Monday, October 4, 2010

A Spectacular Show

Despite all the problems and criticism from officials and a hyperactive media, the Opening Ceremony for the 2010 Commonwealth Games left the audience - both in the stadium and in front of television screens around the world - awed.

The beauty with which the organisers organised the event, not to mention the meticulous timings, made it one of the best ever. Right from Hariharan's 'Swagatam' to the Yoga performance to the closing fireworks and Rahman's music, the event was wonderful.

In the RKB Rec Room, people sat through the entire run of athletes of the 71 Commonwealth Nations. A lot of small countries like Isle of Man and Tuvalu rew curious looks, Pakistan drew some not-so-nice jeers and the Indian team received a grand applause. It was a proud moment to see Abhinav Bindra carrying the Indian Flag.

The Queen's Baton arrives with clockwork precision as Prince Charles delivered the Queen's message, followed by President Pratibha Patil declaring the Games open.

Hopefully, the rest of the CWG will go just as well as the Opening Ceremony. A lot of praise has come in from the now-improved Games Village, and the nation hopes to see India top the medals tally.

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