Every four years, the Cricket World Cup happens and India’s eyes are glued to their television sets, smartphones and laptops to catch the games. Long queues line up in front of electronic shops just to catch the Men in Blue in action.
But something else happens every four years. India’s eyes slide off the tried-and-tested avenues of entertainment and turn towards barely used channels.
The Olympics are on display, and the nation watches with bated breath, with the hope that a new sports star will rise, that an old dream will be realized.
That a gold will come home. The Indian anthem ringing through the stadium.
This time, the hopes lie on shooting, but the other contingents are dark horses for glory as well.
Team India will depart for Tokyo on July 17 and a billion eyes will flicker with hope.