Abhinav Bindra's Road to Beijing

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

In search for some normalcy.....

Thursday, August 14, 2008 – 6:39 PM
I won the gold and my world has exploded. I like to keep to my self with my familiar comforts. While the attention is flattering, at the same time there is this constant glare of scrutiny which I can really do without. I am so looking forward to being home in my familiar comfort zone. I have flirted with the idea of donning a disguise and running away for a month till the euphoria passes and life gets to normal. Unfortunately that’s not an option just as of now. But hey, it’s a fun fantasy.
I am happy to know that air guns are running off the shelves across India. From the many will come the few who can be groomed to go all the way. However, I would like to caution all potential shooters out there that firearms are not toys. Prudence is essential in their use. Please be careful not to cause hurt to any living creature.
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84 comments:

ameen said...

a late congratulations................


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Anuj said...

Congrats...

I didn't know you had a blog.

Its more important how you live with a success, then you achieve it.

A astounding success never the less,you made our country proud.

Suresh said...

Take care & all the best for future!

Madhse said...

congrats.. hope our politicians keep their promise of monetory reward.. now is the time for u to do ads and make some $$ to help fund your further training and success. i am sick of overhyped cricketers in so many ads.. it would be great to see you in ads

Kuldeep Tomer said...

Hey Abhinav, Congrets! Man. You have made the whole country proud. May you achieve more heights and win more golds,silvers and bronzs whenever and wherever u go. I wish more Indians bring the three metals home...Once again, Congrets!!

Angira said...

hi...donno what to tell you..besides that you are the one hope that we know for the world's 2nd largest populous country...

May your success be the sowing bud that we needed badly for our motherland...amen!


~Angira
Madison,Wisconsin

Srinivasan said...

hey really u must be proud now....but i wanna know how much those corrupt officials got frm u for selctng u...bec thet nevr accpt real talents like u...u must have paid a big sum even though ur a qualified one

Hanush.H.Nair said...

can we expect more from you

jasleen said...

hi, congrates once again and i sawyou on the television when you were meeting the prominent leaders of the country , you would be very happy meeting them, but all day you were just moving from one place to other you must be tired but i think you are very happy after winning the gold maedal as your dream has come true, all the best for future.

ಶ್ವೇತ said...

Hi, This is my second comment in your blog so not writing much about the congratulations part, except 'congrats once again' :-)

thing is, many of us want to be the centre of attraction even with out any talent :P .... now that you have got it, try to embrace it with out forgetting who you are. More than anything I am happy that all the crazy attention from the cricket players is off and is on you now. Hope to see all other sports are encouraged too in India

Sahiti said...
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lee said...

Congratulations! You have indeed made India proud by your feat. Keep up the good work!! My good wishes are forever with you...

Sahiti said...

CONGRATS!!
You contribute to our NATION..
We indians are proud of you..
JAI HIND..:)

ashley said...

I find it refreshing to see you, a person of great talent and accomplishments to have such humbleness. Belated congratulations :)

AngelAllison said...

hey Abhinav!!! this is a wonderful achievement u hav for India. God Bless YOU!!! U MADE US INDIANS PROUD... hearty congratulations. (i didnt know u had a blog...)

tushar said...

hey ABHINAV congrats & wish u a very happy independence day....
hope your achievement make d people of this country realise that there r other sports than cricket which can bring success to d country and make us proud and these games needs to be looked upon and well supported professionally.once again my heartiest congrats....

tushar said...

hey abhinav don't get me wrong u truly deserve to win all d cash prizes and rewards.But i still believe more money needs to be in developement of these sports to produce many more abhinav's in comming future

अमित said...

When will we see Kalmadi being sacked ? When will our sports administration get better ?

anjooran said...

Normalcy is history for you. You won't be able to hide from the limelight anymore. Feel the new world of stardom.

inertia said...

I wonder why the same old boring questions are being asked of you. I'm sure youngsters in particular and everyone in general would be eager to know who your role models have been, what's your favourite book/author and how does one cope when one works very hard and luck does not favour them. Also, how did you balance studies and sports?

Congratulations once again!

Poornima

मनोज said...

It came as a sweet surprise to see that you have a blog, Abhinav.
A late congratulations to you on this Independence Day. Keep it up.

Ashley said...

Hi Abhinav,
Congrats and Bravo for you wonderful effort...

I hope this medal ignites a desire for other Indians (including administrators) to push harder for more success on the sports field!!

