Football… The game I love…. The game that has made me cry, jump, dance, swear…. The game that has taught me a lot about world and about life.. Given my anger and happiness a platform to come out…. Has been a catalyst in many great friendships I have made…

I have become so obsessed with the beautiful game that I look at things around me in a footballing way! Its helpful sometimes, sometimes fun too….

So here is story from my life through my footballing mind!….

Having to take a drop from academics last year was like a relegation from top division to minor league…Just the difference was going into minor league means you leave your Rivals behind… I had to leave my friends behind!

Anyways… The new season has to arrive…Just like new rivalries come in for the old ones… Eventually New friends happened…. And the New season became as exciting as old ones….

Somewhere in the middle of the exciting season, While trying to kill time in an rather boring lecture…. My scouting eyes stopped on certain someone… I was amused… The last time I was this amused was when Ibrahimovic scored that bicycle kick from about 30 yards out.

The scout who spotted Messi/Ronaldo for the first time must have felt the same way, I felt that time…

“Yes! Thats the one…!” must have been his reaction, right?

The reaction was same, the feeling was same… but the amazing footballing abilities were replaced by an amazing smile and a beautiful face…

But this can not be the adequate information to claim some to be “The One”… So with time my scouting became more and more deeper! The urge to know more about her turned me crazy…
Every lecture turned into a scouting session and I turned so crazy that like a desperate defender who makes bold tackles in the dying minutes of the game without thinking about the potential risk of getting sent off, though for me it was not even a start of anything I used to end up staring at the chosen one, The mind understood the risk but Football and love are the things that turn you desperate for scoring! (Though it wasn’t love yet… but it does…)

So There I was just like a young budding football player waiting to be spotted by big clubs, trying his best in every possible way to get noticed, was looking for that one moment to get noticed and for a chance to interact a little…

For a long time the moment didn’t come, I lost hopes of anything to happen and out of nowhere… in a very unexpected manner the ball ended up near my feet….

It was a certain 2 day event in another college… Out off my friends, I was the only one to register for 2 days…. The day one tuned out to be very boring…. So I was the subject of jokes in the group…
Being the only one who had to attend the day 2 from my group was like being a team who has to be satisfied with a draw in FA cup at home and has to play an away game later…

But for me the away game, day two of the event turned out to be a golden opportunity… The moment I thought would never come…

Apparently She had also registered for both the days… Before this day we had never even talked and I was pretty sure I was the bad guy for her due to my staring habits…
But that day somehow she talked to me… Rather things happened in a way that from strangers we turned into two people who would at least add each other on Facebook as friends….
A certain incidence that day made her more amazing in my eyes… A part of how beautiful soul she has got was revealed, when she helped me with my lunch without me asking for it….
So indeed I won this away game…. Even later one day she admitted that this event was the point when she got to know me little better…. So Winning this game meant next round for me…

A new game was about to begin…

That day after the event, I was almost singing on my way home…
Was really excited for my next day in college… because at the event she had asked me for some assignments. Another chance to score… And this time opponent himself had passed the ball to me…

I went to my department on the fourth floor of the building bit quicker than usual… And as I was passing by the corridor…. The first person I saw was Her…. The things were happening in most unexpected way….By the time I could realize what was happening, She had seen me and A beautiful smile was already there to greet me… The game had just begun and before I could realize I had lost the possession and with that smile I had already conceded a goal…. After all the smile that I liked for so many days was for the first time addressed to me…. She had won it… The score was 1-0 to her….

Eventually the friendship became better.. my assignments played a big role in that… After all I had a reason to complete assignments faster….
So with assignments and little other helpings I was trying to build my game… but Have to admit the smile had so much power that keeping possession wasn’t easy! But eventually I got used to it….

But while talking to her another of the destructive weapon she possessed was revealed…. The cute voice… I don’t know if cute is the right adjective for voice… but thats what I find cute…
The next time she scored was on dussera (Indian festival)…. The day she called me….
Those 77 seconds were enough to create a hole in my hearts defense and let her score…. It must be something like 25-30 minutes into the game and the ball had already kissed my net twice…
2-0….

