Skip to main content

My Wimbledon experience

At last, I succeeded to enter the centre court at Wimbledon albeit only at the very end (5.30 PM) through ticket re-sale. By this time, both the ladies quater final matches got over. Earlier, I was able to watch Conchita Martinez, Leander Paes, Amelie Mouresmo (at a distance) and Amritaraj brothers. The ticked I got was for stadium entry (£ 16) through which I can watch any matches except in Centre Court, Court 1 and 2.
The interesting experience was during Venus Williams and Mary Pierce match in centre court. I along with my friends were watching Paes in court 3 jsut behind the centre court. However, there was an electronic scoreboard on display to relay live scores and we constantly updated on the happennings through that board. For every point there is a lag between the completion of a point and for changes to take place in the scoreboard. It was quite frustrating but I found a 'fool proof' method to guage who won the point in a rally, especially during the tie-break. Every time, Mary Pierce from France won a point against Venus Williams from USA, the crowd erupted in huge applause. However, when Venus won a point the response was 'OOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhh'. This was for the first time I could witness the biased support against Williams sisters . People offered many reasons for the biased support. However, I think the reason is obvious and for 'political correctness' I would not like to state it now.


Popular posts from this blog

How can you support a publication you like

When I shifted to my half completed (more on this some other time) flat in Gurgaon in 2016, I couldn't locate newspaper distributors for four or five months. Suddenly, from consuming four or five newspapers, I was completely dependent on digital media. I was going less directly to the news source (say, or but was getting my news from Facebook and Twitter, and from apps like Flipboard.

It became an experiment, as I was consuming interesting stuff but I was not necessarily getting informed. People whom I have met once or twice, or have never met are influencing what I was consuming via Facebook. If you're wondering why you often see posts by your most popular friends, that's the way Facebook algorithms work, unless you specify who's feed should come first. If Facebook promotes post of your not-so-popular friends, why would you read!

I searched hard to find a newspaper distributor and found one finally, after four or five months. So now I subsc…

What if government schools and hospitals attract people with money

I had this random thought (and I get this often only when I have 1000 important things to finish!)- what if people who can afford private schools and hospitals find state-run schools and hospitals good enough for them. All of my friends in UK and US don't send their children to private schools (its another matter that location matters on quality of state-run schools there) and those in UK, don't spend money on healthcare.

Just imagine if this can happen in India. People will be left with more surplus that they can save more or spend on something else. School fees in major Indian cities can be as high as Rs 2 lakh per child per year. The sheer confidence that we don't have to spend on medical expenses and the state will take care will give confidence to spend more money.

The multiplier effect of this extra money in the hands of the people will hugely benefit the economy, and can spring creative enterprises.

This level of expenditure (even Rs50,000 per child per year) is si…

Being hopeless....

Three months back when my mom was visiting me, she experience heart palpitations for two consecutive nights. Worried I called my cardiologist friend who asked us to visit him in the government hospital on that day as it was a non-OPD (out patients day) duty for him. Apparently non-OPD days are less crowded. As we sat waiting, we saw many worried parents bringing their just born babies to treat serious heart problems. What struck me were the faces of these parents - a feeling of hopelessness. This was their last hope to treat their infants in a state-run hospital as they don't  have money to take them elsewhere.

Fortunately, the staff at this government hospital were treating patients sympathetically. I hoped the patients would have got the best of treatment available. In comparison, patients were treated as cattle herds at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), India's premier hospital. To get an cardio OPD appointment, you will have stand in the line from 5 PM …