1-Cricket. Do we even need say anything more? In India, nothing is bigger than Cricket. The poor hungry people really refers to our being poor at other sports, and hungry for Cricket.
We Indians will happily pay Rs 200 for a liter of petrol if there is a cricket match later in the day.
2-Outsourcing, Redux. You must have seen those white cheerleaders. All from America. Or somewhere else. But most importantly, all white.
Mr Barack Obama, maybe now you can stop harping on about how we are stealing your jobs. We gave jobs to your girls.
3-Employment. IPL generated massive employment. For stadium curators. Parking attendants. Dorky singers on TV shows. Saurav Ganguly. Navjot Sidhu. Today, many a household is eating tandoori chicken because of the IPL.
For a country with so many poor people, this HAS got to be a good thing, right?
4-Cheerleaders. IPL introduced India to the wonders of cheer leading. In terms of motivational potential, nothing beats women with pom-poms dancing in small clothes. It is a great exercise that helps keep you fit. Most importantly, it is dance. And like they say, dance gets you close to god. What’s not to like about cheer-leading?
Soon, cheer-leading schools will open up all over the country, wherein kids of respectable middle class families will learn this wonderful dance form. Next year there will be a reality show where a cute 8 year old girl from Jabalpur will beat the other girls by doing a perfect demonstration set to the tune of Sheila Ki Jawani.
It is going to be wonderful. Maybe, one day cheerleaders in the Parliament during Question hour?
5-Family friendly. The IPL makes for great TV. Four hours of harmless cricket fun. No news channel videos detailing the latest murders in graphic detail, no cheating couples on TV shows, no loud drums to double your heart beat. No nonsense.
IPL is one of the rare things the family can watch together at dinner time. It has done more for bringing the Indian family together than the exploding land prices that have cramped up living rooms to unbelievable levels.
6-Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sidhu has got to be the star of the IPL. He is funny. He is smart. He always wears color coordinated turban, tie and shirt. He is very much the perfect man Raymond’s wanted us all to become.
Sidhu rocks. As long as you make sure the TV is on mute.
7-World Class. IPL proves that we can hold a massive event involving a million matches, pay enough money to international cricketers to make them not want to play for their countries anymore, and bring in crowds to pack the stadiums in sweltering heat. We can do anything. We are world class.
Take that, Jairam Ramesh.
May the IPL live forever. And hopefully run a bit longer the next time. This year it ended even before we knew it.