Mumbai Dairy: Sunday Shorts

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Flex that bicep, Pathare
THE close-knit bodybuilding fraternity (there have been some divisions in the past, but this is no time or place to dwell on that) will be ‘maha’ thrilled to know that Chetan Pathare is now joint secretary of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF).

 Beefcakes not banned yet: Chetan Pathare(in a suit) at the Indian Body Builders Federation. PIC/SAMEER MARKANDE
 Beefcakes not banned yet: Chetan Pathare(in a suit) at the Indian Body Builders Federation. Pic/Sameer Markande

This means the Mumbaicha muscular mulga is now international and the appointment is one more indicator of India’s growing stature in the bodybuilding arena. The letter signed by the WBPF secretary-general Datuk Paul Chua claims that Pathare has been appointed because of his, “vast contribution, sterling performances and dedication” to bodybuilding. Sterling words there. We say, make some noise for the
desi ‘boyz’.

The cat with a twist
IT IS this diarist’s daily ritual to feed a bunch of cats in the colony twice a day. Their usual grub normally includes dog food or cat food. This is normally interspersed with bread and milk to avoid the hard-to-please felines from getting bored of the usual fare.

For Representational purpose only
For Representational purpose only

One balmy morning, your diarist decided to feed them some fresh Bombay duck and pomfret and they were over the moon. In fact, the cats got the whiff of it before your diarist could even reach the alley. They began to meow impatiently. One cat even stood on her twos, out of anticipation. All the cats pounced on the food, except one. A ginger coloured tom sniffed the fish, crinkled his nose and took a few steps back. Here was a cat that was repulsed by fish! And this spectacle was repeated each time he was served fish thereafter.

'Happy birthday, Chandra! This is your ex-roommate Farokh'
INDIAN cricket’s spin legend Bhagwat Chandrasekhar turns 70 today and we’ve got a message for the Bangalore-based, 242 Test wickets man from his former teammate Farokh Engineer, who is here in Mumbai enjoying the Indian summer before yet another English summer at his home in Old Blighty.

Farokh Engineer
Farokh Engineer

Here's Engineer's message to the birthday boy:

“Happy birthday to the greatest spin bowler India has produced - and possibly world cricket.

Chandra, you are a shining example to one and all - for turning adversity into triumph both on and off the field. My dearest buddy and ex-roommate, how can I forget the great times we've spent together - from Adelaide to Manchester?

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar
Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

Of course, I can never forget your 6 for 38 at The Oval in 1971, but I also remember your effort in the Calcutta Test against England in January 1973 when I led India after our skipper Ajit Wadekar fell ill. Remember how I walked up to you to ask you for your very best when the Englishmen were sensing victory with 114 for four chasing 192? And you delivered for me and India for the series to be squared at the end of the second Test.

My heartiest greetings to you, champ! I think the world of you. Many happy returns; another 30 to go!”

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