Pride... slowly dying.
Yup, that was me. One lousy game of volleyball and I was completely rendered defunct. An impotent soul. Trampled by youth and vigour. Praying for rejuvenation.
Last Saturday, the Mumbai Mizo Association conducted its Annual Sports Day. It was the first time I was participating, and will most probably be my last time too. I mean, the event was amazing. But right now, I cannot even double click my mouse. That’s how much my entire body is aching right now!
We were divided into three houses – Yellow House (Chhurbura), Blue House (Chemtatrawta) and Red House (Samdala). I was in Red House and was all pepped up to play Volleyball and Football.
Hehe... In the first (out of three) volleyball match, everything was going well. Our entire team played well and jump timing, service, blocks, alley and spikes all went according to plan. We won the first game easily. Second match onwards, most of us were tired and we started screwing up everywhere. Eventually, we lost the second and third match, purely because of our unforced errors. Daymmmm.
After that, I didn’t even play football as I could barely move. I just sat outside with my girl, wishing I was like He-Man who would suddenly get this incredible super power...
“By the Power of Grayskull...”
“Err... nothing... I mean, Grey’s Anatomy... The power of Grey was amazing, you know...”
“Here, have some water. It’s probably the sun.”
Some of us from Red House:
What I like the most about my House is that, as a Mizo in Mumbai, when it comes to interacting with other Mizos, I am quite an introvert. Shy, quiet and... innocent. I’m the type who would sit quietly in a corner all by myself at a party, or the one that girls would call “zeilo” and make fun of. Hence I know just a few Mizos in Mumbai. And the very few Mizos who happen to know me, are in Red House too! That’s why Red House rocks!
We lost in Volleyball (Men), Football (Men), Football (Women) and came third in the mixed relay. In other words, we came last in the mixed relay since there were just three Houses overall
But then, we were quite close. Here is a video I took. Fun to watch
There was also another event called “kawikah”. It is an ancient Mizo traditional game that was (and still is?) very popular among Mizo youngsters. Using a large seed of a particular plant, you have to hit other seeds.
We... ermmm... we lost in this event too
But then, if you look at the video, you will see that our girls almostttt hit the “kawi” on every occasion. We should be given an “Almost” award for this!
Apart from the various games, it was fun meeting friends and catching up. Many people took this event seriously, and there was a lot of campaigning... banners and tee-shirts, shouting slogans, coloring their hair with their respective House color etc!
Here is a video of some of my Red House teammates working on the hairspray.
Of course nobody asked me if I would want my hair colored too... because they could all see that I got almost no hair left. :(
Here are some photographs of that day, courtesy friends on Facebook.
Fortunately, we did win Volleyball (Women). In a way, it was quite funny watching the match as most of the points were awarded to one team because the other team couldn’t serve the ball across the net
Here is our mighty girls’ team that did us proud!
Next Saturday, even if I do go for the second leg of this event, I will be at the sideline cheering for my House. No more playing, my boy. These ageing bones must rest. I’ll try to collect better material (pics and vids) to update my blog with too. Cheers.
Ps. I just realized it’s been more than three years since I last uploaded a YouTube video! Hence from now on, I will be uploading more videos to my YouTube profile Mizohican and link them on my blog, especially now that my awesome Samsung Galaxy S can record videos in HD