Amidst much fanfare, the Commonwealth Games 2010 begin today in Delhi with a spectacular Opening Ceremony, and being halfway across the globe from India, technology came in the way of me seeing it live, what with the IP address based blackouts imposed by live streaming sites in USA. On the other hand, technology came handy in another form to keep me entertained and informed about the event. Yes, Twitter to the rescue! If you missed the live show like me, or just want to re-live the experience, here are some extremely creative, witty, humorous, silly updates I enjoyed on Twitter-
Note: Please scroll down to the end of this post and start reading the tweets bottom-up to be in the right chronological order.
BDUTT: History turns full circle. Gandhi and the dandi march to the strains of a beautiful tears-inducing Vaishnava Janato, as Charles looks on!
sunainak: We have so many Shakiras at our opening ceremony
sairamiyer: More ppl on the #CWG train than total population of St Kitts & Nevis, Nauru, Lesotho, Turk & Caicos & The Gambia
shanx13: Man that neon humanoid is super cool! #CWG opening is beyond my wildest expectations! #awesome
gkhamba: OH MY GOD! They recreated samay from Mahabharata
DelhiDean: #CWG opening is the most honest depiction of India I've seen. Brilliant choreography of its chaos and energy.
gkhamba: Disappointed that Shilpa Shetty's Yoga video isn't playing on the aerostat
gkhamba: Yoga is starting. Baba Ramdev will now boost athletes performance, heal dengue and cure white people of homosexuality
gkhamba: Raas Leela between Krishna and the Gopis. No Rahul Mahajan in sight
sunainak: If I didn't know this was the CWG Opening Ceremony, I'd wonder why we're celebrating Republic Day earlier this year.
twilightfairy: Yes #CWG2010, army ke bina tumhara kuch nahi ho sakta thaa. Army band playing on. Feels like school days again
gkhamba: "Let the Gems begin". This Pratibha Patil speech was brought to you by Cadbury's
shanx13: Abdul Kalam Azad!!! Kalmadi you idiot... Can someone tie him to the afterburner of a MiG 21 please? #fail
flyyoufools: First time I've heard Pratibha speak.
diogeneb: Charles:"Abeyaar, baton kahan gaya?" Kalmadi:"Oye, abhi to Diana"
gkhamba: Pratibha Patil can now star on NBC's Outsourced
gkhamba: So wait, the baton had to travel from Buckingham to 71 countries just so we could give it back to Charles? B%$#C$## apne saath khud le aata
gkhamba: Why aren't the environmentalists pissed at the carbon footprint of this damn baton?
samar11: Kalmadi was fighter pilot in 1971, why couldn't the pakistanis have shot him down then?
sidin: Indian Railways also has a great ad for the occasion. First class! I shed 2 Tiers of pride.
shanx13: Who the hell are those fat aunties in the Indian contingent? I seriously hope they're not competing
gkhamba: Someone slap MMS and Patil and tell them to smile, wave, DO SOMETHING!
sunainak: Pratibha Patil ko bhi paseena aata hai
gkhamba HOLY! Indian contingent is HERE :D Looks like 680 people coming to drop off Abhinav Bindra at the airport
gkhamba: Turks and Caicos islands. Karan Johar is getting a shitload of new locations to get a "new look" for his movie
gkhamba: Tonga. Banned in North Delhi and parts of Calcutta
gkhamba: Swaziland. Where illegal Punjabi immigrants land up thinking they're going to Switzerland
sifar: Wow, the St. Kitts placard holder is HOT! #cwg
gkhamba: Sri Lanka is here. Crowd goes WTF not again. #TooMuchCricket
gkhamba: The South African contingent is here. Unfortunately, Lalit Modi is not the flagbearer
gkhamba: Singapore. The crowd roars because of the easy visa and cheap flight tickets
lavsmohan: Seychelles sea shells on the sea shore
samar11: Thought I knew every country but never heard of Niue
sunainak: Some place called Samoa. Damn they just missed it by a S! #Samosa
twilightfairy: yes good question. where is that widow from nigeria whose hubby left her so much money that she wanted my bank acct no?
gkhamba: The hot women leading the contingents are brought to you by the Frankfinn Air-hostess Academy
gkhamba: Here comes Nigeria. Kalmadi sent them a mail offering 1,00,000 $s in exchange for a vote. They said "We're not falling for that one".
shanx13: The Isle of Man flag is like Supercool!
twilightfairy: "isle of man" - yeh kaunse desh hain bhai??
sidin: Huge contingent from England. Not the first time that has happened. Hope they go back soon this time
sunainak: Falkland Islands are the opposite of Virgin Islands?
shanx13: The Raj gives it back to us! The English contingent wears Indian clothes for the #CWG opening. Now that's a #win. I Like
LimeIce: Whats with the Virgin in British Virgin Islands? How were all these people born?
diogeneb: Bermuda contingent is wearing 'full pant'. #Outrage
tantanoo: I am so getting this Aerostat thingy for my wedding. #dahej
mohak: Prince Charles has texted the Queen "Mom, you are missing this awesome shit, Camilla is tripping on the beats" #CWG
gkhamba: Stadium looking hot. Manmohan Singh walking in with the only man who can steal money from Rajnikanth - Mr. Kalmadi.
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