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Not a loser

HT Café invites readers to share some of their experiences. Minal Bhatia on her daughter.

sex and relationships Updated: Apr 03, 2009 16:17 IST
Minal Bhatia

Last year, my daughter had been selected for the state level badminton championship. She attended the practice sessions regularly. Her coaches were pleased with her performances.

The day of the final match was approaching. Both of us were a bundle of nerves. The match was scheduled to take place in a gymkhana, which was quite far away from our house. We left home early but we had not anticipated the rains, especially considering the fact that it started out as a bright and sunny day.

Wet spell
We didn’t have rain gear with us. To make matters worse, we were stuck in a traffic jam. Fortunately, it was close to our destination. So we had no option but to get off the bus and walk. We were soaked to the skin by the time we reached the venue.

The organisers and participants were shocked to see my daughter getting ready to play her match in that state. One woman offered her daughter’s spare set of clothes. But there was no extra pair of shoes.

So she played in her soggy shoes. She didn’t look too well but managed to put up a brave fight. She lost the match but
everyone applauded her performance. I admire her for her determination. She accepted her defeat with a smile. That’s true sportsman spirit.