A performance so warm, so joyous and so skillful it melted my heart even without being there to witness it live. The media across several countries have lavished enough praise on it but I still write this blog because I think the performance deserves more.
I would like to sincerely thank every person who was part of the mind boggling performance at the Delhi 2010 CWG opening ceremony. After what will go down as the most shambolic lead-up to the opening this will go down in history as one of the best ceremonies ever. I laud you for your performance that came “in spite” of the corrupt organizers, the blind CWG bashing media and countless more obstacles that must have come your way. I thank you for making us proud to be who we are and in one performance of 30 minutes making the world forget all that has gone on the past 30 days. I appreciate the pressure you must have been under to deliver something of this magnitude to make the world realize what we are really capable of.
Eventually I would like to apologize as well since you will see the great organizers and politicians who did all they could in their power to tarnish our country’s image and to make your job so much harder, take all the credit for all of your hard work and talent. As an Indian I would like to tell anyone who is listening out there that we know and we will always remember that it was the performers who made us proud and who have jump started what will surely be remembered as the warmest and most successful CWG ever. Our country believes in treating our guests like gods and every athlete will experience that hospitality over the next few weeks.
Welcome to the real ‘INDIA’!!!!
P.S. – Anyone who hasn’t already seen it here are the links. Part 2 will pretty much blow you away. Enjoy