That’s No Grandpa!

After having watched people share the video showing an elderly man commonly referred to as ‘grandpa’ teaching football to the youngsters, I thought that the truth about the video must be told. Not that the truth was really hidden, but people never bothered to look for it, like always.

Grandpa Football 2I might not have bothered either, but I did look into it simply because the movements of this man in the video did not have the caution associated with ageing. It’s not about fitness; it’s about having lived long enough to know the vagaries of life. Old men can be daring, too, but rarely to show off or to prove a point. The movements of the old man had this youthful recklessness typical of youngsters, which made me suspicious of the story the video was trying to tell.

The truth is that the man in the video is no ‘grandpa’. It’s 31-year-old (born on June 18, 1984) freestyle French Footballer Sean Garnier (Arnaud “Séan” Garnier), who dressed up as an old man to surprise the audience, and succeeded, perhaps better than he had expected.

Garnier is something of a maverick when it comes to football. Having trained to become of football instructor, he went on to combine music, break-dance, somersaults and many football and basketball moves to create a unique style of playing around with the ball. Many put Garnier among the most skilled football players in the world although Garnier never really played football at international level, as the spate of injuries did not let his career as a professional footballer flourish.

Here is the full version of the video in question for ready reference.


Khan, The Philosopher?

KhanSomebody wrote a Facebook Status quoting Shahrukh Khan. Here are those three droplets from the ocean of Mr. Khan’s prophetic wisdom:

“Do not become a philosopher before you become rich.” – Shahrukh Khan

“Nothing is normal.” – Shahrukh Khan

“Confusion is the path to clarity.” – Shahrukh Khan

My confusion brought no clarity; only the following jumble of thoughts arranged point-wise in response to Mr. Khan’s ideas.

1. And yet no philosopher was actually rich, and a vast majority of rich did not really make great philosophers with a possible exception of Tesla, who wasn’t exactly a philosopher, but a great inventor nevertheless.

2. If nothing is normal, everything is abnormal because ‘abnormal’ means ‘not normal’. And if everything is abnormal without exception, then everything is actually ‘normal’ because what is abnormal cannot ‘normally’ be the state of things as they exist. But then, ‘abnormal’, by definition is ‘not-normal’, and if ‘abnormal’ is ‘normal’ by the extension of the original statement, it clearly implies that the original statement — ‘nothing is normal’ — is inherently paradoxical, and, thus, meaningless as a stand-alone statement indicating the state of things in the world, and can, therefore, be of value only in very specific factual contexts.

3. Confusion is not the ‘path’ to clarity. It is the beginning of an inquiry that may or may not lead to clarity, which is why being confused is no guarantee of attaining clarity, and that’s the reason why not everybody who was confused necessarily gained clarity, but anybody who did gain clarity started with some confusion or question. So, it doesn’t work both ways. Furthermore, nobody attains clarity ‘through’ confusion, but only by clearing the confusion because clarity is the absence of confusion, and quite obviously if attainment is the goal, denial or non-attainment cannot be the path or the material of which the path might be constructed. 

But one can still admire Shahrukh Khan, a fine star, indeed. Just twinkled in the wrong sky this once.