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Sports on her mind!

india Updated: Sep 23, 2008 15:06 IST
Neha Chawla
Neha Chawla
Hindustan Times
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Remember the famous tagline, "Why stay at home and cook Aloo Gobi when you can bend a ball like Beckham?" from the flick Bend it like Beckham, which tells the tale of a teenage Sikh girl whose world revolves around soccer?

Well, I have no business to shed light on the various issues advocated through the movie, but what grabbed my attention was the character played by Jess. Being a girl, she has to struggle with her parents to realise her dream of taking football as a profession. The role very convincingly and strongly brings to the fore that girls and sports are no more poles apart, besides taking part in sporting events, the fairer sex has the equal zeal and intense relation with the area assumed to be dominated by guys.

Girls are re-inventing their personalities and breaking the stereotypes. They are as much grossly engrossed in sports as they would be during a gossiping session with their female pals, or a beauty treatment at an up-market salon, or watching their favourite shows on television or exploring the World Wide Web.

The sporting events are always high on drama quotient. Those controversies, scandals and terrible fights are an integral part of any sport. Girls are known as big drama queens; therefore, can the action-packed sports arena distance itself from the dainty followers or the vice-versa? Nay…both can't afford to do so.

Action served with a dose of drama and glamour is very appealing.

And in a nation like India where cricket is a religion, the fervour for the sport among the girls is already scaling greater heights. The story doesn't end here, be it cricket, swimming, tennis, or shooting; girls are game for everything.

"I am an avid follower of F1 and keep tab of all the Grand Prix action going on throughout the year," quips Niharika Chopra, a PR executive in Delhi who equally enjoys go-karting and shopping spree. Today, girls are as concerned about the chipped nail paint, as they are about the core fundas and minute details of the different sports. It's not just some fun-watching or like any other new leisure activity; it is slowly becoming a rage.

However, it cannot be ruled out that only a humble number of girls are taking a plunge and feeling that adrenaline rush. A restraint free society will ensure a suitable environment for a revolution of another kind. The mindsets and attitudes need a revival of sorts to let the society accept the welcome change. It's time that preconceived notions are dropped.

So guys, here's some news for you. Besides keeping track of all the activities your girlfriends are indulging in, all you guys out there, gear yourself up to discover what sport your partner is crazy about or which sportsman is your date dreaming of!!!