I have always had a fascination for the letter R. Not sure if it was the SRK effect. Since in most of his films SRK had the name Raj, Rahul etc. I had even named my imaginary husband with a name starting with R (yes I had an imaginary husband when I was young. I was quite a weird kid).
I was 9 or maybe 10 when I first heard his name. Almost everybody around me were talking about him. This was enough to pique up my curiosity about him. I was already smitten by his name since his name started with my favorite letter R. RAHUL….how elegant did it sound. It was only later did I realize there are morons by the same name 😛 (does that ring a bell???). One fine day I did see his picture on the newspaper… only his face was covered with a large hat!!!
A few days later I saw a young boyish looking guy in his blue jersey walk down the stairs towards the middle of the ground. I stood still in front of the TV screen staring at this young man. He looked even better in real than he was in my imagination! That was when I fell in love with Rahul Dravid 🙂
I was no fan of cricket, although my folks from my mother’s side are quite Cricket Crazy. Crazy would probably be an understatement. My maternal grandmother who is over 80 years of age can put any cricket fan to shame with her knowledge of cricket! If I were to be honest I do not know what exactly is a lbw….I cannot differentiate between off-side and on-side (blame this on my disability to distinguish left from right ). But all this did not stop me from following cricket matches for as long as Dravid played for India.
When I was young, I had a scrap-book dedicated to Dravid! It had his pictures, articles/interviews and what not. I fought fiercely all those people who criticized his so-called snail-paced batting. Another reason why I like this man is I know he is an avid reader. (#Confession I find all those men who read charming ) 🙂
My friends from school ask me if I am still a Rahul Dravid fan. “Of course” I reply. I might no longer be a starstruck teenager but the respect for the man has only multiplied. Throughout his illustrious career spanning over 15 years, this man has remained humble and grounded in spite of the media attention and loads of money unlike the flamboyant cricketers of recent times.
Wonder why I choose to write about Rahul Dravid today? The man who I was crazy about during my growing up years turns 40 today. Happy Birthday Mr. Dravid 🙂
Wait… this day coincides with one more important thing. It was the same day 3 years ago that I started work 🙂 Wonder how the 3 years went by. It has been an enjoyable journey so far learning new things, meeting interesting people some of who became friends, earning your own money, paying off EMI’s 😦 I only wish I earned more money 😛
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