-100kmph sprint in less than three seconds. The engine puts its brute force down via a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.Being a modern day car, the Aventador, expectedly, has an assortment of expensive technology as well. It has a carbon fibre chassis for lighter weight and higher stiffness. A threestage pop-up spoiler for increased downforce, resulting in more grip and of course, the Yshaped LED lamps-introduced on the Lamborghini Reventon, they set off a craze that refuses to die down. The Aventador then, is without doubt the new epitome of supercarness. And given its price tag of almost Rs 2 crore, it will also remain terribly exclusive.PAGANI HUAYRAYes. Supercars seem to be making a comeback after being thumbed down by the green brigade and their initiatives for the last few years. If the Aventador is manic, the Pagani Huayra is outrageous; if not to drive, at least in conception and presence. It looks more like a fighter jet than a car to begin with.And what is now becoming a norm of sorts among supercars, the Huayra too sports a V12 engine mounted in the centre just behind the driver’s seat like the Lamborghini. It displaces 6000cc and makes nearly 700bhp of power as well. And, like the Lambo, the Pagani too uses a seven-speed automatic gearbox but sends power only to the rear wheels.The chassis is equally high-tech, but instead of carbon fibre, the Pagani uses a carbon-titanium monocoque. The end result is just the same-it is light weight which translates into mind-numbing performance and unfathomably good handling no matter what speed. The Huayra shares its name with the mythical god in the Andes responsible for winds, blizzards and hurricanes, and given the way it performs, we couldn’t think of a better name either.FERRARI FFThe concept of a front engined, four seater, grand tourer (GT) from the house of Ferrari might be a little difficult to digest. The Italian company after all, prides itself in producing fast, powerful, exotic supercars with hardly any practicality at all. So, when it comes out with a GT, one can’t help but love it. You get the same exotic feel of a Ferrari but with a high level of usability. No wonder, the 612 Scaglietti when launched years back proved to be such a success.Now, Ferrari has launched its successor. It’s called the FF (Ferrari Four) and is the first car ever from the prancing horse to feature a four wheel drive system. The engine again displaces more than 6000cc and makes 650bhp. However, unlike the Lambo and the Pagani, the FF’s 0-100kmph time is more in tune with current day supercars. It manages this sprint in 3.7 seconds. Now that Ferrari is officially in India, the FF too should make it here soon. It’s currently priced at about Rs 1.6 crore in the UK, but the price may double when it hits the Indian market.ASTON MARTIN VIRAGEHonestly, it takes years of practice and dedication to tell one Aston Martin from another. Take the DB9 and the DBS for instance. These are cars catering to different needs, but at first glance, you simply can’t tell them apart. The latest addition to the Aston Martin range of fast, two-door, brilliant looking cars is the Virage. And no, you still can’t tell it apart from the rest of the range.The Virage which uses a 490bhp V12 engine sits in between the DB9 and the more expensive and performance focused DBS, not just in terms of pricing, mind, but also performance. It takes 4.6 seconds to 100kmph from a standstill which, not surprisingly is 0.2 seconds quicker than the DB9 and 0.3 seconds slower than the DBS. Besides being a fence sitter of sorts, the Virage has a few attributes that makes it special. It uses Aston’s latest automatic gearbox, along with an adaptive suspension which balances a comfy ride and good road holding, and much improved NVH levels, presents itself as a superb grand tourer. Now that’s a keeper.CITROEN METROPOLISFrom supercars to super luxury cars. That’s exactly what the Citroen Metropolis is. It’s the French answer to Germany’s Audi A8, BMW 7-series and Merc S-class. But, it’s not exactly European as you’d expect. In fact, it’s a car that’s primarily developed for the Chinese market and will be built there as well. It might make it to Europe eventually, given that Citroen has infused the Metropolis with plugin and hybrid technologies. And as we know Europe is betting big on these technologies to cut CO2 emissions.The engine in question is a 2-litre V6 petrol engine that’s coupled to an electric motor. To cut emissions, the 5.3 metre long car can run on battery power alone at slower speeds like the city. And when a burst of acceleration is required, like while overtaking, the car’s engine and battery pack work together to produce a maximum of 460bhp. The Metropolis also features four-wheel-drive and according to Citroen produces less emissions that even a Toyota Prius! Best of both worlds we say.AUDI A3 CONCEPTThe Audi A3 has always been a hatchback, till now that is. In its latest iteration, the production ready concept showcased at Geneva, will also be sold as a saloon. The car will sit under the A4 in Audi’s line up. It will sport Audi’s latest design language with a large grille and prominent lines especially for the shoulder. Audi’s focus on reducing weight of its cars, which began with the latest A6 being lighter than the previous generation car, continues with the new A3 as well. And to do so, the company has used aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic extensively.Lighter materials have been used for air intakes and outside rear view mirrors. Interestingly, the new car will also underpin Audi’s smallest SUV yet, the Q3 which is due this year. The top of the range A3 saloon will sport a 2.5-litre five cylinder engine with over 400bhp on tap. For a car that should weigh about 1500kg tops, it makes a fantastic performance recipe. Audi claims a 0-100kmph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 250kmph, which we have no reason to question.BMW CONNECTEDDRIVEOf all the cars featured on these pages, the BMW ConnectedDrive is least likely to make it to production in its current form. It’s a two-seat roadster that showcases the direction where BMW’s design could be heading. And given its stunning exteriors, we’d say it’s definitely the right one. The Bavarian car maker hasn’t revealed any details on the engine options for the car, but has instead harped about the possible technologies that future BMWs might sport.The ConnectedDrive for instance has start sensors in the headlamps and rear lights that monitor traffic situations and the environment around the car for added safety. It also does away with the conventional outside rear view mirrors, and instead uses antennas that receive navigation data and transmit other information. There’s also a 3D head-up display which can project information regarding navigation besides current speed etc. The 3D system also displays information in the foreground or background of the display depending on its relevance. The ConnectedDrive then, is the doorway to an exciting albeit computer controlled motoring future.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games after US President Barack Obama’s emotional plea for his adopted home town Chicago failed to clinch it.The mere presence of world’s most powerful man was ample indication of the seriousness of the affair and in the end, Rio de Janeiro pipped Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago as Olympic Games, for the first time, headed for South America.Not that it was a cakewalk.Honolulu-born Obama himself was here to bolster Chicago’s bid, defying criticism of his political adversaries who were quick to remind that health care, the Afghanistan war and the financial meltdown should have been the President’s priority.Obama, however, looked unperturbed and the lone agenda during his five-hour trip of the Danish capital was to wax eloquence on why the Games should go to Chicago.”I never really had any roots until I came to Chicago and discovered this most American of cities. It is a rich tapestry of neighbourhoods. If you choose us we walk this path together,” he said.First lady Michelle Obama had not left any stone unturned either.A Chicago native, she had been camping here since Wednesday, attending meetings after meetings to ensure there was no last-minute slip-up.”You cannot take any vote for granted. Nobody makes the decision until they’re sitting there,” she insisted.
