GPS Art Running – A tribute to Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th ton at Stanford University
The last couple of days have been tough. There’s nothing specifically wrong. It’s just that I go through these phases – happy, inspired and gung-ho for a while and then I fall into a slump. And when that happens, there’s only one thing to do – ride it out.
And ride it out I did. For the last ten days, I kept my head down and shuffled along. And the gloomy weather this week didn’t help either. And then after an inspiring conversation with Pee, I decided that I’d try to get back to normal. So, I woke up today morning and jumped out of bed. It felt like a great day. I scanned Fb and just realized what I had slept through. Sachin Tendulkar had just scored his 100th international century during India’s Asia Cup against Bangladesh. And I had missed it. Shoot.
Now even though I’m not a big fan of cricket, I still consider Sachin a living legend. I think his achievements are phenomenal and truly inspiring. And today, the Little Master had just shaken the world. Again.
For an achievement of this magnitude, a mere like or a comment on Fb wouldn’t suffice. Something grand had to be done. A tribute to this great man. And I knew just the thing – run around campus in the shape of ‘100’ and track the entire endeavor using my iPhone.
Now, when you have crazy ideas, you have to know the right people to call. Because if you get too many negative reactions to your idea, even your enthusiasm dies down. And I knew just the crazy bunch for something like this – people who never say no to a run and of course, thrive on crazy ideas.
So there we were, (from L-R), MR (who made it despite juggling various meetings), EL (another Fullerene* and running buddy), Rishi Bhatnagar (who came even though he had a flight in a couple of hours to LA for his first marathon) and CD (Fullerene*, mentor and coffee buddy.)
I love this quote from Time magazine when they acknowledged Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest sportsmen of our times,
When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam.
When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of, Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters.
Much has changed in the world since young Tendulkar burst into the cricket scene. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy.
It seems while time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.
So for the Little Master, we all ran. And paid our tribute.
If you would like to join me next time on another GPS Art running adventure, let me know on Fb or in the comments below. I have a bunch of other cool ideas to try out.
*Fullerene – people who belong to the Fuller Research group at Stanford.