A French journalist, Marianne Enault, is writing a piece for a French newspaper about cricket fever in India and wrote to me requesting help.
A disclaimer first. I don’t follow cricket. I don’t see what the whole fuss is all about. I am eternally puzzled by the fascination with scores and statistics. I find the jingoistic association of the performance of the team with the pride of the nation fairly distasteful. In my opinion it is a silly game invented by the English idle-rich to pass their worthless time. Not that there is anything wrong in the rich idling their time away between fox hunts and golf. It is their time and their ill-gotten wealth that they are spending. The proof that the game is silly is that the unthinking masses consider it significant. If that was not enough, the Indian government gets into the act as well, dictating who can play, who can broadcast the matches, and other trivial pursuits. You know that something is wrong with the whole exercise when the government of India has to get involved in a game. My antipathy towards government involvement in anything other than in law and order, money supply, and defense is deep and abiding. But that is another story.
I should add that there is nothing wrong in the fascination of the masses with bread and circuses — they need that and are willing to pay for it. As an economist I have full confidence in markets and individual freedom. If that is what they want, then that is what they shall get.
Sorry for the digression. The point was that Marianne (see her blog L’Independante) wants to hear your story regarding cricket. She writes:
“I am a French journalist, living in Pondichéry. I’m reading your blog every day. A french newspaper asked me to write an article about how indian people are going to live this cricket world cup. I need some testimonies supporters who are doing crazy things to support their team or to see a game. Please, if you know some of them, give me their email. Otherwise, can you put a message on your blog ? It will be so great !”
So there. Write to her at enaultmarianne at yahoo dot fr.
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