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Mumbai diary: Sunday Shorts

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

Neighs the way on canvas
So, you have horses and then you have art, and, sometimes the twain do meet. So we have Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) marketing committee member Sanjay Damodardas Shah, all set to hold an art exhibition at the Caché The Arts & Crafts Gallery, at Bandra West, from July 13 to July 20 from 11 am to 8 pm.


IT’S REIN-ING: A chariot rider on his gold and red chariot, one of the art works at the show

While there are exhibitions and there are exhibitions, trust a RWITC committee person to bring horses into his work. Two of Sanjay’s canvases feature the equine. Shah says that art and horses are his passion so it seems like a happy marriage here.

Bullet trains and bullock carts
Narendra Modi’s bullet train has only been announced in the recent Railway budget. Experts say it may be a decade before the country can get its first bullet train but the announcement seems to have touched a chord everywhere. More so, in a commuting-centric city like Mumbai. Like, this diarist remembers while commuting in a cab, and stuck in a traffic jam near Parel, horns blared, the rain beat down steadily and frustrations rose as drivers tried to inch ahead.

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A cabbie in front was moving slowly once the signal turned green. An impatient cabbie behind him shouted, “Arre bullet train ke zamaane mein, tu bail gaadi chala raha hai.” (in an age of bullet trains, you are going at the speed of a bullock cart!) Hmmm. Put that down to some choice taxi-ng revelations.

Tale of two anniversaries
Exactly 40 years to the day, India played their first ever one-day international — against England, the pioneers of limited overs cricket — at Leeds in 1974.

Pundits would have expected Ajit Wadekar’s Indian tourists to provide their experienced opponents a facile win. Although England achieved victory with 23 balls to spare, they lost six wickets while chasing 266 in a 55-overs game.


Saurav Ganguly at the Nat-West series

The 1975 edition of cricket bible, Wisden described Mumbai man Wadekar’s field placements “difficult to understand” as the Englishmen thrived on singles and two’s. But earlier, Wadekar had showed the way with an 82-ball 67 with 10 hits to the Yorkshire venue ropes.

India’s star was undoubtedly Brijesh Patel, whose 82 was embellished with eight fours and two sixes. With India losing, no one would have visualised the one-day rookies clinching the World Cup nine years later. Another 50-50 World Cup triumph came in 2011. As for England, they are still waiting for their first.


Brijesh Patel

In 2002, India produced yet another unbelievable one-day win — the NatWest Series — achieved by chasing down England’s 325 at Lord’s. By the way, it’s 12 years for that unbelievable triumph engineered by Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif today, but we thought we’d enlighten you of India’s very first ODI.

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