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Body Talk
This nation’s bodybuilders were Hungary (pun intended) for glory and they got it. Hungarian Peter Molnar won the Mr Universe title at the World Body Building and Physique Sports Championships, held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon which ended on Tuesday.

Buranits at the world bodybuilding championship
Buranits at the world bodybuilding championship

Ildiko Buranits from Hungary, chairperson of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF) Women Committee and Secretary General of the European Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation, said, “Looking good has become very important in Hungary. (She was referring to the women’s section and the physique sport section of the contest in particular.)

In sentiments that should resonate with Mumbaikars, Buranits said there is a desire to look younger than one’s age. In Budapest as in Mumbai. Ildiko, Hungary’s former national judo champion, said that Central and East Europe has strong body building traditions.

“We have had women’s body building for more than 20 years now,” she said, adding, “physique sports (having an athletic or model physique) may be the new rage but women’s body building will grow at a slower rate.” And this piece of wisdom from Ildiko for those who believe that they can eat what they want, and exercise it off. “If you want a good body, it is 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent exercise.” Hungary, kya? Then eat right.

Whose sign is it anyway?
While the officials have done their bit and provided parking space at Nahur east, near the railway station, hardly anyone uses the space. Autorickshaw wallahs are the most frequent users of the official parking.

An official signboard is of no avail, clearly. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar
An official signboard is of no avail, clearly. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

Others decided that they can park anywhere at all, as per their convenience, and even right under a “no-parking” sign, too. After complaints about haphazard parking and overcrowding by residents, this sign has been placed by the Vikhroli traffic department near the railway station, stating that there is no parking within 100 meters of the station on pain of a fine. That does not seem to deter the determined, however.

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