Sunday, January the 30th 2005, page 12 of
“The Hindustan Times” and the Article – Is it all over for Billiards?
After reading the article and interview of Mr.
Geet Sethi, I felt that somewhere the great Indian
legend, who clinched the world title seven*
times and rule the world of green baize, is not happy with the way cue sport
was getting treatment in India. He took it as a challenge and put all
efforts in popularizing the game through various means, including holding
competitive tournaments in various cities in India. He mentioned in his
`We have the players, we need the
glamour'. How true!
In addition to these,
there are some areas where attention is also required like when I approached
the game I found difficulties in finding a proper club, where to get the
cue, who would be the right coach, etc. After spending considerable time in
searching, now I can say, yes I have a coach to train me, have places where
I can play, am known to good players who can point out where I am going
wrong in my game, have intimation about upcoming tournaments so that I can
be there to play / watch matches. This doesn’t mean that these were not
there before my search; YES they were there and they are but I found them
after a sustained search. And now someone should deliver correct information on
time to all those who want to play the game, are looking up for coaches,
rules & regulations, clubs, federations / state associations etc. Hence,
Cue Sports India is an introduction to the game and to members of the cue sport
fraternity in India and abroad.
In Cue Sports India
will find comparatively speaking more information about Billiards than
Snooker or Pool. In fact one will find this site slightly partial towards
Billiards. PARTIAL…? Yes it is!
My personal observation is, people are aware about
Pool or Snooker but very few of them know what billiards exactly is.
However, I found greater fascination in Billiards than in Snooker or Pool,
and the one man responsible for this fascination is the one and only….
The technique, style, control,
concentration, consistency, footwork, what else… just sit aside and watch
him playing. As and when I saw him delivering strokes, I found myself drawn
even more towards the game. I now hope to see more of you coming ahead to
join the cue sport fraternity and popularize the beautiful game called
highly fascinated by Cue
* at that time there were
seven titles. Now these are eight.