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It is a scorching day in the month of June when even the shade provides no mercy. I am on board a local bus that is headed to my village, Jahangirpur which is fifty miles from the nearest city. The bus is filled to the brim with passengers, some of whom are standing in the aisle, keeping their balance by holding onto either a metal bar or hanging straps lining the roof. With every lurch, passengers sway alongside the bus.

Some passengers have chosen to slide their glass windows to let in the searing wind while others have chosen to shield themselves from it. The low cost of the bus ticket doesn’t cover for air conditioning. An elderly man takes out a water bottle and leisurely sips from it. His rugged brown face has seen many summers and this one is no different. He will bear it once more. Two seats away a crying infant hardly seems to be appeased by his mother’s futile efforts to calm him. After struggling for a few minutes he eventually settles down to suckle on his bottle.

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The view from my window drifts in the form of a lazy river. Lush green fields, swamps with buffaloes quietly bathing and mud houses appear and then gradually disappear in the distance. Every now and then our bus gets chased by a group of half dressed little boys. Often the bravest of them runs the longest. Other children are just content to wave at the bus from a distance as though it is a friend that appears every day at the same time. I wave back at them reminiscing forgotten memories.

Suddenly the bus stops in the middle of the route and a young man brazenly boards the bus. No one bothers to ask who he is for it is obvious that he is a friend of the bus driver’s who needed a lift. Their primary concern seems to be reaching their destination on time. By now most water bottles have been emptied and lips parched. After another ten minutes of frolicking the bus finally arrives at Jahangirpur. The familiar sights infuse energy into sweaty, tired passengers who wave frantically at their waiting relatives. I look around and smile to myself; I am home.

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A Time When I Was Disappointed Paragraph

I stirred the boiling mixture once more and then added the final ingredient; a glistening crow’s feather that I had managed to acquire that morning. The simmering mixture began to change from a bright orange to a deep blue colour. It smelled faintly of roses but I eyed it with doubt. According to the book of potions I had found in my late father’s room, this potion would forever cure a werewolf. He or she would never again transform into a werewolf every fortnight after drinking it. However, for this to work, a werewolf had to drink it on the day he or she were born.

I carefully poured the deep blue liquid into a small bottle and then headed to my room. I knew that the slightest mistake in making the potion could lead to disastrous consequences but I felt I had no choice. I had been a werewolf for as long as I could remember. Before every full moon I would helplessly change into a snarling wolf over whom I had little control. I have no memory of what happened the last time I transformed into a wolf but when I resumed my human form, I had nasty gashes on my arms. My body ached as though it had run a hundred miles. After this episode, my longing to vanquish my helplessness increased. I felt that finding my father’s potion book was a sign that it was time for me to lead a normal human life.

I stared at the deep blue liquid that I was about to drink. A fear of the unknown crept into me. There was no shortage of tales involving mishaps because of faulty potions. I tried to keep hideous thoughts out of my mind but the sense of dread refused to go away. I looked at the clock and realized that after four hours my birthday would be over. The window of opportunity would be gone. Realizing precious moments were being wasted, I gathered courage and drank the entire bottle in one go. It tasted like honey. I waited for something to happen.

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When nothing happened, my heart somersaulted inside me with happiness. I had survived the potion. I knew that I would find out soon if it worked or not. It was to be a full moon that night. I threw open my window panes and waited for the full moon to appear. With butterflies in my stomach, I stared defiantly at the full moon as it emerged from the clouds. To my jubilance, I remained in my human form. The potion had worked. Suddenly, without warning thick hair sprouted on my arms and the transformation from man to beast began. Disappointment reigned in me as I lost my last coherent thought and began howling at the moon.

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An Ideal Apartment Short Paragraph

There are a number of things that come to my mind when I think of an ideal apartment for myself. Firstly, it should be located in a serene and picturesque neighborhood and provide a gorgeous view of the city from its balcony. It shouldn’t be too far from the heart of the city so that it doesn’t take me too long to get to my workplace or to a shopping mall. More importantly, it should be located in a safe part of the city.