Cheers Buddy,
Ashley.

ஜேகே - JK said...

I am happy to know that air guns are running off the shelves across India.

Yeah...shooting will become the fancy and rage. At least for a while. In any case, it would be good to take away some attention from "The Monster" game of India. See.. even the series loss in Lanka was not a big deal to any one.

Thanks for your part.

pks said...

You have made all of us so proud of you.you have done a great job.It's like a dream coming true.

Mithosh Joseph said...

My dear friend,



I don’t know the appreciation of a man who resides far away from your state will arouse your feeling or attention. But, one among the millions of Indians, I too have the right to greet the pride of the country. Your calm countenance and responses immediately after winning the covetable gold medal were the most inspiring visuals for me and the people belonging to my state- Kerala. We were the people who lamented for the loss of an Olympic medal in the sprint item. If our progeny P.T. Usha had won the medal, she would have been the first to adorn the prestigious status that you bear now.

But, my dear Bindra, you deserve the covetable gold that you achieved by toiling upward while others slept. You can be proud that the people of Kerala, the gods own country now looks you as the hero who succeeded in fulfilling the dream of Keralites. It’s our coach who led you on your way to the peak. Thanks Bindra for quenching our thirst to see a gold medal in Olympics…



Kudos my dear friend
Yours Lovingly
Mithosh Joseph
http://keralareport.blogspot.com

rohit said...

Hi
Hello

Happy to know that air guns are running off the shelves across India.
Really good news across the India.
Its good for India bright future in shutting but Its have harmful effect also Abhinav Bindra.i agree with your point of views which you have written on your blog.
enjoy life.
Happy India's Independence Day.
take care.
bye
see you

vetha said...

Happy Independance Day....
i never thought u would write again so soon....after the really busy day you had....

Mak said...

Hi Abhinav,
Congrats & wish you a very,very happy Independence Day.The timing for the two celebrations to coincide couldn't have been more perfect.I think this is the first time i'm responding to someone's blog,i didn't write even when my favourite player Rafa Nadal won the Wimbledon title,but such is the magnitude of your feat that i couldn't keep myself away.I know you might not be having any time right now with all the media men running behind you and all the hoopla,but there's no doubt in my mind that you will keep your feet on the ground,despite all the money being showered on you.And i consider myself lucky,indeed all of the 1.25+ billion of us lucky to have got the chance to be a part of witnessing this incredible history.Congrats again and best of luck for the future.Nothing could be sweeter than seeing you defend that gold in London 2012.I hope that dream will come true as well.
Your friend,
Makarand Dandekar,
Mumbai.

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vetha said...

so the number of comments have started to decrease gradually.....
but pls dont stop writting........ even then if the number falls to single digit ones.....
but i truly wonder what on earth you would have to write after a few months....
b'coz after all this is'nt ur personal diary to write da day to day happenings....
and life wouldnt be interesting every day...
but still pls dont stop writing...
coz in the lines u write ....
in some lines u sound profesional...
in some....an Indian...
in some a champion....
in some friendly(esp. da lines u start wid hey sound friendly...)
but in all u prove to be a good writer... i like the way u select words and put them together....i want to read your blog everyday as a good writer's one too....
thanks,
Nivetha

rohit said...

hello Abhinav,
please read my comment on your previous post
but please be careful there r more rohits other than me
it ls really important(at least fr me)
i hope u could help
thankyou

Psycho said...

:) Congratulations Abhinav... you'v done us all very proud! ..

But with this win also sinks in the feeling that out of ONE BILLION people .. theres only one person who comes home with a gold?!!... Its a sorry state of affairs.

Please consider this a plea ... invest some of your time now to bring up othet sports in this Cricket- Bollywood crazy country!

ojos-de-cielo said...

Getting a disguise and hiding out? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Imagine what will happen when we recognize you anyway!!!!
"Euphoria passes"???? Yeah, right! It's our first INDIVIDUAL GOLD EVER, so you really can't fault us for going over the moon.
Hey, you keep saying you need some sleep? Poor you! Yeah, I do wish that they'd leave you alone to catch up on the Z's.

Anyway, lots and lots of Independence Day hugs!
Goodnight!
Sleep Tight!
Don't let the bed bugs bite!
(And don't let Bogeyman get you!)

gigi said...

congrajulations,Abhinav.God Bless You Gigipjob

harapriya said...

