Govind D. Belgaumkar
Cricket World Cup could be a distraction for children facing examinations
Many have cut off cable TV or are toying with the ideaImpending load shedding is adding to their woes
BANGALORE: Parents of school and college students are in for a double whammy this summer: impending load shedding by BESCOM as well as the 47-day cricket World Cup matches just as their children are preparing to face board examinations through this month and next.
The matches start on March 13 and go on till April 28.
Worried parents have either disconnected cable TV or are toying with the idea, preferring to even forego the spectacle "for the sake of our children."
As for the youngsters, they are caught between the devil and the deep sea. Almost every student says he or she is going to "miss the action," having to skip even "crucial" matches. What is killing them is the fact that "team India is very promising."
Will depend on papers
N. Suryanarayana, a State Government employee and a resident of Krishnarajapuram, who will deny himself his cricket high, has cut his cable connection but is worried that Doordarshan will relay the matches.
"Then I will have to have my son watch cricket during his 10-minute breaks for coffee or food." He and wife Jyothi will ensure that their boy concentrates on studies. The family will depend on newspapers for cricket reportage.
Another anxious parent is businessman Lingamurthy Aradya who is spending sleepless nights worried that his son, a sixth standard student, will lose the top rank this time because of his World Cup `hucchu' (craze). "I wonder whether I too should switch off the TV and sit with him to study. If he decides to stay awake till morning when the matches get over, I doubt if he will even get the minimum pass marks."
But B. Subhash Chandra, a II PU student, brushes aside such fears saying most students are conscious of their responsibilities. He and his friends have decided not to watch even a single match. "We will check the scores once in a while."
On a positive note
Asked if that would drive him to distraction, he says, "World Cups come and go, we study only once for II PU." So he is untouched by cricket mania then? "I have been a cricket fan myself all through." In fact, cricket matches would help him stay up and study more.
One happy parent in this scenario is writer Kala Krishnan Ramesh who has nothing to worry because her two daughters, in 10th and II PU, turn their noses up at cricket.
However, for parents to worry about cricket, there should be power supply. Balakrishna Bhat of Chamarajpet, whose young children are cramming for higher primary school exams, hopes that load shedding does not coincide with early mornings or at night.
He is yet to purchase an emergency lamp and hopes that Bangalore would be spared of power cuts till school and college examinations are over.
Ayub Khan, a businessman, says power cuts in the mornings when parents struggle to get children ready to leave for school must be avoided at all costs.