I would want my apartment to be spacious with a living room, two bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a kitchen and a laundry room. The living room should be large with the walls painted the sky blue and the ceiling white. The ceiling should have a multitude of strategically placed lights that can be turned on to create different effects. There should be large windows with tinted glass and floral patterned curtains.

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The living room should have at least four comfortable leather sofas adorned with lots of bright cushions. Facing the biggest sofa would be a plasma screen television fixed on the wall. The remaining walls would be decorated with large black and white photographs of myself with my family and friends. In one corner of the living room would be a large bookcase displaying numerous books and magazines.

I would want my apartment to have wooden flooring throughout with small plush carpets placed in the living room and in both the bedrooms. Both the bedrooms should have a large, comfortable bed and a walk in dressing room with a full-length mirror. Both bedrooms should be painted in fresh colours such as light green and pale orange. In the corner of each bedroom would be a compact wooden desk along with a moving chair.

The bathrooms should be as spacious as the bedrooms themselves. Each bathroom should be equipped with a huge bathtub as well as a glass door shower room. There should be a marble basin with a huge rectangular mirror above it with multiple bright lights along its edges. The kitchen should be large with wooden cabinets covering the wall and a small dining table placed in one corner. It will be stacked with appliances such a huge refrigerator, a microwave oven, a sandwich maker and so forth. One’s home should be a place for relaxing and recuperating from the daily stressors of life and if money isn’t an obstacle, it should be as luxurious and beautiful as possible.

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A Beautiful Winter Day Paragraph

I woke up that morning to find our entire neighborhood blanketed in pristine white snow. I thanked heaven that winter holidays had begun. It would’ve no fun to be cooped indoors on such a gorgeous day. I poked my twin brother Jamal to wake him up. His response was to cover his head with his blanket. Since I had no plans of wasting time in bed, I headed downstairs for breakfast. My younger sister Amal had already finished breakfast and began telling me about her plan to build a snow castle.

Soon I found myself alongside Amal building a snowman. The idea of building a snow castle had been dropped for the time being because it would take too long. Even though a chilly wind tinged our cheeks pink we continued adding fistfuls of snow to our gradually building snowman.

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Across the road we could see that our neighbours’ children were on a similar mission. There was no way their snowman would be better than ours. To stimulate an atmosphere of competition, we waved wildly at them and then pointed to our snowman. Meanwhile Jamal finally appeared wearing enough clothes to put an Eskimo to shame. Amal and I pelted him with snowballs, temporarily neglecting our rotund snowman. Jamal had been expecting our antics and responded with bigger snowballs. After dousing each other for a while we grew tired and decided to turn our attention to our snowman before the neighbours won the silently acknowledged competition. Our efforts eventually resulted in what looked like a fat snowwoman rather than a snowman. Nevertheless, we were very pleased with our result.

For our final touches we stuck in two dried up branches on either side, added two stones for eyes and a carrot for the mouth. Amal also draped a worn out scarf around its neck and then stood back to admire the magnificent snowman. We glanced at the measly snowman across the street feeling smug about our snowman making capabilities. Just then our mother called us inside to have hot chocolate milk and blueberry muffins. Even though the rest of the winter was its usual snowy self, the first day of snowfall when we made our snowman is safely stored in memory as the day when we had the most fun.

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Ever Onward: Success Story of Asiad 1982 Paragraph

The fifteen-day sports festival Asiad ’82, hosted by the founder of the Asian Games, India and staged mainly in New Delhi, the capitałpf India’was a spectacular success and a memorable event. Everything went with clockwork efficiency from start to finish, from reception, housing, food, transport to the final conduct of the numerous sports activities themselves. India confidently staged the Asiad with 33 countries taking part, 5,000 players participating and sporting events running to 21 disciplines. India performed its ok with competence and efficiency and the world witnessed the spirit of the new youthful India with awe, admiration and a new respect.

