Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Mohali Effect

March 30, 2011 - did a magic to the Pakistanis. The Mohali Effect. People gathering, praying, sharing their excitement online and offline, loving Lala (Afridi), everyone was super excited. There was a powerful sting of unity that ran accross every Pakistani till the news of the Mother of All Matches came - Pakistan vs India Semifinal on 30th March 2011.

The world of Pakistan was hit by a frenzy. It was as if some sleeping lazy youth was ignited with the strongest of will for their country. It was strong. It was out of the world. Then came the day, and Pakistan lost, but the effect was humongous. We were bright, we were not down, we felt strong even after the defeat, we were not depressed - as usually happens.

We still loved Pakistan. Every bit of it.

The experience has left us with an effect, which is hard to let go of. It wasn't about winning or losing, it was the sheer love for the country's cricket team that made us United: yes, Unity, something we feel is never possible in Pakistan. It was unconventional - no match for it.

On 14th August 2011, Pakistan just broke the record of most people singing National Anthem at Karachi (yet to be officially announced). This, I feel, was another form of that Mohali effect. Youth gathering, making an event possible. Making a world record.

And here goes, The Anthem:

The potential, thus, is exuberant. I have hopes in Pakistan.

Long live Pakistan.

Thanks to Abid Beli for organizing this.
That amazing video of the anthem by Ali Khurshid:
The post Mohali match lovely compilation at

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