Hey Abhinav congrats, n thanks for the medal that u have given to our country I really hope that we (the people of India) n indian media support and encourage our athelets not after they achieve a height or win a medal but during their learning and achievment jorney so that we have many ABHINAVS in our country

kamal kannan said...

hey dude...comon smile a little...u've won the gold for heavens sake...anyways...we love u the same...u rock..u've made us proud..cheers abhi!!

S said...

You've been successful in provin' that success is 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain n 10% luck.... but above all, its basically 1% luck and 99% perspiration. Normally, people are low in their spirits once faced failure, but I applaud you for proving that wrong. yeah, I know this sounds much more like what you are hearing for the whole day ever since this great achievement. keep up with this passion of yours. May success lighten the roads of your life all years to come.... N don't worry, this name and "fame" thing will definitely atleast fascinate you for a while; and you too would've liked to enjoy it some day, right? All the best for all your coming years...

Editor said...

Hats off Abhinav...
We Salute You...
-Mandaar Deshpande,
Chairman & CMD
Maharashtra Express Group

Rob Taylor said...

You seem like a heck of a guy, and I'm very happy for you. I hope your life can return to normal quickly.

Congratulations!

Karthik said...

Hi,
Firstly let me congratulate you for the medal. After all "it's" imporatant. Comming to your comment about "Emptiness at the top" really conveys that this was your true goal. Hope.. "I am not scrutinizing".. As a fellow who can understand you, I would say that you now have the power to change some minds. Take your time.. and don't let the power go.. and use it for the benefit of India & mankind.

small_town girl said...

i totally get what you mean by normalcy. people like me searching and finding your blog to say congrats is a good example. sorry to have butt in, but hei..people love comments in their blog right. well, i do and i dont get any. so, congrats. and all the best in the future.. hope you are as much as a wonderful person as every1 says, and do remain so.

Kusum said...

Hello Abhinav

Congratulations.........

I believe you had done a great job for our nation. I wish u a successful and blessed life.

I feel iam very small while writing for you as I belong to a lower middle class family. Iam doing CA. I too have some cute dreams to reach the sky & iam working for getting them fulfilled. I too want to see that light of happiness in the eyes of my parents which u had given to your parents.

People like you inspires me a lot. Would you like to be my friend. I promise I'll not disturb you or irritate you in your busy life. And also I promise I'll never force you to do something for me.
Iam Kusum 25 living in Chandigarh for my studies. I would be waiting for Your reply.

If you don't want even then i don't have any complaints. Even then Iam Happy and would be praying for your happiness and success, as iam a beliver of spritualism and i never do anything for my own selfish ends and in expectation of some return for myself.

wish you best of luck.

Regards
Kusum

Puneet said...

Hero..tune phor diya...congrats...but v r greedy...we want more:-)

Arpita said...

Hi!! Congrats!!!
and
Happy Independence Day!!
:)

max said...

congr8s .....

after many olympics has been passed, suddenly someone stood up from the country of thousands of millions and made it happened first time.

Actually, it's not suddenly. There are lots of efforts n blessing behind this success.

More i read about your story more i feel it could be great source of inspiration for future aspirants.

you kept your concentration upto olympics finale. let's how long u would be able to keep the same in front of flashing lights.;)

Thanks for wining it for INDIA
We feel proud on you

All the best.

Rudri said...

Congratulations sir!! You made our day when the news came in..thank you! I sincerely hope you keep scaling greater heights of glory..
Rudri.

Nikita said...

Thanks to Blogspot for adding your blog on Blogs of Note. Congratulations on your achievement; you have made India proud.
Good to see that you write so well too. Looking forward to read more about your life on your blog. I have added a backlink on my blog so that I can easily find you again. :-)

Stan said...

Hi Abhinav...!

Congratulations on winning GOLD and making the country, and people of the country proud, and yes ofcouse last but not the least giving us a chance to shout for another drink...he he...!

YOU HAVE BEEN AMAZING IN THE OLYMPICS...!

Keep up the gud work...!

KUDOS..`````!

Megha said...

Hey Abhinav,

Even though India has performed well in shooting in Asian games & Commonwealth Games, this sport hasn't really enjoyed much popularity with masses. Just a thought- you have a golden chance to popularize this sport in India; something similar to what Vishwanathan Anand has done for Chess.