The various stadia, the Asiad village complex, the sprawling flyovers, the towering five-star hotels and many other engineering and architectural feats were achieved in a short span of less than two years using indigenous brains, talent, labor and skill. Architects drew vivid, imaginative, futuristic designs, engineers translated them into concrete realities by giving them body and shape and imposing as well as inspiring monuments in the form of many stadia, and other facilities took shape in no time. No less a person than the President of the International Olympic Association paid a glorious tribute to the Indian organizers, engineers, and managers of Asiad ’82 when he said that Delhi could be a strong contender for staging the 1992 Olympic Games themselves.

However, the performance of the nation’s sportsmen and sportswomen, as compared to that of the organizers and builders, has not been very flattering. Despite their near continuous and sustained training, coupled with coaching, test and trials, our sportsmen and sportswomen could bag a mere 13 gold medals, two short of the highest gold tally achieved by India in the first Asiad held in New Delhi in 1951. India was then regarded as one of the leading Asian sporting nations and competed in six disciplines. Since then Asian nations have made very remarkable improvements in theirs. sports standards while India appears to be static or even slid downwards as evidenced by its showing in men’s hockey. Nevertheless, its overall medals tally in the Asiad ’82 is 57 which is more than double the number of medals won in the last two Asian Games at Teheran and Bangkok (28 each).

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The country also climbed up the ladder to rank fifth from the seventh position it occupied at the Bangkok Games. China, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea are ahead of India in the medals tally and earning golds. But it had surged ahead of the Philippines, Iran, and Thailand which had higher rankings earlier. China and Japan dominated the games and each secured a total tally of 153 medals. Thus 306 medals out of a total of 614, practically 50 percent of the medals, have been cornered by these two countries. The important feature of the Ninth Asiad is also the emergence of China as the champions for the first time. Their achievement is remarkable as they have dethroned Japan, who have been the Asiad champions consecutively for eight times running since the inception of the Asiad in 1951.

The Chinese feat merits all the more attention since it is only their third appearance in the Asiad, the earlier two being in Teheran and Bangkok. Before that, entrenched in its isolationist policy, China boycotted the Asian Games. The Chinese sportsmen and sportswomen have clearly demonstrated their ability to pose a serious challenge to America and Russia in the next Olympics. The Japanese sports stalwarts were competent and efficient as ever and in each event the difference if at all there was any between the Chinese and Japanese competitors was negligible. Often the judges were hard put to decide the winners. For a small country like Japan with its limited population, its achievements in the Asian Ga es are truly colossal. In events like swimming, gymnastics, athletics, badminton, etc., there was a neck-to-neck race between Japan and China. The arrival of China on the Asian Games scene as a major sports factor will spur the Japanese sportsmen and sportswomen to try harder and perform better so that they could win back the Asiad championship during the next round in Seoul. Many Asian records were shattered during the IX Asiad, not only by participants belonging to China and Japan but also to those belonging to other countries. One other factor which deserves special mention about the Chinese and Japanese participants in the Ninth Asiad is their disciplined, friendly, sporting and endearing conduct and behavior both in and outside the field. They took the games very seriously but only as well-disciplined sportsmen and sportswomen.

Next to the two Asiad giants, China and Japan, the two Koreas, South and North, have occupied the third and fourth positions respectively. The medals tally of South Korea reads as 28 gold, 28 silver and 37 bronze, totaling 93, and that of North Korea amounts to 17 gold, 19 silver and 20 bronze (total 56). South Korea can be expected to do still better in the next Asiad when the Tenth Asian Games are held in 1986 in Seoul, their national capital. If India prepares well it can easily overtake North Korea. Even “ow India has bagged a total of 57 medals as against North Korea’s wu.

