Monday, October 19

Breaking blogger's block: An arc, a circle, various figures of speech, Rushdie and the color of Superman's underwear

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"So you've come round, huh?", said the arc to circle.
"Of course, fully."
"These idiots played three teams, not even a single one in the semis. Pah!", a despondent looking arc exclaimed.
"Not a single team in the semi-finals, because not a single team was good enough. Not a single team was good enough because they all come from the BCCI stable. And we know what that produces - stinking teams that never win anything with the word 'Champions' in the title."
"Circular logic, but sound at that. Circle, I love you."
"Yes Arc, I complete you."
"Can this get any cornier, golu baby?"
"Yes, of course, this can degenerate into a rant about the same topic with various figures of speech and a reference to Salman Rushdie and the color of Superman's underwear."

Same topic with various figures of speech and a reference to Salman Rushdie and the color of Superman's underwear

Ahh. So it comes to pass. The three top teams of the prestigious IPL come undone and fail to make it to the top 4 of the series. After the Indian team getting its arse kicked in the recently concluded Champion's Trophy, it's time for the IPL champs to bring glorious ignominy to the nation.

It's ironic that the richest cricket board produces the losingest teams. In fact, it's always ironic when one extreme produces another extreme result. Extremes are also interesting when used in another figure of speech - the paradox. As a character in Rushdie's 'The Enchantress of Florence' points out any paradox can be used to feign wisdom. Examples of this could be, "His wealth belies the poverty of the soul" or "Laughter disguises a deep-seated sorrow" or "Her life couldn't give her what death could" and so on. Fret not, dear reader, my digressions are but the milestones to the destination.

So, about the Indian Premiere League producing the non-premiere performers. Let me illustrate this further using metaphors. This is like Superman fighting crime in Metropolis but going to Gotham City and getting creamed. Wouldn't that hurt? Not just in a phsyical sense, but it would wound him emotionally to know that he failed when a non-hero with dull-colored underwear, (really, isn't that what Batman is) a pointy-eared mask and a pubescent sidekick can fight crime better. This would be like the American basketball team being unable to win medals in the Olympics. Like DLF not being able to build houses outside India. Like England never winning a World Cup. And so, round comes the metaphor-cycle to cricket. Or were those similes?

I will never again do this, I promise. Breaking blogger's block has been harder than I imagined. But we break free only to be trapped again. Like a jaguar in chains, like a blogger in a block...

8 comments:

  1. Refreshing stuff Rohan!! if this is what a block does to your writing.. then i hope you have more such blocks! :D

    keep writing!

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  2. This is what writer's block does to you? Awesome! Guess I have to develop one too now...

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  3. Since most folks seem to like my writing after a break, I hereby announce another self-induced block on my writing.

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  4. "Can this get any cornier, golu baby?"

    Lovely that one :D Never thought a circle can have such a cute name :D

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  5. Heh, I know many people for whom that nickname is appropriate.

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  6. This is what writer's block does to you? Awesome! Guess I have to develop one too now...

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  7. "Can this get any cornier, golu baby?"

    Lovely that one :D Never thought a circle can have such a cute name :D

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