They both are pretty and young women. Both play racquet games at international level. Both have earned accolades. Their names are anagrams of each other. But similarities seem to end here between Sania and Saina.
At last the news of Sania Mirza tying knot with Shoaib Malik is out of media spotlight (thanks to off-the-field IPL drama). The couple has reached Pakistan and I wish that they happily live together. This entire episode lasted several weeks. Telly screens and newspapers covered with “Sania this and Sania that” made me crazy. While Sania provided glamour to the story, masala was provided by Aysha and Shoaib. People were glued to this heady mix.
Everyone whom I have talked with regarding Sania-Shoaib marriage is angry (and so is the general reaction perceived from the Internet). Though most people say that it is Sania’s personal affair but they would also say, in the same breath, that she should not have chosen a Pakistani. Most people are also of the view that Sania has made a great mistake and after marrying Shoaib —her career and life shall be highly restricted. Shoaib is also seen as a cheater and people are surprised as to what came over Sania to believe in such an opportunist and liar!
So, that was all about Sania. Indians no longer seem to be caring whether she plays for India or not. Lately she anyway has not advanced beyond the first round of tennis tournaments. No one seem to be reckoning her a star and apple of Indian public’s eye anymore. But people still followed the entire drama very religiously. Media also was happy to make mountain out of a moll.
Amidst all this hype, most people almost forgot Saina (please read carefully, its Saina -and not the buzzword Sania!)… I won’t be surprised if many of the readers will have to think hard to remember who Saina is! For many, these efforts may not even yield!
Well, Saina Nehwal is our ace shuttler. She ranks 5th in the world and she showcased a mighty resistance to the world’s top women badminton players during recently concluded World Badminton Championship. No one talked about her feat. No media gave her the coverage she deserves. Her face wasn’t shown on telly screens as that of a hero. Why? because she is not as glamorous as Sania… and there is no masala in her story.
How easy it is for Indian people to stick with anything spicy! And how difficult it is for us to applaud someone who raises Indian flag even higher.