Sunday, June 27, 2010

Not So Funny

Queen Elizabeth II of England visited the All England Club, for the first time since 1977, on Thursday, June 25, to watch a Wimbledon tennis match. She was introduced to some tennis players, past and present. She was introduced to Martina Navratilova. Martina was asked by the Queen if she played at Wimbledon often. Ever humble Martina politely answered yes. Martina has won 9 Wimbledon Championship in her career. Obviously the queen does not follow tennis.

I thought that question to Martina was very funny. Again it is not funny. Here is why:

These kinds of meetings do not happen by chance. Believe me. I have been there. When a queen or king or president or prime minister of a country meets a group of sportsmen (or anyone), their aides would have prepped the VIPs who they are going to meet and shake hands and their accomplishments. The sportsmen would also have been informed in advance that the VIP will shake hands with him/her and there will be an exchange of pleasantries. At such a high level of dignitaries, everything is pre-arranged and nothing is spontaneous. It may look spontaneous to us watching on television.

Have you seen American Presidents get out of their bullet proof limousine and shake hands with the public in a crowd? Do you think it is spontaneous? The Secret Service Agents who guard the life of the U.S. President will never allow that to happen. It is all pre-arranged.

In this incident, the person who arranged the Queen to go to the Wimbledon tennis match failed. I would fire that person immediately. Now my imagination goes wild:

Indian President Pratibha Patil asking Sachin Tendulkar if he plays cricket regularly.

President Barack Obama asking Muhammad Ali if he ever taken boxing lessons.

Again, President Barack Obama asking Michael Phelps (winner of 14 Olympic gold medals in swimming) whether he knows how to swim.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva asking Pele if he ever played soccer.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking Wayne Gretsky (the greatest ice hockey player ever born) if he has ever seen ice.

I think Patil, Obama, da Silva, and Harper are not that stupid. Nor their aides.


  1. Who Posted This?June 27, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    The Queen is lucky that she didn't ask me that stupid question.
    I would've slapped the taste out of her mouth.

    John Mcenroe

  2. Who Posted This?June 27, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    What do you expect from that senile old bat.
    I mean the Queen is soooo old that she visited America in 1776...right?
    How can someone in such a high profile role make such a flub?

    George W. Bush

  3. SG aapko koh sare celebrities reply kar rahein hai...hum toh mauli insaan hai :) :)

  4. Thanks for your comments John.

    (shouting voice) You cannot be serious.

  5. Thanks for your comments Dubya. We know how knowledgeable you are in history.

  6. Thanks for your comments Sulagna. Unfortunately, I don't understand Hindi. I saw two words "celebrities and reply". Therefore, I can guess the meaning of what you wrote.

    Celebrities may come and go. But I like simple common touch. Therefore, I give more importance to your comments.

  7. had it happened in would have made furore:)

  8. Thanks for your comments Samvedna. And, welcome back. How was your vacation?

    Yes, they would have made a big furore in India.

  9. The Queen is too intelligent for mistakes to happen, they are trained for that. Some reason must be there. Is it because she is gay? The Queen might just have wanted to hurt her in some way. Martina skipped it.

    Your list is funny!

  10. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. If I assume what you are saying is true, then the Queen does not have "class".

  11. Strange that the king and queens are caught up in their ruling of thier states that they don't know the national heroes !

    Mr. Gill asked P.Gopichand who he was when he accompanied Saina to his office after her win sometime last year

    BTW SG, u are tagged at PNA @ WP

  12. Thanks for your comments PNA. And, this guy is India's Sports Minister?

    Thanks for tagging me. I will take it up soon.

  13. lol...good one SG :)
    They hav to come up with something though :)!!

  14. Yes the same guy, the sports minister!!