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October 2, 2009

RIO DE JANEIRO,BRAZIL just wins the Bid for the 2016 31st Summer Olympics

It’s RIO !

Was engrossed in exciting CNN coverage in Copenhagen,Denmark of the Awarding the Olympics Ceremonies….It was four cities….Chicago was surprisingly eliminated in the first round,even though President Obama and the First Lady made a personal pitch…The underdog,Tokyo lost out in the second round of Voting

It was down to Rio and Madrid

I was rooting for Rio….The Olympics have never been held in South America…and this is what must have swung the votes for Rio….even though Juan Antonio Samaranch,ex president of IOC made a last minute passionate pitch for Madrid saying he was 89 and would not be around much longer….also London is hosting the 2012 Summer Games…so to move away from Europe would also be logical….also Luis Inacio Da Silva,the President of Brazil made a very emotional pitch,urging IOC to give Brazil a Chance and a new part of the World and a country with 400 million people to experience first hand what the Olympic Movement is all about

Also the short audio visuals from both Spain and Brazil were fabulous…but Brazil scored great heart points when they showed the map of the World that highlighted that there were 30 Winter and Summer Games already held in Europe,12 held in North America but 0 in South America !

So when Jacques Rogges,President of IOC opened the Envelope and announced RIO,the Brazilian Delegation went wild…with Football Legend,Pele in tears of Joy….But there were Tears of Sadness in Madrid…they lost out yet again…they lost to London for the 2012 Games and now to Rio for the 2016 Games

It’s only early afternoon in Rio right now…and the thousands who have gathered at the Copacabana Beach have been swaying to the Samba and the Rhythm since morning…The party is going to last into tomorrow and the weekend

So within a span of seven years,Brazil will host the FIFA Football World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016

So now from the Emerging Economic Superpowers BRIC….that’s Brazil,Russia,India and China….it’s only us,India now that has never hosted the Olympics…we have had the Moscow and Beijing Olympics and now will have the Rio Olympics

India should build up it’s Infrastructure in the next Ten Years and then begin pitching strongly towards 2020 for the 2028 Summer Games

So here’s to RIO for 2016 and to India for 2028 !

And yes…and now Africa remains the only Continent where the Olympics have never been held read more

Karan Johar…Baapu ! aaj toh sach bolo…Gandhi Jayanti hai !

It’s our Father of our Nation,Baapu’s Birthday today…Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti….He would have been 140 years old today

…and the news channels are broadcasting Karan Johar personally visting Raj Thackeray of the MNS to apologise for the use of the word ‘Bombay’ instead of ‘Mumbai’ in his new movie being released today ‘Wake up Sid’

I’m not going into the controversy of using the old name ‘Bombay’ instead of the rename ‘Mumbai’ and the political and social realities in Mumbai and Maharashtra……but was amused to hear Karan Johar claim that such a mistake was not deliberate and was an inadvertent mistake made by creative people….Come on Karan !…Wake Up Karan ! …you are a Mumbaikar and more so as a creative person,you are well aware of the sensitivity involved in such a controversy….the matter is even in the Supreme Court…..Karan,you have used the word ‘Bombay’ 10 to 12 times in a conversation in the film between Konkona Sen and Ranvir Kapoor !…yet you missed it !…..yeah ! I believe you !….what were you trying to do !?….be defiant,provocative or just seek some publicity and media mileage before the release of the movie !?

You have allowed Raj clearly to score some political mileage before the State assembly elections on October 13,2009….if he had not relented,your screenings would have stopped and you would have lost a few crores….obviously this seems to be the pressure under which you have apologised…you clearly took a chance and now you’re probably just being practical 

‘Koffee with Karan’….Nah ! what do you converse with a guy who melts as easily as the chocolate and cheese he gives out in his hamper on the show !

Karan Baapu ! aaj toh sach bolo ! Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti hai !….Galti hui hai aur woh bhi jaan booch ki !….Sach nahi bolna hai toh kum se kum jhoot toh mat bolo kay yeh jaan booch ki galti nahi hai !…you’d be then true to the name of your production house ‘Dharma Productions’…..and don’t worry,your co-producer,the listed UTV ,is not going to crash on Monday when the market reopens

Nothing personal Karan…professionally your ‘K’ movies have been entertaining….but right now you need a dose of  ‘Munnabhai’ Movies  

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