October 12,2014 was a start of an exciting event for Indian football Fanatics like me….
Start of “Hero Indian Super League” , which is supposed to be a huge step in making the country with population of more than billion people to fall in love with the Most beautiful game in the world…

After postponing the event a few times it has Finally kicked off…
Well,looking at the no. of internationally renowned players and few Legends involved in the league it seems pretty promising…
It has also made some buzz in Europe with likes of Thiery Henry, Rio Ferdinand already showing interest in coming editions of ISL..

For me, The most exciting part about ISL is FC PUNE CITY…. A Home team from my beloved city….
So today’s post is going to be about my experience as a Football Crazy Punekar in the ISL…

First a little Background about Punekars’ experience with Sports leagues so far…

Though there was a Football league already present in the county, in short and simple words , Punekars really didn’t give a damn because the league never really reached the city or even the state until 2009 when, PUNE FC were promoted to the top tier of the 2 layer football pyramid in India.
Till then we were busy supporting our National cricket team… Punekars’ Burning pride which is seen in every other area was never really seen in the field of sports…
Then The IPL brought a little fire to this with the so called Pune Franchise “SAHARA PUNE WARRIORS/ PUNE WARRIORS INDIA”, Which honestly never sounded like a PUNE team to me, it was more of a SAHARA team playing near my city…. Anyways…
This is how Punekars were introduced to the idea of supporting a local team… Later it was followed with the teams in Hockey, Badminton, Kabbadi, American Football (yes, Look for Pune Marathas)!
Most of these were a nightmare… Though the least noticed team among them, which was actually established before all these marketed teams ,was doing pretty well and that was PUNE FC…. The Lizards remain the best team from my city and very special for me….

So looking at the good performance by PFC over the years FC PUNE CITY bought some hope…

So here is my Honest Opinion about FC PUNE CITY,

First of all few interesting things,

1. First of all, I must say they have been good at reaching to the crowd with all the events, shows, contests,etc… Because I doubt if any of the other so called PUNE teams actually knew how and where they would find true Punekars, let alone getting us into supporting them. So well done….

2. They are trying their best to use Puneri culture in the promotion….

3. The Logo is just perfect with a catchy motto “Passion Honor Glory”…

4. By getting AFC Fiorentina involved, team took a huge step… Next was signing David Trezeguet as the marque player…

5. One thing I liked the most is They are actually learning from their previous actions, reducing the ticket prices was a right step.

Now few things I feel FCPC need to work on,

1. First and most important, The actual footballl….. We are very very weak when it comes to keeping possession & Pace on the other hand defence and attack is fine…

2. Do signings with better strategy…  What happened in case of Adrian Mutu was very embarrassing!

So overall team is really trying hard to connect to the crowd but poor performance so far has been one of the reasons behind Punekars not being too impressed… That will improve, I hope!

Now As a football fan I have few things to share…

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My experience at the game was awesome! Environment, decoration everything was great!
I was lucky to have enthusiastic crowd around me! Club was nice enough to distribute the flags and Tees… So crowd looked more like home fans! otherwise it was more like EPL fans assembled together… Plus the win made it an amazing experience…

I observed many people around the country have been criticizing Punekars for poor response,

So here is little bit of explanation,

Pune is known for its educational facilities, IT industry and also called pentionor’s paradise! So forget the good response from the third part!
First two, the student community and the IT guys are the real crowd to focus on…
Well as a student that too an engineering student of SPPU, I have a complaint about ISL schedule,

Guys we have exams going on…. So if you are expecting a youth from close to 150 engineering college then sorry! Its just the bad timing… In future consider Dec-Jan period….
And the IT guys won’t be available on weekdays!

Another issue is the location of the stadium! which is far away from the actual city and buses from only one place close to actual city lead to stadium… and the Buses are not reliable. I have missed I league MAHA Derby last season because of that! A closer location will add more crowd!

Well you guys have worked out solution about my other suggestion already, the ticket pricing was too much earlier so people who criticized Pune for “Only 2 people in the stand”, those were 1200 stands and I don’t know why cameraman was interested in those stands when me and my friends were singing our hearts out…

Now I have a Little complaint to fellow Punekars who are attending the games…

Guys please sing, make noise….!!
Me and a small group of friends who came together Because of the FC PUNE CITY and love for football are trying to create our own chants but People need to respond!

