COME TO INDIA

This year's Commonwealth Games danced to the tunes of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, who composed the music for the Games. The trio had earlier composed music for the Afro-Asian Games and the National Games.

"The people involved with the Commonwealth Games liked our work and hence invited us to do the music for them," said Ehsaan.

Their composition, played at the Commonwealth Games this year, is an invitation to the players and officials to come to India, where the games are going to be held four years later.

"The concept of the piece is akin to the theme song of the Olympics which is indeed a great honour," said Ehsaan.

Monarchy-struck cops

Two police officers had to pay the price for being star-struck, after they were removed from Commonwealth Games security duties for taking snapshots too close to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and inside Prince Edward's hotel room. According to Victoria State Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon, a woman detective sergeant was believed to have come within one metre of the Queen before members of the monarch's security detail told the officer to leave, reported the Australian Associated Press. Another officer was caught taking photographs inside the hotel room being used by Prince Edward, the vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

"They took the camera off him and deleted the photos," said Nixon. "In both cases, I think they are an error of judgment, and both those people are back in their own work and I think that's probably sufficient to deal with those matters."

Sports depression x 3

Psychologists in Melbourne are a busy lot. Games organisers sought advice from them on how to prevent the sports-crazy city from descending into post-games depression.

With 3.6 million people gripped with Commonwealth Games fever, organisers feel that Melbourne could mirror the scenes that broke out after the Olympics in Sydney and Atlanta. "There are psychologists who are advising us on this," said Ron Walker, Melbourne 2006 Chairman.

"When Atlanta had finished there was a depressive mood amongst many of the people who lived in or around the city because it was quite a hype to have the Olympics. The same thing happened in Sydney."

But it will be a different sort of a depression for residents of Melbourne. No city in the past has ever hosted three major sporting events within such a short span.

The city hosted the Australian Open tennis event in January, then came the Commonwealth Games and next month it is the turn of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, after which one can expect a triple burst of withdrawal symptoms.

Not a bad time at all to be a psychologist. Nandita Sridhar