But North Korea has bagged 17 golds whereas India’s tally is only. 13. It is interesting to note that China, Japan and the two Koreas. have cornered among themselves 82 per cent of the gold medals available, leaving the balance 18 percent to be shared by the 29 other nations. India, despite its vast size and huge population, got one-third of the remainder of the Asiad gold medals. Its share of the total 614 Asiad medals was only 9.3 per cent. Population and area seem irrelevant though China is the largest in both spheres and it has emerged as the Asiad champion. In contrast, India, despite its size and population, could do no more than capturing the fifth position. Japan, South Korea and North Korea, who are comparatively smaller in size and population, have done extremely well. The West Asian countries have been strong challengers in football and Pakistan continues to reign supreme in hockey.

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As regards India’s performance, one can say it has not done badly. In other words, what it has achieved was not perhaps expected or anticipated. Conversely, one can say that things could have been worse. It is statistically a fact that India has got the fifth-ranking moving up from the seventh position it occupied in the last Asiad. Its tally of a total 57 medals with 13 golds looks respectable as compared to the sixth-ranked country, Indonesia, which has got a total of 15 medals with four golds included. But considering the fact that India is next only to China among the Asian nations in terms of the size in area and population, our performance will definitely be rated as much below average. Secondly, a number of Medals, including golds, have been won by India in the disciplines which have been introduced for the first time in the Asiad schedule. For example, India bagged three golds in Pune Sirian, two golds in golf and won gold in the women’s hockey event. It is only a matter. of time before the other countries attain full proficiency in these disciplines and challenge us successfully. In fact, three petite and pretty girls from Kuwait beat all the men and bagged all three medals in equestrian show jumping. In the area of athletics, our women contingent from Kerala had done real proud job and this is certainly an encouraging factor. The performance of Valsamma, Mercy Mathews Kuttan, P.T, Usha and Padmini Thomas can inspire others with hope and confidence to try harder and similarly succeed in other disciplines.

All these criticisms would have lost their bite, if not their relevance if only India had fared better in the one discipline in which it enjoys the reputation of being the father founder and fountain of expertise or mastery. After India reached the finals in the men’s hockey event with an impressive performance in the earlier rounds and trouncing Japan by 7 goals to 2 in the semi-finals, its humiliating defeat by one goal to 7 at the hands of Pakistan came as an utter surprise. A lot was expected from our hockey stalwarts. But the Pakistani hockey eleven, which functioned like a well-oiled military machine, was a treat to watch and it played havoc with our 1. This Asiad defeat is the worst that Indian hockey has ever suffered. The Indians apparently knew all the tricks and theories but were at a loss to translate their advantages to goals. The Pakistanis, who definitely played a better game individually and worked more effectively as a team, demonstrated how opportunities should be grabbed and turned into goals by speed, dynamism, determination, anticipation and swift reaction. Although the first goal was scored by India, the Pakistanis never lost their cool or composure. It looked as though they knew for certain that victory would be theirs ultimately. It is time that in sports one should play the game and not attach too much importance to the results. It is here the rub comes. Did India play the game well? Getting beaten by the vast margin of seven goals to one in a top level world class hockey match does not speak of quality and standard. No one will blame Japan for losing the first place in the Asiad to China.

The margin of victory has been extremely thin. With a little luck Japan could easily have retained its continued Asiad championship. But in the men’s hockey India was shocked and mauled by Pakistan. A soul searching has to be done objectively and analytically to find out where all we had gone wrong. Pages and volumes have been written about India’s hockey debacle. We must become wise, benefit by our mistakes and learn our lessons. We must concentrate now on improvements. We must not lose heart. We must make amends. The future is ahead and nothing is impossible.

The Ninth Asiad has brought to us immense sports facilities. Nothing in the way of stadia, playfields, equipment and so on is. missing or lacking now. Everything is available for the asking. It is or the youth of India and the sports organizations, officials and promoters to make best use of the Facilities available to us. Those who have toiled incessantly and organized this historic sports meet have done an excellent job. The same organizing ability and managerial capacity can be harnessed and utilized to ensure that our sportsmen and sportswomen get the appropriate encouragement, training and laurels for India.

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