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Remembering Rajesh 'Baldy' Sanghi
Rajesh SanghiThe hallowed turf of the Brabourne Stadium was graced by some of the best names in Mumbai cricket on Saturday afternoon, all present for a cricket festival to honour the late Rajesh Sanghi (nicknamed Baldy), who passed away last October.

The men in whites represented St Mary’s School, Cricket Club of India, Bombay Gymkhana, Podar College & Dadar Union to honour Rajesh (42) who succumbed to a heart attack while on holiday in Maldives on October 4, 2014.

Apart from internationals like Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Abey Kuruvilla, Jatin Paranjape, Nilesh Kulkarni and Kenia Jayantilal, one spotted HDFC boss Deepak Parekh near the players’ enclosure, soaking in the cricketing atmosphere which was mixed with an inevitable tinge of sadness.

India cricketers Ajit Agarkar (left) and Zaheer Khan at the cricket festival held in honour of late Rajesh Sanghi (above) at the CCI on Saturday. Pic/Sameer Markande
India cricketers Ajit Agarkar (left) and Zaheer Khan at the cricket festival held in honour of late Rajesh Sanghi (above) at the CCI on Saturday. Pic/Sameer Markande

After all, Rajesh played many half-day games at the CCI. Rajesh’s family and friends spared no effort in making a huge success of the event, an idea by former Rajasthan pacer Kailash Gattani, the man who was instrumental in Rajesh playing first-class cricket for Rajasthan.

After his playing days, Gattani became famous for organising tours to England under the Star Cricket Club banner. Sachin Tendulkar was part of two trips. Ditto Rajesh. As for Saturday’s final between Dadar Union and CCI, it ended in a tie, the best result for a cricket event held in honour of a very fine man.

That’s a lingo bingo

The BMC’s Sulabh Shauchalay near Currey Road station has a Cloak House written over it. Oh, how very Brit really and quite surprising for the BMC to install this. Cloak House? Really BMC, you’re getting spiffy, now. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
The BMC’s Sulabh Shauchalay near Currey Road station has a Cloak House written over it. Oh, how very Brit really and quite surprising for the BMC to install this. Cloak House? Really BMC, you’re getting spiffy, now. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

Women and the wheel
Every time March 8 comes closer, the calendar gets crowded with events thanks to the well marketed, highly visible Women’s Day. Now, The Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) is in on the let-us-celebrate women spirit.

It is holding a women’s drive from Mumbai to Aamby Valley via Pune on Sunday March 8, 2015 which is Women’s Day, of course. One cannot help but think how some days have high impact and visibility, while others days are still more fizzle than sizzle.

While this day is for women, real respect for women will come when we have a society, where women can walk on the streets, open the doors of their homes to people, commute, party and even pub crawl without fear.

WIAA’s initiative to see women behind the steering wheel is a welcome one though. Entries will be accepted at WIAA Mumbai. Western India Automobile Association, 1st Floor, IMC Bldg, Churchgate, Mumbai. Click on www.wiaaindia.com & www.vccci.com for details.

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