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Mumbai Diary page: Tuesday Tales

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Hubble, bubble... it's a new game
Football, or soccer as some call it, is still on the mind for fans, even though the World Cup is over, as the English Premier League and La Liga are in the thick of action. Meanwhile, a new fad which is set to go public in India early next year is being previewed at a mall in Malad from today till Friday.

The new avatar of the game the world plays is here
The new avatar of the game the world plays is here

It’s football in a bubble rather, the players, five per side, are encased in an inflatable bubble which protects the torso. It also makes scoring goals rather difficult, so players have more fun crashing into each other than sending the ball into the goal.

It’s bumper cars meets soccer, as a US newspaper put it. The paper reported that bubble football has caught on with some gyms, as it results in an aerobic workout for the players. Mumbaikars who try their hand or rather, foot at the novelty may find it helps work off those vada-pavs.

Cackling comeback
When a strong-minded woman was voicing her opinion on a topic under discussion at a cocktail party in the city recently, a man in the group remarked, somewhat disparagingly, “Well, you’re no shrinking violet, are you?”To which she immediately reparteed: “No, I’m more of a shrieking violet!”

Gaping chhaasm?
It's all very well to advertise one’s goods and services, even if the vendor is an unlicensed roadside buttermilk seller. But the message has to match the product... or at least, be associated with it in some way.

But not the chhaaswalla. By the time you find him, you really need that cooling drink. Maybe that’s the idea, after all. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar
But not the chhaaswalla. By the time you find him, you really need that cooling drink. Maybe that’s the idea, after all. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

Here, this chhaas vendor has painted his signboard prominently enough, but he himself is sitting a good way away from it at the Mulund-Airoli flyover bridge. Thirsty travellers may need a GPS to locate it!

Footballing blasphemy
For a football fan or should we say football club fan to be precise names matter. A Manchester United follower won’t ever confuse Giggs with Drogba.

Not much when it’s squashed into a commuter train, for sure! Pic/Shakti Shetty
Not much when it’s squashed into a commuter train, for sure! Pic/Shakti Shetty

However, that allegiance may well be kept aside when it comes to merchandise for cricket-loving aam janta. To them, the stuff is just that merchandise, nothing more. Which is actually quite a thought-provoker.

After all, football club adherents in Bombay can’t even locate the cities their favourite clubs are based in, on a map. Whatever be the argument, it’s amusing to come across a commuter on the Harbour Line wearing a jacket sporting Manchester United while carrying a Chelsea-painted satchel. Ignorance is bliss at times, isn’t it?

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