And to other Punekar football fanatics I know, Who (just like me) follow their favorite EPL teams with great passion and spend good amount for screenings, that’s great! even I do it! Then why not do the same for our very own team? I know quality of football is not up to EPL mark but how will it improve if we don’t come and support? Its up to us to come out and give our best as fans! Team will automatically improve!

I know we have been hurt and embarrassed by franchises who have represented our city so far…. But football is the only game that has given us a chance to see an Ex-EPL Champion team play in our city, The top league from the Asia came to our city only because of football, but we have not really given the sport enough support… Lets come out in great numbers to support our home teams just like we do for the European teams!

Its time to sing
Ole
Ole Ole Ole
Pune Pune!

Finding Rachel in this world is not that hard…. Everyone has had crush on one at some point in life.
Those typical gorgeous girls with all trendy things on them and who are popular in society. Who are a bit dumb and still know how to make this dumbness look cute. They are everywhere.

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But I don’t want one of them. I want my own Monica, Someone who is actually a bit out of my league.. Beautiful… but uniquely beautiful… not the Rachel types..

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She would understand my weakness my crazy jokes, obsessions. She doesn’t has to have the same obsessions. She can openly hate them but still like me for what I am. Someone who knows how to help me out in different awkward/emotional/embarrassing situations/times. But also knows how to make me do things on my own…
Someone who knows I am not the best person she would have ended up with. There would have been someone better but she still wants it to happen. Someone with whom its always perfect..

I recently heard something… Which perfectly described what I want to say…

There is a perfect 100 for everyone… Not 95 not 105… A perfect 100…

I am happy that know my perfect 100…

But I am not lucky enough…

But I believe in a German saying…

Was nicht ist, Kann noch werden

( What isn’t, doesn’t mean it won’t…. )

Dear (I really wanna put something like a******) GOD (If you are a real thing),

Kindly stop causing injuries to good footballers…. Its world cup time.
And if you planning some prank by injuring all these talented players then it neither funny nor good.

There are people like me out there who don’t have anything other than football to call as our only love… All thanks to you obviously! (That was sarcasm in case you are dumb)
So if you are planning to ruin that for us then Surely either you don’t exist or you don’t deserve to have the power to control the universe so I suggest you just resign.Because there are people like me who are not really having good times so when we are done going through the bad day that you have put in front of us all we do is just go to games or turn on some sports channel or youtube so that we can watch the beautiful game to forget all the bullshit we had to face whole day and relax and gain some motivation to live another bad day..

So here is basically what World cup means to people like me,

No matter how much we are against International games but once in four years we really forget all our domestic rivalries (Well to some extent) and come together to cheer for country we support (Also I am not fortunate enough to have my own beloved motherland in the world cup).Because its one of the platforms where some of our dream combinations play in reality… So in a way almost whole world unites for this one event on the earth…

People forget all good and bad things, celebrate when someone else scores (believe me that happens rarely)

People who are busy gossiping about others all time actually cry for someone else’s loss (This is even more rare)

Isn’t this really a good thing?

Because you are the one who is generally responsible for dividing humans by creating us of different faiths,colors,IQ levels….

But football brings us all together…

So Football >>>>> you!

So you better abort this “Ruin the World Cup 2014 mission” ASAP…
Because that is really uncool and cruel….

I have been at my best at being kind and have not used really bad language as much as possible….

So you better stop this right now or just rot in hell….

Yours,
Not so favorite Creation! 

P.S. :

Maybe I am not really a good guy in your and people’s eyes, But here is a list of people who have either worked really hard for this world cup or suffered a lot and deserve a good world cup to cheer them up…

Players injured out of #WorldCup
Reus
Ribery
Falcao
Montes
Valdes
Thiago
Gundogan
El Sharawy
Walcott
Rossi
Montolivo
Strootman

So cure them & get them outta injuries real soon…

The world cup in Brazil hasn’t really been a great thing for people of the country itself many people died while building the stadiums, Many are not happy with the WC itself…

There are lots of poor counties in the World cup…
So people living in them probably have suffered more than people like me so they deserve a chance to enjoy a bit. cherish every goal & win….

So not for me, at least for them, Please no more injuries!

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

 

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