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Sometimes I wonder if I'm the Indian in Thoreau's Walden who makes cane baskets and is surprised nobody wants them. A. was talking about discipline when she said: "But Dev, if you want to move ahead in life, you'll have to be like that," and she may as well have defined everything else for me. I've played the low percentage game for too long to believe there's anything in it but the romance; the odds keep getting jacked up higher and higher; and you may be a good Idealist but a worse Fool.

An Olympic medal… finally!

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At Wembley, following Saina’s match

This is Indian badminton’s biggest match. Ever. If Saina can win this…

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Heading to the semis!

Sajna plays the Olympic semifinals in about an hour…. rushing to catch the match…

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At the Olympics….

Hi everybody, I’m at the Olympics, covering the event for Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Sportskeeda. You can follow my stories at: http://www.bwfbadminton.org and http://www.sportskeeda.com. Other updates on twitter.com/shuttlemania. Will try to update this blog… so keep coming 🙂

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The intersection of memories… and a stolen bag

Copenhagen Airport evokes powerful memories. It’s an intersection, as all airports are, an intersection of incoming and outgoing flights and memories. Just last year, same time, I was at the Starbucks cafe, chatting with Jens, with the Indonesian team (several Olympic and world champions: Taufik, Kido, Setiawan, etc) sitting around playing cards, when someone stole my bag. All my clothes and all the gifts I’d received. The Indonesians were startled, and even Taufik, usually sage-like in his indifference, looked troubled. Continue reading

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Jr ABC: Zulkiffli outclasses Sameer

Lucknow: Sameer Verma had to settle for the silver medal as he lost to the superior second-seeded Malaysian Zulfadli Zulkiffli in the boys’ singles final of the Badminton Asia youth under-19 championships at the U.P. Badminton Academy courts, Gomti Nagar, here on Saturday. Continue reading

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Sameer powers into Asian Jr final

Sameer Verma became only the second Indian ever in the final of the Badminton Asia Youth Under-19 Championships, defeating Liu Kai of China at the UP Badminton Academy hall at Lucknow on Friday. However, compatriot PV Sindhu fell in the semis, to Sun Yu, also of China. Continue reading

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