Best wishes. Cheers,
Megha

P.S.- Heard that sales of guns have increased considerably in Chandigarh (my home town too)!

vetha said...

looking forward to your Independance day message man!!!!!
this Independance day must be a really special one to you...coz now you are an Indian who has done his country proud....
i can see lots of people seeking your help to realize their dreams through thier posts.....so wats your answer to them dude?so i believe you r finally at home by now.......hav a nice time....
thanks,
nivetha
(neethu_adms@yahoo.com)

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vetha said...

cheers....to me...4 i am da 5oth commentor here(half century!!!)...
(think dis would really irritate you.....never mind...until i'm back 4 da 100th one.....)
sorry n thanks,
nivetha,
neethu_adms@yahoo.com

dreamer said...

hello from georgia!!!

Shweta Mohapatra said...

Hey,
congrats , so cool that you have a blog, please do keep this going . My mom is ur biggest fan.
luck
Shweta

Rajesh Dhankhar said...

Hi dear Abhinav ! CONGRATS
you have put some meanings to this Independence Day..there was a great need of some medals in olympic sports for there betterment in India where cricket is just like a religion and other sports has to pay for that. now the wait is over as u strike with a GOLD !! what a deed .... I am not a regular blogger but as soon as i know about your blog i cant stop myself to share my feelings with you..
I wish a very hpy ID n a bright future ahead.
its time for you to share some relaxing time with your family as you seems to be upset with the media and the questions they put.

CONGRATS again!!!

Agni said...

অভিনন্দন
Congratulations........... from Bangladesh

Puneet said...

well yaar, saw your final match live..Saw u making way to the top frm 4th position with consistent 10.5 shots...even i cannot forget livin those moments...the feelings became even stronger than dat last over of india-pak T20 world cup final...
Phir kya tha...u hit 10.0 in ur 8th shot n that cheeni guy closed d gap sizeably with a 10.6 shot...meri ek dam phat gaye...n dat finland guy was tied wid u at first place....those moments were so tense for me...i ws jus prayin like kid dat u some how win.....n then u were bang on target..10.8 n I jus jumped off my seat...kasam se woh feelin blue label se bhi kabi aayi...i broke d news to my roomate.who was fast asleep...n he jus cud nt believe dat india has won gold medal...
Anyways...jus wanna say thnx for those moments...

Jish said...

Congrats Abhinav Da on reaching the pinnacle... hope our country will take a holistic approach to haul olympic medals with some regularity...

One question, u answered to Times Now that this medal is India's first and not yours...but do u sincerely believe u have to be so modest & politically correct?

Puneet said...

haan yaar yeh tu bata de woh kush naseeb larki kaun the jiske baare tune sochna tha....(remember u wrote.... 'today i am going to think of the pretty women in the village' etc..)
pakka dat gal is a lucky gal..marry her...:-))

radha said...

just keep your head on your shoulders. I like the way you have handled over enthusiatic interviewers asking irrelevant questions. Enjoy the euphoria but don't behave like our cricketers and do your bit for our sport. What the government and the sports bodies have failed to do, maybe you can inspire the youth. Great show.

Asphodel said...

HAH! We are the second most populous country in the world so you can imagine how much of this world you have made smile with pride. Rock on, mate for having paved the way to India's gold!

nalini said...

Happy Independence day! You gave us another reason to celebrate, hearty congratulations for a tremendous achievement. Your ability to maintain composure throughout the event defines the winner in you.I only wish to see many more Abhinavs, scripting their names into history pages in not just shooting, but hockey, tennis and games far more exciting than cricket. Enjoy your moment to the fullest...

Destination Infinity said...

When I wanted to represent my school in my inter-school competition, I was told that I had to be among the top two. So, when I won the second place in the long-jump event, still I could not represent my school because the third prize winner had a chance of winning the individual championship. So, coming from a background like that, millions of Indians like me know that this feat is truly extra-ordinary. Keep it up! And the adulations are the voice and feelings of a medal starved nation exploding. Please bear with it atleast for today. Tomorrow, maybe you could go ahead with that disguise plan :-)

Destination Infinity.

coomar said...

dont want to be cynical. there was a report in "the hindu" that you wanted fame and that is the prime reason which forced you to do well. But now you say you want to run away?

srilu....the sweeeeeeeeetest of all said...

hii.......i really donno how many times i have written comments for ur blogs saying CONGRATULATIONS...but i guess u deserve them...:)u really really deserve them;heard thru news channels dat u r a very very hard worker...A hard-working person will never fail in his life:)keep going n i hope more medals await u in the olympics in the forthcoming years:)

rashmi said...

