Ma­hesh Verma HAIL KING TRIV­IAL TRA­VAILS

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Ma­hesh has been in Oman since 1985. Af­ter hav­ing worked with Bank Mus­cat and Mer­rill Lynch, he started Trinity In­vest­ments, ap­par­ently named be­cause of the three women in his life...his wife and two daugh­ters. You can con­tact him at ma­hesh.verma@apex­me­dia.co.om

Hail King Roger VIII for achiev­ing im­mor­tal­ity… and though I am not the “I told you so” sort, please don’t tell me that I didn’t tell you! Our lo­cal or­a­cle At­ti­cus had pre­dicted this, and in case you are a mem­ber of the doubt­ing ilk, then do read last fort­night’s TT. Roger Fed­erer is now of­fi­cially anointed as King Roger the Eighth af­ter hav­ing joined the ranks of the Gods of ten­nis, and hav­ing be­come the GOAT (Great­est Of All Times). But I kid you not - the goat is ac­tu­ally a tiger on court, hav­ing the same grace, de­ter­mi­na­tion, grit and killer in­stinct as that mag­nif­i­cent crea­ture of the jun­gles; quite un­like the other Tiger me­an­der­ing in the woods, who seems to have lost the bite af­ter hav­ing be­come a chee­tah!

Three days ago on the cen­tre court in Wim­ble­don, The King, af­ter hav­ing dec­i­mated an ap­par­ently in­jured Marin Cilic, achieved im­mor­tal­ity in the world of ten­nis. He ce­mented his rep­u­ta­tion as the great­est player to grace his sport by lift­ing a record eighth Wim­ble­don ti­tle and this vic­tory meant that the King, who will turn 36 next month, sur­passed “Pis­tol” Pete Sam­pras and the Vic­to­rian-era great, William Ren­shaw, who had each claimed seven. Some­one com­mented that his racket played like a Stradi­var­ius, and the Amer­i­can writer David Fos­ter Wal­lace com­pared watch­ing him to a re­li­gious ex­pe­ri­ence.

He is more than ar­guably the great­est ten­nis player of all-time. He is a brand. He is a busi­ness man. He is a hu­man­i­tar­ian. While his nearly twodecade run of “tran­scen­dence on the court is noth­ing short of re­mark­able, his work off it is also highly im­pres­sive.” In his own words, to have reached this stage he has had to work very hard. There has been “quite a trans­for­ma­tion from a scream­ing, racket throw­ing, swear­ing kind of brat on the ten­nis court to the calm guy you know to­day.” He kept ask­ing him­self how he could im­prove and how could he be­come a bet­ter player,

a bet­ter per­son. And now, al­most every time he steps on the court, he rewrites his­tory in some shape or form. He is cur­rently ru­moured to be worth ap­prox­i­mately US$400mn, while other es­ti­mates put him at US$450mn and some at US$320mn. Even if one takes these net worth num­bers with a sig­nif­i­cant grain of salt as one should, and ir­re­spec­tive of what that ac­tual num­ber is, it’s per­haps safe to say that Mr Fed­erer will be pretty well off when and if he re­tires. All hail King Roger the Eighth! All hail At­ti­cus the lo­cal or­a­cle from Al Hail!

While Roger’s one wife and two sets of twins, and the posse of nan­nies along with the en­tourage of masseurs and masseuses and coaches et al cel­e­brated in the moun­tains of Switzer­land, across the globe in the moun­tains of Sri Lanka, the wife-also re­ferred to as one’s one wife, be­came part of the “Six Si­tas” (a band of DDG GGG, which for the unini­ti­ated refers to the drop dead gor­geous giggly gals) who fol­lowed Sita’s trail and man­aged to track the “vatika” or gar­den where she (Sita and not one’s wife) was held cap­tive dur­ing the Ra­mayan era. And while King Roger and gang have gone back to their nor­mal rou­tine, our Six - sans their sig­nif­i­cant six - con­tinue their me­an­der­ing amidst the forts of Galle and streets of Colombo. As they say - come back now, all is for­given!

And be­fore I sign off, a few ran­dom thoughts: ▶Do you know that com­mon sense is al­most like de­odor­ant? Those who need it the most never seem to use it!

▶ Do you know that the great­est plea­sure in life is do­ing what peo­ple say you can never do?

▶ Do you know that for some peo­ple I feel like say­ing “Sorry, my dog ate your What­sApp mes­sage?”

Mean­while, a very happy and blessed Re­nais­sance Day to ev­ery­one!

Till next fort­night... .

ROGER VIII

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