Sports was always a part of me but somewhere in the race of education and profession, it got sidelined. During my high school, I would sum up all my courage to go and ask my Physical Training teacher if I could also play in the team of Volley ball. And I continued asking until I was taken as a substitute. From there I made my way to the team and eventually became the captain. Volley ball, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Throw ball, I embraced all sports and played at various state levels. Sports never let me feel like an outsider and I felt complete working and sweating it out on fields. But then life’s reality hit..
There are many who love football but I doubt if they love the game the way I do. I was an athlete to start with and without much difficulty I got admission in The Sport School of Hyderabad. It is very different to study in a sports school. You get exposed to all the sports and may become adept in any sport of your choice. It is much like studying basics of Maths, Science, Arts and then deciding the stream that you want to pursue for further studies. I chose football.
I became a Basketball coach when I was in class 12th and continued it for 7 years before I entered into a corporate set up.
It all started when I picked up an unattended Basket Ball and started goofing around. I was in class 5th then. Our coach took notice and then started training me. It was he who took me to a stadium and helped me get proper practise. And as they say, there was no looking back. I continued my winning streak to university, played many matches at national level through my school and college and then coached Basket Ball to school children. Life has come full circle.
Thanks to my father’s job in Indian Air Force, I have been in almost every state of the country and have many sports jerseys as I kept playing whatever came my way.
Whenever we used to relocate to a new place, I used to build friendship with sports. My playing out became my identity and social currency everywhere.