His father was a poet, so is his elder brother, but Sachin Tendulkar feels that he is born only to wield the willow and not the pen.”I haven’t done that (writing) till now. I think God has given everyone some talent or the other. You have to appreciate the talent you get. I don’t think I can create something of that level. I just have to sit back and appreciate that,” Tendulkar said at a press conference here.”Like my brother said earlier…He had to leave cricket for me. I have to leave something for him,” he said referring to the comment made by his elder brother Nitin Tendulkar, who said that since he had to sacrifice his cricket for Sachin, he chose poetry.The champion batsman held the press conference to inform that a CD of the poems written by his late father, Ramesh Tendulkar, and a book of poems written by his brother Nitin, will be launched later this week.Asked whether he was thinking of writing an autobiography, Tendulkar said,”Never thought about it. Never had time to think about it….maybe someday, if I feel like.”To a query, Tendulkar, who is reportedly a favourite to get the’Bharat Ratna’ this year, said winning India’s highest civilian honour is a dream of every countryman.”Every Indian would like to be honoured by the country.It is the biggest dream when your contribution is appreciated.But we are here for a specific reason, so I would not like to dwell too much on the topic,” he added.advertisementTendulkar, who holds the world record for scoring the maximum number of centuries in Tests and limited overs cricket, recalled how he reached the landmark 50th ton at Centurion against South Africa, a day after his father’s birthday. .”When I scored my 50th hundred, the first thought that came to my mind was had my father been alive. I got my hundred on December 19, and my father’s birthday was on the 18th. I wanted to do it for him. And I achieved it,” Tendulkar said.”When I score a hundred I thank god for the century, for giving me all the opportunities,” he added.The 37-year-old cricketer said that among the many things that he learnt from his father, he would like to teach his children to be ‘good-natured’.”If a man’s nature is good, he is always liked by people around him. Whether you perform well or not in the cricket is a different thing and your nature is a different thing.”My father had given me the advice that your nature will be always with you. If you can become a good-natured person, that will stay with you forever and people around you will like you irrespective of whether you make runs or not. This is something I would want to teach my children,” he said.”I joined Kirti college, Ramakant Acharekar Sir being a coach there was one of the reasons. (In those days) I got to travel with my father a lot. Sometimes I dropped him en route to practice. That time I got the advice that in life everything is temporary, everything has a deadline. The only thing that does not have a deadline, is your nature. So you should ensure that it is always good. I’m just trying to follow that,” Tendulkar said.Stating that the death of his father during the 1999 World Cup was a great loss, Tendulkar recalled how his mother persuaded him to return to England to continue playing.”I always felt the loss. It is a permanent. Nothing can replace him. But I know he is still there guiding me. His hand is there in all the decisions I take.”I think, that phase in my life was most difficult. And at that stage mother said that ‘if after his (father’s) demise, you don’t play cricket and stay here, what could be worse than that? You have to go and play for the country’,” the master batsman said.Asked what he had in mind for his son Arjun, Tendulkar said, “It is his life. He has to decide what he wants to become. If I had tried to do other things I wouldn’t have reached here. Arjun should do in life what he wants to, something that he has passion for.”Tendulkar also recalled an anecdote about a camp, headed by Vasu Paranjpe that he had attended during his U-15 days.”I had attended U-15 camp in Indore for a month. Vasu Paranjpe sir was heading it. It was great fun. But on the second day itself the watchman complained the boys practised till 2 at night, troubling others (in the neighbourhood). To this Paranjpe said, “Arre, then why didn’t you go and field?”advertisementNitin Tendulkar said he was inspired by Marathi poets like Govind (“Vinda”) Karandikar, Vasant Bapat, and Mangesh Padgaonkar.”I had read a lot of their work in my childhood, and wanted to write like them. My father understood my feelings and in 1982 ‘Pavsaala’ (rains) was published,” he said.”Since childhood, cricket and poems have been my two passions. But while Sachin turned to cricket, I chose poems,” he added.Asked about his younger brother’s best knock, Nitin said Tendulkar’s unbeaten 140 against Kenya in the 1999 World Cup was probably his best.”It was his 1999 World Cup innings. Father had died, Sachin had returned and everyone was shocked. Because of mother, he went back. I feel his knock against Kenya was his greatest. To hit a century with that frame of mind, its unbelievable,” he added.- With PTI news