Jai Ho

The opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games were held today in Vancouver.  I’m much more aware of India than I was during the last games, and it’s been fascinating reading about Indians in the games:

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar got to carry the torch.

Some sad news for Indian Olympians.

Wikipedia says

“India is the country in the world with the lowest number of total Olympic medals per capita (of those countries that have actually won at least one medal)”.

Their explanation amused us:

“Numerous explanations have been offered for the dearth, including poverty, malnutrition, neglected infrastructure, the lack of sponsorship, the theft of money and equipment, political corruption, institutional disorganization, social immobility, the predominance of cricket and other cultural factors.”

Fortunately, the three Indian Olympians participating in this year’s games have been given uniforms!

And now, in case you haven’t seen it, here are some Pardesi (and Desi) kids in Chicago doing the dance from Slumdog Millionaire:

A.R. Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh really bring out the best in people.

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