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Cricket with Mamu Panwala.
During my weekly visit to Pan shop yesterday, I had some interesting cricketing debate with Mamu Panwala. It made my tobacco less Poona Masala Pan taste like Banarasi masala. It went somewhat like this.
Mamu- Aju Bhai Pan Mitha ke Sadha ? (Sweet or simple )
Me- Make sweet today.
Mamu- Ok. But tell me what is latest on cricket?
Me- Did you see video which has become viral?
Mamu- Which Dhinchack Pooja ?
Me- No Mamu. How can I dare tell you anything other than cricket?
Mamu- Then what video you are talking about Aju bhai?
Me- Its about apna Virat dancing with Anushka at Zaheer’s marriage.
Mamu- Oh I saw that Virat was full of energy bending up and down and moving right and left.But he was so vigorously dancing. I have never seen him dancing anywhere else so seriously. What motivated him to dance so judiciously.
Me- Just imagine. It is something very important, the reason why Virat was dancing with purpose.
Mamu- Was he celebrating double hundred?
Me- No way. For Virat such milestones don’t matter beyond point.
Mamu- Then he must be exhilarated because India won against Lanka in last match.
Me- No. Yar ! Winning against Lanka is like beating a galli team. Whats so special about it. He was dancing for something else no one can imagine.
Mamu- Then is it that he was happy to witness Zaheer getting married at laaaaaaaassssssstttttt?
Me- Not at all. It is fashion now to marry at forty.
Mamu- Then is it because he was with Anushka that he felt like dancing to her tunes I, mean music tunes?
Me- No way. Virat will never dance so much just for music.
Mamu- Is it because Virat was visualizing one more hundred in last match ?
Me- No Mamu. He just goes and plays.He does not need to visualize anything .
Mamu- Then is it that Virat is practsing for his own marriage?
Me- Mamu don’t make guesswork without logic. And Virat does everything which has good logic from cricket to dating to dancing.
Mamu- OOOOOhhhh! Then it must be that he had eaten lot in marriage and wanted to digest it to remain fatless , weightless and bellyless boy?
Me- No way. he can digest anything including success. So he was not dancing to digest either.
Mamu-I can not think anymore . My mind is now anxious and full of fear.
Me- Why what happened? Are you afraid of your business going down because of big cricket tours ahead.
Mamu- I am not worried about business going down but fast bowlers in South Africa where our world class team is going to play three test matches against their dreaded attack on bouncy wickets.
Me- Mama you are close to answering my question ‘ Why Virat was dancing so seriously?’
Mamu- Oh! I understood it now. He was not dancing but ducking and moving.
Me – You are finally on dot. Some part of your brain is still in good shape. And Virat also wants to keep his head in shape. I suppose.
Mamu- You are sometimes thinking sensible Aju bhai .
Me- As per unknowingly known sources Virat was not dancing but rehearsing for batting in South Africa a by bending down suddenly and getting up quickly. Also moving away and looking in the air as if he was facing Dale Steyn .
Mamu- Virat is so focused .
Me- Mamuuuuu. You don’t know how terribly focused Virat is! I heard from another reliably unreliable sources that Virat even made Zaheer skip first night after marriage and bowl at him in nets few bouncers.
Mamu- May be true. Now I can predict India’s Victory in South Africa.
The article above is just a satirical one and does not intend to hurt or damage anybody’s feelings or reputation.