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Home Eminent Columnists Arvind Chenji

Arvind Chenji

Arvind ChenjiArvind Chenji. Warm hearted, humble and a great sense of humour to moot. Oh! And by the way he also happens to be the most famous, talked-about and happening photographer in town…if that's not known by all the fashion gurus and aficionados by now. Chenji also holds the credit for being one amongst the few photographers from India who worked for the much-acclaimed National Geographic Channel.

He is an Image Engineer who can not only create the right image mood and setting for any brand, but also visualize the impact and returns that an image will get for his clients, in the long term. And this comes from having been doing just this for over two decades with remarkable success

What do you want to be son?

What do you want to be son? I asked little Suresh. All of 12 years of age and a maturity which went way beyond his low slung jeans.

The Union Minister for sports or at least an office bearer in the Indian Olympic Association, he replied.

What about being a sportsman? I asked. Like a Sachin Tendulkar, or a Milkha Singh or ....

That’s too much of hard work uncle, said the chap. I’d much rather be okay at sport, become a politician involved with sport so that I can decide who gets a berth on the team, or who gets what award etc. But most of all, I will bring the Olympics to India.

That’s a lofty target son, I said. You will need to bid for the games against so many other nations, fight for the honour ... a lot tougher than being a Sachin.

Suresh Kalmadi and his ilk have done great service to the sporting nature of Indian people. Never before has sports been such a hot subject in this ‘Academics only’ Nation. Every man, woman and child are looking at careers in sports with a new perspective.

Lala Ram seth was exhorting his son to eat a couple of more pooris with a generous dole of shrikhand. ‘You might make it to the school wrestling team beta, just learn the technicalities of the sport and I will take care of the business aspect of it. We will then close our stock broking business and take up contracts for the olympic stadium, etc’.

Yes, papa, said the dutiful kid who relished pooris and shrikhand anyway.

Elsewhere, it is rumoured that the cricketers were planning to shift to the high profit sporting ventures like the games. What a dramatic shift in the attitudes, I pondered.

Career options were a little different earlier. If you were a Telugu speaking person, acing the IIT or joining a medical college was the thing to do. If you were from UP or Bihar, the civil services were the preferred choice. Punjab and most of northern states were very keen on having their children emigrate, even if it were to Uganda or Botswana. The top choices were of course UK or USA.

Parents whose children had done the obvious would walk with their heads a little more aloft than, let’s say someone who had admitted his child into a local college. God help those who meandered through life, like yours truly, seeking the unknown. Photographer? ‘And how much will he make from that?’ used to be the general question.

The Commonwealth Games - the true meaning of the games was aptly demonstrated by the powers that run the show. The common factor is the wealth that has been siphoned off from every department. Goods worth thousands was bought for lakhs. The games will in future be known as the ‘UNcommon wealth’ games.

Next, the Indian Olympic Association is planning to erect statues of Kalmadi in every district headquarters and print multi colour posters to be put up in all sports bodies, gyms, changing rooms, tea kiosks, bus shelters, etc. A source of inspiration to the youth, to take to sports. Actually, to take to sporting ventures would be more like it. Like horse racing.

The IOA will soon have a proposal to include the IPL and the National derby into the common wealth games. Bookies can bid for stalls and counters at the venues and also select five star hotels. 

Month: September 2010.

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