Hello
Well I don't think you will get the
'normalcy' you want so soon. The media is just after you.
Well I really appreciate your humble and composed nature and I think this nature of yours will take you to new heights in your career.
I have become your fan and I think your Blog is a great!!
Please try to read every comment posted on your blog

MARIYA said...

CONGRATS ABHINAV,
This independence day you gave us a reason to celebrate.Apart from your victory,your persona inspires us to yearn for "the impossible",work hard for it and finally achieve it irrespective of the discouragements that you might have to face.You have set a model for Indians not to be carried away by success.After reaching the summit you can inspire others who are struggling to reach there.I am sure you have a greater vision and right spirit to do that.Please don't think of retiring from the media & the public b'cos you are a source of inspiration to the nation's largest resource i.e. Human resource.May God help you to achieve more and give you the wisdom to remain just as you are,which makes you distinct from other succcessful people.

daredevil said...

heyy...
i liked that "fun fantasy" of yours...
i guess you shoudl go for it once...ATLEAST

Sprina Chris said...

hi,
It realy fels gud 2 read ur blog .... as its like knowing sum 1 so big yet so simple and frank. So even though hipe fades away which normaly does u do keep writing.And all the best for ur groming up the cuming generation and also for the parer u want 2 write ........:)
bye tc.
Did i forget sumthing ......
ya congrats for the achivement ...yet u fel
the emptyness so that u can achive more things in ur life which matters the most ..........byeee :)

അങ്കിള്‍ said...

Congrats Abhinav. I know this old man is very late in congratulating you, because I never knew that you had a blog. One of our Mallu bloggers has now brought this to my notice.

Do you know Abhinav what our Kerala Sports minister has done on hearing your success story? He went on declaring that 2 acres of land (200 cents) will immediately be allotted for the development of a shooting site in Kerala. Definitely, he may not have seen your shooting-practice-lab. This bloody fool has not Electricity to the house of Prija Sreedhar in kerala. As you know Prija got selected to the Olypics for the marathan race just because of her,only her, hard work like you. And Prija is still in BPL (Below poverty line) state. What a pity. Don't you feel it?

Karthikayini said...

By asking not to harm any living creature,u r proving urself that u r a man with values.Hats off to you.

Deepti said...

Hi Abhi,its my first hi to u........but i kw so from last few years.....u r really a cute dude.....but morethan this u r a chupa rustam,who just believe in his work......wel gud yar......what u hav done is really amazing....and we luv u all 4 that.........congrates nd bye.

lakshmaiah said...

CONGRATS Mr Abhinav bindra...
india needs more n more Abhinavs
thanks a lottttttttttttt

Satyen said...

Congratulations buddy....Great going...You've done us all proud!!

Arjun Somanchi said...

Your "The day after!!!!!!!" post reflects your level-headedness and composure. Hats off to you and CONGRATULATIONS on cracking the enigma.

May you keep the flag flying high for years to come.

LoonyTalk said...

Nice post! This reminds me of a comment by Azim Premji when he became the second richest person in the world in 2000: "I feel like a zoo animal!"
http://www.india-today.com/webexclusive/interviews/20000226premji.html

cheths said...

you made the whole nation proud brother :) hope you keep working more harder and achieve more success in your life :)

please read this post of yours :) and do notice the time it was posted the time just after you recieved your award :)

http://chethstudios.blogspot.com/2008/08/india-wins-gold-abhinav-bindra.html

please do drop a comment as an autograph there i would be honored :)

tlnewgen.malacca@gmail.com said...

congratulation for won the gold...
it's great

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Alisha said...

REALLY VERY PROUD OF YOU ABHINAV. CONGRATULATIONS, AND THANK YOU FOR MAKING US FEEL SO PROUD ABOUT YOUR ACHIEVEMENT.

manu chacko said...

abhinav.....
come and settle in kerala and let us join our hands to adopt a new future for indian olympics

Breezenwaves said...

Congratualtions!
I wish you best of luck, more success.

I wish Indian government start focussing on improving sports standards, private organisations also start sponsoring other events other than "Cricket" which seem to have become the only sport left in our country.

I hope, your success opens their eyes and force them think that there are other sports also where we can excel and make a name like you did.

I hope, Indian government starts giving financial help to those who are good in sports other than Cricket.

I hope, the Indian Govt starts does something to produce Sports Heros like you, to represent the 2nd most populous country in the world and make us proud with their achievements.

I only hope and wish....

Sherel said...

your smilicity rocks!....

keep smiling.....(you look good)

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