So there I started to take it bit slowly… the touch and pass way! Not trying to be aggressive… Being more patient…. Waiting for my moment…
Due to submissions and upcoming exams, We hardly talked… I stopped making any efforts…

My strategy was working well… Everything was finr until a day before her birthday!
I had seen her birth date on FB but somehow noted the earlier day in my mind and wished her a day earlier…. I had almost lost the possession again…. It was around 40 minutes into the game…. our friendship was fine now…Tikki Takka was working…

But still I was trailing by 2 goals! on the night of her actual birthday, I decided to take a risky step. A very unusual and out of box plan was cooking in my mind… Either I was going to score or was going to lose possession forever… but as I said, Football and love make you desperate…

I turned to my newly found weapon….. Blogging… I was still new at this but I decided to put my feelings in words on my Blog… And tell everything honestly… from staring at her to how much I liked her and try to justify my behavior… It was indeed a gamble… but I took it and wrote a blog…
But was not sure about sending it to her… so I continued with Tikki Takka… but this time it was more closer to the box waiting for right moment to put a cross inside the box…

Meanwhile my exam ended and I started working on my German competitions… The most exciting was the skit competition as I was writing the script!
I was totally into the skit thing so sending the blog was not in my priority list…

But one day a friend advised me to send it… His point was if i had written it so well why not let her at least read it? So I decided I will send it if my skit wins the prize! and we won 1st prize! We were the winners… I will never forget that day… For someone like me, A team that has been relegated to lower league, it was a moment to cherish after a long time…

So the next day, Very first thing I did in the morning was to send her the link!… The cross had been put into the box! now it was time to wait and pray…. and no reply came the whole day! I had no hopes of any reply…. Why would she read it?
But she did…. Ball landed in the right place….

Annnnndddd…. She liked it….. So it was a Gooooooooooooal……! My gambling paid off….
Now the score was 2-1…..The game turned into an interesting one…

This was the end of 1st half!

Time for Half time talk…. in reality it was time for a little introspection to decide what now?

I had made a come back…..My risky strategy worked….

But I just started thinking…. where was this game going? Where was this gonna end… in whose favor?
What result was I looking for?

A loss? definitely not!

A win? probably that is what I should be looking for! but this isn’t actually a game of football… Its Relationship!
So Me winning means she loses! And I don’t want that either….! I cannot see her sad… Let alone being the reason behind that sadness! so will this victory really matter?

How about a draw? Isn’t that the perfect way to describe a relationship?
We both played…. We both enjoyed… Somewhere she scored, so did I at some point…. Isn’t it similar to Making each other happy? Isn’t that joy as amazing as scoring a goal?

So there was the answer to my question! Yes! I wanted a draw! So now on I will be playing for a draw!

The second half began….

The blog had turned out to be more magical than expected…. The Facebook chats became everyday thing…. My facebook chat status became green after ages….

We were talking and sharing a lot… The parts of her beautiful soul, her nice personality were unfolding in front of me everyday….

I had the possession of the ball better than firrst half… My mantra was still Tikki-Takka….

But once you have possession for sometime, it becomes harder to tell your mind not to be aggressive…
And thats exactly what was happening! I wanted to take a shot again…..but the defense was very tight…

And one day suddenly messages stopped…. That made me worry a bit… Even my calls were not answered… more tension… I understood I had lost the possession…. So I decided to go back to being defensive because I was still 1 goal behind….

I stopped messaging…. two days passed without any contact… Now It was her time to respond…. and…. this worked…. The opponent defense melt down on day 3…..

I woke up to her message…. She had definitely missed talking to me! The ball stucked the right corner! 2-2 it was! Time was 60 minutes into the game! now I just needed to hold on… This was perfect score!

College again kept us busy! I wrote another post to keep as back up if I had to score again….

So I was again passing the ball around near her box… waiting for the final whistle!

Month of February arrived bringing with it the preparation of college events! The best time of the year in college!….
I got a chance to be co-head for certain event! This brought a chance for me…. I asked her to join my team for the event! her earlier answer was no…. I didn’t take it seriously because I was happy with current position! and forcing it would have meant losing possession! The game had reached the final 15 minutes!

somewhere mind was telling me to take a step as V-Day was coming…

Something else happened in meantime, I was looking for team members for the event and had not managed a single one….
And one day while looking for some, I saw her name in the list of interested people!!!

Damn! She scored again… This girl always did something that made me happy… those small things always made difference… maybe it was all unintentional, but it pleased me all the time…

so at 82-83 minutes I again conceded…. 3-2….

Now I had to make a move…. no time for tikki takka….
So I just did it and asked her to be my Valentine 3 days prior!

I got a shocking reply….. “I am already committed!” dunno how it never came out in previous talks!
And the 90 minutes passed!  The game was gone….

And the extra time started… I am no Sir Alex Ferguson to make miracles in those dying minutes!

