Diya Ghumake… Team India are the World Cup CHAMPIONS!

It is with a heart full of pride and tears in my eyes that I write. For every Indian around the world, today’s date will be unforgettable. 2 April 2011: the day India won the Cricket World Cup tournament and which can be seen as the icing on the cake for the Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar. Today will remain the day that Indians came out onto the streets to celebrate, to unite and to share in the joy that comes with having so much love for your country. When the last ball hit the bat and went for a dhamakedaar six runs, I felt a lump in my throat. I was a little too young when Team India held the world champion title last time, but this time, I wanted to bask in the reflective glory given to me by my boys in blue. “Bleeding blue” takes on a whole new meaning today and rightly so!

The way I felt when watching the team steadily win the finale should’ve been enough to make me proud in my heart but the real sense of belonging and immense admiration came in watching the team with the cup. It was at this time that I wished I was in India to be able to party with the first team who have won the cup on their own soil. I wanted to be a part of the celebrations which had taken people to the street and brought together even the most unlikely of communities. If anything could achieve this almost impossible task, it was cricket. The live video links which were a part of the news stories on various news channels showed this was a very unique and rare time to be an Indian and I, for one, don’t want this feeling to end. There was never a better time to be proud of India and all that it stands for.

It saddened me somewhat to read a tweet from a well-known Bollywood personality who said that 1.2 billion dreams came true (or something to that affect). As per the recent statistics from the census carried out in the sub-continent, 1.2 billion signifies the country’s population. To think that this personality has only accounted for the Indians living in the country is downright ignorant. Just because some of us don’t live in the country itself doesn’t make us any less “Indian” in our hearts than someone who resides there. Just because we may be used to a western society, doesn’t mean we are in any way not aware of our roots. The tweet was clearly sent to stir up trouble or simply without taking into account that the “other half” matter too. I take offence should this person have been implying that the true supporters of the team and the nation be those that are physically there.

I will end by saying that there is no right or wrong way to express how I’m feeling but the words “proud to be an Indian” just don’t do this feeling any justice at all. I’m sure my counterparts, friends and family members will agree with me when I say that this is one day which will not only go down in history but it will also be a day which will be remembered for this immeasurable, very heart-felt and formidable joy that cannot be articulated in to words.

Team India made millions of wishes come true… by giving millions of people tears of happiness. The tears might as well have been in BLUE because it will, for every Indian throughout the world, always be the colour we wish to bleed in!

Yeh Duniya, Ek Dulhan…

Yeh Duniya Ek Dulhan, Dulhan Ke Maathe Ki Bindiya…

Yeh Mere India, I Love My India…



  1. I couldn´t agree more! Whole India and all indians are so proud now and Sachin is more than ever a GOD OF CRICKET! And don´t care what such people say, you are indian in your heart, your soul and your roots even though you can´t celebrate it there!

    Next post plz….lol^^


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