Few days back (to be exact, 31-May-2008), Usain Bolt, an athlete from Jamaica set a new world record in men's 100 metres race with an incredible figure of 9.72 seconds at New York Reebok Grand Prix. This is really big compared to the current women's world record of 10.49 seconds set by Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.

The men's record is rewritten often in recent past but that of women's remains unaltered for almost 20 years. There was a long term big dream of reaching 100m in less than 10 seconds in women's division. In 1980s, Tamil writer Sujatha wrote a novel - "Paththu second muththam" [meaning "Ten second kiss"] in which a teenage girl from a remote village of Tamil Nadu targets on 10 second margin. It's yet unattained.

The reason is hidden in the cultural and social history of human race [Even my wife, an athlete in her school days, later, sacrificed her interests for various reasons]. But this globalised economy of today doesn't need reasons but results. Hope that kiss of ten second will happen soon.


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