I thought next day was gonna be hell plus we also had to start working for the event… The time I had thought would be best time was gonna be worst… it was gonna turn into awkwardness!

But as I said… She just pleases me in one way or other…
I was greeted by the same smile…. that changed it all…
It was 4-2….. She had totally won my heart…
I asked her about commitment part… She just said, “I am very serious!”
That was final whistle!

I lost it… but respect for my opponent was increased to a very huge extent…

I have promised myself a few things…. Though I have lost it…. Its my promise I won’t let it come into our friendship! neither will I stop helping her or doing anything that makes her smile…

So I see its already valentine’s day! I am alone this year too..But by the time this valentine’s morning comes, I know I have learned a lot about relationship, friendship, life and love….

I have understood that Love/relationship is just like a football game…. you come together try to score to make each other happy…

But its the only game in life that you should not play to win…. It has to be a draw!!

That is when it lasts long, When both the parties are Happy!

So Happy valentines day to her, and also to everyone! <3 :)

Hi…
Another message for you….

A bit about my life…
Lets say, right now  I am on a voyage… somewhere in the deep sea… where I like it… Now you have two options. And it has to be your choice.

Either you can come with me on the voyage or wait for me at the shore. I won’t mind any as far as you promise to stay there with me or stay waiting for me.

Because if you come on the adventure, It will be like a driving force for me. On the other hand if you decide to wait, you will be reason for me, to beat all the odds and come back.

But part of me doesn’t want you on the voyage as I don’t want you to go through all the bad things that might happen to me and don’t want you to see me in bad conditions. but a part also doesn’t want you to wait on the shore as waiting might kill me and I am also afraid you might find a better and charming sailor before I return…

But this voyage is important for me as at the moment I don’t have a single thing that makes me a right guy for not just you but anyone… I would like to earn that something. So I can understand why you aren’t at all impressed by me at the moment…

So just make your choice… :-)

This Sherlock episode (S3e2) was funniest of all… Caused a lot of laughter and pain (only for me due to mouth ulcer)….
Day by day I am getting more and more ‘SHER’locked….
This time they have added a lot of Humor quite successfully…

Now apart from all the funny and Awesome story parts I have understood something…
Bit emotional (So If you don’t like those things, stop here)…

This one is to all my close friends and their future partners,

Though We don’t have best man and his speeches in India (Thank God!) ;)

But This one is for future reference,

If I meet any of my current friend’s life partners in future and We are still as great friends as we are at the moment…

All I would tell their partners is…

You have found an amazing partner… If they can stay friends with me for so long patiently listening to all the bullshit I talk / Write…. All the crazy dramas I face in life and somehow include them in it…
All the crazy ideas and plans I make…. And I am not even close to sherlock (Having sherlock instead of me would be a better option)…
So even after all these crazy things if they have patiently been my friends so far, Then I can guarantee you they will be always there with you….

So This is my very crazy and odd attempt at thanking my friends…. You guys are what makes my life enjoyable…. Cheers!!!

And don’t worry I won’t make an actual speech like this… I am not good at it… Will just mail this… :P

 

I already feel like its samba time……!!!

The Groups for the FIFA World Cup 2014 have been drawn!

Group A : Brazil Croatia Mexico Cameron 
Group B : Spain Netherlands Chile Australia
Group C : Columbia Greece Ivory Coast Japan 
Group D : Uruguay Costa Rica England Italy
Group E : Switzerland Ecuador France Honduras
Group F : Argentina Bosnia Iran Nigeria 
Group G : Germany Portugal Ghana USA 
Group H : Belgium Algeria Russia South Korea

Overall an Interesting Draw!
The world cup is going to be as Interesting as it could be!

Now few of my Favorites :

Best group : Group D

It is going to be fun to watch England, Italy, Uruguay fighting for the spot in round of 16.

Rooney Vs Suarez, The battle from EPL will continue in WC as well…
My love for england makes tis one special for me!

Toughest group : Group B / Group G

Spain, Netherlands, Chile are all good teams… Its hard to pick 2 and write off remaining! Like in Euros Portugal threw Netherlands out in group stage I feel Chile have the potential to do similar miracles and Netherlands have an amazing squad on paper but their lack of team spirit was visible in Euro.

Group G which Consists of Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA… is my second contender for group of death Germany looks to have a reserved seat in Round of 16s… BUT Writing off Portugal and Ghana will be a foolish mistake… Both have performed well in World Cups! And about USA, the only advantage I can see (after long thinking) is same time zone… not really an advantage..

