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Saturday, December 04, 2004

A memory of mixed doubles!

Call me fundamental and biased but my interest is human consciousness. I wish to focus this post on two very extraordinary lives. Both, unlikely, unrelated, uncharacteristic yet are the very same, deep inside. Chances are you may know either one of them but not both.
I dare not call them heroes, but yes, they definitely are the masters who show us the value of life and more importantly the human spirit.

First is an Indian, who woke up one night, 20 years ago, to see her entire city devastate before her and a generation mutilated. She had hell for a gift and poison for food. Fate brutally navigated her life into a lament. Destiny deceived her of justice.But she continues to live against a world that failed her. No, she doesn’t know anything about google and She doesn’t care who won the election, but she is no lesser than any so called modern woman. She works six days a week and feeds her ailing husband. A woman of substance.She doesn’t need to watch A Shawshank redemption to be educated about hope because she is Raisa Bi.The woman. And there are many of them.


Raisa bi

Next is an American, twenty four and dead.Long distance runner. He puts into shame every victory built on deliberation.He is remembered, not because he ran but because he ran for a promise he kept to himself-To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. In both life and death, he never broke that promise. Never did he settle for the second best because he is StevePrefontaine.
I was lucky to be introduced to him very early through the movie Without limits.You may have only heard of the expression guts and glory, he simply lived it. The man.


Pre-fontaine


so long,

11 comments:

. : A : . said...

I love what you have called them - "the masters who show us the value of life and more importantly the human spirit". To me that is much more than a heor. Nay, the word 'hero' is not enough for them. Thanks for this post!

SeaSwallowMe said...

nice one, yoss. heroes abound - under the radar.

Shobha said...

I agree.....Raisa Bi.....A heroine in her own right :)
Shobha

Doh said...

Prefontaine and Eye of the tiger ..the two things i need to get myself on the track again ..
Dog

Une Femme Folle said...

read about raisa bi the other day.. she is an awesome person.. as im sure is Pre-fontaine.. thanks for letting us know about them..

Ubermensch said...

: A :, sesame,Shobha,doh,hima;
thanks everyone for the comments. glad u cud relate.
:A:- same here.pleasedyou got what i intended to say.
regards.

pits said...

Dude...whats with the feeling and all. Anyways, nice post. Hard hitting....

Ubermensch said...

thanks dude.how r the birds?

Free Spirit said...

Yes, they are truly inspiring.

Sudarshan said...

Many things to take from the one who's suffering and the one who's no more. Truly inspirational.

Ubermensch said...

sudharsh and free spirit,
thanks again keep visiting

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