May 22, 2008

Sweet smell of failure

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:35 am by RJ

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

I normally don’t like to paste articles from forwarded emails, new articles, internet sites etc. but this was special. KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders is not performing well in the 1st season of IPL and here’s something that the team owner had to say to his guys.


“Story time boys… I told you if you keep losing you have to bear with my long, boring msgs…. This is your punishment…. Many times I have made movies which don’t do well…. When I’m doing them, of course, I don’t know they won’t do well…. The story is written by somebody else and I just do my bit as an actor. But I have a way of dealing with flop stories, I try my best to keep my character in the film at a level that it makes a failed story also special for me….

I enjoy the work…. I make jokes about the failure…. And, of course, feel awful about it too…. So, right now, all of us have become part of a failed script… A bad IPL script…. Let’s try and keep our characters worthy of still looking back at this story and remembering it as a special story becos we all worked very hard at this….

So, chin up and don’t spoil yr character in the next two games…. Let’s go out with a bang and not a whimper…. In films, we say u r only as good as yr last film…. So let’s make the whole world know how good we r in the last (maybe not) two games…

Also, do ignore all this bit about Dada, me and John having issues…. It’s a normal thing in the world…. People like to hit you when u r down…. So, we will be hit…. No stress…. It will make us stronger…. The only way to avoid this is to win…. That’s one of the reasons why everybody likes to be a winner….

On the other hand, the beauty of failure is that it brings people together…. So, let’s stick this out together…. You know me well enuff to know I am not the kind of owner who has issues with the team ‘cos of losses… I am too much of a sport myself to get beaten by defeats…. Like you guys are…. Like Dada and John….

I am still trying to understand the code of conduct expected of me at the matches of the IPL…. ICC… etc…. After I understand it, I will decide whether to accept it or not…. Till such time, I will be with you guys at the hotel… in the meetings etc., but won’t come for the matches…. So, please don’t ever feel it is anything to do with us as a team….

I am as dedicated to my Knights as I am to my kids…. Only, I won’t be coming to the class room till the headmaster’s rules are understood by me…. I am a bit anti-establishment kind of a guy, so I apologise for this quirk to u all…. So, head’s up…. Have a good match and let’s make 200 runs tomorrow…. This 150 seems to not work any more.”

Who wouldn’t want to work with a front-runner with such amazing sense of leadership? The message is motivational, inspirational & commanding. For folks who want to cavil this thought, we should just buy the fact that he’s indeed the “King Khan”.

Cheering for KKR,



  1. Meghana said,

    boy,u r one SRK die-hard fan 😀 undoubtedly

  2. RJ said,

    @Megs – 😀

  3. vidhya said,

    IS this really the sms sent my sent by SRK?? Yeah , its really a inspirational one 🙂

  4. vishesh said,

    my fingers say this-that guy i nutters alright…i would have typed those many words for a 1000 messages(i.e. the boys stupid limit)…!

  5. Neelam said,

    Hi raja,
    Nice one…it is really isnpiring and motivating…and yes who wouldn’t want to work with a person who has amazing sense of leadership…am sure one day someone will write abt u same thing..shayad mein hi hou woh..:-).
    Salute u for posting such wonderful blogs…

  6. RJ said,

    @Vidhya – Thats wat the media said – and it also seems from the language of the SMS. It could be no other than King Khan 🙂

    @Vish – As usual, I didn’t understand the message 😦

    @Neelam – Thanks. It was not my work so prolly you liked it all the more. 😀
    Thanks for liking my blogs – I will try to post as much good stuff as I can!

  7. vishesh said,

    *sigh* lol 🙂 i meant all those would fit into a 1000 messages of mine 🙂

  8. meghana said,

    u r probably the first one to post this detailed sms,i read it in the papers today 🙂 all over the news also but they r late 😀

    so congrats for breaking the news ! 😀

    btw i love megyaan 4 u 🙂 sounds cooler 😀 u r on my blog roll now too

  9. brinss said,

    one reason i like srk is coz he says things which make sense… tats how it comes across in the interviews atleast… the msg is very inspiring n motivating… i wish some ppl wud read this and learn something from it… u noe who 😀 😀 :D…after putting in all tat money for his team and his team loses n stil he sends such a msg to his players… hmmm i wonder…bahut paisa boss uske pass… :):):)

  10. Anubha said,

    @rj ..
    great speech !!!
    sensible.. motivational.. i luv srk!!
    Cheering for Mumbai Indians though…. 🙂

  11. RJ said,

    @Vish – Now I understand, ignore my dumbness:D

    @Megs – Thanks! 🙂 I am faster than aajtak..LOL!

    @Brinss – I know who 🙂 even I hope somebody someday learns! May their soul RIP! 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

    @Anu – SRK rocks 🙂 and so does KKR. Mumbai Indians are also okay! 😀

  12. bhavna said,

    gr8 post!i had read this msg in papers n news..but not the whole thing…all bits n pieces..
    glad i got to read the entire msg…i hav been king khan’s die-hard fan from the time i have seen baazigar!
    love his zeal towards life.towards everything…

    hail SRK!

  13. RJ said,

    @Bhavna – Thanks for visiting! I cannot call myself a die-hard fan coz’ I have seen more crazy people than myself 🙂

    But I like him for his antics and charisma. He’s a charmer and I am not gay 😀

    Keep writing & keep visiting,

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