So Its gonna be hard to call one group a group of death.. Groups B, D, G all are interesting!

Easiest group : Group F

Even a nob can tell this! Maybe Argentines should just come after the group stage is over!
Only team I can see challenging them to a little extent is Nigeria… African super power (In football)..
Iran… No chance, Bosnia… well Dzeko is all I know about this country!

Most unpredictable group : Group C

Most unpredictable means apart from strong ones… as they have been discussed earlier!
Honestly, Have not seen these teams playing that much… But considering earlier World cups! I say Japan and Ivory coast should go though but Greece are always the underdogs!

Now Little talk about My Favorite teams :

1. #England : Because Some feelings are out of control.

I follow English Football for long time. My interaction with English football enthusiasts, My knowledge is more than any other country (Even my own country)… So this has created an emotional bond with this country, rather its football… So no matter how bad they play, how much my mind tells me that their chances f winning are as slim as India qualifying for world cup… My heart will want them to win…. and will enjoy their every goal… The Manchester United factor also plays a role in my love for 3 lions!

2. #Germany : Because Sometimes Its hard to hide love for someone

What do I need to say about Nationalmannschaft and their attractive football and their glorious History (In football)?
Just like England I have an emotional bond with Germany, but this one is more deeper and recently more intense! Not only because I learn German but I also have good friends there and have some more connections with the country like it is the first European country I was introduced to, The first European souvenir I own is German…  Due to a quiz I have read a lot about the country and of course I can speak German to a fine extent…And I always loved their team… but so far never accepted I love them and they always remained my no. 2… But looking at the knowledge I am gaining about the country, I guess By 2014 I will be totally germanized (football point of view)..
so for this WC I guess I will be screaming Germany! Germany!! Germany!!!

3. #Belgium : Because Sometimes you have to accept and appreciate something is beautiful

About the Belgian Red Devils, This time, The reason is completely footballing reason…
The squad they have is simply amazing.. The golden generation of Belgium as they call it!
Though the team has no serious history at international level, They are the team to look for in this WC…

4. #Spain : Because its hard to forget past.

Spain…. Current World Champions, Current European Champions, Confederation cup runner ups!
Only fools will make the sin of keeping them out of contender’s list for WC.
The team is still strong and young… perfect mix of youth and experience and overflowing talent!
Last world cup, I was rooting for Spain and they made my birthday special by winning the WC on the night of my birthday! Amazing memories!

So these are my favorites!

Now little bit of predictions!

Round of 16 probables according to me :

Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Chile*, Ivory Coast, Japan, Uruguay, England*, Switzerland, France, Argentina, Nigeria, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, South Korea

(*) – Doubtful

Matches to Watch in group stage : 

As the world cup is in the other half of the world, watching all games is not possible for indians like me…

So here is “my Not to miss” list : 

Brazil Vs Mexico

Spain Vs Netherlands

Netherlands Vs Chile

Uruguay Vs England

England Vs Italy

Italy Vs Uruguay

England Vs Costa Rica

Germany Vs Portugal

Belgium (at least 1 game)

Now What I hope :

Nationalmannschaft Should win this world cup because they deserve it!

England should reach round of 16 just to piss all the critics off!

Ronaldo should out perform Messi to win olden ball… because I would like to see that!

And we all get to witness a tough competition for the title of world Champion!

So summarizing this Final Predictions :

Winners : Germany

Runner Ups : Brazil

Golden Ball : Christiano Ronaldo

Golden Boot : Neymar

Golden Glove : Manuel Neuer

Lets see if my psychic powers still work….  ;)

First of all…. Cheers to me…. Wow!! I made it!

I successfully completed the challenge I took… Day 30 it is …

It was a Fun journey, which I started with

Post #1

It was a nice experience….

What I achieved  from this challenge…

1. I learned that I can still decide to do something and finish it!

2. I learned to express my thoughts to some extent… May be I need to work a bit more on that front!

Click here for a small demo. )

3. Most important, As I had to find something to write here everyday, I started looking at every little thing happening around me and tried to learn something from everything! Looked at a few things with more Positive aspect and found motivation in the places I wouldn’t have looked otherwise!

( Click here for a small demo. )

4. Instead of spending time watching TV series I spent it watching TED videos so that I can find something to share with People

So Surely I have gained a lot…

Next good thing is, Someday, I will look back into these post and I will re- visit all these 30 days…

I want to thank Everyone  who read my posts and a few friends who time to time told me to keep writing..

And of course a BIG THANKS to Ted talks! You guys made it more interesting!!!

