Do simple people finish first? Ask Virender Sehwag and he would tend to agree. Close ups of the explosive Nawab of Najafgarh whistling at the world while standing at first slip and pocketing edges from Kiwi batsmen with glee bring this question to one’s mind. It is another matter that the wise men in the commentary box, particularly the firangi ones, find it quite incredible when Sunil Gavaskar holds forth on the anatomy of Sehwag’s mind.
“He keeps sitting in the pavilion and comments on every delivery with what could have been hit for a boundary and which one was a sure six.” In Viru’s mind, there is no such thing like forward defence. It sure works for him and thank God for that.
Among the usual suspects on power lists that magazines routinely bring out , the names of Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha, sure stand out. A recent power list put it aptly when their picture was captioned: The power of simplicity.
A few days before the Bangalore Test, watching the Indian Idol finals, when actor Akshay Kumar kept on repeating that contestant Devendra Pal Singh, with his disarming smile and easy manner, should maintain his saadgi (sober) countenance, it struck a chord with many viewers like this writer. Not just were we impressed with the Sikh boy’s command over alaaps and aarohs, his innate simplicity was ethereal, too. It is another matter that the older, more worldly-wise Vipul Mehta emerged the winner. Still, the Chote Sardar had bowled over millions of television viewers including a certain Lata Mangeshkar.
There are reasons I am hard-wired for simplicity. Don’t Worry Be Happy, one of my favourite songs when I was in college at the onset of the 1990s was from Bobby McFerrin’s album Simple Pleasures. Around the same time, when Robert Palmer went:
How can it be permissible
She compromise my principle, yeah yeah
That kind of love is mythical
She’s anything but typical.
The effect was well, simply irresistible.
From HT Brunch, September 9
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