Mumbai Diary: Sunday shorts

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

What now, post marathon?
Even as you read this, the Mumbai Marathon might be done and dusted with. Especially the elite marathoners whose locomotive style will have finished the 42-km run in a little over two hours. Yet, be that as it may, the lifeblood of the event are of course, the amateur runners — that throng of non-professionals who are all in it for personal milestones.


Running is best when it’s done regulary, say experts. file pic  

Most marathons, we see a slight lull in running activity which seems to peak around November-December. But all running enthusiasts, one word of caution from the experts, do not take too long a break. Running is best when it’s done regularly. Take off those running shoes, dip your feet in hot water, relax for a bit, and hit the roads. Running is like a relationship. It needs a lot of tender, loving care, around the year.

Bedi memories 
With super cop or top cop, call her whatever you will Kiran Bedi making headlines after her leap into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fold, one is reminded of a press conference in Mumbai featuring the ex-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) loyalist. It was very many years ago, when Bedi was still with the police. She was on stage, dressed in crackling khaki and charismatic as her forte and a speaker was introducing her, telling people about her work in Delhi.



Teri Kiran: The party’s come to Beditown. Pic/PTI

A lady in the audience suddenly got up and shouted, “Arre, why don’t you come to Maharashtra? You are so badly needed here,” causing people to turn around and look at her. Bedi looked a little taken aback and seemed amused. The speaker cleared his throat and after a moment’s embarrassed silence went on. The audience was tittering and laughing. Just one of those Kiran Bedi-esque moments before the cop decided to tumble into the hurly-burly of politics.

A coincidence!
Our in-house books and magazine scavenger managed to find yet another gem. This time it is a copy of The Cricket Player, a cricket magazine not very well known in India and other parts of the cricket globe, but famous in New Zealand.

The Cricket Player magazine and the advertisement
The Cricket Player magazine and the advertisement (right) 

The scavenger is hailing the timing as well as his luck because he got hold of a July 1975 issue that has West Indies’ former captain and current chief selector Clive Lloyd holding aloft the first World Cup on its cover. Yes, the World Cup fever is not lost here.

As many cricket lovers know, West Indies won a game in the 1975 World Cup against Pakistan at Edgbaston that they had no chance of winning with the Pakistanis cleaning up their top and middle batting order.

When the last pair of Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts was at the crease, the men from the Caribbean needed 64 to surpass Pakistan’s score of 266. Miraculously, Murray and Roberts saw West Indies home with two balls to spare and Lloyd’s men went on to win the inaugural World Cup after a few more victories.

What’s this got to do with The Cricket Player magazine? Nothing much except on the same page of the match report by the late Christopher Martin-Jenkins, there appears an advertisement for Murray Roberts & Co — wholesale wine and spirit merchants in Wellington, New Zealand. Now, this is some coincidence!


Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts (right) 

Our in-house books and magazine scavenger managed to find yet another gem. This time it is a copy of The Cricket Player, a cricket magazine not very well known in India and other parts of the cricket globe, but famous in New Zealand.

The scavenger is hailing the timing as well as his luck because he got hold of a July 1975 issue that has West Indies’ former captain and current chief selector Clive Lloyd holding aloft the first World Cup on its cover. Yes, the World Cup fever is not lost here.

As many cricket lovers know, West Indies won a game in the 1975 World Cup against Pakistan at Edgbaston that they had no chance of winning with the Pakistanis cleaning up their top and middle batting order.

When the last pair of Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts was at the crease, the men from the Caribbean needed 64 to surpass Pakistan’s score of 266. Miraculously, Murray and Roberts saw West Indies home with two balls to spare and Lloyd’s men went on to win the inaugural World Cup after a few more victories.

What’s this got to do with The Cricket Player magazine? Nothing much except on the same page of the match report by the late Christopher Martin-Jenkins, there appears an advertisement for Murray Roberts & Co — wholesale wine and spirit merchants in Wellington, New Zealand. Now, this is some coincidence!

Causes and pauses
Whenever a local train stops in the middle of its track — stranded, nowhere close to a platform — you can’t help but feel anxious. A bit frustrated too if the compartment happens to be jam-packed. However, reasons for the halt can be many. It could be failure of signal or due to the overlapping of time schedule, thus creating a traffic. It could be anything but we forget a more occurring possibility there: a fellow passenger might have fallen, if not from your train, then from some other train. The fallen soul could have been a passenger who was hanging onto the footboard before slipping. This diarist recently came across such a incident when a train on Harbour Line halted all of a sudden, creating a flutter of anxiety amongst the commuters. Turns out a severely injured man was lying on the side of the track. Perhaps sometimes, the train has to stop for humanitarian reasons even though the situation inside the very train could be called ‘dehumanising’ to a huge extent.

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