31 October, 2020

Kid Who Came Back From The Cold

He was a lad who even thought of taking up bhangra! Now, Harbhajan's family dances to his triumph.

Kid Who Came Back From The Cold
IT was the moment 19-year-old Ginny had waited for a long time. Glued to the TV since last Thursday morning, her upcoming BA second-year exams were the least of her concerns. For, there were bigger tensions. Her brother Sonu had done it in the morning with the ball. Now it was his turn with the bat. Elder brother Kartar—a badminton coach and a journo with a local Jalandhar newspaper—was tense; homemaker mother Avtar Kaur was feeling ‘weak’, and elder sister Amrit just couldn’t see her brother Harbhajan Singh face the bouncers of McGrath and Gillespie.

And then the unexpected happened—there was a power failure! The uncertainty was killing. "It was very cruel. We had to settle for the radio commentary. We wanted to see Sonu hit those two runs so badly," says Ginny. Later in the evening, the family was once again in front of the TV, watching the replay of the final day’s play—in between attending to the steady stream of guests arriving with congratulatory messages.

An introvert in more ways than one, Harbhajan doesn’t really have too many...


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