Will Rehman's song be the balm?

Indian performers queue up for practice.The speed, the punctuality, the squeaky clean  stations with not a pan stain even on the tracks left Shah impressed at the quality of work and the feeling that we can deliver.
While returning, he promised his Delhi friends that he would come back after two years to watch the Commonwealth Games. He was convinced that everything would be in place just like the Metro and he would happily go back to experience an international event first hand.

However, the way the events started unfolding, Shah, now with a prayer on his lips and fingers crossed, has started getting edgy as the countdown to the games has begun.
“Little did I realise that things could be so bad. The way things are being shockingly exposed added to the drama of filth, bridge collapse and dogs’ paw marks on beds, makes me wonder whether I should go to the games at all,” said Shah, speaking to Deccan Herald. “After all I should have realised that people at the helm like Suresh Kalmadi are no match for the Metro man E Sreedharan,” he said.

“Are you really going to the CWG? You must be out of your senses. Why do you want to go and get killed there?” was the blunt reaction of Shivaji Rao, a handicraft seller when his cousin Sayyaji Rao told him about his plans of going to Delhi to witness the games. However, Sayyaji is unfazed, he has already booked his flight tickets and like Shah he is determined to go.

For banker Shivashanker M Rao, the barbs that he had to hear in his office, the moment he announced that he was going to Delhi to watch the games was something that he never expected. “You think the games are going to be held, what with so much of unprecedented floods and rains,” murmured his colleagues.

“The only reason I decided to go to watch the games in Delhi is because it is an international sports event and the country after a long time is hosting it. I want to watch games like volleyball, tennis, athletics and no amount of negative publicity will make me change my mind,” said V Sundaresh, a social worker.

However, Shah’s brother in Delhi keeps assuring him and his friends that the games are going to happen and everything will be forgotten once A R Rehman’s anthem reverberates in the stadium. Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope that in spite of all the negative publicity, the nation rises like a phoenix and starts shining again.

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