One may wonder makes the media-savvy Shahrukh Khan stay away from blogging when his counterparts are into it big time. Yes, Bollywood from Amitabh Bachchan to Aamir Khan to Shilpa Shetty to Lara Dutta have their own blogs to connect with their fans. And Shahrukh has also hit the net.
Shahrukh's blog kkr.in, which he has launched for his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, is soon going to get hot if he continues to write. He apologises to the fans of his team in his first write-up on the blog. “When the season started, I thought I would write every couple of days to all our fans that visit our site. Firstly, thanks for doing so and a special thanks to all who believe in the Knight Riders and support us as a team. Apologies for not being a regular at my blog or actually not even writing the first entry with the start of the season. So here is the first one," he wrote.
King Khan admitted that he was facing the losing blues. “Right now, as I write at 5 a.m. in Cape Town, having lost yet another game, which we could have won, the heart is heavy and the mind is numb. Full marks to Rajasthan Royals for proving that a true champion team does not choke at the finish line. Congratulations guys," he said.
Shahrukh also wrote about his involvement in the team. “I treat this team as I treat my own children. I am quite a doting father and perhaps a bit too emotionally involved with all the things my team goes through. I feel like crying when they lose and go wild with happiness when they win. Throughout the tournament last year, my only concern was that the team members should not in any way feel sad or bad after the losses we suffered. If I could, I would want to take all the disappointments they face with every loss or a bad performance onto myself. As much as I try, I now realise that it is not possible," he wrote.
He knows that one team has to win the game, and so the team should not take the lose to the next game. He is learning more about the game every passing day. “Like a father learns from his children, I am beginning to understand this lesson too. Earlier I used to pep talk our team before and after every match, so that their morale would remain positive. As the year has passed into another, I now realise that these boys actually walk the talk; and I need to do the same. I am learning from this whole experience that the more I practice, the easier things seem. The harder I run, the farther I can go. The more I pray, the less I feel the burden of performance. Also I am learning that after doing all this, there is no guarantee of winning everyday. So all one can do is to give it your best shot and leave the rest," he wrote.
Shahrukh said that his team has taken lots of difficult decision amidst criticisms including the 'multiple captains' with an aim to give their best. He added that he would feel that he had done something right or wrong irrespective of whether his team wins or loses. He thinks that the strength lies in sticking to a path that you chose to begin with and not the outcome.
“I don"t know if the path we have chosen is correct or not…and that"s why we won"t feel vindicated in victory and neither will we feel ashamed in defeat. It"s just a path we the Knight Riders have chosen to walk on and will stick to it, till the very end. I hope all those who believe in this team will walk along with us," wrote Shahrukh.
Well, Shahrukh ended his write-up with a piece of thought from Theodore Roosevelt:
It is not the critic who counts;
Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
Or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
Who strives valiantly;
Who errs, who comes short again and again,
Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
But who does actually strive to do deeds;
Who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
Who spends himself in a worthy cause;
Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
And who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who
Victory nor Defeat.
Well, Shahrukh is trying to put a brave face in spite of the defeats his team has been facing but he must be feeling really terrible deep inside, as he is not used to defeats (as an actor). Let's hope his team brings smile back on his face!