Now I will share a somethings for today!

I remember, Exactly a year ago on 7th Nov. 2012,
Two major things happened… Which affected my life in th past one year and were reflected in every decision I made…

1. Biggest one : I decided to Take an year’s Gap from college…. After a long and dirty fight with emotions and authorities…

2. I lost  one of the greatest friends i ever made! Which resulted in me losing confidence… I started thinking, I won’t be able to make friends in future…
Though this resulted in me making Pen friends! So yeah it was helpful!

So basically it was exactly the last month of the year that turned my life up side down!

Now after a Year’s time, Where does it stand?

I don’t know where my studies are going!
But I did manage to make new friends, Though the one I lost is lost forever! But its a past…

I am much more motivated, Confident and positive today than I was on last 7 th Nov.

I am learning German… Enjoying it as well…

I am settling down well in my new batch…. Though I miss old clan… Few are still in contact!

I have a blog read by at least few people I hope… Sometimes appreciated as well…

So now about future,

Now that I have completed my first 30 days challenge…

I have decided to take up next one… This time its not about doing something, This time its about restricting myself from something

Social Networks!!!

As My exam is around the corner!

I have decided not to use any social network for next few days (8 Nov. to 28th Nov.)

The reason behind Publicly announcing this is

in last year I read a lot… though many of those books are incomplete!

I read in a book,

If we want some decision to work out, make it public… Once its public, we take it more seriously and it becomes a responsibility to complete the task!

Like this 30 day blogging challenge! It worked!

So here I am Announcing, No Facebook! No Twitter!  No Instagram! No

bloginguntil 28th November 2013 5: 30 PM

This is for my own good…

And to my friends, You all are free to remind me about this time to time!

If you need to contact me, Calling me, mailing me and Whatsapp are the options to reach me!

Goodbye friends ! See you all after a break!

Today I am going to share two things!

First is,

As it was 1st day of 199th test for sachin Tendulkar (Also his last series and second last test), BCCI started this nice thing called Personalized Digital autograph on Twitter… And here is what I received!

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I know its not real one!

But, isn’t it nice and the quote is motivating! Plus the image is a nicer than few other ones!

I am thinking about printing it and putting it on my wall!…

Anyways, Here is the second thing!

By the time my regular readers know how pround I am of being a Punekar!

Punekars are known for the patya’s, their attitude and a lot of people look at these things in a negative manner!

So keeping aside usual little rude Identities of the people of my city!! Here is something nice I read a while ago!!!

This one is to Pune and all the proud Punekars… From Another Proud Punekar!

If a Wada-pav wala makes more money than An Engineer,
YOU ARE IN PUNE..

If you see PMC cleaning up every morning and in the evening its all the same,
YOU ARE IN PUNE..

If high class people also dont leave the panipuri stall without asking for Masalapuri,
YOU ARE IN PUNE..

If the rikshawwala’s and Panwala’s are more accurate than Google Maps,
YOU ARE IN PUNE..

If a Chaiwala at chandni chowk explains his
struggle at 2′o clock in the morning.
YOU ARE IN PUNE..

If Bike Riders shout at you fOR not locking your car doors properly,
YOU ARE IN PUNE..

If a girl can move around alone at late nights safely,
Its..
Because
YOU ARE IN PUNE..

In a breathtaking crowd of bus, if an poor old lady always gets a Hand to get in bus.
YOU ARE IN PUNE..

When some idiots blame PUNE at the same time if you find people saying “AMHI PUNEKAR” is the Best Place to live.
YOU ARE IN PUNE..

Last one for the people outside PUNE,

If you find anyone taking Care of you without any Reason, its not that they are idle Its Because,

WE ARE PUNEKARS..!!!
:D B)

And best thing is a friend told me after reading this it reminded her of me!

Thats a complement for me!

I am being recognized as a proud Punekar! :D

Now a message for non- Punekars!

Seriously People notice how unfriendly or Rude Punkers are at the start (Well sometimes),

But do they notice how good we are once we know you well or once we are comfortable with you?

I guess the answer for our behavior lies in history

Not just Pune but India in general has been very good host to everyone, Even the invaders,

We welcomed everyone… But it resulted into we getting robbed & tortured… So maybe now we are bit scared at start… This is the change in the behavior of Punitees over the time… Because they suffered ever since Badashahas came to India…

But all those who hate Punekars for the rude sign boards and insulting behavior you see at first should give us some time and see how nice we are!!

I promise you won’t regret it!

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