First Live Badminton Match!

Kid generally trains on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  One such tuesday I dropped her and settled on the sofa in front of the reception. The cheerful lean guy at the reception generally is silent but looked so happy. I did not inquire, as usual.  I buried my head in the phone trying to be busy doing something that was absolutely unnecessary.

Just then the badminton whatsapp group had a message saying they want to encourage kids and hence giving free passes to PBL happening in the city for tomorrow. What’s PBL?  Next 10 mins I was productive and got all the info : Premier Badminton League Season 4. Hosted by Vodafone and wednesday’s players included P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. Ofcourse all the players are national and international – but these were the ones we knew!

Tuesday was off because of general worker strike and lot of schools had declared holidays on wednesday as well. I was hopeful but the school crashed it all in the night by declaring it as a full working day.  Its a tough call – Do you make the kid bunk the school and show her a badminton match OR teach her discipline and send her to school ?

By now you would have guessed what I did. She had some serious study sessions in the morning, and then off we went to see the matches. It was my first live badminton match as well and I was as excited as the kids.  We managed to catch Prannoy in action, followed by another Mens doubles. Then came P V Sindhu who had an easy win and just disappeared after 2 sets. We sat through and saw one womens singles and one mixed doubles as well. Younger one had a ball calling one snacks guy after the other , but I was equally amazed at the ability of 4 year old to correctly identify the scores and cheer for the one she wanted to (!!).


Sindhu in action!


All in All – An amazing experience! I know deep in my heart I did the right thing by giving the kid an inspiration by watching her heroes play!

Have a good day and keep rocking!

Author: Saraswathi Pulluru

Aham Bhrahmasmi.

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