Play, love all

Iyengar, Usha Mukunda Nee (2011) Play, love all. Learning Curve (17). pp. 61-63.

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The crowd roared with glee and within seconds, a tall, bespectacled man dejectedly elbowed his way out of the steamy hall. “The king is dead, long live the king,” I heard him mutter as he pushed past our curious stares. I was 12 years old and had turned up at the YMCA, in Calcutta, for my very first Table Tennis match. The man was Kalyan Jayant, reigning champion of Bengal for many years who had just been dethroned by the teenager, E. Solomon. I did not take in the implications of his statement then, but as I progressed in the game and in my ranking, that moment came back to me over and over again. Why? I think it epitomised so many things. The ephemeral nature of success and of failure too, though we do not always see failure that way. The fact that success and fame in sports is so heady and ego-building, that it is very hard to accept that it will not last. And finally, what is the relationship we have to the game which will endure when the steady supply of laurels is over?

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Iyengar, Usha Mukunda Nee
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
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