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Second chances

Do second chances really exist? Does anyone really get a second chance? In a moment of almost brutal introspection I let my mind travel into areas I don’t normally venture.

entertainment Updated: Aug 14, 2010 01:29 IST
Abhinav Bindra

Do second chances really exist? Does anyone really get a second chance? In a moment of almost brutal introspection I let my mind travel into areas I don’t normally venture. For example, a great artist may have a fallow period, when the muse may cease to inspire and, then as suddenly, a re-birth. Look at Piccaso, every period of void and despair ended with a fresh fierce burst of creativity complete with a new source of inspiration. Closer home Souza and Raza have a similar story.

I love painting, the beauty, the sheer joy of colour. While clearly nowhere in that league, possibly nowhere in their universe, I would love to paint. Such a powerful medium of expression, one that would help me convey my thoughts silently. I keep getting yelled at by my friends for being non-communicative! I would whip out a canvas and unleash my mind. What fun that would be!

So,are second chances only limited to art and creation or do they apply to all aspects of life? If we are lucky we get a second chance, but, how many of us lost in the fog of every day blues recognise it for what it is and make a grab for it?

For an athlete stomach-gnawing anxiety sums up the job description. The “blues” are part and parcel of it all and NOT giving into them is vital. One day you are in the zone — venerated and feted, the next you can’t do anything right! You know you are still doing it all but, the edge is blunted.

Take our cricketers. We love them when things go right and jeer at them when the inevitable fallow period happens. That’s when you realise that mass love works for rock stars in stadiums. For mere mortals, the personal steady individual type is a bit more satisfying!

Can I ask my readers despite, the mounting evidence to the contrary, to give the Commonwealth Games a second chance? Try and believe that if we give it our best shot we may pull it off! Suresh Kalmadi, OC chief, should by all accounts be a fervent believer in second chances. As far as the rest of us are concerned, let’s splash that canvas with our tri colour — one muse who will hopefully settle all our chakras.

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